Student staff members at the Shaw Wellness Institute serve as bystander intervention facilitators and wellness ambassadors to the campus.

Ali Altman ’21

Bystander Intervention Facilitator

I am a double major in Biology and Women’s Studies and have a passion for reproductive justice and women’s health. I studied abroad last semester studying maternal and child health with SIT in India, South Africa, and Brazil, but I am excited to be back at Colgate fighting the good fight for survivors and to make Colgate a safer place for all. I love staying busy, so in addition to Bystander, I am a leader for Outdoor Ed, dance with Shock, and am heavily involved in the Medusa Movement. I am also working at Hamilton Whole Foods this semester - so stop by for a smoothie and a friendly hello! After Colgate, I will be working for a company called Ambra Health and gaining real world experience before I go back to school for my MD/MPH and to pursue my dream of working as an advocate for women’s health and reproductive justice.

James Clark ’23

Bystander Intervention Facilitator

He is majoring in Neuroscience and Spanish. James’s interesting fact is that he is a second degree black belt. His interest in Shaw was the support and teamwork expressed by every single member. James is involved in MAD tutoring and the Spanish Debate Club. He is a bystander ambassador for Shaw. After Colgate he plans to go to med school and become a doctor of neurology.

Keelah Dixon ’21

Keelah Dixon ’21

Bystander Intervention Facilitator, Wellness Ambassador

She is majoring in Natural Science and Mathematics and taught English and Math in Tanzania for a summer. She was drawn to Shaw because there is a lack of awareness about wellness, in all its dimensions, on campus. Keelah experienced this especially in athletics, where athletes are expected to push through mental and physical pain. She has also seen it through the dangerous partying culture at Colgate and wanted to educate herself and help others to be more safe and healthy. She is currently a liaison for ALANA Cultural Center and Varsity Athletics and a bystander facilitator. Keelah is also a part of ROCC (Raiders of Color Connect), BSU, and Athletics Wellness Advocates. She is a part of Konosioni, is on the Women’s Basketball Team, and referees intramural basketball. She also serves as the student representative for the Patriot League Anti-racism Coalition. Her plan for after Colgate is to continue her academic pursuit while getting involved in social justice activism. 

Abaigeal Donaldson ’23

Abaigeal Donaldson ’23 

Bystander Intervention Facilitator

She is intending on majoring in Neuroscience. Abaigeal has participated in the Youth National Rowing competition two years in a row in high school as a lightweight rower. She enjoys working at Shaw because of everyone's amazing, welcoming, and supportive attitude, and the opportunity to be a resource on campus to help other students. Abaigeal volunteers at Madison Ambulance, is currently training to be an EMT, and at Shaw, she is a Bystander Facilitator! After Colgate she will be working towards a medical degree with the intention of working with athletes in the future.  

Abby Douglas ’22

Abby Douglas ’22

Bystander Intervention Facilitator

She is Majoring in Sociology and minoring in Religion. Abby’s interesting fact is that a piano fell on her foot and broke it! She was first interested in Shaw when she learned a lot of useful information at her Bystander presentation and wanted to relay this information to other Colgate students to help create a safer campus environment! Other extracurricular activities she is a part of are FUSE Dance Company, DDT Dance, Administrative Vice President of Gamma Phi Beta and she is a Bystander Facilitator at Shaw! After Colgate she hopes to go to do a dual degree in law and social work!

Liana Escue ’21

Liana Escue ’21

Bystander Intervention Facilitator

Liana is a Religion major from Dallas, TX. After graduation she is planning on joining Teach for America in Charlotte, NC. 

Alison Gadd ’22

Alison Gadd ’22 (she/her/hers)

Bystander Intervention Facilitator

She is a psychology major and she sings with the Colgate Dischords, an a cappella group on campus! She was drawn to the people and the format of Bystander work because the people are passionate and active in promoting safety on campus, and the structure allows her to communicate, learn, and grow with her peers. Alison is a Bystander Facilitator, and when she’s not in the Shaw lounge, she sings soprano in her a cappella group, serves as the group’s Administrative Director, and works as the REALWellness Ambassador for Gamma Phi Beta. After Colgate she would like to continue studying psychology and do post-graduate work in Europe. 

