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Davidson Discovery Initiative

The Davidson Discovery Initiative builds a two-way dialogue between the college and alumni, giving alumni an opportunity to share their perspectives and ideas and to help shape the future of Davidson.

Through this program, our Alumni Engagement Student Ambassadors conduct brief visits with alumni across the country and world during academic breaks or while studying abroad. Students ask alumni questions about their life since graduation and their perception of Davidson, field questions about Davidson today, and share information about how alumni can participate in the life of the college.

The program, started in 2014, has resulted in more than 270 student-alumni engagement visits to date.

2018-19 Alumni Engagement Ambassadors

Jose Balcazar '19

Jose Balcazar '19
Miami, FL

I am a mathematics and computer science double major. I am a volunteer at the Ada Jenkins free clinic as a Spanish translator and lab assistant, and am a member of Davidson's Men's Diving. When I am not on campus, I can be found at the Sustainability Co-op.

Julia Balick

Julia Balick '21
Kinnalon, NJ

I am a communication studies major through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. On campus, I am a member of Rusk Eating House and Hillel. I am also a speaking center tutor at the Center for Teaching and Learning and am involved with entrepreneurship at the Hurt Hub.

Kaitlin Barkley

Kaitlin Barkley '20
Orange, NJ

I am a junior Africana Studies major with a focus in public health. On campus, I am involved with the Black Student Coalition (BSC), the Body Project, the Justice, Equality, Community Project (JEC) Student Advisory Group, and the Davidson Spirit Team. In addition, I am a student employee at the E. H. Little Library.

Garnet Brown

Garnet Brown '21
Palmetto, GA

I am an intended economics and Hispanic studies double major. In addition to running on the varsity cross country and track teams, I am an assistant teacher for Spanish, volunteer as a translator at the Ada Jenkins free clinic, and am an active member of Connor House.

David D'Amico

David D'Amico '19
Pasadena, CA

I am a senior political science major with a minor in Hispanic studies. On campus, I volunteer at a local elementary school by teaching weekly Spanish classes to students, I am a committee member for the Davidson College branch of Relay for Life, and I participate in Cat Stats, a program designed to bring advanced analytics to various Davidson sports teams. Additionally, I am a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and I will be working in the telecommunications industry following graduation.

Olivia Daniels

Olivia Daniels '19
Phillipsburg, NJ

I am a senior history major and English minor, and I am currently writing a Kelley honors thesis about reproductive choice and midwifery in early- twentieth Britian. On campus, I serve as co-editor-in-chief of The Davidsonian and vice-chair of the Center for Political Engagement in addition to working at the front desk of the library. I plan to attend law school next year, and I hope to eventually practice constitutional or public interest law, with a focus on reproductive rights.

Caroline Evans

Caroline Evans '20
Bethesda, MD

I am a physics and Hispanic Studies double major interested in pursuing a PhD in astrophysics in the future. This past fall, I was abroad in Valparaíso, Chile, where I took math and physics classes in Spanish and explored many different parts of the country. Some of my on-campus activities include a variety of STEM groups (including Society of Physics Students and Strategies for Success), teaching Spanish to second graders at Davidson Elementary School, giving tours, and tutoring math for the college. When not working, I can be seen playing trumpet in pep band and participating in my eating-house, Turner.

Sydney Fox

Sidney Fox '19
Ballwin, MO

I am a political science major interested in attending law school in the future. Last year I studied abroad in Athens, Greece and also taught English to unaccompanied male teenage refugees while there. On campus I enjoy giving tours to perspective students, attending the Davidson basketball games, and being involved in my eating house. I also help plan the Women’s Leadership Conference annually, am a member of the Pre-law Society, and work in the Office of Admission and Financial Aid.

Kat Glittenberg

Kat Glittenberg ‘21

I am an intended Political Science and Arab Studies major with an additional interest in Chinese language. On campus, I am involved with RUF and I work in the Office of Alumni and Family Engagement. I have also volunteered as an after-school tutor at Ada Jenkins Community Center. I am hoping to study abroad in Lebanon next fall.

Mia Gogel

Mia Gogel '20
Baltimore, MD

I am an environmental studies major recently returning from a semester studying public health in India, South Africa, and Brazil. On campus, I am a member of the honor council, Gamut Dance Company, and Rusk Eating House. Last summer, I worked as a Davidson Sustainability Scholar interning at the Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm.

Emily Juel

Emily Juel '21
Chapel Hill, NC

I am a psychology and sociology double major. On campus, I am an innovation research analyst at the Hub, a research assistant for the sociology department, and the education chair of Rusk Eating House. I also enjoy volunteering as a Girls on the Run coach at Davidson Elementary.

Bethany Kirkpatrick

Bethany Kirkpatrick '19
Nashville, Tenn.

I am a senior history major and education minor planning to pursue a career in education policy and administration. On campus, I serve as one of the Defense Advisors for the Honor Council and as the president of the DuBoisian World Scholars Society, an educational equity partnership in West Charlotte. I am a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and after graduation, I will be teaching middle school English and social studies through Teach for America.

