September 14, 2006

Campus Progress is pleased to announce its 2006-2007 Student Advisory Board.

Members of the Campus Progress Student Advisory Board connect on a regular basis with Campus Progress staff and with each other to help set the course for Campus Progress programs in the coming year and beyond. Board members participate in discussions on an ongoing basis, and contribute time and ideas to Campus Progress. They help us spread the word about Campus Progress and advise us on promising progressive organizations, publications or projects that we should be supporting. Board members also suggest articles for, speakers or films to bring to campus through our national speakers bureau, and issue campaigns in which we should involve our student network.

Advisory Board memberss were selected from a large pool of qualified applicants, and represent a diverse subsection of the different movements, organizing styles, and politics of the progressive student movement. Campus Progress relies heavily on the members of our Student Advisory Board, part of our larger network of Student Representatives, to inform much of the day to day work we do here.

Mark Savage, San Jose State

Mark Savage is a junior, double majoring in behavioral science and sociology, at San Jose State University in San Jose, California. He interned at the MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center, where he helped bring cultural awareness and diversity to the campus through a multitude of events. Mark is also co-president of Students for Justice, a direct action student group at San Jose State promoting social justice, and a member of Hip Hop Congress. Originally from Albany, New York, Mark has loved his move to California.

Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza, Harvard University

Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza concentrates in government at Harvard University. She is a Senior Editor of the Harvard International Review, the director of the Commission on the Status of Women for the Harvard Model United Nations, a member of the Harvard International Relations Council, co-director of Harvard Students for Choice, and a member of the Young Women of Color Leadership Council with Advocates for Youth. She has interned for the Global Fund for Children and worked for the Office of James Carville. Areas of research experience include women’s reproductive rights and Latin American studies. Her website is

Corey Ponder, Vanderbilt University

Born in Atlanta, GA, Corey is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence and Catherine Ponder. A senior political science major at Vanderbilt University, he hopes to apply to and gain acceptance to a reputable program in public policy with a concentration in international relations. He is very interested in Georgetown University and George Washington University. For his time in undergraduate, Corey has been involved with many activities. He has served as a committee member of the Black Student Alliance’s Committee on political and Economic Empowerment, has played in the wind ensemble for two and a half years, has volunteered as a teacher of science to middle school students in Nashville, and has most recently served as an intern in Washington, DC this summer for the Center for National Policy. Corey currently is the President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Kappa Theta Chapter, and the Assistant Area Director for Nashville/Clarksville. He serves as the head resident for his dormitory, is an active member in his campus gospel choir, and is the assistant editor for a new and upcoming minority student publication on campus. Recently Corey had the honor of being named Vanderbilt’s 20052006 Greek Man of the Year, and the Chancellor’s Diversity Scholarship Award recipient.


Charity Draper,

Fisk University



Erik Phillips-Nania, University of Colorado-Boulder

Erik Phillips-Nania is a senior majoring in political science and environmental studies with a certificate in peace and conflict studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Erik is the president of Students for Action, a non-profit student activism organization that coordinates campaign efforts between university student groups and community organizations. He is also editor of the independent newsletter Twenty-Two Sheets from Boulder, which raises money for student activism. After graduation, Erik plans on pursuing environmental law at CU.

Ryan Werder, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Ryan Werder – a senior majoring in psychology and political science at the University of Michigan – is the founder, business manager, and former editor-in-chief of the Campus Progress sponsored Michigan Independent. On campus, he also serves as the Press Director for the University of Michigan College Democrats. Ryan spent the past summer as an intern for Congressman John D. Dingell in Washington as well as an intern for Campus Progress. He is a frequent contributor to the Campus Progress online magazine as well as the Michigan Independent.

John Owens-Ream, University of Nebraska-Omaha

John Owens-Ream is a junior co-majoring in women’s studies and religion at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Growing up on the south side of Chicago, John began working in politics at the age of 13 on the Barack Obama /Bobby Rush Congressional Race of 2000. He moved to Nebraska at 14, and has come to love the state. He is also active in the Nebraska Young Democrats. When not on the campaign trail or in the classroom, John writes for the UNO Democrats Blog.

Hannah Lee Miller, Brown University

Hannah is a junior majoring in public policy and American institutions at Brown University. She is a Political Theory Project Junior Fellow at Brown and has held internships with the Rhode Island Department of Education, Senator Kennedy’s Education Policy Office, American Online, and the Partnership for Creative Industrial Space. Additionally, she is active in student theatre on campus.

Gregory Cendana, University of California- Los Angeles

Gregory Cendana is a junior majoring in sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He now serves as Internal Vice President of the Undergraduate Students Association, a Resident Assistant for the Office of Residential Life, and Community & Labor Liaison for the United States Student Association (USSA). Gregory is also an active member in the Asian Pacific Coalition, Samahang Pilipino, the University of California Sudan Divestment Taskforce and an intern for the American Federation of State County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 3299. Of particular interest to Gregory are student fees, financial aid, and Darfur.

