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 approximately 400 student-alumni engagement visits to date.

2019-20 Alumni Engagement Ambassadors

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

Students Background
Kaitlin Barkley '20

Kaitlin Barkley '20
Orange, NJ

I am a senior 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 '21

Garnet Brown '21
Palmetto, GA

I am an economics major and intended data science minor. 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. I spent this past semester studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I practiced my Spanish and traveled around South America.

Daniel D'Amico

Daniel D'Amico '21
South Pasadena, CA

I am a Junior Political Studies major and plan on attend law school after I graduate.  On campus, I am a member of the mock trial team and work as a tour guide in the admissions office.  I also serve on the executive board for the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity on campus.

Caroline Evans '20

Caroline Evans '20
Bethesda, MD

I am a Physics and Hispanic Studies double major graduating this spring. Last summer, I researched the fundamental astrophysics problem of coronal heating through a joint Research Experience for Undergraduates funded by the National Science Foundation at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center/ the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Throughout my time at Davidson, I've gone abroad three times: two summer programs to Europe (Cádiz, Spain and London, UK) and a semester-long experience in Valparaíso, Chile. While on campus, I have a wonderful time in a variety of STEM groups (including VP of Outreach for the Society of Physics Students and mentoring for Strategies for Success), teaching Spanish to second graders at Davidson Elementary School, working as a Senior Admissions Fellow, 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.

Halley Fullerton

Halley Fullerton '20
New Rochelle, NY

I am an English and Hispanic Studies double major with a hope to pursue a career in communications or journalism following my graduation in May. On campus, I am the Editor-in-Chief of the college’s yearbook, an assistant teacher for the Hispanic Studies department, the Senior-at-Large of Warner Hall Eating House, and a member of the Women’s Club Lacrosse team. Additionally, I volunteer to teach weekly first-grade Spanish classes at Davidson Elementary School, and recently began working at the Hurt Hub.

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Mia Gogel '20
Baltimore, MD

I am a senior environmental studies major finishing up a capstone project on the effects of climate on West Nile Virus. I am also interested in public health and studied this topic abroad in India, South Africa, and Brazil. On campus, I am a member of the honor council, co-chair of the Women's Leadership Conference, and a member of Rusk Eating House. I also work in the Office of Alumni and Family Engagement.

Angelina Gurrola

Angelina Gurrola '20
Chicago, IL

I am a senior Music Technology major at Davidson. Through my personal branding as an independent music producer and after my senior research regarding the narratives of women in hip hop music production, I hope to enter the LA underground music scene as a producer and performer post-grad. My work as an Arts Fellow on campus has pushed me to consider the importance of bridging the gap between all art forms and creatives, firmly believing in the power of music, and arts in general, to facilitate the emotional healing of all people.

Deen Haleem

Deen Haleem '21
Milton, MA

I am a Junior History and PPE (Politics, Philosophy, and Economics) major at Davidson. On campus, I am a member of the Honor Council, Mock Trial team, and the Basketball Correspondent for the Davidsonian. After Davidson, I hope to attend a graduate program for Law or Political Science.

Anna Maria Johnson

Anna Maria Johnson '22
Houston, TX

I am a pre-med intended Hispanic studies major. On campus I am involved in Timmy Global Health, Davidson for the Kids, Civic Engagement Council, and I am a member of the Rusk eating house. I also am an assistant teacher for the Hispanic studies department and volunteer at HealthReach Community Clinic. 

Emily Juel '21

Emily Juel '21
Hillsborough, NC

I am a psychology and sociology double major recently returning from a semester studying abroad in Copenhagen. On campus, I am a member of the honor council and a research assistant for both the cognitive aging lab and sociology department. I also enjoy coaching Girls on the Run at Davidson Elementary and serving as a student advisor for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA leaders club.

Eldina Kucevic

Eldina Kucevic '20
Andover, NJ

I am a senior Political Science major who also studies Arabic and Chinese. On campus, I volunteer with Davidson Refugee Support and Muslim Students Association, and work at Baker Sports Complex and Davidson Intramural Sports. I hope to pursue a career related to diplomacy and international relations.

