Insights from CTRL Student Partners

Student Partners are undergraduate students who work directly with CTRL staff to bring their voice and perspective to the conversation about teaching and learning at AU and integrate the student experience in CTRL’s work. Student Partners meet regularly to discuss effective instruction at AU and each Student Partner plans and implements their own unique projects to benefit instructors and students on campus. Learn more about the CTRL Student Partners Program. 

Please explore the list of Student Partner projects below to learn more about each student and the resources that resulted from their work. 

Resources Developed by Student Partners

The following resources were developed by CTRL’s Student Partners, individually and collaboratively. Over the course of a semester, Student Partners chose a topic to focus on, and wrote up their insights based on their personal experience, knowledge from coursework, and interactions with other students, faculty, and/or staff on campus. Click on each to learn more about their project and the key takeaways. 

Meet our Student Partners

Marie Dioneda

Marie Dioneda
Literature & Education Studies
Partner: Fall 2023 & Spring 2024
“As a CTRL Student Partner, I feel lucky to be in such a collaborative and welcoming role, where everyone respects and loves the art of learning. At the end of the day, anyone can learn from anyone, and I’m excited to see where being a CTRL partner takes me!”

Reba Mathews

Reba Mathews
Women & Gender Studies
Partner: Spring 2023, Fall 2023, & Spring 2024
“Working at CTRL has allowed me to do meaningful work for AU as a student who wishes to better the teaching culture for both staff and students. I was surrounded by CTRL mentors who were always encouraging and helped us bring our ideas to life.” 

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Gabriela Rupp

Gabriela Rupp
Secondary Education, Political Science, & Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Partner: Spring 2024 & Fall 2024
As a CTRL partner, I’m very grateful for the opportunity to work towards a more inclusive and wide-reaching representation of student voice in academics at AU. Through this role, I hope to actively engage with students and faculty to promote equity and efficacy in the classroom, so that AU can live up to its central priority of ‘Inclusive Excellence.'”

Qudsia Saeed

Qudsia Saeed
Elementary Education & Arab World Studies
Partner: Fall 2023 & Spring 2024
“Being a student partner with CTRL means contributing to a more inclusive and supportive academic environment at American University by collaborating with the professors, sharing insights, and advocating for student needs. CTRL plays a significant role in advancing teaching and learning, and I’m excited to be a part of this change and look forward to making a positive impact.” 

Ciel Smith

Ciel Smith
International Relations
Partner: Spring 2024 & Fall 2024
Being a CTRL student partner not only provides me with valuable work experience, but also gives me the opportunity to help shape AU’s classrooms into more equitable and welcoming environments. I look forward to collaborating with my peers to create resources for faculty that can facilitate all students’ unique learning journeys.”

Previous Student Partners

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Kimiya Parker-Hill

Kimiya Parker-Hill
Justice & Law
Partner: Spring 2023 & Fall 2023
“Being a CTRL Student Partner has been a valuable experience because I get to focus my ambition toward equitable learning environments. This experience is great for people who want to take a deeper look into our AU community and spread awareness for enhancing educational experiences.” 

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Alli Sattler

Alli Sattler
Math & Secondary Education
Partner: Spring 2023 & Fall 2023
“I have enjoyed working with CTRL because I have been able to gain leadership experience and create work that is meaningful to me and has the potential to make a profound impact on campus.” 

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Nathaniel Smith

Nathaniel Smith
History & Secondary Education
Partner: Spring 2023 & Fall 2023
“As a CTRL Student Partner I not only get to create a permanent resource for professors to become better teachers but also gain presentation and leadership experience. Plus, you are given the freedom to design and come up with that resource.”