Presidential Fellowship

About the Fellowship

The Wagner College Presidential Fellowship is a yearlong, residential, cohort-based program for recent Wagner College graduates. President Joel W. Martin announced the fellowship in spring 2020, with the inaugural cohort of 12 Presidential Fellows expected in the 2020-2021 academic year.

The program aims to be a runway to future career opportunities and advanced study. Presidential Fellows are young alumni who demonstrate uncommon strength in leading and mentoring others, academic excellence, self-awareness, and a desire to grow.

Over the course of an academic year, Fellows engage in projects across academic and administrative departments that align with their academic and professional interests and advance the mission of the college. They take part in a weekly seminar where they examine the theory that underlies the practice of their projects. Fellows also have networking opportunities with college leaders, other alumni, trustees, and business and community leaders.

Fellows’ Vision for Mentorship

The Presidential Fellows aim to serve as near-peer mentors to undergraduates by connecting students to appropriate resources, both in and out of the classroom, that align with their interests and needs. Fellows will serve as a direct supporter of and advocate for students while also assisting them to develop skills in self-advocacy. Through this work, Fellows hope to empower student success and engender a deeper sense of pride in the Wagner community.

If you would like to connect with a Fellow, please contact them at the email addresses listed below.

Presidential Fellows 2020-21

Holly I. Alexander '20

Project focus: Researcher and Teaching Assistant in Government and English departments Office hours: Monday, Friday 9am-1pm or by appointment

Holly Alexander ’20 was raised in Kingston, Jamaica. While a student, Holly served as the President of Alpha Omicron Pi, Vice President of the Pre-Law Society, a Community Leader, and Carey Institute for Government Reform Administrative Assistant. She graduated Magna Cum Laude.Major: Government & Politics, English

Conchetta Aronowitz '20

Project focus: Theatre department sound engineer and supervisor Office hours: Tuesday 11am-2pm or by appointment

Conchetta Aronowitz is from Kenilworth, NJ. She is thrilled to be a Presidential Fellow for the 2020-2021 academic year. She loves spending time outdoors whenever possible whether it involves hiking, biking, or just finding beautiful views.Major: Theatre: Design, Technology and Management / Minor: Religious Studies

Liz Arvanitis '20 (she/her)

Project foci: COVID data tracking and external affairs project management (President’s Office) / Teaching Assistant: Sociology 103 (Prof. Hoffner) Office hours: Thursdays 2-4pm or by appointment.

Liz grew up in Forked River, New Jersey. She was involved with the Res Ed Dept as a Head RA and was awarded “RA of the Year.” Liz served as an Alpha Phi Omega executive member, and a proud OutWagner advisor. She also studied abroad in Germany in a sustainability program.Major: Public Policy and Administration / Minor: City Studies

Terrell Braithwaite '20

Project focus: Peer Mentoring and Social Development of minority first year students. Office hours: Tuesday, Thursday 1-3pm by appointment.

Terrell grew up on Staten Island. He was the civic engagement rep for the black student union and an RA. He was a Bonner Scholar and in the Men of Color Initiative. He was a practice player for the women’s basketball team, as well as a manager of the men's team.Major: Sociology

Donovan C. Davis '20

Project focus: Peer Mentoring & Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, Mental Health of Students. Office Hours Wednesday 9am-1pm by appointment.

