LEADERSHIP TEAM

There are five committes and two coordinator positions that make up LAC. Each committee and coordinator position is led by two people, with the exception of the Liberator. Committee chairs are responsible for planning and executing committee activities and delegation of committee responsibilities. Coordinators are tasked with recruitment and retention within the council.


ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

The Academic Affairs committee develops college-wide programs and hosts events that enrich the student academic experience in Liberal Arts by connecting students with faculty outside of the classroom. The committee also facilitates the distribution of $12,000 in study abroad scholarships each year and other faculty recognitions such as the Liberal Arts Council Excellence in Advising Award and Jean Holloway Teaching Award.

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Emma Giacomello

  • Classification: Senior
  • Major(s): Anthropology
  • Email: emgiacomello15@gmail.com
  • Best meme: any picture of Kim Kardashian crying

Patrick Rogers

  • Classification: Senior
  • Major(s): Government, Economics 
  • Email: patrick.rogers@utexas.edu
  • Best meme: "Look at all those chickens!" 
 

STUDENT AFFAIRS

The Student Affairs committee develops, programs, and encourages student involvement within the college by way of events and engagement with resources like Liberal Arts Career Services (LACS). The committee helps to develop well-rounded students by facilitating connections with on-campus resources, helping to foster a community within the College of Liberal Arts, and aiding in extra-curricular enrichment to aid students both during and after their college careers.

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Anika Anam

  • Classification: 
  • Major(s): 
  • Email: teeanam@gmail.com
  • Best meme:

Sarah Haque

  • Classification: Junior
  • Major(s): International Relations and Global Studies
  • Email: sarahhaque@utexas.edu
  • Best meme: "y tho"
 

COLLEGE AMBASSADORS

The College Ambassadors committee engages in direct dialogue with the students and administration of COLA departments, centers, and programs.  The committee plans and develops town halls, focus groups, and surveys to reach underserved populations in the college, and better identify widespread student issues. Members of the committee help to host and facilitate discussion of COLA issues with the deans of the college during regularly scheduled Dean’s Meetings. The committee also helps coordinate the Liberal Arts Affiliated Organizations.

  ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

Alyssa Hiarker

  • Classification: Sophomore

  • Major(s): Government, Journalism
  • Email: hiarkeralyssa@gmail.com
  • Best Meme: “Lemme move my bang so I can read that again.”

Fatima Wahid

  • Classification: Junior
  • Major(s): Sustainability Studies, Environmental Engineering
  • Email: fatimawahid@utexas.edu
  • Best meme: Nick Young with the question marks ??? ???
 

CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY FOCUS

The Campus and Community Focus Committee fosters service minded individuals within the College of Liberal Arts. It represents liberal arts students by providing volunteer opportunities and leading targeted service initiatives. Internally, the committee coordinates LAC participation in community service events. Externally, the committee works with the Recruitment and Retention Committee of Senate to coordinate the College of Liberal Arts’ involvement with campus-wide service opportunities.

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Lexi Clidienst

  • Classification: Junior
  • Major(s): Humanities 
  • Email: lclidienst@gmail.com
  • Best meme: The little kid flipping the burger while crying

Taylar Henderson

  • Classification: Junior
  • Major(s): Government, Political Communication Studies 
  • Email: 
  • Best meme: 
 

DIVERSITY COORDINATOR

The Diversity Coordinator works closely with the Membership Director in order to recruit a more diverse new member class and to promote an open dialogue about better advocating for the interests of underrepresented groups in COLA. The Diversity Coordinator engages directly with student organizations on campus to facilitate diversity within LAC.

TBD

  • Classification: 
  • Major(s): 
  • Email: 
 
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THE LIBERATOR

The Liberator is the official publication of the College of Liberal Arts. As a liberal arts-focused news magazine, they aim to keep students connected to the university through updates on legislation, campus affairs, world news, and student life. Liberator heads work to maintain an award–winning news blog and publish one print issue per semester. Liberator publications reach thousands of students every year. 

Hira Vayani

  • Classification: Sophomore 

  • Major(s): Economics, IRG
  • Email: hira.vayani@utexas.edu
  • Best meme:

Hayley Wood

  • Classification: Senior
  • Major(s): Rhetoric and Writing 
  • Email: hwood1897@gmail.com
  • Best meme: kazoo kid, "wait a minute, w-who are you?:

Varun Hukeri

  • Classification: Junior
  • Major(s): Government, IRG 
  • Email: vmhukeri@utexas.edu
  • Best meme: "Is this a pigeon?"
 

DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

The Development Coordinator is responsible for bringing new opportunities to the council in terms of outreach, sponsors, and funding. Each semester they brainstorm and enact new initiatives to increase LAC's presence in the college and among graduates in the University's community. The Development Coordinator is also charged with communicating with LAC alumni after their service in the council.

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Joanna Jimenez

  • Classification: Senior
  • Major(s): Government, History 
  • Email: jjoannajimenez@utexas.edu
  • Best meme: Success kid 

 

 

TRADITIONS

The Traditions Coordinators aim to create an exciting culture through fellowship and leadership that fosters relationships, builds community, and connects members for the betterment of the Liberal Arts Council and the college. Traditions is in charge of and takes pride in ensuring that members within the council feel comfortable, and we offer various events and programs that create a fun, stress-free environment.

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Grace Heineman

  • Classification: Junior
  • Major(s): Economics, Math 
  • Email: grace.heineman@utexas.edu
  • Best meme: Any Spongebob meme

Jackson Freeman

  • Classification: Sophomore 
  • Major(s): Government, Middle Eastern Studies 
  • Email: jacksontfreeman@gmail.com
  • Best meme: "WHOMST"
 

POLICY COORDINATOR

The Policy Coordinator serves to promote engagement with policy both within the Policy Sub-Committee and in LAC at large. In the pursuit of drafting, passing, and properly implementing substantial policy, the coordinator aids in student outreach by attending focus groups, town halls, and Deans Meetings. They work to improve communication about policy between the four standing committees by attending committee meetings. The coordinator also fulfills the role of Parliamentarian by giving legislative updates at General Assembly, taking vote counts, and presenting legislation in a neutral and unbiased fashion.

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Kate Diller

  • Classification: Junior
  • Major(s): Government, Sociology
  • Email: k.diller.13@utexas.edu
  • Best meme: Marriage compromise meme