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African and African-American Studies

Class of 2012

Anna E. Becker is an Honors Fellow majoring in International Studies with an Africa concentration and English, with a Professional Writing and Rhetoric concentration and additional minors in French and Nonviolence studies. Anna worked extensively in summer 2009 as part of the inaugural intern team for a nonprofit organization, Calling All Crows, which works to mobilize musicians and their fans to end violence against women and promote public service. She has also worked with such causes as Stoves for Sudan and the Sudanese Education fund. In January 2010, Anna studied abroad in South Africa.

Jasmine H. Gregory has worked as a columnist and frequent contributor to The Pendulum throughout her Elon career. Hailing from Charlottesville, VA, Jasmine is a Strategic Communications major with an additional minor in History. Jasmine has worked as the Social Media Marketing Intern at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro, served as Team Leader at Live Oak Communications, interned at the US-UK Fulbright Commission and the Communications Intern for Semester At Sea / ISE (Enrichment Voyages). Her other positions have included work as the Account Executive at Live Oak Communications a Multicultural Ambassador (Tour Guide), Resident Assistant at LEAD Summer Business Institute, and intern at Comcast Government and Community Affairs.  After graduation, she is interested in working in public relations, social media marketing or higher education.

Gretchen Honnold comes from Charlotte, NC and will receive her degree in International Studies (Africa concentration). Following her study abroad experience in Ghana, she became involved in ABAN (A  Ban Against Neglect), a non-governmental organization founded in 2008 by three students who took notice of the large number of trash and neglected children on the streets there.

Brooke V. Kassner served as president of Model UN, Chief of Staff of the International Crisis Conference at Elon, Secretary of Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Society and is a member of Pi Gamma Mu Social Science Society. majoring in Political Science with a double minor in International Studies and African/American Studies. Prior to taking the position of President, Brooke served as the Vice President and Treasurer as well as a Chair and Crisis Director for Elon MUN’s International Crisis Conference. Her passion for MUN, however, began long before starting her college level career at Elon. She attended high school in Leysin, Switzerland where she was fortunate to take part in MUN for all four years and attend the annual conference at The Hague, Netherlands during her Junior and Senior years. Her passion for international affairs was sparked at a young age as her family lived overseas from the time she was three years old. Her travels have taken her all around the world and currently her family resides in Sumatra, Indonesia. Brooke is also the Chief of Staff for the International Crisis Conference at Elon (I.C.C.E.) which has put on ten successful simulations thus far. Most recently she has interned at the Genocide Intervention Network and Georgetown’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership both of which have led to her growing interest in foreign affairs. Brooke’s language skills consist of a fluent level in French and an intermediate level in Arabic which she is still advancing. She loves to snowboard, travel, swim, and cook!

Daniel Koehler is a documentary filmmaker, whose award-winning work has been entered at film festivals around the country, including RiverRun, Silver Docs and was a 2012 Ivy Film Festival finalist. Dan’s work has consistently won first place at the Broadcast Education Association's Festival of Media Arts. Such work includes Burlington, A City Divided (2010), which examines the history of race relations in Burlington and The Tobacco King (2012), which shares the story of George Botha, a white farmer in Zambia who relocated to the African nation after he lost his land in neighboring Zimbabwe. Dan explores the racial complexities at play between Botha and his 200-strong black workforce. At Elon, Dan is a media arts and entertainment major and Lumen Scholar, who spent seven months in Zambia interviewing and collecting footage for his most recent work.

Brittany Moore is an International Studies major and Study Abroad ambassador, who spent the Fall of 2010 studying abroad in Senegal. Brittany is also a member of the Periclean Scholar Class of 2012, who attended the Clinton Global Initiative University conference in Miami in 2010 to develop their proposal focusing on the Adolescent Girls’ Program run by Comprehensive Rural Health Project, an India-based NGO with whom her class is working.

Cedric Pulliam will receive dual degrees in International Studies & Political Science. At Elon, he served as the Student Program Coordinator for the S.M.A.R.T. Mentoring Program, a Multicultural Ambassador, SGA Senior Class Senator, a Charles B. Rangel Scholar '11, a Periclean Scholar '12 and a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. Following graduation this summer, Cedric will hold an online internships with the United Nations, responsible for planning a scholarship program for vulnerable children of Tanzania with the African Rural Sustainable Development Association.  Cedric has been accepted to Central European University in Budapest, Hungary for the 2012/2013 academic year. Cedric was selected from among over 6,000 applications from more than a hundred countries in a highly competitive selection process. In addition he will receive a full CEU fellowship, covering tuition and expenses.

Francis Stiefel, IV from Haddonfield, NJ graduates with degrees in Political Science and an independent major in African and African-American Studies, the first student to do so since Sowande’ Mustakeem in 2000. Frank has studied abroad in South Africa, worked with the Periclean Scholars to fund service projects in Ghana, served as the Truitt Center’s Reconciliation and Justice Coordinator, interned with the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office in New York and with the Genocide Intervention Network , founded the Elon University chapter of STAND (Students Take Action Now: Darfur) and was a finalist for the prestigious Truman Scholarship.

Lauren R. Wilmer is the immediate past president of the Xi Omicron chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and studied abroad in South Africa in Winter 2012. Lauren too demonstrates a strong commitment to volunteerism and has worked with Habitat for Humanity, Burlington Housing Authority, Women’s Resource Center, Freedom Schools, as well as Campus Kitchen, volunteering at least ten to fifteen hours a week. Lauren will graduate with a major in Philosophy.

Lindsey Yasso is a History major from The Woodlands, TX. Lindsey is involved with Phi Alpha Theta, Phi Alpha Delta and served as the Vice President of Alpha Omicron Pi and as a member of the Panhellenic Judicial Board. Lindsey has raised money and awareness for arthritis research, ALS and juvenile diabetes, and worked with Friendship Adult Day Services, the Boys and Girls Club and the Alamance County Child Custody Mediation Department. Lindsey spent Winter 2012 studying abroad in South Africa, and will attend law school following graduation.