Alyssa Schledwitz is the Internal Vice President and a founding member of SPARC. She is a Life Sciences Scholars alumna and senior neurobiology major/human development minor who hopes to give back to her Scholars community by strengthening the connection between students from all 12 programs. She has a special interest in issues of healthcare equity, immigrant and refugee rights, and mental health advocacy. When she’s not working with SPARC, you can find Alyssa playing guitar, hiking, or reading in the Co-op.
Kristen Brockett is a founding member of SPARC, as well as one of our Co-Presidents. She is a junior government and politics major and an alum of the Public Leadership Scholars program. She is passionate about caring for others and mental health awareness, and believes that having respect for everyone around her is key in life. When not working with SPARC, Kristen works on the Bylaws Committee for her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, and the Sexual Misconduct Committee within the Student Government Association. She also enjoys spending time with her friends, swimming, and hiking.
Anthony Sartori is one of our Co-Presidents and a founding member of SPARC. He is a senior psychology major who hopes to increase the interconnectedness within the scholars community to promote a healthier and more balanced living and learning environment. He wholeheartedly believes that we must offer our unconditional support and caring attention for those with and without mental health and substance abuse challenges. He is equally as passionate about self-care, mental health advocacy and equal rights for all. When he’s not working with SPARC you can find Anthony in nature, hiking, traveling, reading, hanging with friends or taking photos (octopuslord.wordpress.com).
Ferddy Gedeon is our current secretary. She’s a sophomore psychology major who’s thinking of double majoring in marketing. She’s also a second year in the Science, Discovery, and the Universe Scholars program. Ferddy is most passionate about social justice. She loves to educate on injustices as well as do her part in eradicating them through her involvement in clubs, protests, sit-ins, etc. She hopes to further this involvement through her part in SPARC. In her free time, Ferddy loves to read, write poetry, and discover new music.
Roxanna “Roxy” Kazem is our current VP of External Affairs. Entering her second year in Public Leadership and as a finance and marketing double major, Roxy is excited to be back in the scholar’s community. This year, she hopes to build a strong connection with the incoming scholars class of 2021 and get more involved with other clubs across campus. Additionally, Roxy is an avid member of the Iranian Student’s Foundation. Last year, Roxy worked to increase the accessibility of reproductive health care products for students off and on campus, and hopes to do more work around the accessibility of reproductive health care in the future. In her free time, Roxy likes to read on the mall, hit up galleries and museums, and hang out with her friends and family, and her dog Cooper.
Ciera Miller is our current Community Outreach Coordinator. She is a sophomore Environmental Science and Policy major and completing her second year of the Environment, Technology, and Economy (ETE) Scholars Program. Ciera is interested in connecting with people and with the community while trying to improve and educate about the surrounding environment. Outside of SPARC activities Ciera is involved in UMD Women’s Ultimate Frisbee, loves watching stand up comedy, hiking, and rewatching the Harry Potter series.
Congratulations to our new Colloquium Representative Group!