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Dean's Student Advisory Council

We in the Dean’s Office are always seeking to improve how we implement American University’s educational and social mission. With that in mind, we want to make sure we have a mechanism in the College to address issues that are relevant to undergraduate students, whether issues are of an academic, social, community, or ethical nature. More specifically, the purpose of the Dean’s Student Advisory Council is to

  • Identify issues of concern by reaching out to a wide range of undergraduate students and bringing those concerns to our meetings
  • Keep the Dean's Office in touch with student concerns and needs
  • Provide critical feedback on College plans
  • Be a communication liaison between CAS and the student body

2021-2022 Advisory Council

Anya Adjroud


Hello! My name is Anya Adjroud. I am a sophomore majoring in Biology on the pre-med track. I’m originally from Southern California. On campus, I am involved in the College of Arts and Sciences Leadership and Ethical Development Program (CAS LEAD) and the Muslim Student Association. Off campus, I am involved in volunteer work and research. If you have questions about anything or just want to chat, feel free to reach out:

Katherine Bongiovanni


My name is Katherine Bongiovanni and I am a first-year at American University. I am majoring in History in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and am a scholar in the School of Public Affairs (SPA) Leadership Program, where I will receive a certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies. I am especially interested in how the study of history can help us create a better present and future, and I hope to bring that knowledge with me into nonprofit work.

Tanvi Chopra


Tanvi Chopra (she/her/hers) is a senior majoring in Philosophy with a minor in Political Science. On campus, she is involved with the pre-law fraternity, the South Asian Student Association, the Center for Advocacy and Student Equity and the Ethics Bowl. Off campus, she works with Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ-11) and Holland & Knight LLP where she bridges her twin passions of law and policy together. Outside of academics and her work commitments, she loves reading, playing with her puppy, doing yoga and mindfulness practices, and watching basketball. It is a pleasure to get the chance to connect with other students and advocate for you all! I would love to hear from you!

Dylan Hellickson


Dylan Hellickson is a first year AU student and transferred sophomore from Gurnee, Illinois majoring in Computer Science (BS) with a minor in Computational Mathematics. On campus, Dylan is involved in the American University Military Connect Club (AUMCC) and is working to establish AU’s first and only cybersecurity-oriented competitive team through the National Cyber League. Outside of academics, he enjoys backpacking, skydiving, and landscape photography. Have anything to discuss about transfer student life, student veteran affairs, STEM programs, counterterrorism literature, or life in general? He is happy to help. Contact:

Abigail Jackson


Hello! My name is Abigail (she/her) and I am a junior majoring in Psychology and Secondary Education. At AU, I work as a Team Leader and tutor for DC Reads through Higher Achievement and a research assistant in Dr. Emily Peterson's Educational Neuroscience lab. I am also involved in the AU Dance Department and Company, Students for Educational Advancement, Students for a Just Society, and the University Honors Program. Outside of school, I love dancing, reading, painting, and exploring DC! Please feel free to reach out about anything you would like to discuss!

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Samantha is a junior studying Mathematics and Economics.

Sasha Lee


Hi! I’m Sasha Lee (She/her/hers). I’m a sophomore here at AU majoring in neuroscience. I plan on going to medical school and becoming an M.D. after completing my undergraduate studies. I also work as a lifeguard at the pool here at American University. Outside of school, I enjoy going on hikes and listening to music! I hope to be a great resource for you all! 

Jeremias Nunez


Hello, my name is Jeremias Nunez! I am a first-year anthropology major. I come from the southernmost city in Texas, Brownsville. On-Campus, I am part of the College of Arts and Sciences Leadership and Ethical Development Program and the University College Program. Off-Campus, I volunteer at Horton's kids as a tutor to students in Anacostia. I also spend some time with One Tent Health, an organization that provides free HIV tests and COVID tests to different DC communities. Outside of Academics, I like to read books on every subject, ranging from science to fantasy. If you have any concerns or topics you want to be represented in the dean's council, please reach out! Contact:

Daniella Olivares


Daniella Olivares (she/her) is a second-year student from Massachusetts, majoring in psychology and minoring in public health and health promotion. At AU, she is the current Secretary of AULULAC and is involved with the Public Health Association, Active Minds, and AU Meditation. Aside from academics, she works with adolescents and adults as a mental health worker in Providence, RI. Eventually, Daniella plans on getting a doctorate degree in psychology and becoming a clinical psychologist. Feel free to contact her at