UM Student Advisory Council
The Mansfield Center is committed to supporting UM’s Priorities for Action, including placing student success at the center of all we do. The Mansfield Center Student Advisory Council is comprised of undergraduate and graduate student representatives who work with us to identify the best ways we can support student success, and the best outreach methods to engage with students.
The Mansfield Center Student Advisory Council meets once a month to brainstorm ideas and outline plans for campus and community outreach related to the mission of the Mansfield Center. Participating students gain the opportunity to build skills in leadership, collaboration, and event planning while learning about community involvement, outreach, citizen diplomacy, and international exchange. This year, the Council will work together to create virtual alternatives to engagements typically offered in person.
A scholarship of $500 toward Spring 2020 tuition and expenses is offered in recognition of this service.
Undergraduate or graduate student
Demonstrated leadership experience
Interest in creative problem-solving, leadership development, and cross-cultural engagement
Willingness to learn about and promote the Mansfield Center’s mission and work
Time commitment: 25 hours per semester
How to Apply
Email a resume and statement of interest (1 page or less) to Program Manager Heidi Blair at Heidi.email@example.com by Friday, September 11.
Jillian Top Sky is from Rocky Boy, Montana, and a member of the Chippewa Cree tribe. She is a junior majoring in Sociology and Native American Studies. She has participated in the American Indigenous Business Leaders club on campus and she is a part of the Global Leadership Initiative. In the past she has also been a part of the Mansfield American Youth Leadership Program in Thailand. Throughout her experiences, she has always felt that representation mattered; she hoped that by taking her place in spaces that lacked diversity, it would encourage other students coming after her. She believes that diverse representation is necessary to foster mutual respect, understanding, and create effective change. She felt that the Student Advisory Council should reflect UM’s student community and hopes to carry on Mansfield's work of public service and diplomacy.
Kersey Blackford is a Presidential Leadership Scholar at the DHC. She is double majoring in Political Science and East Asian Studies. She was given the unique opportunity to connect with refugee children in Idaho. She traveled to Nepal and worked with a group of locals to reach out to rural community members. She is from Gardiner, MT, where she was actively engaged in her community. She participated in Academic WorldQuest and was on the winning team for the past two years. From her group’s achievements in WorldQuest, they were nominated to participate in the Kakehashi Project held in Japan where they visited high schools and spent two nights with a host family. She wants to learn more about the world and continue building international connections. In her future, she wants to contribute to making a difference in social issues.
Christian Bazzano is from Knoxville, Tennessee. He is a graduate student in the Environmental Philosophy program at the University of Montana. For his undergraduate study, he went to the University of Tennessee where he majored in Political Science and minored in Philosophy.
Christian’s research interests are looking at how violence and conflict is concurrent with the environment, particularly climate change, and cultural shifts in identity and resiliency in the face of climate change. These interests primarily come from his time spent abroad, where he spent a semester in Nepal, spending significant time in remote villages in the Himalayas. He also spent a month in Ladakh, near the India/Pakistan border researching determinants of the Kashmir Conflict, as well as a month in Cuba studying Latin American social revolutions at the University of Havana. Upon graduation, he returned to Asia, backpacking (and motorbiking) through Nepal, Vietnam, and Thailand. Christian is passionate about learning the different ways of approach we have in looking at international issues, and aims to be a better citizen and student through interdisciplinary studies.
Beatrix Frissell is a sophomore at the University of Montana as a Presidential Leadership Scholar through the Davidson Honors College, a member of the Global Leadership Initiative, and a runner on the cross country and track and field team. She is studying Political Science with a minor in Ecological Restoration and also participates in the Montana New Leadership Program, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and Honors Student Association.
Frissell graduated from Polson High School in 2019, growing up in Polson, MT and prior to coming to the University of Montana she was National Honor Society President, a leader in student government, Key Club, and a school valedictorian. Through her work with the National Honor Society, she held a school wide clothing drive and implemented improvements to the school’s recycling program through the MT SMART Schools program, providing bins for each classroom in the school. In her future, Frissell would like to go on to work in politics with a focus on environmental policy.
Isabelle Melton is a Presidential Leadership Scholar at the University of Montana Davidson Honors College (DHC). She is studying international relations and business and is enrolled in the Global Leadership Initiative. Besides serving on the Mansfield Center Student Advisory Council, she is a DHC Ambassador and a member of the Zootown Cabaret. Isabelle also participates in the Global PALS Program with members of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative. She was named a 2020 Baucus Leader and completed a United States Senate congressional internship last summer. Isabelle is currently interning at the Montana World Affairs Council and serving as a teaching assistant for a global diplomacy course where she facilitates a virtual exchange between students in Montana and Egypt.
Augusta Reinhart is a third-year Presidential Leadership Scholar who is double majoring in Political Science (with a focus in International Relations) and French. She is a member of the Global Leadership Initiative, the Pre-Law program, and the new Migration Studies program. Augusta has volunteered with the International Rescue Committee as a family mentor, participated on ASUM’s Budget & Finance Committee, and was awarded a Killam Fellowship (undergraduate Fulbright) to study French in Montréal last year. In her free time, Augusta loves to hike with her rescue dog, read, hit the slopes, and spontaneously travel.