Mary Smith, University of Central Arkansas

Mary Smith is a senior majoring in philosophy and Spanish at the University of Central Arkansas. She is the president of the United Leftist Front and the Feminist Issues Coordinator of the Young Democratic Socialists. She is most involved in work surrounding gender/race equality, immigrant rights, and community and grassroots activism.

Katie Cristol, University of Virginia

Katie Cristol is a senior majoring in political & social thought and American politics at the University of Virginia. Katie is president of UVA’s Thomas Jefferson Chapter of the Virginia Young Democrats and is the 2004 recipient of the VYD Emily Couric Award. Throughout her time at the University, Katie has been involved with public policy and advocacy projects focusing on student race relations, sexual assault awareness, and equality for same sex couples. Her opinion column for the school’s Cavalier Daily was recognized by the Virginia Press Association in 2006.

Paul Perry, American University

Paul Perry is a senior political science & international studies major at American University in Washington, DC. He is currently serving as a legislative assistant at the NAACP Washington Bureau. Along with his position at the NAACP, Paul is also a 2005 Young People For (YP4) Fellow and a member of the Steering Committee and Senior Fellowship Program. Paul co-founded The Progressive Network, a network of progressive student organizations on campus. For the past three years, Paul has worked as a tutor and is now co-coordinating the Young Mens’ Program for the non-profit organization Facilitating Leadership in Youth (FLY). FLY serves over fifty low-income, African-American youth who live in Southeast Washington, DC with an after-school tutoring program, annual summer camp, hip-hop dance classes, and much more. Paul also gives tours for his university, writes a bi-weekly opinion column for the university newspaper, serves as a campus campaign manager for Teach For America, and maintains a campus forum website for the student community at American. He also spent a split year aboard between Kenya and Spain. In Kenya Paul worked as an assistant analyst with the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative while studying at the United States International University in Nairobi. Paul spent his time in Spain studying at the College for International Studies in Madrid and worked as an assistant teacher at a bilingual primary school.

Laura Hosman, University of Southern Mississippi

Laura Hosman is a junior majoring in political science and history at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM). She is currently the president of USM’s chapter of Amnesty International and the Student Area Coordinator for the state of Mississippi for Amnesty International. She is active with organizations such as Planned Parenthood, ACLU, United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS), and the Center for Human Rights and Civil Liberties at USM. Laura is also a Disaster Relief volunteer for the South-Central chapter of the Mississippi Red Cross and a volunteer tutor at the DREAM Center of Hattiesburg, MS.

Maya Shankar, Yale University

Maya Shankar is a senior at Yale majoring in cognitive science. She is the co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of FIVE Magazine, a Campus Progress supported publication. She is also the founder and director of the Downtown Development Program which engages Yalies in city development efforts to make New Haven a safer, cleaner, and more revitalized environment. Maya serves as a national coordinator for the College Council for CARE, a poverty-fighting organization, and as co-campus coordinator for the Yale’s United Students Against Sweatshops. Maya spends a majority of her time in visual perception labs, trying to discover the underlying nature of how we (and our non-human primate relatives) perceive objects.

Nathan Dickerson, University of Kentucky

Nathan Dickerson is a senior majoring in public policy with a computer science minor at the University of Kentucky. Currently Nathan interns with Jonathan Miller’s book tour for The Compassionate Community.. Nathan spent last summer interning with, an organization that lobbies for youth issues. He currently serves on the editorial board of the Kentucky Colonel, a Campus Progress-supported publication. Nathan is also Vice President of Communications for Mortar Board, a service-oriented honor society which has the mission of promoting equal opportunities among all people and advancing the status of women.

Korrie Martinez, Santa Fe Community College – Gainesville, Florida

Korrie Martinez, a Florida native, is a sophomore majoring in journalism at Santa Fe Community College. She currently writes for Gainesville’s student publication, The Independent Florida Alligatorand hopes to have her own progressive publication up and running by spring semester’s end. She is also the co-founder of Homebound Boca Raton, Inc. which is a non-profit organization that provides teenagers with safe transportation alternatives on weekend nights.

Lee Fang, University of Maryland-College Park

Lee Fang is a junior government and politics major at the University of Maryland. Lee is the President of the Federation of Maryland College Democrats, and is the editor of the Maryland College Democrat blog. He has interned for Media Matters for America, Representative Hoyer, and Representative Tubbs Jones. He is also a frequent columnist for the university student newspaper, The Diamondback. As Campus Progress Student Representative last year, Lee brought speakers such as author Anya Kamenetz and members of the university system Board of Regents to come speak about student debt and tuition issues on campus. Through the College Democrats, he sponsored a series of special events featuring Ambassador Joseph Wilson, peace activist Cindy Sheehan, and former Assistant Secretary of Defense Lawrence Korb to campus to highlight issues regarding the war in Iraq.

Click here for the 2005-2006 Student Advisory Board.

Get updates on these issues and more! Sign up to receive email updates on the latest actions, events, and updates impacting 18- to 35-year-olds.