Meet the Fellows

The Meriwether Lewis Institute for Citizen Leadership, currently in its eighth year at the University of Virginia, is a multi-year fellowship that prepares students for a lifetime of leadership at the University and beyond. The Institute brings together a diverse group of students for a 2.5-year immersive and rigorous leadership experience. In past years, each cohort of Lewis Fellows was comprised of 25 students selected in the fall of their second year from across the University. However, in recent years, the cohort has expanded to 30 students.

​Over the lifespan of the program, Lewis Fellows have held a vast array of leadership positions across Grounds including Student Member of the Board of Visitors, Chair of the Honor Committee, Co-Chair of Housing and Residence Life, President of the Black Student Alliance, President of the Inter-Fraternity Council, President of the Latinx Student Alliance, Executive Leadership in the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and more. The cohorts consistently represent all undergraduate schools across Grounds and multiple disciplines of study. While many fellows go on to be leaders of high-profile student organizations, many more go on to lead smaller or new endeavors, such as the Student Hip-Hop Organization or creating a student group for first-generation, low-income students. Selected for potential rather than position, these students learn the skills to make an impact locally at UVA and take them out into the world and back into their communities to make an impact wherever they land in their life after college.

The mission of MLI is to help develop diverse, compassionate, driven leaders and contributors to student-self governance who are prepared to take on the challenges they will face beyond UVA.

Dana Jou Alban

Dana Jou Alban

School:

College of Arts and Sciences

Major:
Sociology
Abdallah Aljerjawi

Abdallah Aljerjawi

School:

Nursing

Major:
Nursing
Isabel Altamira

Isabel Altamira

School:

Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy

Major:
Leadership and Public Policy
Noel Ayala-Gallo

Noel Ayala-Gallo

School:

Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy

Major:
Leadership and Public Policy & Foreign Affairs
Amelia Bergeron

Amelia Bergeron

School:

College of Arts & Sciences

Major:
Biology
Ryan Bowers

Ryan Bowers

School:

McIntire School of Commerce

Major:
Commerce
Adaire Burnsed

Adaire Burnsed

School:

College of Arts & Sciences

Major:
Biology
Andrew Carey

Andrew Carey

School:

Engineering and Applied Sciences

Major:
Biomedical Engineering
Annalisa Cintron

Annalisa Cintron

School:

Nursing

Major:
Nursing
Kameryn Daniels

Kameryn Daniels

School:

Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy

Major:
Leadership and Public Policy
Nathaniel Doty

Nathaniel Doty

School:

College of Arts & Sciences

Major:
Environmental Science
Syrell Grier

Syrell Grier

School:

College of Arts & Sciences

Major:
Economics
Fereshta Islamzada

Fereshta Islamzada

School:

College of Arts & Sciences

Major:
Computer Science
Kaushal Kambham

Kaushal Kambham

School:

McIntire School of Commerce

Major:
Commerce
Lukas Lehman

Lukas Lehman

School:

Engineering and Applied Sciences

Major:
Biomedical Engineering
Shreya Malani

Shreya Malani

School:

Engineering and Applied Sciences

Major:
Systems and Information Engineering
Dylan Myaing

Dylan Myaing

School:

School of Education

Major:
Kinesiology
Lidya Niguse

Lidya Niguse

School:

College of Arts and Sciences 

Major:
Government
Fiona O'Connor

Fiona O'Connor

School:

College of Arts & Sciences

Major:
Economics
Oluwamisayo Ologun

Oluwamisayo Ologun

School:

College of Arts & Sciences

Major:
Neuroscience
Nick Porter

Nick Porter

School:

Engineering and Applied Sciences

Major:
Biomedical Engineering
Yaritza Rodriguez

Yaritza Rodriguez

School:

College of Arts & Sciences

Major:
Global Studies
McKenzie Samuels

McKenzie Samuels

School:

Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy

Major:
Leadership and Public Policy & African American Studies
Demetri Shamsiddeen

Demetri Shamsiddeen

School:

Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy

Major:
Leadership and Public Policy
Naomi Shumpert

Naomi Shumpert

School:

College of Arts & Sciences

Major:
English
Samuel Thomas

Samuel Thomas

School:

Engineering and Applied Sciences

Major:
Mechanical Engineering
Peter Thompson

Peter Thompson

School:

School of Education

Major:
Kinesiology
Taylor Whirley

Taylor Whirley

School:

Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy

Major:
Leadership and Public Policy & African American Studies
Clara Xin

Clara Xin

School:

Engineering and Applied Sciences

Major:
Computer Science and Cognitive Science