Summer 2020 Interns


Emily Davidson is a senior who is pursuing a degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, concentrating in Interpersonal Dynamics. She is interested in third-party intervention work, specifically, mediation or negotiation. She also enjoys conducting research in social psychology and well-being. Beyond school and work a few of her hobbies involve: taking hip hop classes in the DMV, trying different foods and meeting people from different cultures. Emily hopes to become a certified mediator for the state of Virginia and solve conflicts in the district courts. Here are Emily’s thoughts on dialogue and conflict resolution.

Alexandra Bruce is a senior who is majoring in Conflict Analysis and Resolution with a concentration in Global Engagement and a minor in Criminology, Law and Society. Alex is a part of the Alpha Phil sorority, serves as the VP of Recruitment for the Panhellenic Executive Council and the Undersecretary of Student Involvement for Student Government. Alex is interested in the studies of the correlation of mental health and homicide and the re-offending rates with implemented restorative justice programs in jails or prisons. In her free time, Alex loves to go to the beach, learn about conflicts happening around the world and learning new skill sets to help resolve conflicts in all different areas of life.

Mattie Collins is a senior pursuing a degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution with a minor in Korean Studies. Mattie is interested in negotiation and mediation work as well as international relations, particularly diplomacy and foreign affairs. In her free time, Mattie loves learning new skills, baking treats to destress, and working out. Mattie shared a video regarding her thoughts and perspective on the relation between dialogue and peace and conflict resolution.

Mackoy Turpen is a senior who is seeking a degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, concentrating in Global Engagement. He is planning on continuing his academic career into graduate school and hopes to be an author someday. As a member of the Daniel Morgan restorative justice workshop team he also hopes that his future in academics include involvement in dialogue. Outside of school Mack is a varsity member of the GMU debate team. While competing on the national level he has achieved one of the largest honors by qualifying to the National Debate Tournament. Here are Mackoy’s thoughts on dialogue and conflict resolution.

Emmanuel Kofi Akyempong from a tiny West African Country (Liberia), the size of the state of Ohio. Emmanuel came to the United States in 2009, to seek medical attention and complete my college education. Emmanuel is a experienced Human Resources Manager with Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LTC), a state-owned autonomous agency with about Eight Hundred (800) employees in 2007. Emmanuel also worked at the Sarafina Communications Corporation which owned and operated the National Chronicle Newspaper (Daily), LOVE TV and LOVE 105 FM radio station as the Administrative Manager before coming to the United States. Here is a short video of Emmanuel elaborating on the connection that dialogue has with conflict resolution.

Ashley Stewart is a senior pursuing a dual major in Conflict Analysis and Resolution and Government and International Relations. Ashley is interested in the use of restorative conferences as an alternative to traditional mediation in cases of sexual violence. She is also passionate about prison and police abolition and the institution of transformative justice frameworks in their place. Her hobbies include hiking, yoga, and admiring her neighborhood dogs.