Common Ground has a team of student leaders who work for the program. These students are ambassadors who help promote the Common Ground mission on-campus and they are integral to the execution of Common Ground events. As our inaugural student team, these leaders will help us develop and envision the future of Common Ground and strategically connect with students.
August Brooks ’24
Hometown: Lexington, Ky.
“Productive, respectful conversation on the issues that matter most is at the core of our democratic process and college is the perfect time to start this process.”
Andrew Hohmann ’26
Majors: chemistry and history
Hometown: New York City
"I work with Common Ground to open my peers’ minds to different opinions and backgrounds, to ask them to understand the person in front of them, and to respect their opinions and beliefs. I would like to see more of this behavior in our world, in Hamilton and beyond, and am committed to working hard to make this a reality."
Mele Kaneali'i ’27
Major: public policy and sociology (intended)
Hometown: Kaunakakai, Hawaii
"With increased political polarization, engaging in respectful dialogue about the nation's 'hot topics' is more important than ever and will not only hopefully result in a collective solution but also encourage empathy, understanding, and breaking free of the echo chamber."
Nawar Kazi ’27
Major: government and psychology (intended)
Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
"Common Ground creates a platform of open dialogue and expression of ideas among individuals with contrasting views! This is so crucial to promote a holistic understanding of our ever-changing and polarizing political world."
Sarafina Madden ’26
Hometown: Cohasset, Mass.
"Common Ground serves as a forum where students can engage with disparate viewpoints and refine their judgments on complex and divisive political issues."
Arielle Schultz ’26
Major: World Politics
Hometown: Los Angeles/Orange County, CA
“We’re all at Hamilton College because we want to make a difference in the world and need to develop the skills necessary to do so. Common Ground shows Hamilton Students firsthand the importance of bipartisan cooperation and understanding in an increasingly hostile, polarized world.”