Get to know the students involved in the Eastman Citizenship and Leadership Program below. You can also check out our Twitter @EastmanLeaders!

2022 Cohort


Alex (she/her) is a senior Political Science and Environmental Studies double major. She is a student organizer with Eckerd's Florida PIRG Students Chapter where she spends most of her time mobilizing young people to take action on the issues they care about. Her academic interests focus on environmental justice and policy and her projects through the Eastman program work to uplift storytelling as a tool for organizing within the Environmental Justice Movement.


Katie Genovesi is a senior at Eckerd College where she is majoring in Environmental Studies and Political science. She is a passionate advocate of an intersectional approach to climate change policy, and her academic interests range from storytelling for effective change-making to using horticulture as a way to teach the importance of diversity, community, and food security. In the Eastman Program, Katie’s focus is on climate change communication through the lens of transformative justice in hopes to spread hope and information about a sustainable future. In her free time she loves to spend time hiking, swimming, and mingling with the other creatures on this Earth.


Leah Totman (she/her) is a senior at Eckerd College majoring in Women’s & Gender Studies and International Relations & Global Affairs, with minors in Spanish and Political Science. Her academic interests range from Latin American politics and the intersections between capitalism and gender to graphic design. For the Eastman program, Leah focuses on the use of digital media as a tool for empowerment, which allows her to explore all of her passions in a cohesive way. Her hobbies include visiting the St. Pete Cat Cafe and listening to her partner talk about bees.


Summer Vishnu (she/her) is a passionate student majoring in Environmental Studies and Sociology at Eckerd College. She is a current senior with academic interests in food equity, social injustice issues, and sustainability. In her free time, she loves to spend time outdoors and works on increasing her knowledge about foraging and how to live a more low waste life. For her work in the Eastman Program, she is focussing on community food equity movements and issues of food access.

2023 Cohort


Jerome Uy (he/him) is a junior at Eckerd College where he is majoring in Marine Science and Environmental Studies. As a plant dad, he is growing over 100 plants in his dorm room that range from caudiciforms to carnivorous plants. He's also interested in ethnobotany, the study of how humans use indigenous plants for a wide variety of applications in their culture. Jerome's focus in the Eastman Program is to use ethnobotany as a central tool in science outreach programs to show the intersectionality between humans and the environment.


Love is a junior at Eckerd College obtaining a major in Communication with minors in Japanese and Human Development. She plans to pursue work in humanitarian/community aid and empowerment following graduation. Her interests are in addressing child trafficking in Cambodia, as well as the prospect of empowering youth via the transformation of conventional education into a holistic and interpersonally empowering model. She strongly believes these two things have much to do with one another and has developed her individualized discovery plan with this idea in mind. Out of class you can find her being silly with her dog-daughter, Violet.


Sofie Alexander is currently a junior at Eckerd College, majoring in Political Science and studying Chemistry. Her academic interests include the long-term effect of Trump's presidency and American voting policy on environmental chemistry and the extraction of microplastics from the ocean using analytical chemistry. She is passionate about proper consent education and the protection of a person’s bodily autonomy from any sexual harm or violence. In the Eastman Program, she focuses on better consent education and consent training on Eckerd’s campus, she plans on doing this with her club’s help and influence of her club, Generation Action. Outside of academics, Sofie loves taking photos of Eckerd’s beautiful campus and going on adventures with her seven roommates.


Zachary Franco is a junior majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Journalism. Zach is interested in pursuing how to use storytelling as a tool to create community, to empower and craft a more representative narrative. As the Managing Editor and Photo Editor of The Current, Eckerd's Student Newspaper, he is passionate about finding effective ways to co-create a more representative narrative about the campus and community we live in. Outside of class, he enjoys finding adventure wherever he can, whether that be through meeting new people, exploring different parts of Florida or trying to find the best cup of coffee wherever he is.