2017-2018 Fellows

Emily Grace BrarenEmily Grace Braren is a senior here at William & Mary, majoring in Government and minoring in History. She was in Sharpe her freshman year, and took Reimaging Communities with Artisia Green (the professor she is also TAing for this year), and did her research project on Rehabilitation and Reintegration Programs for Former Child Slaves of Boko Haram. Emily Grace loves being an RA, napping, and sloths but hates Pepto Bismal pink. She's lived in Brussels and spent the most recent summer in Prague with fellow William & Mary students, and hopes to return to Europe after graduation and work in Eastern European politics. She is so excited to work with all of you this year and help you find your research passions!

I'm Riley Ford. I was a Sharpe student last year in the Living Riley Fordin the Environment class and now I'm the TA for the same class. I'm super interested in sustainability in the private and public sector, and my community project last year was all about sustainable capitalism and companies- specifically B corps! Living with the Environment really appealed to my interests about sustainability and conservation, and then the Sharpe community class brought in a whole different aspect that was interesting to learn about. Learning about all the different aspects of Sharpe and community involvement in the first semester, and then being able to actually apply those skills in the second was really helpful and interesting! I can't wait to help this year's students have as great as a time as I did!

Alyssa Luz-Ricca


Hi! My name is Alyssa Luz-Ricca and I'm a sophomore majoring in Neuroscience. I'm the teaching fellow for Intro to LGBTIQ History with Professor Meyer, which I took (and loved!) last year. Outside of Sharpe, I am a researcher and the outreach coordinator for the Bioengineering Lab, which means I get to organize fun science education programs for students and teachers! In my free time, I love to read, drink concerning amounts of coffee, and travel. I can't wait to get to know all of you!

Sruthi Kodali

My name is Sruthi Kodali and I'm a sophomore at the college majoring in Kinesiology and Health Sciences with a minor in Biochemistry. I'm originally from Fairfax, Virginia but moved to upstate New York last year. I was in Dr. Griffin's Health Disparities seminar last year during which I began to develop my research project on Health Statistics in Food Deserts in Virginia. This past summer I conducted my research through a Monroe scholar grant. This year I will be a teaching fellow for the seminar and am excited to help other students as they develop their own projects! On campus, I'm a part of Branch Out, TribeTHON, and Griffin Bhangra Team. In my free time I enjoy exercising and watching TV.

Danny McNeil

My name is Danny McNeil, and I am a junior. I was in Professor Griffin's Culture, Identity, and Social Change seminar my freshman year. Last year, I was a Teaching Fellow for Professor Green's seminar Reimagining Communities. My Sharpe project involved understanding the past and present concerns with the use of American Indian vocabulary and imagery as a part of William and Mary's identity. I am a Psychology major at the College, with a Chemistry minor. I am thrilled to continue my path with Sharpe by being a Teaching Fellow for Professor Griffin's Health Disparities course. Outside of classes, I am in Greek Life, a Resident Assistant, a tutor, the undersecretary of mental health for the college, and I work for the Charles Center. I'm really looking forward to another great year in Sharpe!

Leah Roemer

Hi Everyone! My name is Leah Roemer and I'm a junior from Princeton, New Jersey. I'm double majoring in Sociology and French & Francophone Studies, and this year I'll be helping Professor Griffin and the Sharpe Program with organization and research. As a freshman Sharpe Scholar I completed a research project analyzing sexual health education programs in the U.S. and exposing correlations between abstinence-only program funding levels and high disease, teen pregnancy, and sexual assault rates. Last year I was able to explore health education and inequality further as the Teaching Fellow for Professor Griffin's Health Disparities class. This summer I also conducted a research project through the Monroe Scholar program on teen drinking attitudes and behavior, which explored how teens develop their drinking habits and analyzed different risk factors for binge drinking. Around campus, you can find me discussing arcane rules of evidence with the Mock Trial Team, volunteering with Merrimac Mentors, writing comedy as an editor on The Pillory humor magazine, or enthusiastically promoting W&M as a Tour Guide. After college, I hope to work for a nonprofit or government department improving welfare, education, and justice system programs. My ultimate goal is to help facilitate the expansion of sexual health education in French-speaking African countries. I'm looking forward to another great year with the Sharpe program!

Julia Tan 

Hello all! My name is Julia Tan, a sophomore at W&M and with a potential major in Public Policy (though my allegiance is still quite Undecided). I'm from Brooklyn, New York and was one of the few Sharpe scholars not in Spotswood - shout out to any fellow Hunties out there! My seminar last year was Dr. Taylor's Living with the Environment class, where I did collaborative research analyzing the implementation of Farm-to-School programs in the Williamsburg community and around the country and the elements contributing to a program's success and sustainability. On campus, I am involved with the W&M club gymnastics team, Filipino-American Student Society (FASA), Steer Clear, and Merrimac Mentors. As a TA for LWTE, I'm so excited to meet all of you and be involved with Sharpe once again!

Naa-Kwarley Quartey

Hi! My name is Naa-Kwarley Quartey and I am a current sophomore from Woodbridge, VA.  I am an intended Chemistry major and planning to possibly double major in Geology or Music. Last year, I took Professor Aday’s Communities and Neighborhoods seminar where I conducted my research on food deserts in Williamsburg. This year, I am going to continue on my Sharpe path by being a Teaching Fellow for Professor Rasmussen’s American Soundscapes seminar. Outside of classes, you can see me sing with the William & Mary Women’s Chorus and the acapella group Common Ground. I am also a Wren Scholar, 2016 PLUS and PLUS-S summer program participant, and a member of InterVarsity. I can’t wait for another year with the Sharpe program and please feel free to say hi to me on campus or ask me any questions that you have!

Sidney Walker

 Hi I'm Sidney Walker, a sophomore from Fairfax, Virginia! I'm a double major in psychology and sociology on a "pre-law track." On campus, I'm involved with the Women's Rugby Team. I am also a Resident Assistant, a Peer Educator in charge of running the FYI's and a Core volunteer. I love reality tv, hiking and spending time with friends and family. I'm so excited to be working with y'all.