Washington, D.C. Student Advisory Committee
The Washington, D.C. Initiative Student Advisory Committee serves the University by working collaboratively to increase Baylor’s presence and impact in our nation’s capital. Comprised exclusively of students with first-hand experience in Washington, the committee discusses ways to help the Baylor community to: obtain strong internships and improve the overall undergraduate internship experience, connect with leaders in a wide range of professional and political arenas, interact with Baylor alumni based in Washington, promote Baylor’s work in Washington to our on-campus community, recommend dynamic speakers from Washington to come to Waco, and develop concrete opportunities for Baylor Bears to serve the D.C. area.
To apply for the 2021-2022 Committee, please email Nate Mills (Nate_Mills@baylor.edu) with an attached resume and cover letter expressing your interest to serve on the committee. The application deadline for the upcoming academic year is August 15th.
2021-2022 Committee Members
Anne Douglas Cousar
Anne-Douglas Cousar is a senior from South Carolina majoring in Political Science and minoring in Sociology and Legal Reasoning and Analysis. She participated in the Spring 2021 Baylor In Washington Cohort during which she served as a legislative intern for the office of Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV). While in D.C., she was also able to do research for her senior thesis which focuses on the inconsistencies in DACA policy and their negative impact on immigrant health. At Baylor, Anne-Douglas is a part of the Honors Program, Student Government, and the Panhellenic community. She also serves as the External Vice President of Baylor Ambassadors for the 2021-22 academic year, and she enjoys working part-time at Magnolia Market. She is passionate about connecting policy to the individual and ensuring that all Americans have equitable access to resources and their constitutional rights. After graduating in May 2022, Anne-Douglas hopes to work in a congressional office and then pursue a master’s degree in preparation for a career in public service.
Patrick is a Senior from San Diego, California majoring in Political Science and minoring in Entrepreneurship and History. He interned for the office of Congressman Bill Posey while he participated in the Spring 2021 Baylor in Washington Cohort. At Baylor, Patrick is a part of the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core, Union Board, and Pre-Law Society. Patrick plans on attending law school after graduation with the hopes of working with non-profits that focus on sending relief to developing nations.
Reagan is a junior University Scholars major from the Washington D.C area. She participated in the 2019 summer Baylor in Washington program and has interned in the U.S. House of Representatives for Representatives Kevin Brady (TX-08) and Barbara Comstock (VA-10). On campus, Reagan is an active member of the Panhellenic community, Student Body Government, Freshman Class Council, and College Republicans, and she manages for the Baylor Women’s Golf team.
Jack LeFavour is a senior International Studies major from Fairfax, Virginia. Jack spent the 2019 Summer interning on Capitol Hill for Representative Bill Posey (R-FL). He was also a recipient of the Poage-Mayborn scholarship during his summer in D.C. At Baylor, Jack is the social chair for the Lutherans Doing Life Together club and a member of club tennis and the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society. Jack is an avid traveler and his hobbies include playing basketball and tennis. After graduating, Jack hopes to pursue his master’s degree and ultimately work in the Washington, D.C. Area.
Winston Margaritis is a senior from Germantown, Tennessee majoring in Political Science. In the summer of 2020, he served as a congressional intern for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and was a recipient of the Poage-Mayborn Scholarship. At Baylor, Winston is a part of the Honors Program, Student Government, club ultimate frisbee team, Alexander Hamilton Society, and Kappa Omega Tau service fraternity. Winston is passionate about public service and after graduation hopes to make a positive change in the world through a career in law.
Claire Nevill is a senior from Dallas, Texas majoring in International Studies with a minor in Business Administration. After attending AEI’s Values & Capitalism Conference in the summer of 2019, Claire became interested in learning more about the intersection of law and policy taking place in Washington D.C. In the fall of 2020, Claire interned at the White House in the Office of Political Affairs while participating in the Baylor in Washington semester program. She also completed an internship with Badmus & Associates Attorneys at Law in the summer of 2020. While on campus, Claire works as an Undergraduate Writing Consultant and has enjoyed spending time serving as a Baylor Pre-Law Ambassador and as a social chair for the Baylor Undergraduate Mock Trial team. She is also a member of the Panhellenic community and served during the 2019-2020 academic year as a student representative for the Baylor University Calendar Committee. After graduating in May 2022, Claire hopes to attend law school.
Jasmine is a Senior from Fredericksburg, VA double majoring in Political Science and Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies. She is a member of the Spring 2021 Baylor in Washington Cohort, interning at the Department of State in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs and the Religious Freedom Institute (RFI). Jasmine is a member of the Baylor Student Court and has represented Baylor as a Model Arab League delegate. She is passionate about the Middle East and international development, having lived in parts of the Middle East and Africa for the first 16 years of her life. After graduation, Jasmine hopes to pursue a master’s degree in DC in preparation for a career at the Department of State.
Grant Vargo-Willeford is a Senior English major from Richmond, Rhode Island. He participated in the Baylor in Washington program during the Spring of 2020, where he was a Finance intern at AMIDEAST with their Education Abroad team. At Baylor, Grant is a member of Baylor Ambassadors, Chess Club, and the Phoenix Literary Magazine editorial board. He also works for the Baylor in Washington Program as a student assistant and the Baylor Athletic Ticket Office. He plans to graduate in May 2022 and immediately obtain a TEFL Certification to begin a career as an English teacher in Europe. During his free time, Grant enjoys reading, writing, playing chess, and watching hockey.