University Relations

Name Strengths Contact Information

Laura Dammer Hess
Assistant Director for the Community Engagement Scholars Program

Communication, connectedness, futuristic, ideation, input

Phone: 612-625-3314

Laurel Hirt
Director of Center for Community-Engaged Learning

Empathy, adaptability, connectedness, developer, strategic

Phone: 612-625-3344

David Holliday
Assistant Director for Domestic Off-Campus Study Programs

Arranger, connectedness, context, harmony, individualization

Phone: 612-624-6385

Bruce McGuire
Front Desk

Deliberative, analytical, context, input, responsibility

Phone: 612-626-2044

Katie Peacock
Assistant Director for Community Partnerships and Engaged Learning

Activator, communication, self-assurance, strategic, woo

Phone: 612-624-2585

Monica Siems
Assistant Director for Engaged Learning, Training and Assessment

Connectedness, adaptability, empathy, input, context

Phone: 612-624-6574

Student Staff

Name Strengths About Me

Cat A.
Web designer/developer

Restorative, individualization, futuristic, responsibility, input

Hello! I am an art and design senior who values emotional design, user experience, and fine art married to functionality! I work with the Service-Learning center as a student web designer and developer, and in my spare time I like doing photo shoots around town.

Prashasti Bhatnagar
Peer Advisor/Communications Assistant

Restorative, relator, strategic, learner, achiever

Hi everyone! I'm an incoming international student from India. I'm a freshman this year at the U of M, majoring in Psychology with a double-minor in Neuroscience and Public Health. I plan to make full use of the comprehensive education and exposure provided at the U, and fulfill my dream to become a Neurosurgeon. I am extremely glad to be a part of this working environment, where I get the opportunity to not only grow as a person, both personally and professionally, but also be able to contribute to the service of others.

Jesse Greenawald
Digital Storytelling

Restorative, developer, input, belief, harmony

Hi I'm the video production facilitator. I'm a sophomore majoring in Family Social Science. I'm from Green Bay, Wisconsin. On campus I am a part of the student groups Active Minds, University Suicide Awareness and Prevention, and Minnesota Student Association. I wish to pursue a career in professional counseling with a focus in anxiety and depression when I graduate. I have passions in storytelling and video work.

Husna Ibrahim
Peer Advisor

Maria Lee
Peer Advisor

Positivity, includer, communication, maximizer, woo

I grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and have been loving my past three years in the Twin Cities! I study Geography and am in outdoor enthusiast! I'm interested in connecting urban populations with nature. In my spare time I like to explore the cities on my bicycle

Richard Lee
HECUA Peer Advisor
Inequality in America & Race in America

Meredith Leung
Peer Advisor

Hi! I am a sophomore majoring in Applied Economics and minoring in Sustainability. I have just started as a peer advisor but have plenty of volunteer and advising experience. I am the treasurer for the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences student group on campus. In my spare time I love to go on road trips, especially to music festivals. I am happy to answer any questions you may have and find a volunteer organization that fits perfectly for you!

Lizzie Michaud
Peer Advisor

Context, input, learner, includer, positivity

Hi! I am a French major with a minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. I grew up in Milwaukee, WI and love being a Gopher! On campus, I am involved in MinnesoTap, but I take my involvement off campus as well, volunteering for the Ronald M. Hubbs Center as a classroom assistant. I hope to use that experience to become a French teacher and/or English teacher abroad! One fun fact about me is that I was 18 when I learned how to ride a bike.

Becca Pacis
Peer Advisor

Futuristic, relator, strategic, responsibility, communication

Hi there! I am a freshman in CLA majoring in Biology, Society, and Environment. I am cruising down the very long path to a medical career in obstetrics. I work with the Community Service Learning Center as a Peer Advisor, and in my spare time, I knit beanies and volunteer with kids.

Jenifer Smith
Peer Advisor

Includer, input, arranger, maximizer, significance

Hello! I'm a sophomore studying Public and Nonprofit Management and Marketing. I am a Peer Adviser in the office and also work closely with the Community Engagement Scholars Program. I absolutely love to travel and explore when I find some spare time!