Katie Lyle

Katie Lyle '20
Del Mar, CA

I am a junior chemistry major and Chinese studies minor with an interest in organic chemistry research. I have previously interned in Shanghai, and I will be conducting organic chemistry research in Germany this upcoming summer. I volunteer at the Ada Jenkins Free Clinic, and I am a member of Habitat for Humanity. On campus, I am a captain for the women's' ultimate frisbee team, give tours for the admissions office, and a member of Turner Eating House.

Rylie Martin

Rylie Martin '20
Cary, NC

I am a history major and Hispanic studies minor with a strong interest in public and global health. On campus, I am a member of Rusk Eating House, volunteer with the Davidson Dignity Project, and teach first grade Spanish at Davidson Elementary School.

Anna McGuire

Anna McGuire '21
Cabin John, MD

I am an intended political science major with a history minor. On campus, I am involved with the student radio station WALT 1610 and Half the Sky, a group dedicated to global gender equality. I also serve as a tour guide for prospective students and I am a member of Warner Hall. After Davidson, I hope to pursue a career in politics or the non-profit sector.

Uyen Nguyen

Uyen Nguyen '20
Rolesville, NC

I am a junior Africana Studies major and Economics minor. On campus, I am involved with the Student Conduct Council. In addition, I am a Senior Editor at the Sankofa Journal, an academic paper designed for Africana Studies, and Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus, an online magazine for college women. Last summer, I was a part of the Davidson in Washington Program and interned at a criminal justice organization called Campaign for Youth Justice. My long-term goal is to attend law school and become a lawyer.

Leslie Nut-Komlah

Leslie Nut-Komlah '21
Douglasville, GA

I am a sophomore economics major with interests including economic development and financial literacy. At Davidson, I work at the campus post office, am a physics tutor at the Center for Teaching and Learning, and am the Vice-President of Textures: healthy hair and living club. Last summer, I interned with the Mecklenburg County Land Use and Environmental Services Agency as an assistant project manager.

Caroline Phan

Caroline Phan '20
Clemmons, NC

I am a junior Biology major interested in biomedical research and language-learning. I studied abroad in Seoul, South Korea this past spring semester studying Korean language and culture. On campus, I do genetics research in a Drosophila lab. Additionally, I volunteer at Ada Jenkins, where I facilitate patient intake at the medical clinic, and the SiDES program, where I teach Spanish to local elementary school students. When I am not in the lab, you can find me playing frisbee with friends.

Bry Reed

Bry Reed '20
Windsor Mill, MD

I am a junior Africana Studies major and GSS minor from Baltimore, MD. I am currently the Vice President of the Black Student Coalition and a member of the Upsilon Mu Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. I am also a Bonner Scholar.

Anne Ridenhour

Anne Ridenhour '21
Charlottesville, VA

I am a political science major and an educational studies minor and plan to pursue a career in educational policy.  On campus, I serve as a sophomore member on the Honor Council, volunteer with the high school youth group at DCPC, and serve on the executive board of Warner Hall eating house.

Tony Solis

Tony Solis '19
Chicago, IL

I am a senior educational studies and public policy major through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. On campus, I am involved in the Student Initiative for Academic Diversity (SIAD) and am a Chidsey Leadership Fellow, a resident at the Sustainability Co-Operative, and the Secretary of the Activities Tax Council.

Severine Stier

Severine Stier '19
Princeton, NJ

I am a senior English major with a passion for Francophone studies. On campus, I work as a Senior Admission Fellow in the Office of Admission & Financial Aid and am involved with French Club, Hobart Park: Davidson's Annual Literary Review, and Hillel. Last fall, I studied abroad in Paris, France.

Hermione Su

Hermione Su '19
Guangdong, China

I am a Political Science major with a minor in Data Science. I am a Hall Counselor and an apprentice teacher for Chinese. I have been involved with Davidson Dharma, a student Buddhist group and Chinese Cultural Club. I have done research in Tibet through the Davidson Initiative program. Last summer, I interned in D.C. as a participant of Davidson in Washington.

Annika Thesing

Annika Thesing '21
Atlanta, GA

I am an Economics major with a minor in French and Francophone Studies. On campus, I serve as house manager of Turner Eating House, and I work in the Office of Admission and Financial Aid. I am interested in issues of social equity, with a focus on women's rights, and I plan to study abroad in a French-speaking country in the fall of 2019.

Daniel Thomas

Daniel Thomas '21
Palm Coast, FL

I am a sophomore Political Science major with a minor in Economics. On campus, I am the lead organizer for Davidson Refugee Support, a student co-leader for the Dean Rusk Global Corps, a Bonner Scholar, and a first-year Hall Counselor. After Davidson, I am planning to pursue a career in public policy or enter of the field of nonprofit consulting.

For more information about the Davidson Discovery Initiative, contact Judith Rowles, associate director of Alumni and Family Engagement, at