Meet the Counselors

Meet the 2017 STP Summer Counselors!!!


Meet Sellam Birhane, head counselor for STP summer 2017!  Sellam is a recent graduate of UMW with a B.S. in Business Administration.  Currently, she still resides at the university while completing her graduate degree.  She lives in Alexandria, VA when she is not living on campus.  During her time at UMW, she worked for the James Farmer Multicultural Center and spent three years working in Residence Life, initially as a Program Assistant and then a Resident Assistant.  In her last year she was promoted to the ranks of Senior Resident Assistant.  She adores working with Freshman students, and being a mentor to other students, and wants to help make the adjustment as smooth as possible for new students.  Sellam also loves to run, dance, practice martial arts, and is an avid reader.  She also enjoys acting and has performed in UMW’s productions of Eurydice and the 2015 Leading Ladies show.


Meet Lewis Harvey, peer counselor for STP summer 2017! Hailing from King and Queen County, VA, Lewis has served as the Treasurer, President, and currently the Vice President of UMW’s Black Student Association. As a rising senior, he aspires to major in Business Administration with a specialty in Marketing. He spends his free time reading, hiking, and binge watching Netflix. Having a sociable and friendly personality, he enjoys meeting new people and making friends. He enjoys learning about new cultures and being socially aware. He hopes to be a great influence on others.



Meet Sophia Lamp, peer counselor for STP summer 2017! Sophia is a rising junior from Ashburn, VA. She works at the UMW Simpson Library as a student aide, fulfills the position of treasurer for the American Sign Language Club on campus (Talk to the Hands), serves as a class of 2019 representative for the Honors Program Advisory Committee, and will be a co-president for Psi Chi, the psychology honors society, for the 2017-2018 academic year. Sophia is a psychology major interested in getting a PhD in quantitative psychology or social psychology—or a mix of both! She wanted to major in psychology because she loves doing statistics and wants to help further understand our knowledge about human behavior. She spends her leisure time reading, drawing, playing video games, and creating costumes based on her favorite characters.  Previously, she has worked as a summer counselor for kids ages 5-14, some of whom with learning disabilities, autism, and ADHD.  Currently she loves to volunteer at Bragg Hill Family Life Center where she tutors disadvantaged children of several different backgrounds.


Meet Alicia Chamagua, peer counselor for STP summer 2017! Alicia, a former STP participant, is a rising junior from UMW’s very own hometown, Fredericksburg, VA. As a commuter student she spends the majority of her time focused on her family and work year round, all while being attentive to her college courses and friends. Her interest in social justice and the love of her native language has led her to choose a major in Sociology and a minor in Spanish as her ideal passion. She spends her free time gardening, walking downtown, and playing with her dog, Frida. As a passionate, outspoken, and determined individual, she has found that being around people is her ideal environment, having participated in several panels around campus promoting diversity, as well as giving helpful advice to incoming freshmen. She looks forward to spending her time with new people and building new connections.



Meet Nancy Pham, peer counselor for STP summer 2017! Nancy, a former STP participant, is a rising junior from Falls Church, VA majoring in Communication and Digital Studies. She will be serving as a returning Resident Assistant in Westmoreland Hall for the upcoming school year. Additionally, she is the Class of 2019 Vice President and the Class Council Executive Board Vice President, a RISE Peer Mentor, the Senior Student Coordinator of Publicity for the Office of Student Activities and Engagement, and the UMW student ambassador for OrcaTv’s EagleVision. In her free time, she volunteers as a member of the Rappahannock Big Brother Big Sister program. Nancy loves to sing, eat tons of sweets, and surround herself with family and friends. And, although she is allergic to them, she is obsessed with puppies! She has a passion for helping others and cannot wait to meet all of you!


Meet Terrin Dickerson, peer counselor for STP summer 2017! Terrin, a former STP participant, is a rising Senior from Hague, VA. He serves as student aide for the Office of Academic Engagement and Student Success. Terrin is a Business Administration major and wants to have a concentration in marketing. Majoring in Business Administration appealed to him because he is interested in one day starting his own business. He spends his leisure time drawing, playing basketball, and exercising. He was just recently made the President of the UMW Club Basketball team. He is an easy person to get along with, and a nice person to everyone. He likes music, art, and sports of any kind.



Meet Jazmin Andrews, peer counselor for STP summer 2017! Jazmin is a rising junior from Newtown, VA . She is a part of multiple culturally-centered clubs on campus including Women of Color, the African Student Association and the Black Student Association, for which she will be serving as an executive board member this coming fall. Jazmin is a Theatre major who loves creating things. Through theatre she is able to use her skills to solve problems and illuminate the various aspects of the human condition. She spends a lot her free time outdoors and can usually be found on Ball Circle soaking up the sun or in her room watching her favorite Netflix shows. She is also a big fan of donuts and loves that campus is so close to Sugar Shack, Duck Donuts, Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts.


Meet Megan Sosnow, peer counselor for STP summer 2017! Megan, a former STP participant, is a rising junior from Essex County, VA. Megan is a Business Administration major and plans to own her own business one day. Majoring in Business appealed to her because she wants to have a bakery and plans to further her education in the culinary field after graduating. She has worked through many hardships and with the help of the Rappahannock Scholars Program and her job as a cashier at the UMW dining hall; she has managed to push herself through two successful years of college. Megan spends her spare time hanging out with friends and going home to spend time with her family. She looks forward to spending her summer with the future students of UMW!


madison-thorpe Meet Madison Thorpe, Student Progress Mentor for STP summer 2017! Madison is a recent graduate of UMW receiving her BA in Communication and Digital Studies. A native of Fredericksburg, Madison grew up living only 10 minutes away from campus. During Madison’s time at UMW she worked for the UMW Speaking Center for four years and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for two years. Additionally, in her time as a student Madison tried her hand in many things, which included women’s rugby and volunteering as a Washington Guide. This upcoming fall she is looking forward to starting the next chapter of her life with a year of service as a City Year AmeriCorp member in Boston, Ma. Madison is very passionate about helping those in need and giving back into the community. To Madison, “STP is a family that keeps growing,” as she was a member of STP herself and now has the honor to serve as a mentor and counselor. Madison states that without STP she shouldn’t have made it through college and she wouldn’t have met such great people.