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 Bennion Center Student Board

The Bennion Center is a student-directed organization in virtually every sense of the word. Our student board is composed of  student leaders who represent each of the innovative community engaged programs and projects operating from the Bennion Center. These student leaders work collaboratively with each other, their community partners and staff partners, to ensure positive outcomes, transparent processes, and strong relationships in all we do.  

Justin Swanger | Alternative Breaks

Justin Swanger is a fourth-year honors student studying English and International Studies. When he’s not tutoring English to K-12 youth, writing an obscenely verbose essay, or planning his next Alt. Break, Justin enjoys traveling, watching The Golden Girls, listening to Ella Fitzgerald, and eating all the (vegetarian) Mexican food he can get.

Paige Remington | Communications

Paige is a junior pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering. She has an uncontrollable wanderlust and has spent more than 9 weeks volunteering abroad. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, cycling, skiing, traveling, eating sugar cookies, and petting dogs! Paige has a passion for helping others and hopes to always be involved with educational opportunities for youth and refugee communities.

Taylor Checketts | Community Engaged Scholars

Taylor Checketts is a senior studying Physics and Philosophy.  He loves going on hikes in the mountains surrounding the U and biking around Salt Lake City, all while drinking the gloriousness that is coconut water.  He is currently the president of the Asian American Student Association and aspires to one day go into student affairs.

Carly Shields | Community Outreach

Carly Shields is a junior majoring in Human Development on the pre-med track. The things that make Carly the very happiest include; kids, piano, BBQ sauce, onions, Earl Grey Tea, snow cones, almost anything outdoors, journaling, her sorority, school, traveling, her friends and family and of course the Bennion Center!

Samira Gholami| Service House

Samira Gholami is a junior pre-medical student pursuing an honors degree in Health, Society, and Policy. She works as an undergraduate researcher & co-leads the Presidential Ambassador cohort. Samira will serve as the Resident Adviser for the BC's Service House In her free time she enjoys hiking, making s'mores, and Latin dancing. She is excited to get increasingly involved with the Bennion Center and hopes to continue another generation of the Service House Band known properly as Lowell and the Bennions!

Keely Kringlen | Student-Directed Programs

Keely is a senior majoring in Geography with minors in French and Chemistry. She loves being involved with the Bennion Center, and has a passion for community engagement. In her free time she enjoys baking cookies and cupcakes, taking care of her succulent garden, add to her lipstick collection, and attend yoga classes. 

Melissa Dawson | Utah Reads

Melissa Dawson is starting her 5th and final year at the U studying elementary education. She loves being outside in the mountains. Some of her favorite activities include backpacking and skiing. Her goal is to complete every hike in Big Cotton Canyon. Melissa loves interacting with youth and helping them become their best.

Last Updated: 7/16/18