Kirby Goodman ’22

Bystander Intervention Facilitator

She is majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies. Her interesting fact is that she loves rats. Kirby really wanted to be involved in sexual assault prevention efforts that reach people on this campus who don’t already care about or understand this issue and it’s impacts, and bystander/Shaw is one of the only platforms to reach these people on campus and make an impact in this way. She is a News Editor for the Maroon-News, an SGA Senator, SAPAS Chairwoman for Gphi, in club figure skating, and involved in Progress Period and Planned Parenthood! At Shaw, she is a Bystander facilitator. Kirby is super passionate about journalism and dedicates a ton of her time at Colgate to student journalism. After Colgate, she would love to pursue journalism and reporting professionally.

Eli Gould ’23

Bystander Intervention Facilitator

He is undecided in his major. Eli’s interesting fact is that he travel’s to a cabin in Alaska every summer. He joined Shaw because he wanted to make a difference in the community. Eli also plays on the Colgate Men's Soccer team and is a Shaw bystander. After Colgate he would love to continue helping people.

Tess Hargarten ’22

Tess Hargarten ’22

Wellness Ambassador

She is majoring in Political Science and is from Canada. She says that wellness is something that is extremely important, but is often neglected. Especially in college, people often need a little help in focusing on their wellness and putting themselves first. Tess wants to help spread wellness to all areas of campus and ensure that we are all taking care of ourselves as best we can. She is in Groove dance troupe, and she is a Sustainability Liaison at Shaw. As for her future after Colgate, she is unsure!

Wyman Huang ’22

Wyman Huang ’22

Wellness Ambassador

She is majoring in Geography. Her fun fact is that she is obsessed with green. Wyman’s own struggles with mental health have brought her to Shaw. She would love to be able to help herself and others achieve the 8 dimensions of wellness. She is in the Ski and Snowboard club and Tennis club. In addition, she is a commons council member, and wellness liaison for Mabel Dart Colegrove Commons and First Gen/OUS. After Colgate she plans to become an urban planner!

Johna Joseph ’22 (He/him/his)

Wellness Ambassador

He is majoring in chemistry and minoring in mathematical systems biology. Fun fact about Johna is that he once wrote and produced a rap song about the prison industrial complex in highschool. He kept this hidden until now. The welcoming faces of the Shaw staff brought him comfort during his period of internal struggle so he did not turn down an offer to join the team. Johna is a captain of the track and field team, a Raiders of Color Connect ambassador, and the founder of Pre-Health Pathways. His interests include playing piano, guitar, and learning languages (French and Japanese). He also produces his own music. He strives to go to medical school where he hopes he can pursue a career in anesthesiology.

Adriana Kartanadi ’22

Adriana Kartanadi ’22

Wellness Ambassador

She is majoring in Economics & Asian Studies. An interesting fact about Adriana is that she is bound to forget a word in the language that she needs it in. What drew Adriana to Shaw was our mission and that we do what we’re passionate about, allowing for creativity and exploration. She is a Social Media Manager for Shaw, OASIS+’s Co-President and Officer of Creative Outreach, a DEI Co-Chair for Tri Delta, and loves to go to the gym! After Colgate she plans to work for an internationally-operating company and have to travel for it.

Larsen Klein ’22

Larsen Klein ’22

Bystander Intervention Facilitator

She is majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies and Women’s Studies. Larsen has a twin here at Colgate. She wants to be involved with helping prevent sexual violence on campus and promote a safer campus culture. Larsen also loved and admired the people who worked at Shaw before her, and knew she wanted to be a part of this lovely team! She is a Bystander Intern at Shaw. Larsen is also a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, the Medusa Movement, and the equestrian team on campus. After Colgate she hopes to work in the NGO/non-profit industry.

Eliza Leal ’22

Eliza Leal ’22

Wellness Ambassador

She is majoring in Sociology and minoring in Geography and Classics. Eliza’a interesting fact is that she knows 5 languages, not all very fluently. She was drawn to Shaw because of its mission to improve wellness across campus and the encouraging and motivated community within it that all strive to make it happen. She is a campus liaison for Brown Commons, CLSI, and Cove. As for her extracurriculars, she is in Spanish Language Debate Society, WRCU (tune in 2-3pm on Mondays!), Colgate Student Coalition, and Baker’s Dozen. After Colgate she hopes to work in Public Health and Policy with a focus on ameliorating healthcare access for undocumented immigrants and refugees.