Raylon Linvel

Raylon Linvel '22
Mequite, TX

I am a sophomore from Dallas, Texas and play defensive tackle for the Davidson football team. I am a Bonner Scholar and do most of my service work with Duboisian West Charlotte Scholars Society, working with West Charlotte High School students doing mentorship, group community work, and college readiness. I value community, family and the potential for a better future above all and working with younger students has strengthened these values for myself.

Anna McGuire '21

Anna McGuire '21
Cabin John, MD

I am a political science major and history minor. This past year, I studied in both Copenhagen, Denmark and with the Davidson in Cambridge program in the UK. On campus, I am involved with our student radio station, WALT 1610, as well as our campus improv comedy group. I am also a member of Warner Hall House.

Paige McKinney

Paige McKinney '20
Keller, TX

I am a senior Political Science major and Economics minor. I am interested child nutrition policy and sustainable food production and I am planning to pursue a career in public policy or nonprofit development. I compete as a distance runner on the cross country and track team and I am a member of Warner Hall Eating House. In addition to working at Kindred Restaurant on Main Street, I volunteer with engagement and fundraising activities for Access to Success and the ALS Association.

Emily Modlin

Emily Modlin '20
San Anselmo, CA

I am a senior Public Health major through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.  On campus, I am involved in the Symphony Orchestra, Health Justice Committee, and am an active member of Connor Eating House.  I also volunteer at the Ada Jenkins free clinic just off campus. Last summer, I travelled to Mwandi, Zambia with the Davison in Mwandi study abroad program to learn more about the Zambian healthcare system.  After Davidson, I hope to pursue a career in medicine and global health. 

Leslie Nut-Komlah '21

Leslie Nut-Komlah '21
Douglasville, GA

I am a junior economics major, data science minor with interests including economic development, financial literacy, and data analytics. Currently, I am studying at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). At Davidson, I work at the campus post office, the Center for Teaching and Learning as a physics tutor, and Ada Jenkins as a volunteer. In addition, I am heavily involved with the economics department through research and teaching. I plan to be an econometrics TA when I return to campus. Last summer, I conducted independent microeconomic research in a rural community of Ghana while volunteering with an NGO. After Davidson, I plan to obtain a graduate degree in economics.

Tiffany Pauls

Tiffany Pauls '20
Burtonsville, MD

I am a senior Environmental Studies major. On campus, I’m involved with Student Government, I’m a member of the Upsilon Mu Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, and also a student worker with the Technology and Innovation Department.

Caroline Phan '20

Caroline Phan '20
Clemmons, NC

I am a senior Biology major interested in biomedical research and language-learning. I studied abroad in Seoul, South Korea my sophomore 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.


Anne Ridenhour '21

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 Junior 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. This past semester I studied abroad at The University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Andrea Robinson '20

Andrea Robinson '20
Randalstown, MD

I am a Physics major with a strong interest in biomedical research. On campus, I am a member of the Women's Basketball team. I also serve as the VP of Interdisciplinary Affairs for the Society of Physics Students, Senior Class Gift Co-Chair, and am a STRIDE mentor. After graduating, I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering.

Alex Suarez

Alex Suarez '21
Miami, FL

I am a junior Computer Science and English double major from Miami, Florida. On campus, I work as a Computer Science assistant teacher and tutor. I am also a Posse Scholar, the Social Media Manager for the Organization for Latinx American Students, and a part of the Consultant team for the FIRST Action Team. I spent last summer working as a Teaching Fellow for Breakthrough Miami, and this summer I hope to attain a tech internship where I can apply my skills in Computer Science.

Jaylen Thompson

Jaylen Thompson '20
Virginia Beach, VA

I am a senior communications studies major, economics minor from Virginia Beach, VA. On campus, I am part of the Men’s Soccer team, am a member of the Mental Health Advocates, and run a soccer podcast called the A and J Soccer Show. Currently, I am writing my major thesis on identity management and rap music.

Ben Walters '21

Ben Walters '20
Raleigh, NC

I am a Senior Economics major originally from Kansas City, although I have also lived in Richmond and Raleigh. At Davidson, I am a captain of the men’s club lacrosse team as well as serving as Kappa Sigma’s Philanthropy Chair. I also work for the Business Services Office. After my sophomore year, I worked in Singapore through the Davidson in East Asia program and studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark my Junior Fall. This past summer, I worked for Barings in Charlotte.