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Students & Fellows

AFFILIATED STUDENTS

Katie Hanton
Graduate Assistant, PhD Student in CPAP

RABITA RESHMEEN BANEE

Research Interests:

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Management and Leadership
  • Leadership Behavior
Joong Won Kim
Graduate Assistant, Master's Student in Public Health

SAMUEL RODGERS (CV)

Research Interests:

  • Vaccine Development 
  • Genetic Cloning
  • Biomedical Device Creation
  • Disaster Preparation
  • Infectious Disease Modeling
  • Organizational Development
  • Data and Project Management Analytics
Laura Nelson
Graduate Assistant, Master's Student in Urban and Regional Planning

ALI HARTWICK (CV)

Research Interests:

  • Social Ecology
  • Community Cultural Development
  • Self-Identity and Place
  • Sustainable City Development 
  • Green Planning and Community Health 
  • Equitable Resource Planning
Aparajita Sengupta
Graduate Assistant, Master's Student in Public Health

MIA WILLIAMS (CV)

Research Interests:

  • Nutrition
  • Health Equity 
  • Harm Reduction
Courtney Surmanek
Graduate Assistant, Dual Master's Student in Urban and Regional Planning; Theater: Directing and Public Dialogue

C. MERANDA FLACHS-SURMANEK (CV)

Research Interests:

  • Theatre as a Tool in Conflict Management and Peace Building
  • Community Cultural Development 
  • Creative Placemaking and Placekeeping 
  • Asset-Based Community Development
  • Verbatim, Devised, and Ensemble Theatre
  • Theatre of the Oppressed
  • Methodologies in Research-Creation

FELLOWS

Wafa Al-Daily, Associate Director for Global Initiatives, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs (OIA)

SENIOR FELLOWS

Don Back, Director of the Language and Culture Institute, Virginia Tech

Andy Morikawa, Executive Director Emeritus of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley (Virginia)

Robert Leonard, Professor, School of Performing Arts, Virginia Tech 

Minnis Ridenour,  Senior Fellow for Resource Development,  Virginia Tech

Edward Weisband, Edward S. Diggs Endowed Chair in the Social Sciences, Virginia Tech

AFFILIATED RESEARCHERS

Rachel Christensen, Project Research Associate, IPG, Virginia Tech

Lyusyena Kirakosyan, Senior Project Associate, IPG, Virginia Tech

Gary Kirk, Associate Provost & Executive Director at Dickinson College

Katy Powell, Director of the Center for Refugee, Migrant, and Displacement Studies and Professor of English, Virginia Tech

Marcy Schnitzer, Assistant Provost for Diversity and Strategic Planning, Virginia Tech

Nancy White, Principal, One Robin, LLI