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Meet the Tutors


Elisa Taylor ’20

Elisa Taylor ’20

Neuroscience

As a Junior pursuing a degree in Neuroscience, Elisa’s on-campus activities include HAAND organization, rock climbing, neuroscience research, AXB, and HOC. She loves learning from her peers while helping them best communicate their presentations and interests in an engaging manner.

Hannah Young ’20

Hannah Young ’20

Sociology

Hannah is a Sociology major from New York City, where she’s lived her whole life. On campus, she runs The Monitor and is on the executive board of the Debate Society. You can usually find her powerlifting at the gym or eating peanut butter.

Samantha Gordon ’21

Samantha Gordon ’21

Public Policy

Sam is a senior from Los Angeles, CA, but unfortunately hates LA. She much prefers the east coast and spent a semester during her Junior in Washington, D.C. working at a women’s workplace and reproductive rights advocacy center. She is involved with Mock Trial, Student Assembly, Hamilton College Democrats, and SAVES. Her favorite book is Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë.

Suzanne Finnerty ’19

Suzanne Finnerty ’19

History

She studied abroad last fall in Florence, Italy and ate way too much pizza and pasta. She is a captain of Women’s Club Soccer and can be found in Commons or napping in a KJ couch pod. Her favorite speeches are John Belushi's “Pearl Harbor” speech in Animal House and Herb Brook’s pre-game speech in Miracle. She is super excited to listen to so many awesome presentations this year and learn about so many different and cool things!

Katherine Barnes ’20

Katherine Barnes ’20

Woman/Gender Studies

Katherine comes from Chelsea, Massachusetts and is a Women and Gender Studies Major. When she isn’t doing class work, Katherine is a chair with SMART and advocates for survivor rights and services on (and off) campus. In her limited free time, Katherine enjoys to have a cup of tea with friends or catch up on Netflix.

Honor Allen ’21

Honor Allen ’21

Philosophy

Honor has loved talking for just about her entire life. She has a background in theater as well as competitive speech and debate. As an EMT, Writing Center tutor and Burke Library employee, you’re likely to run into Honor when you're in some kind of emergency, whether medical or academic, but she would love to hang when everything in your life is going okay, too.

Jacob Bortner-Hart ’21

Jacob Bortner-Hart ’21

Philosophy

Jacob is a member of the Hamilton College Debate Society and writes for the The Monitor. He enjoys weird novels, philosophy podcasts, political arguments, Wittgenstein, goldfish, and the show Bojack Horseman. He can usually be found in KJ.

Kaygon Finakin ’19

Kaygon Finakin ’19

World Politics

Kaygon spent much of my early life in Westmoreland, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands before moving the NYC for junior high school. At Hamilton, she is World Politics major with a focus on Poverty and Development in the Caribbean. She spent the last couple of summers studying economic development and structural adjustment policy in the Caribbean.

Lexi Black ’21

Lexi Black ’21

World Politics

Lexi is a World Politics major from Sun Valley, Idaho.On campus, you can find her hanging out in the WHCL studio, buried in a book at Opus brunch, or generally out and about rattling on about Idaho to anyone willing to listen. On the rare occasions she gets off campus, Lexi likes to spend her time hiking and skiing.

Gianni Hill ’21

Gianni Hill ’21

Public Policy; Hispanic Studies

Gianni is very active on campus. He is serving his second term as Class President on SA, and he works as a RA and Levitt Center Student Assistant. He is a member of the Mock Trial team. In his free time, you will probably find Gianni hiking the high peaks in the Adirondacks.

Cristian Calixto ’21

Cristian Calixto ’21

Geology

Cristian is a Geo Major and Japanese Minor. His hope is to go to Japan by his Junior Spring Semester and is excited to explore Japanese culture. Aside from school activities, he also attends QSU and is on LV's (La Vanguardia) E-board.

Jonina Mignon ’21

Jonina Mignon ’21

Psychology

On campus, Jonina is a tour guide, RA, the events coordinator of HAVOC, and a writer for The Spectator. In her free time, she loves to swim, hang out with her friends, and think about her dog Cooper. Jonina is fluent in Chinese.

Deborah “Deb” Gakpo ’19

Deborah “Deb” Gakpo ’19

Biology; Dance and Movement Studies

Deb is an RA, Writing Center SA and is also involved with the Campus of Off-Campus Study. In her free time, she enjoys reading, singing and watching Grey’s Anatomy.

Emily Aviles ’19

Emily Aviles ’19

Theatre

Emily Aviles is a senior Theatre major who is passionate about bring survivor advocacy and theatre together. This is her first year as an OCC Consultant, and she is excited to have the chance to support her peers and help them with their public speaking skills.

Hannah Fink ’19

Hannah Fink ’19

Government

Hannah is the Co-President of Womxn’s Center, Activism Co-Chair of SMART, and a First Year Course mentor. When she isn’t helping students at the OCC, she loves painting and getting new music recommendations!

Michael Wang ’19

Michael Wang ’19

Government

Michael is a senior Government major from NJ. Along with being a tutor, he interviews prospective Hamilton students and is a research assistant. Michael has gotten 2nd place in a no-hands macaroon eating contest and is incapable of giving a bad high five.

Claire Kitz ’19

Claire Kitz ’19

Classical Studies & Art History

Claire spends her time as a member of the Varsity Volleyball team, Gamma Xi, HALT, Newman Council, and has just taken over as the editor-in-chief of Enquiry. When she is not working, she can be found enjoying a large cup of coffee, chatting with friends, and is probably laughing very loudly. She dreams to one day move to Rome and eat pasta every day.

Joel Harper ’21

Joel Harper ’21

Government

Hailing from Austin, Texas, Joel is a Government major who spends his time on campus with the Men's Rowing team, HOC, WHCL as well as at the OCC. He loves to engage with his peers at the OCC or over some Opus.

Contact Information


Amy Gaffney

Oral Communication Center Director
Kirner-Johnson 222
315-859-4401 oralcomm@hamilton.edu
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