A graduate of Johnson C. Smith University, Emanuel Reid first became involved with civic engagement as a community organizer fundraising for the ACLU in their fight against voter suppression in North Carolina. After nearly 2 years with the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Emanuel accepted an opportunity with AmeriCorps, which would allow him to work with local Washington D.C. schools creating programs and partnerships. After his year of service, Emanuel accepted a position with Georgetown University expanding his work and impact in the DC community. Currently, he works with the GU Men’s Basketball Team assisting with the day-to-day operations and community engagement.
Jennifer Wiggins is a Staff Clinician and Sexual Assault Specialist at the Health Education Services who sees students confidentially around the areas of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. She is available to offer students clinical services, as well as consultation, advocacy, and support regarding accommodations, academics, medical and judicial options, and navigating on and off-campus resources. She specializes in trauma, LGBTQ issues, and multicultural competencies. Jennifer describes her work as providing a survivor-centric focus through a multicultural lens. Jennifer serves the staff advisor to SAPE, the Sexual Assault Peer Educators and helps to coordinate gender violence programming. In addition to her work in Health Education Services, Jennifer offers Wellness Wednesdays drop in counseling sessions at CMEA. She is also part of Georgetown’s Sexual Assault Task Force and the Advisory Board for Low-Income & First Generation Students. Jennifer has an M.A. in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Community Mental Health. Her research background includes gender socialization, self-efficacy, and multicultural competencies.
Phylander R. Pannell
Phylander R. Pannell is the Director of Georgetown Event Management Services at Georgetown University. During her 16 years at Georgetown, she has served in numerous roles at the university in three different departments, the School of Foreign Service, University Services and the Division of Student Affairs. She received her B.A. undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Phylander enjoys reading, crafting and proudly serves in several ministries at Reid Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Heidi is Director of Local Government Affairs in the Office of Government Relations and Community Engagement. She joined Georgetown University in 2016 after serving in a variety of leadership positions with the Council of the District of Columbia. As a policy attorney, she served as Legislative Committee Director for DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson when he chaired the Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary and later senior counsel to Councilmember Tommy Wells during his transition to Committee Chair. Heidi currently serves on the board of directors for the American Civil Liberties Union of the District of Columbia and represents Georgetown on the Consumer Advisory Council for the Georgetown University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. Heidi is a graduate of Penn State and the American University Washington College of Law. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband, two sons, and two dogs.
Arelis joined the CMEA team as the Associate Director of Undocumented Student Services and Director of Group Initiatives in September 2017. She holds a M.S. in Higher Education Administration and a B.A. in English Literature from Florida State University. Her career in education began in Miami Dade County Public Schools as a secondary English, Leadership, Journalism and Yearbook teacher and spanned across Florida State University, the University of Texas at Austin and Georgetown University within the field of international education. As a native Nicaraguan who grew up in Miami, Florida, the realities of immigration were ever-present in her upbringing, and helped to refine her interest in supporting immigrant and underrepresented students along secondary and tertiary education. In Texas, Arelis focused on the intersections of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and education abroad policies, and worked vigorously to help students along the study abroad and international internship processes, and helped various universities implement their own policies to promote inclusion.