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Presidential Fellows

In 2019, the college launched the Presidential Discovery Initiative, an alumni interview program designed to gather graduates’ hopes for Dickinson's future and better understand how the Dickinson experience has shaped graduates' lives. To carry out the alumni interviews, the college hired a select group of students to serve as Presidential Fellows, giving these students an opportunity to help inform Dickinson's strategic planning while gaining marketable skills in the social sciences, communications and nonprofit development.


2020 Presidential Fellows

Presidential Fellow Alice Agyekum

Alice Agyekum ’22 (she/her/hers) 

Major: mathematics

Hometown: Orange, N.J.

Fun fact: Back in middle school, I was part of a robotics team that competed in Brazil.

Presidential Fellow Noor Alhamadani

Noor Alhamadani '24 (she/her/hers) 

Major: undeclared; considering neuroscience 

Hometown: Houston, Texas  

Fun fact: I have traveled to more than 15 countries. 

Presidential Fellow Venus Bhatt

Venus Bhatt ’24 (she/her/hers or they/them) 

Major: undeclared; considering biology and theatre 

Hometown: Kathmandu, Nepal 

Fun fact: I’m a huge Michael Jackson fan. 

Presidential Fellow Carmen Maria Canino

Carmen Maria Canino ’22 (she/her/hers)  

Major: biochemistry & molecular biology, with a health studies certificate 

Hometown: Mashpee, Mass. 

Fun fact: I lived in Puerto Rico until I was 11 years old. 

Presidential Fellow Jacob DeCarli

Jacob “Jake” DeCarli ’22 (he/him/his)

Majors: international studies and Italian studies 

Hometown: Greencastle, Pa.

Fun fact: I interviewed Steve Smith ’92, CEO of L.L.Bean, for the 2020 Presidential Fellowship.

Presidential Fellow Cassandra DiPierro

Cassandra DiPierro ’23 (she/her/hers) 

Major: psychology, with a religion minor and health studies certificate

Hometown: Fairfield, Conn.  

Fun fact: I’ve traveled to 28 U.S. states (pre-pandemic, of course). I also love rock music, and my favorite band is Tool.  

Presidential Fellow Rachel Flame

Rachel Flame ’22 (she/her/hers) 

Major: biochemistry & molecular biology 

Hometown: Wilmington, Del. 

Fun fact: While I was born and raised in the Northeast, I am a country girl at heart. I love country music, and I even have a pair of authentic cowboy boots.

Presidential Fellow Anne-Charlotte Frotté

Anne-Charlotte Frotté ’23 (she/her/hers) 

Majors: international business & management and Spanish 

Hometown: Princeton, N.J. 

Fun fact: I met iCarly when I was younger.  

Presidential Fellow Peter Guma

Peter Guma ’24 (he/him/his) 

Majors: mathematics and Russian 

Hometown: Vienna, Va.

Fun fact: I memorized the periodic table in sixth grade. I was always interested in chemistry, and knew from an early age that I wanted to pursue a career in STEM.

Presidential Fellow Sam Halpern

Sam Halpern ’22 (he/him/his) '22

Major: law & policy and political science 

Hometown: Atlanta, Ga. 

Fun fact: I’m somewhat obsessed with current events and politics.

Presidential Fellow Christian Knight

Christian Knight ’23 (he/him/his) 

Major: earth sciences 

Hometown: Colonial Heights, Va. 

Fun fact: I love to draw, and I’m a huge movie fan. I have 200+ movies in my collection; my favorite is Pink Floyd’s The Wall.  

Presidential Fellow Chinemerem Nwanze

Chinemerem Nwanze ’23 (she/her/hers)

Major: psychology, with a health studies certificate  

Hometown: Cerritos, Calif.

Fun fact: When I was 16 I started my first blog, Just African. I wrote about a variety of topics, but my posts were mainly about African culture, music and literature. 

Presidential Fellow Kalaria Obasi

Kalaria Obasi ’23 (she/her/hers) 

Major: sociology 

Hometown: Gardena, Calif. 

Fun fact: When I was in the fifth grade, I was in a Disney Channel “This Is Me” commercial.

Presidential Fellow Charlese Reynolds

Charlese Reynolds ’22 (she/her/hers) 

Majors: psychology and educational studies, with a health studies certificate 

Hometown: Newark, N.J.

Fun fact: I moved for the first time at age 20. 

Presidential Fellow Jiberly Sandoval

Jiberly Sandoval ’22 (she/her/hers)

Major: educational studies 

Hometown: Lawrence, Mass. 

Fun fact: I love creative writing, and I host writing workshops from time to time.

Presidential Fellow Hannah Shea

Hannah Shea ’22 (she/her/hers) 

Major: international studies 

Hometown: Alexandria, Va. 

Fun fact: When I was four years old, I got kicked out of the Oval Office for climbing on the furniture. 

Presidential Fellow Amanda Sowah

Amanda Sowah ’22 (she/her/hers) 

Major: English 

Hometown: Bronx, N.Y.

Fun fact: I cannot remember the lyrics to any song unless I see a video of it.

Presidential Fellow Brian Ta

Brian Ta ’22 (he/him/his) 

Majors: English and French & Francophone studies 

Hometown: Thai Nguyen, Vietnam 

Fun fact: I don’t know how to drive.

Presidential Fellow Sam Walters

Sam Walters ’22 (she/her/hers) 

Majors: political science and educational studies, with a creative writing minor 

Hometown: Lakeville, Mass.

Fun fact: I have two incredibly spoiled guinea pigs at home. 

Presidential Fellow Vlada Watkins

Vlada Watkins ’22 (she/her/hers)

Major: philosophy 

Hometown: originally Almaty, Kazakhstan, but now Atlanta, Georgia 

Fun fact: I grew up speaking Kazakh, Russian and English.

Presidential Fellow Dylan Yang

Dylan Yang ’23 (he/him/his)  

Major: philosophy 

Hometown: Needham, Mass. 

Fun fact: I have been playing saxophone for 12 years now, and I am a self-taught beatboxer.