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Collegiate Student Advisory Task Force

About the College Student Advisory Task Force (CSATF)

Founded by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson in September 2019, this first-of-its-kind nonpartisan Collegiate Student Advisory Task Force aims to improve youth voter engagement. The task force's second iteration was announced in January 2022 and will convene students from across the state who have passion, enthusiasm and experience in voter engagement and civic participation.

Task force members will serve as liaisons between the Michigan Department of State and their campus populations, school administrations, and peers. The group will advise on the unique experiences and barriers of student voters, helping to ensure the voice of young people are heard in our state's elections.

CSATF yearly review

  • College and university recommendations

    Press releases

    Collegiate Student Advisory Task Force members (2022 - 2023)

    • Ibrahim Ahmad of Dearborn - Wayne State University
    • Nikolas Baker of Standish - Saginaw Valley State University
    • Naomi Barbour of Adrian - Eastern Michigan University
    • Melia Conners of Canton - Schoolcraft Community College
    • Christian Dunn of Flint - University of Michigan-Flint
    • Kate Ellison of Midland - Central Michigan University
    • Gwendolyn Feamster of Marquette - Northern Michigan University
    • Jack Harrison of Ann Arbor - Michigan State University
    • Alexis Hirst of Clinton Township - Siena Heights University
    • Jeremy M. Johnson of Grand Blanc - Oakland University
    • Charles-John Manansala of Menominee - Bay College
    • Ramon Martinez Garcia of Battle Creek - Kellogg Community College
    • Jocelyn Medina of Wyoming - Grand Valley State University
    • Akhila Mullapudi of Farmington Hills - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
    • Natasha Mwila of Livonia - Albion College
    • Ant Neal of Chicago, IL - Albion College
    • Rosalind Niemeier of De Pere, WI - Calvin University
    • Diva Patel of Kawkawlin - Saginaw Valley State University
    • Abbie Pinter of Bay City - Central Michigan University
    • Rose Reilly of Dexter - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
    • Hannah Richardson of Forest Hills - Michigan State University
    • Iris Sorrell of Antwerp, OH - Adrian College
    • Hemanth Tadepalli of Troy - Kettering University
    • Anna Van Hese of Madison Heights - Oakland University
    • Fatima Yahya of West Bloomfield - Wayne State University
  • Sec. Benson and Task Force members at LCC



    Press releases

    Collegiate Student Advisory Task Force members (2019 - 2020)

    • Adam Abusalah of Dearborn – Central Michigan University
    • Stuart Baum of West Bloomfield – Wayne State University
    • Ian Berlin of Huntington Woods – Oakland University
    • Michaela Bishop of Davisburg – Oakland Community College
    • Tuhin Chakraborty of Ann Arbor – University of Michigan
    • Peter Damerow of Fowlerville – Lansing Community College
    • Demitria Dawson of Roseville – Henry Ford College
    • Carolina Dominguez of Ann Arbor – University of Michigan
    • Jeron Dotson of Grand Blanc – University of Michigan – Flint
    • Brogan Eisler of DeWitt – Lansing Community College
    • Nesreen Ezzeddine of Dearborn Heights – University of Michigan
    • Adam Green of Goodrich – Michigan State University
    • Jake Hendricks of Traverse City – Central Michigan University
    • Steffanie Hills of Redford – Schoolcraft College
    • Sean Huizing of Grand Rapids – Grand Rapids Community College
    • Ariana Johnson of Marshall – Western Michigan University
    • Zoé Ketola of Houghton – Michigan Technological University
    • Kimberly Kozal of Whitmore Lake – Washtenaw Community College
    • Josephine Luttman of Elkton – Saginaw Valley State University
    • Hope Miller of Manistee – Kalamazoo College
    • Talyce Murray of Lansing – Michigan State University
    • Jacob Ogea of Marquette – Northern Michigan University
    • Carter Oselett of East Lansing – Michigan State University
    • Anthony Rospierski of Beaverton – Northern Michigan University
    • Atia Siddiqui of Canton – University of Michigan – Dearborn
    • Maysa Sitar of Newberry – Michigan State University
    • Caitlin St. Clair of Big Rapids – Ferris State University
    • Paul Stephens of Oxford – Kettering University
    • Katelyn Smith of Chesterfield Township – Lake Superior State University
    • Eric-John Szczepaniak of Grand Rapids – Grand Valley State University
    • William Thayer of Allendale – Grand Valley State University
    • Jessica Thompson of Davison Township – Macomb Community College
    • Kyle Vickery of Kalamazoo – Michigan State University


Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

  • Focusing on student and youth participation in the August and November 2022 elections, CSATF members will:

    • Assess barriers and challenges students in Michigan commonly face when attempting to engage in elections – specifically when registering to vote or participating in elections
    • Develop and enact solutions to promote voter engagement
    • Identify resources to implement solutions


  • Any undergraduate student attending a two- or four-year higher education institution in the state of Michigan is eligible and encouraged to apply. The task force will have representation from campuses big and small, public and private.

  • CSATF members are selected to serve for one calendar year (April 2022-April 2023). Accordingly, students set to graduate during this time will not be considered.

  • The deadline to apply is February 15, 2022.

  • A total of 20 to 25 students from around the state will be selected to serve. CSATF members will represent a diverse range of colleges and universities across Michigan. To achieve this, no more than two students will be selected to represent any one school.

  • After the application period closes, staff from the Department of State and Bureau of Elections will review all submissions and contact selected candidates for interviews, which are scheduled to take place in late February and early March.

    Students will be selected based on their commitment to voting and enthusiasm for this work, as demonstrated by past experience, answers to application questions, and an interview. A total of 20 to 25 students from around the state will be selected to serve.

  • Following the interview process, a list of preferred candidates will be recommended to the Secretary of State, who will approve and appoint members to the CSATF. Selected candidates will be notified via email.

  • Members will commit to participating in CSATF for one year. Between April and November 2022, members will participate in voter registration, engagement, and education and will be expected to participate in limited post-election activities through April 2023. The task force will meet several times throughout the spring and will participate in a retreat in July 2022. During the academic year, CSATF members will serve as a liaison between their campuses, fellow students, and surrounding communities.

  • We continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 across the state and will plan meetings in the best interest of the health and safety of task force members and department staff. At this time, we intend to host all Spring 2022 meetings remotely.

    We believe that the best ideas are generated through collaboration and know our task force members will benefit from meeting one another. If conditions improve, members may be expected to travel for in-person meetings and will be reimbursed for travel expenses. Any in-person meetings held in the summer or fall of 2022 will follow CDC, state, and local health guidelines. Reasonable accommodations, including remote attendance options, may be arranged for task force members as needed.

  • Yes, the work of this task force, as well as the Michigan Department of State and Bureau of Elections, is strictly nonpartisan. We welcome CSATF members of various perspectives and experiences. Members are expected to engage in civic engagement and voter participation in a nonpartisan manner.

  • There are no specific major requirements to serve, and we strongly encourage students of all fields of study to apply.