William & Mary

2016-2017 Fellows

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Dan Delmonaco
Hello! My name is Dan Delmonaco and I am a senior from Metuchen, New Jersey. I am majoring in History and am completing the National Institute of American History and Democracy's certificate program in Early American History, Material Culture, and Museum Studies. I also have a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. On campus I am President of Alpha Phi Omega (a co-ed service fraternity) and volunteer with W&M Campus Buddies, an organization that works with local special needs children and young adults in the Williamsburg community. I work as a student assistant at the Reves Center for International Studies and previously worked in Residence Life for two years. In the spring of 2016, I joined the W&M Mattachine Project: Documenting the LGBTIQ Past of Virginia as a student researcher and then served as a research fellow in the summer. I love the work the project does in uncovering some of the untold stories of queer Virginians and personally hope to continue preserving the experiences of LGBTIQ individuals connected to William and Mary.

Ebi Doubeni

Hello, my name is Ebi Doubeni and I am from Philadelphia, PA. I am a senior at the college and a Africana Studies and Government double major. As a freshman, I participated in the Sharpe Program as a non-residential scholar and took Professor Charity-Hudley’s Sharpe seminar on African American English. I am also an active participant in the William and Mary Student Undergraduate Research Experience (WMSURE) Program. During my time at William and Mary I have been involved in many research projects under the supervision of different faculty, as well as creating my own research project. I joined Professor Dickter’s Social Cognition Lab as a freshman and I have worked in the Electroencephalogram (EEG) lab since then. As a sophomore, I assisted with a Lemon Project Grant, which led to the development of a class that will focus on what it means to be a underrepresented scholar in higher education and the psychological effects that these students might face during their time in their academy.

Additionally, I received a Charles Center Grant to travel to Trinidad to learn how skin tone discrimination operates within the Afro-Trinidadian population and the word choices used to describe the variations in skin color. This school year, I will be working on a honor’s thesis, which is a continuation of the research that I completed in Trinidad. In my honor’s thesis, I will explore how colorism influences the self-perceptions and social interactions of both Afro-Trinidadian female college students as well as African American female college students. I will also continue to work as a research assistant in the EEG lab in the Social Cognition Lab. I am really excited to work with and mentor the incoming Sharpe Scholars alongside Professor Artistia Green in her Sharpe seminars on Civic Renewal and Entrepreneurship. Editor's note: Ebi will be a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant for the Czech Republich.

My name is Naixin Kang, and I am a sophomore this year. I am an international student from China. I am going to major in International Relations and Economics. Being a Sharpe Scholar is one of my most important experiences at William and Mary. I took Professor Griffin’s Culture, Identity and Social Change seminar, and learned a lot about social problems related to culture and identities. More importantly, I made big progress in my research and writing skills, especially as a non-native speaker. My Sharpe research topic is how the school life shapes the self-identifications of Chinese blind students, and results in their isolation in society. Currently, I am the culture chair of Chinese Student Organization, and I am also a peer advisor. I am working for the TUFF team of AidData as a research assistant. I will be the Teaching Fellow for Professor Griffin’s seminar in the 2016-2017 academic year.

Danny McNeil

My name is Danny McNeil and I am a rising Sophomore. I was in Professor Griffin's Culture, Identity, and Social Change seminar last fall. 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 an intended Psychology major at the College. I am thrilled to continue my path with Sharpe by being a Teaching Fellow for Professor Green's Spiritual Activism and Spiritual Renewal course. Outside of classes, I am in Greek Life, play tennis, sing, and will be a Resident Assistant for the 2016-2017 school year. I'm really looking forward to a great year for Sharpe and I can't wait to meet the new class of Sharpe Scholars in the fall.

Taylor Medley

Hi friends! My name is Taylor Medley and I am a junior Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies major at The College with a Public Health concentration. As someone who is involved in community building and empowerment work as a way to enact social change, I am so excited to be a part of the Sharpe Program this year! I will be continuing my work with Professor Leisa Meyer and the William & Mary Mattachine Project: Documenting the LGBTIQ Past in Virginia this semester as a teaching fellow for the freshman seminar "Intro to LGBTIQ History." Outside of class, I sit on the Advisory Board for The Haven, our center for support, advocacy, and empowerment surrounding sexual violence and relational abuse, am the co-coordinator of VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood, and work in the Healthy Relationships & Sexual Aggression branch of Health Outreach Peer Educators. Feel free to email me at any time if you have questions and/or just want to talk over coffee! 

Leah Roemer

Hi! My name is Leah Roemer and I'm a sophomore from Princeton, New Jersey. I'm majoring in Sociology and minoring in French and Francophone Studies, and last year I was a Sharpe Scholar in Professor Griffin's Culture, Identity, and Social Change class. Through her class, 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. This year I hope to continue my research as the Teaching Fellow for Professor Griffin's Health Disparities class. Around campus, you can find me discussing arcane rules of evidence with the Mock Trial Team, volunteering with Merrimac Mentors, or writing comedy as an editor on The Pillory humor magazine. 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!

Joshua Sacks 

My name is Joshua Sacks and I am sophomore here at the College where I am double majoring in Government and Chemistry. I am originally from Orlando, Florida and on campus I am involved with William and Mary’s rowing team, International Relations Club, and the Roosevelt Institute. Last year, as part of Dr. Taylor’s Living with the Environment Seminar, I worked to help create a community garden at a local middle school focused on educating students about food deserts and food insecurity. This past summer I had the opportunity to intern at the Department of Justice in their Environment and Natural Resources division pursuing my passion for environmental protection.

Talia Schmitt

Talia Schmitt (’18) is majoring in Environmental Science and Latin American Studies at the College of William & Mary. She took Dr. Taylor’s Living With the Environment for her Sharpe Seminar as a freshman, and she is excited to come back as a fellow for the class this year. As a Sharpie, she co-founded a statewide environmental education program, Eco-Schools Leadership Initiative (ESLI) where high school and college students educate elementary school students about the environment. There is now an ESLI chapter on William & Mary’s campus where college students visit Matthew Whaley ES biweekly. On campus, Talia works as a Sustainability Intern for the College’s Dining Services and is currently involved in a project bringing students to a local family farm. Starting in Fall 2016, this produce will be served in the cafeteria.  She loves talking to interested students so please reach out with any questions (tjschmitt@email.wm.edu)!

My name is Grace Shamlian, and I'm currently a sophomore here at the college. I'll be a teaching fellow for Professor Aday's Communities and Neighborhoods seminar. Grace Shamlian
I'm particularly interested in education issues; my Sharpe project is on educational equality for North African Muslim girls in France, and I spent this summer interning for for an education-focused government affairs group. I'm a Government major with in the market for a minor. Buckle up, Sharpies!
It's going to be a great ride, and I'm bringing the snacks.

Rachel WilbourneI am a current sophomore originally from Hilton Head Island, SC, prospectively pursuing a degree in History and Sociology. During my time as a Sharpe Community Scholar, I have been a member of Professor Griffin’s Culture, Identity, and Social Change seminar during my freshman year, where I began refining my interest on the effect of community institutions on low-income populations on the South Side of Chicago. Elsewhere at the College, I am involved with the National Institute of American History and Democracy as a member of the Collegiate Program and on the staff of their summer program. I am also excited to be working as an Orientation Aide this year and to continue shaping a great freshman experience for this year’s Sharpies in Professor Aday’s Communities and Neighborhoods seminar.