2020-21 Wildcat Welcome Event Student Leader Team
Students Background
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Julia Bainum ‘21
Baltimore, MD

I am a senior history major and potentially a Hispanic studies minor. On campus, I am the president of Queers and Allies, one of the groups for LGBTQ+ students and staff and their allies. I volunteer as a tutor in the afterschool program of the Ada Jenkins Center, and this fall I will be a Fellow for the Humanities program. I am also a member of the club Ultimate Frisbee team and of Turner House, one of the four eating houses. Last fall I studied abroad in Valparaíso, Chile, living with a host family and working on my Spanish. This summer, I am continuing my work as a tutor with Ada Jenkins, as well as working (remotely) as an assistant teacher for the Rosedale Freedom Project in Rosedale, MS.


 

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Zoe Bock ‘22
Swarthmore, PA

I am a rising junior sociology major and Hispanic studies minor. On campus, I’m a tour guide, I volunteer weekly to teach Spanish to third graders at the local elementary school, and I’m a co-head of the new @humansofdavidsoncollege Instagram page. Additionally, I take vocal lessons and was involved in the musical my first year. I’m also a member of Warner Hall Eating House and a trained facilitator through the Deliberative Citizenship Initiative. This summer, I’m completing a remote internship with Active Minds, a DC-based nonprofit that supports mental health awareness, advocacy, and education for high school and college students. With the support of a Davidson grant, I’m also working with a team of students to reimagine the SiDES (Spanish in Davidson Elementary School) program for this upcoming fall and to create resources for volunteers. I’d love to share my study space tips and dining hall hacks with you all and answer any other questions you may have!


 

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Juan Diaz Mercado '22
Fremont, NE

I am a first-generation junior majoring in communications and Latin American studies. I am also probably the first Nebraskan you’ve met! On campus I am involved in choir, a cappella, Questbridge, OLAS, and Q & A! I became a brother of Lambda Theta Phi, Latin Fraternity, Inc. this past spring! I also am a collaborator of the Davidson Microaggressions Project that helps expose microaggressions that occur on campus in order to foster dialogues towards a more inclusive campus.


 

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Roman Fenner '22
Richmond, VA

I’m a rising junior with a major in biology and a minor in music on the premedicine track. Outside of academics, I’m the Vice President of the Davidson College Chorale, the Music Director of the Nuances (1 of our 2 co-ed acapella groups!), and an Orientation Team Leader. I’m also a member of the Premedicine Society and work as an upperclassman adviser. If I’m not in rehearsal, you can probably find me at Nummit or the Pickled Peach on Main Street, as I’m a certified fiend for kombucha and nitro cold brew. Recently, I’ve been working at a local lab helping process COVID tests from across the country. I am also currently working on a remote biology research project from my backyard. In my down time, I enjoy biking, playing guitar, cooking, and playing video games when the boys are online.


 

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Deen Haleem '21
Milton, MA

I am a senior history and PPE (politics, philosophy, and economics) major at Davidson. On campus, I am a member of the Student Government, Honor Council, and President of our Non-Profit Consulting club. In my personal life, I am a die-hard Celtics fan, will read basically any science-fiction in front of me, and love listening to Chance the Rapper and Kyle. On campus, you’re most likely to find me at Nummit drinking as much coffee as they will serve me. I was a proud member of 3rd Belk my First-Year, though I may never recover from losing the flickerball finals. After Davidson, I’m hoping to go to law school and work for a non-profit firm.


 

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Anna McGuire '21
Cabin John, MD

I am a rising senior political science major and history minor. On campus, I currently serve as the co-station manager of our student radio station, WALT 1610. I am also a member of Oops Improv Comedy, a member of Warner Hall Eating House and a tour guide. Last summer, I studied abroad with the Davidson in Cambridge program and then spent the fall semester in Copenhagen, Denmark. This summer, I am currently a virtual field intern for Sara Gideon’s Senate Campaign in Maine. In my free time at Davidson, I love going to cardio dance, drinking iced coffee at Summit and cooking with my friends.


