COLLIN GORTNER | INTERN | 2019
Collin Gortner is a rising senior studying at the University of Notre Dame. Collin is majoring in Political Science with minors in Constitutional Studies and Education, Schooling, & Society. He was born and raised in Monticello, a small town in downstate Illinois—this land was the traditional homeland of the Illini Confederation and Miami tribal nation. Collin is passionate about education and issues related to social justice. He has served as the charity commissioner for Stanford Hall for two years. Collin was a fellow in the McNeil Leadership program through the Center for Social Concerns. He has interned with Mayor Pete Buttigieg, the Public Defender for Juveniles in St. Joseph County, and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois. Collin will be an ACE Intern next school year and is excited to be a part of the ACE 27 cohort after graduation.
MIKAELA MURPHY | INTERN | 2019
Mikaela Murphy is a rising Junior at the University of Notre Dame with a major in American Studies. She is from Tahlequah, Oklahoma, which resides on the traditional lands of the Osage people and is the current capital city of the Cherokee Nation. Mikaela is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and currently provides Cherokee language tutoring at the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures. Mikaela is also the current vice-president of the Native American Student Association of Notre Dame, as well as previously serving as the Diversity Council Representative. She would like to use this role to promote the current existing Native cultures that exist on campus. Mikaela plans on using her education and experiences to improve the lives of the people in her community, focusing on ensuring that all Native American youth have the same opportunities to higher education that she did.