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Meet Your Program Associates

Program Associates (PAs) are here to support first-year Honors students both academically and socially during the fall semester. They will attend a CORE-106 Complex Problems course with you and help lead the associated HNRS-150 Experiential Learning lab. In addition, they live on the Honors and CBRS floor of Anderson Hall where they hold office hours, plan co-curricular and social activities, and act as the bridge between the classroom and the living environment. 

Jadyn Newman

Displaced Lives in the DMV with Professor Pike

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Major: Double Major in Justice/Law and Film/Media Arts

Why did you decide to come to AU? AU was my first choice! I found that its location in Washington D.C. and social justice-oriented student body would provide me with amazing opportunities to collaborate with students, professors, and D.C. communities! Also, I love that AU allows me to combine my passions for activism and filmmaking.

Favorite Course or AU Experience (so far): I absolutely adored Professor Pike's "Displaced Lives in the DMV" class my freshman year. So now, I'm even more excited to be acting as a teaching assistant for the course! Additionally, my favorite non-academic campus experience has been participating in AU's Improv Team. It's a lot of fun!

Favorite Spot on Campus: The Amphitheater. It's the perfect place to read, study, and find peace outdoors while avoiding the business of the quad.

Favorite Place in D.C.: The alleyways in Shaw. They're a window into much of D.C.'s Black community and the graffiti is amazing!

Abby Kahn

Depicting the Devine with Dr. Allen

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Major: International Studies Minor: Arabic & French

Why did you decide to come to AU? I knew I wanted to live in a city, AU had great course options for my interests, and I wanted the campus atmosphere!

Favorite course or AU experience (so far): Taking Arabic classes has been my favorite course experience. But additionally, performing with AU chorus last December was amazing!

Favorite spot on campus: The Spanish steps in SIS.

Favorite place in DC: It's hard to choose! Probably either Roosevelt memorial or TSNY in the Navy yard.

Hannah Pell

Contemporary World Cinema with Prof. Middents

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers 

Major(s): International Studies Minor: Transcultural Studies Additional: Spanish Translation Certificate

Why did you decide to come to AU? I wanted to study international relations and I fell in love with the campus. I can easily access the city by metro and the plethora of opportunities it offers.

Favorite course or AU experience (so far): I really enjoyed Professor Martinez's "Introduction to Latin Literature" course.

Favorite spot on campus:  The bottom floor of Bender Library. The couches are so comfortable!

Favorite place in DC: The steps of the Lincoln Memorial

Kai Tomalin

Construction of Self and Other with Prof. Charlton

Pronouns: He/They

Major: International Service

Why did you decide to come to AU? I decided to come to AU for the peace studies program, and I love DC!

Favorite course or AU experience that you've had (so far): My favorite course I have taken so far was intercultural communication.

Favorite spot on campus: I love all the gardens on campus, but my favorite spot by far is the amphitheater. It is great for practicing martial arts, reading or just smelling flowers.

Favorite place in DC: My favorite place in DC would definitely be the zoo. Dc is running pretty low on gorillas, so it is nice to see them where I can. 

Isaiah Washington

Black is Beautiful with Prof. Leonard

Pronouns: He/him/his

Major: Literature Minor: Political Science

Why did you decide to come to AU? American University is a vehicle for me to refine my leadership skills and elevate them to a new level of engagement in the nation’s capital. I am able to better the lives of low-income, illiterate residents in the D.C. area, actualizing service projects like the book fair I started at my high school. I am allocated an intimate, collaborative setting that is limitless in regards to the people I can exchange ideas with. American University continues to offer me multiple opportunities to serve the community, participate in a vibrant arts scene, have internships, and have on-campus avenues to explore journalism and social activism. The buoyancy of my experience is due to the network of support the Honors Program has helped to sow.

Favorite course or AU experience (so far):  My favorite has been my Honors Complex Problems course, Displaced Lives in the DMV, led by Professor David Pike. Through field research, I was able to audit the forces shaping gentrification and displacement in the D.C. area, capturing anthropological snapshots of the Salvadoran and Ethiopian communities in the DMV area.

Favorite spot on campus: Battelle Tompkins Atrium 

Favorite place in DC: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts