CYPP Team

Dr. Elizabeth Matto
Dr. Elizabeth Matto

Dr. Elizabeth Matto

Elizabeth Matto is the Director of the Youth Political Participation Program (CYPP) and leads CYPP’s research, educational, and service efforts. She earned her Ph.D. in American Politics at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and is an Associate Research Professor at the Eagleton Institute of Politics.
Jessica Ronan
Jessica Ronan

Jessica Ronan

Jessica is the Program Coordinator for the Center for Youth Political Participation. She has a BA in Political Science and received her MA in Political Science from Rutgers University-New Brunswick in May of 2018. Jessica enjoys reading Game of Thrones, traveling, hiking and exploring the state of New Jersey on the weekends.
Julia Stadlinger
Julia Stadlinger

Julia Stadlinger

Julia is currently a Senior at Rutgers studying Public Policy with a concentration in Poverty & Inequality. After graduation, she hopes to some gain work experience before attending graduate school.
Luke Hinrichs
Luke Hinrichs

Luke Hinrichs

Luke is a first-year student double majoring in political science and economics. Luke is a proponent of the essential progressive values of fairness and equality and plans on further exploring his allyship with those who are marginalized and silenced in society. He is looking forward to working towards increasing political participation at Rutgers and the community at large.
Casey Haddox
Casey Haddox

Casey Haddox

Casey enjoys cooking up good vegetarian recipes, and watching interesting Netflix episodes. When she is not relaxing, she is usually spending time with her two beautiful cats who require heavy amounts of attention. She enjoys drinking really sweet coffee and exercising when she isn't spending time studying for school.
Emily Arezzi
Emily Arezzi

Emily Arezzi

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Hallel Yadin
Hallel Yadin

Hallel Yadin

Hallel is a junior at Rutgers studying history with minors in women's and gender studies and cognitive science. She is participating in the Darien Civic Engagement Project because she has seen the importance of civic engagement firsthand through involvement in various campus and New Brunswick-area organizations.
Saif Ahmed
Saif Ahmed

Saif Ahmed

Saif, Class of 2019, Major in Political Science, Minor in Planning and Public Policy. Saif enrolled in the Darien Civic Engagement Project because he believes that an informed citizen is vital to the continuance of a healthy democracy. Without a politically active youth and general public, we run the risk of living in a nation that experiences hegemonic decline. The roots of America are buried beneath the heels of those who were the most politically engaged, which is why he think it’s important to continue that legacy by educating the next participants of our democracy. He was fortunate enough to be accepted into the Darian Civic Engagement Program in order to have a hands-on role in educating our nation’s future participants and leaders.
Megan O'Boyle
Megan O'Boyle

Megan O'Boyle

Megan is currently a sophomore majoring in Political Sciences with aspirations of attending law school following graduation. She is very excited to be a part of the Darien Civic Engagement Project and hopes to encourage local youths to become more active and to feel that their voice can be heard.
Rachel Shefer
Rachel Shefer

Rachel Shefer

Rachel is a sophomore in the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University working towards a major in Cultural Anthropology. She is interested in the role of civic engagement as a tool used for positive change in communities. After graduation, she hopes to travel and attend law school. She enjoys traveling far and wide, trying new food, and listening to live music.
Connor Ilchert
Connor Ilchert

Connor Ilchert

Connor is a senior currently enrolled in a five-year Master’s program at Rutgers’ Graduate School of Education. He will graduate this May with a B. A. in history, and then with his Ed. M. the following spring.
Cory Bloom
Cory Bloom

Cory Bloom

Cory is a Junior majoring in Political Science. He chose to enroll in this course because it gives him the opportunity to share my thoughts on civic engagement with my peers as well as other younger learners. Being knowledgeable about how government works and the importance of voting is empowering and allows people to stand up for their rights.
Clarice Feliciano
Clarice Feliciano

Clarice Feliciano

Clarice is a senior majoring in political science and minoring in Religion. She chose to enroll in DCEP because civic engagement is a necessary tool for young people to have as there are many issues that effect them. By ensuring that this generation has the means to participate in society, we can ensure a successful future for ourselves.
Julien Rosenbloom
Julien Rosenbloom

Julien Rosenbloom

Julien is an Economics/Political Science double major in the Class of 2021. He chose to participate in the Darien Civic Engagement Program because issues of economic opportunity and youth advocacy resonate with him on a personal level and he views direct and grassroots engagement as the most viable avenue for influencing the policy trajectory of these issues.
Victoria Ludington
Victoria Ludington

Victoria Ludington

Victoria is a freshman studying Political Science. She is both passionate and excited regarding the work of the Darien Civic Engagement Project as she finds it crucial to mobilize youth in effective political participation. In a society riddled with injustices and defined by inequality, it is imperative we encourage everyone to take a stand to better the world around us.
Jessica Resnick
Jessica Resnick

Jessica Resnick

Jessica is a sophomore majoring in political science and public policy. She chose to register for this class because civic engagement is something she values immensely. She feels we need more young people to participate in the political process in order to truly create change and a better future. Politics and policy affects everything and therefore it is important for everyone to be a part of that process.
Vlad Goldfarb
Vlad Goldfarb

Vlad Goldfarb

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Alex Lilly
Alex Lilly

Alex Lilly

Alexandra Lilly is a sophomore majoring in Biological Sciences and Philosophy and minoring in Korean. Alex is excited to explore the unique characteristics of Millennials as Young Elected Leaders and use that information to make running for public office feel possible and achievable for students at Rutgers and beyond.