Kicking Off Fall 2016 at CCE

Welcome back to Hofstra for a new semester! The Center for Civic Engagement at Hofstra is kicking off the semester with the addition of new team members who we are very excited to have on board. Dr. Yvonne R. Teems-Stephens from the Writing Studies & Composition Department has joined CCE as the Acting Director for Active Citizenship and Community Partnerships. Rosalie Hume is also new as our Graduate Assistant for Off-Campus Partnerships.

We would also like to welcome nine new fellows to the team as we gear up to advance CCE initiatives both on and off campus. Here’s a quick look at the various skill sets and experiences these new team members bring to the table:

Kristen Misak is a senior student from New Jersey studying both marketing and civic engagement. In addition to being a CCE Fellow, Kristen has served as an intern with the CCE for a year, working with the Uniondale Chamber of Commerce. She is also a Pride Guide on campus, as well as a teacher in the Money and Me Program, in which she teaches fourth graders at underserved elementary schools about financial literacy. She plans to continue pursuing her MBA after graduation and eventually work in corporate social responsibility and/or consulting.

Fatimah Mozawalla is a second year student in the Hofstra 4+4 BS/BA-MD program.She is majoring in pre-health with a concentration in global studies and a minor in biochemistry. She is vice president of the Hofstra Muslim Student Association, a memeber of the women’s division I cross country team, the pre-medical fraternity (Phi Delta Epsilon), habitat for humanity, and the Pre-health scholars.

Casey Lamkin is a junior here at Hofstra, and she is from Silver Spring, Maryland (which is right outside of DC). She is a Public Relations major with a double minor in Political Science and Creative Writing. She is also a staff writer for the Hofstra Chronicle, Founder & President of Hofstra Club Swim, Secretary and member of PRSSA, a First Year Connections Student Guide, and Alumni Relations chair/member of Alpha Phi Theta Mu.

Joandalys Tejada is a senior at Hofstra and she is from Manhattan. She is majoring in Health Science and a minor in Community Health. She is the president of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and a member of the Minority Association for Pre-Health Scholars. She plans to pursue a Master’s of Public Health in community health education. She is passionate about helping others and has been an intern at Nassau University Medical Center and Northwell Health.

Bahati Louis is a junior at Hofstra Universtiy who majors in political science and minors in civic engagement. She is the Policy Director of the Roosevelt Institute. a member of Collegiate Women of Color, and recently became a Fellow for the Center of Civic Engagement.

Other new fellows include: Nonny Mahachi, Kelly Mizuno, Tara Egan, and Adam Gustafson.

These fellows are set to work on upcoming projects and initiatives with CCE this semester which will take place both on and off campus. Our off-campus partnerships include work with Meals on Wheels, Herstory Writing Workshop, The Long Island Dispute Resolution Center, and more, where students will take on roles such as mentoring, grant writing, and social media promotions. A major on-campus initiative coming up this semester is the Day of Dialogue on October 26th, a series of thought-provoking events all day around the theme of democracy. CCE fellows and volunteers will participate in designing marketing materials, promoting, and facilitating the day’s events.

There is plenty of room for any Hofstra student to get involved with CCE! If you would like to volunteer for any of this semester’s upcoming projects, reach out to our graduate assistants: Jack Costello for on-campus initiatives ( or Rosalie Hume for off-campus initiatives (  or come to a CCE meeting, which is every Wednesday at 5pm in the Hofstra Hall Parlor Room. We welcome all Hofstra students to get involved regardless of major, year, or experience. See you there!


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