Donovan grew up in Los Angeles, CA. He was co-coordinator of the LEAD program and on the Varsity football team. He volunteered Make the Road Tutoring for underprivileged youth. He received the Academic Excellence Award in Sociology, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a 3.83 GPA.Major: Sociology / Minor: Criminal Law

Abigail Dorcin '19

Project focus: Assisting with Bonner Program / Creating Database for internships on and off campus for Civic Engagement Minor Office hours: Wednesday, Thursday 9am-12pm or by appointment

Abigail Dorcin ’19 grew up in cap-Haitien, Haiti. She then moved to Linden, NJ. Abigail worked with Adama Fassah, leader of Napela, providing literacy and citizenship classes to African refugee women. Abigail was a member of the Black Student Union and the LEAD program.Major: Business Administration - Management / Minor: Civic Engagement

Joseph J. Grillo, Jr. ’20

Project focus: Analyzing data on inflow and outflow of Staten Island residents during COVID-19 Office Hours: Tuesday, Thursday 12-3pm

Joseph is a New York native from Long Island. As a student, Joseph served on the E-board of OUTWagner as a student ambassador where he helped schedule events and make Wagner feel more like home for its LGBTQIA+ students. He was also a consistent Dean's List student.Major: Business Administration/Concentration in Finance

Annabeth A. Hinman '20 (she/her)

Project focus: Expanding the services of the Writing Center, assistant coordinator for Gender Studies programming Office hours: Thursday, Friday 1-3pm or by appointment.

Annabeth Hinman ’20 is from Rochester, NY. She was a member of all-female acapella group Vocal Synergy and a brother of service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. A summa cum laude graduate, she was awarded the Phyllis Andors Award, Socrates Prize, and Political Science Award.Major: Government & Politics, Philosophy / Minor: Gender Studies

Ruth Kupperberg '20

Project focus: Assisting in Theatre Department and Alumni Office Event Planning and Outreach Office hours: Tuesday, Thursday 3-5pm.

Ruth is from Wantagh, NY. She was Hillel President, an Honors Program member and a performer in Main Stage productions. She was Lead Admissions Ambassador, Orientation Leader and Holocaust Center intern. She was awarded the 2019 “Next Generation Award” from the Chai Society.Major: Theatre Performance / Minor: Holocaust and Human Rights Studies

Emily Lagace '20 (she/her)

Project focus: English Department Teaching Assistant, Theatre Department Assistant & Publicity Liaison. Office hours: Monday, Wednesday 2-5pm, or by appointment.

Emily grew up in Augusta, Maine, where she loved being surrounded by the outdoors. Emily studied abroad in London with the IES Theatre Studies program, was active in student theatre, and made the Dean's List. She wrote and directed a play, Sick., which premiered in fall 2019.Major: Theatre Studies, English

Emmy Steele '20 (she/her)

Project focus: Theatre Department Outreach, Recruitment and Media Liaison Office hours: Tuesday 3-5pm or by appointment.

Emmy Steele ’20 grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia, PA. Emmy served as the President of the Theatre Advisory Board, as well as the class representative for Completely Student Productions from her sophomore through senior year. Emmy also Stage Managed many productions with CSP.Major: Arts Administration

Nicolas Velez '20

Project focus: I.A. Journal Article creation and I.A. TA Office hours: Wednesday 3-5pm, Saturday, Sunday 12-6pm.

Nicolas grew up in Staten Island. Nicolas was on the Dean's list every semester and won the International Affairs award twice. He ran Cross Country and Track & Field, contributing to multiple championship titles. He loves foreign cultures, and can speak Spanish and Japanese.Major: International Affairs

Fellowship FAQs

Presidential Fellows must be nominated by a member of Wagner’s faculty or professional staff. Candidates complete an application. Finalists are invited to group interviews with a committee of senior faculty and staff selectors. Those selectors make a final recommendation to the president of the College, who selects the cohort of Fellows.

Selection is based upon five criteria: mentorship capacity; demonstrated leadership; academic effort; maturity & self-awareness; and desire to grow. Excellent candidates will have distinguished themselves in each of these areas during their undergraduate careers. They will also demonstrate a desire and capability to contribute to the life of the College and to the development of their cohort. To be eligible, a candidate must have graduated from Wagner with a bachelor’s degree within the past three years and must not be an enrolled graduate student at Wagner.

To learn more about the Fellowship, please contact the President’s Office. For media inquiries, please contact Lee Manchester.