Erin McCormack ’21

Bystander Intervention Facilitator

She is majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies. Erin recently studied abroad in Nairobi, Kenya and learned about the close knit community and the ability to form new relationships. Shaw fosters a good sense of self and combines wellness with community. It is truly a unique space on campus that people should always try to utilize. There are some hidden gems hiding in these offices! She is a facilitator for Yes Means Yes, a tour guide for the Office of Admissions, and she is on SGA as a class senator. Erin is currently a Bystander Intervention facilitator and she hopes to take a few gap years and work in public health before taking the MCAT to start applying for medical school.

Emily Metzger ’21

Wellness Ambassador

Alice Presutti ’21

Alice Presutti ’21

Wellness Ambassador

She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Political Science. Alice believes that Shaw's mission to promote wellness on campus is really important, especially in a college climate where students often forget to take care of their personal wellness needs. She wanted to learn about and promote how to help students manage their academics, social life, and mental and physical health, and more by distributing resources and organizing events through Shaw. Additionally, Alice was particularly interested in sharing these resources with the international community here at Colgate, as she is an international student from Italy, herself. She is a Shaw Liaison for the Office of International Student Services (OISS). As for her extracurriculars she is in Colgate International Community (Vice President), International Student Orientation (Group Leader), Class Council (General Representative), Colgate Italian Club, Ski & Snowboard Club, and Korean Cultural Association, Tea Club.

Emily Schwartz ’21

Emily Schwartz ’21

Wellness Ambassador

She is a senior majoring in Environmental Studies with a double minor in Geography and Geology. An interesting fact about Emily is that she is a third degree black belt in Taekwondo. Her interest for sustainability and mental health led her to Shaw given their close entanglement with health and wellness. Their outreach, mission, and purpose on this campus was something she noticed was heavily needed across the student body. Emily was able to see the importance of peer encouragement, facilitation, and support in order to spread awareness about wellness and wanted to join the team. Her favorite part about working at Shaw is her ability to integrate her passion for sustainability and mental health awareness into programming for the student body. After graduation, Emily plans to pursue a masters or law degree.

Francesca Scuadroni ’21

Francesca Scuadroni ’21

Wellness Ambassador

She is a senior majoring in English Literature and minoring in Political Science. Francesca wanted to become more involved with Shaw after she realized the importance of incorporating the different aspects of Wellness into everyday life  and the lack of knowledge that there is on campus surrounding these aspects. At Shaw, Francesca is a liaison with Ciccone Commons where she helps to educate and inform first-year students about the areas of wellness and the different resources available on campus. Her favorite part about working in Shaw is being able to meet new people and helping to create an impact on campus. In addition to her work with Shaw, Francesca is also involved with the Women’s Rugby Team and a TIA startup.

Shelby Stevens ’21

Shelby Stevens ’21

Wellness Ambassador

Shelby is a senior majoring in Molecular Biology and minoring in French. She is extremely passionate about mental health and wellness on campus. Aside from Shaw, she has served time as a senator in SGA and is a member of the Club Figure Skating team. She is passionate about exploring what wellness means and looks like on a college campus. A fun fact about Shelby is that she has five siblings! She is excited to continue working on wellness programming at Shaw to make Colgate a happier and safer place for everyone!

Mehnaz Tabassum ’23

Wellness Ambassador

She is intending on majoring in Computer Science and Art. Mehnaz's interesting fact is that she knows 6 languages. She joined Shaw because she always felt very at peace whenever I visited. The work that Shaw is involved in also is in line with her interests and the initiatives and atmosphere here were the prime reasons. Mehnaz is a liaison ambassador. She enjoys dancing, and is taking Bollywood and Belly Dancing and she will also go to Ryan with friends and dance there for fun. After Colgate she hopes to end up doing something that makes her feel fulfilled.

Jinui Thomas ’21

Bystander Intervention Facilitator

Josephine Wray ’21

Josephine Wray ’21

Wellness Ambassador

Josephine is a senior double majoring in Sociology and French. Aside from working at Shaw, she is the President of Colgate Women in Business, a member of the Club Tennis Team, and a Transfer Student Ambassador. Josephine is passionate about health and wellness herself, so naturally, she was drawn to Shaw to support the mission of instigating holistic wellness for students across campus. Her favorite part about working at Shaw is the impact that she is able to have on students’ lives through social media and programming work. On the weekends you can find her trying out a new recipe, going on a run, or listening to a podcast. Feel free to reach out to her with any social media suggestions or if you ever need a gym buddy. She is so excited for yet another amazing year with Shaw!