Planning Committee, 2017-2018
Angel Pittman, Graduate Advisor
Kelly Chambers, Program Coordinator for CIO Support
WLDP participants may apply to be on the 2018-2019 planning committee in March 2018.
Committee Bios, 2017-2018
Sofia Espinosa is a second year biology major from Richmond, Virginia. Outside of WLDP, Sofia is the current Social Chair for Challah for Hunger, an organization that sells challah bread and gives the proceeds to local and international hunger relief efforts. She is also an advisor in the Peer Advisory Family Network and volunteers through Madison House in Martha Jefferson Hospital’s Emergency Department. She has enjoyed working for the Academy of Music and Dominion Women’s Health in the past, and in her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, playing harp and trying good food.
Kelly Emson is a second year from Arlington, Virginia and is pursuing a major in Commerce as well as a Spanish minor. Outside of WLDP she is involved with Madison House as a volunteer youth soccer coach. Within the university, she is involved with the Virginia Alpine Ski and Snowboard Team, Club Running, and the “Hablamos” Spanish speaking club. She is also a part time employee at Roots Natural Kitchen. In her free time she enjoys traveling, sports, and napping.
Summer Harvey is a second year Biology major from Purcellville, Virginia. Outside of WLDP, Summer plays trumpet in the Cavalier Marching Band, is vice president of the Roller Derby at UVA club, and writes for UVA's HerCampus chapter! She spent the summer working as a counselor at a "nerd camp" for gifted high schoolers, and studied the effects of obesity on endometrial cancer at the National Cancer Institute. Summer is also a sister of Tau Beta Sigma, a band service sorority that promotes the advancement of women. She is passionate about feminism, accessible healthcare, and petting dogs.
Julia Rupp is a second year student from Alexandria, VA hoping to double major in Political and Social Thought and French. Outside of WLDP, Julia is the Editor-in-Chief of The Fuse Magazine, a tour guide for the University Guide Service, a volunteer for Madison House, and a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. Over the summer, Julia was also an intern at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, where she did research on Japanese artists and gave tours to visitors. She studied abroad in Tokyo, Japan this fall, and after graduating from UVa she hopes to pursue a career that will allow her to live and work internationally.
Emily Murphy is a third year majoring in Global Public Health and Religious Studies. She is from Alexandria, VA. In addition to WLDP, Emily is involved with University Democrats, Outdoors Club, and the Charlottesville-Abermarle SPCA. Her favorite place in the world is YMCA Camp Letts, and she enjoys reading, graphic design, and petting cute dogs on the street.
Mary Shoup is a fourth year from Stafford, Virginia. She is majoring in Biochemistry with the intention of going to graduate school to earn her PhD. Mary is currently doing research with Dr. Charles Grisham to evaluate the behavior of intrinsically unstructured proteins. At UVA, she is an organic chemistry laboratory teaching assistant. She is very involved with ChiAlpha Christian Fellowship and keeping up with the Bachelor and Bachelorette. As the daughter of a Marine, Mary has moved nine times; she has been to 47 states and plans to visits all 50 by the time she is 25 years old.
Fariha Mujeebuddin is a second year student from Richmond, Virginia. She is interested in studying Global Public Health and Economics. Outside of serving as Social Media Chair for WLDP, Fariha is part of the Student Photography Initiative (SPIN), an active member of the Muslim Students Association, and volunteers for Madison House's English Speakers of Other Languages Program. In her free time, Fariha loves traveling, cooking, and spending time outdoors.
Ayati Arvind is a third-year from New Delhi, India. She is studying Finance and Accounting at the Comm School and wants to pursue Investment Banking. In addition to WLDP, Ayati is a Program Director and Fundraising Chair for Madison House BIG Event, Mentorship Coordinator for HackCville, a team leader for Days on the Lawn and has been a former research assistant at a child psychology lab at UVA. She loves drinking way too much coffee, playing the piano, volunteering, mentoring, baking and traveling.
Jayme Pupatelli is a third-year Foreign Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies double-major from Rochester, NY. In addition to serving on the WLDP Committee, she is a ULink Peer Advisor, a member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, a Project SERVE Site Leader, a Southwood Boys and Girls Club volunteer, and works as a supervisor at the UVA Aquatic and Fitness Center! Jayme applied to WLDP her second year and loved the opportunity to develop her leadership skills while getting to know women in her small group. She is passionate about women’s advocacy and building strong women leaders inside and outside of the classroom and is excited to be a small group leader this year! Outside of her studies and extracurriculars, Jayme loves traveling, reading, hiking, discovering great coffee shops, and going to UVA sporting events! This summer, Jayme studied abroad in Ireland and Jordan focusing on international politics, peace and conflict resolution, and the Arabic Language.
Julia DiFabrizio is a second year student from Florida interested in majoring in Middle Eastern Studies and Global Development. In addition to serving as the Community Service co-chair for WLDP, Julia is a member of the Representative Staff Committee in Student Council. Julia enjoys spending her time as a peer buddy for Best Buddies, and volunteering with the Special Olympics through Madison House at UVA. In her free time, Julia enjoys exploring Charlottesville, spending time with friends, and baking. After a wonderful experience as a participant first year, Julia is extremely excited to continue to remain involved with WLDP this year.
Rebecca Gorney is a fourth year student from Clifton, Virginia. She is majoring in Biochemistry with a minor in Biology. In addition to serving as a WLDP Co-Chair, Rebecca is a Peer Teacher for the Introductory Biology Labs and is a TA for the STAT 2020 Biostatistics Lab. She also volunteers with Medical Services through Madison House in the Martha Jefferson Hospital Operating Room and plays the viola in the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia. Rebecca has enjoyed serving as a ULink Peer Advisor and, in her free time, loves to hike and learn to play the piano.
Cara Snead is a fourth year pre-med student from Baltimore, MD. She is pursuing a double major in Economics and Global Public Health, and has just begun an accelerated Master's degree in Public Policy through the Batten school. Currently, Cara is very involved with volunteer and advocacy groups, including Project Peanut Butter, Green Grounds, and Pancakes for Parkinson's. This past summer she spent six weeks in Guatemala performing public health research with the UVA-Guatemala Initiative. In her free time, Cara enjoys cooking, exploring Charlottesville with friends, and taking naps.
Originally from Virginia Beach, VA, Kelly graduated from UVA in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Cognitive Science. While an undergrad at UVA, she was a Resident Advisor for two years and an active member of Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship. Now, she is excited to be back at UVA working in Student Activities! Prior to this role, she worked as an Academic Advisor at American Public University System (APUS) in Manassas, VA, for almost two years, and then completed her Master’s degree in Higher Education & Student Affairs (HESA) at the University of South Carolina in May 2016. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking, volunteering at church, and playing the violin with the Blue Ridge Chamber Orchestra.
Angel Pittman is a graduate of Bennett College (for Women) in Greensboro, N.C. Upon graduation she accepted a position teaching third grade at Friendship Public Charter School-Chamberlain Campus. Angel was a Friendship teacher for three years teaching both second and third grade before departing to attend UVa. Currently, she is a student in the Master of Higher Education program at the university and is projected to graduate in May 2018.
Angel has a strong student leadership background working in roles such as, vice-president of the Student Government Association, National Education Association student representative for the state of North Carolina, a resident assistant and numerous other positions of service.
Angel is an avid reader and writer, active member of her church community, passionate educator and dedicated member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.