 

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Ruby Nguyen  '22
Gaithersburg, MD

I am a junior biology major and intended Hispanic studies minor on the premedicine track. Having managed the biology department’s social media accounts for the past two years, this academic year, I will serve as Co-Student Coordinator for the STRIDE program and a Spanish AT. I am also a tour guide, trip leader for Timmy Global Health, a public health group with an annual medical service trip to Latin America and the secretary of QuestBridge, a space for first-generation, low-income students. When I’m not holed up in Wall (our science building), I can be found at cardio dance, Turner Eating House or Whit’s, the local custard shop!


 

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Nick Proctor '23
Calhoun, GA

I am a sophomore intended political science and history dual major. On campus, I am a member of the Honor Council, serve as a tour guide for admissions, and work with the Davidson College Democrats and Davidson’s chapter of Planned Parenthood Generation Action. Additionally, I am a Bonner Scholar; as a Bonner, I volunteer in the LEARNWorks program at the nearby Ada Jenkins Center as an assistant in the 1st and 2nd grade classroom. I have spent the summer working with my city’s government as a rotating departmental intern and remotely volunteering with some political campaigns. In my spare time on campus, I can usually be found listening to Kacey Musgraves or loudly watching college football.


 

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Will Tabor '21
Jacksonville, FL

I am a rising senior history major. I’m a member of the swim team at Davidson, where I swim the 100/200 yard butterfly and the 100 yard breaststroke. Additionally, I’m a member of the ROTC program here at Davidson, and I’m also a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Last summer, I studied abroad with the Davidson in Cambridge program, while this summer I am back home in Florida and enjoying every minute I get to spend with my dog, a black lab named Harley.


 

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Eboni Thomas '23
Houston, TX

I am a rising sophomore and although I have not yet declared my major, I am a potential psychology major with a minor in French and Francophone studies. In my time at Davidson, I found that there are so many different organizations to join. A few that I am involved in are the wonderful Cheerleading team, the BSC or Black Student Coalition and I am a Bonner Scholar. As a Bonner, I volunteer with local non-profit organizations such as the Davidson Preschool or Ada Jenkins. For those interested, please reach out with questions as well as be on the lookout for emails from me about Black History Month events and committees as I am the chairperson for this upcoming year. One of my favorite spots on campus was my first year dorm. I lived on 4th Cannon which was really cool because I had a nice view of campus.


 

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Sarah Thompson '21
Washington, D.C.

I am a rising senior sociology major and educational studies minor. On campus I am a Bonner Scholar through which I have volunteered at Ada Jenkins as a 4th and 5th grade tutor and at Lake Norman High School as an assistant softball coach. I am also an active member of Rusk Eating house serving on the E-board and conduct council. I am a Resident Advisor on campus and a volunteer leader and soon to be part time employee of Young Life in the Lake Norman area. In past summers I have worked as an assistant summer school teacher, volunteered and led at high school camps, and worked as a Davidson Education scholar. This summer I am working as a waitress at a restaurant in Davidson and loving it! In my free time on campus I love to go to  basketball games, get brunch with my girlfriends, and hang out in the student union (always participating in Union Board events). I can tell you the best places and paths to walk on campus and where you can get the best vending machine snacks so feel free to ask!


 

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Zach Villamin '22
Baar, Switzerland

I am a rising junior chemistry major and environmental studies minor on the premedicine track originally from Singapore. Aside from my role as a Welcome Event Student Leader, I’m a Hall Counselor on First Richardson with the Residence Life Office,  a Student Technology Consultant with Technology & Innovation Department, and an Admissions Ambassador with our Office of Admissions and Financial Aid working on programs like our Davidson 360 Virtual Tour Initiative, Accepted Students Virtual Q&A, and the Davidson Admissions Intensive Panel. I’m also involved in Club Swimming, Squash, and Neuroscience in non-leadership capacities. This summer, I’m primarily working with Dr. Nicole Snyder in the Chemistry Department on SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) therapeutic development simulations, while working part time on the Virtual Tour Initiative and the Virtual Q&A program.