Student Voice Team | Kent State University

The Student Voice Team’s mission is to advocate for the diversity and inclusion of students and to act as ambassadors for Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC).

The School of JMC launched the Student Voice Team in 2014 to identify areas for improvement in both academics and student life. Team members represent the diverse mosaic of JMC and serve as representatives for the entire student body. The Student Voice Team meets every other week and has a direct line of communication to the School’s director, faculty and staff. 

The Student Voice Team has co-sponsored A JMC Conversation, created and led diversity initiatives such as training for student media and has been available to listen to students who have felt marginalized both in the School and through other parts of their lives. The team also advises the School of JMC’s Diversity and Globalization Committee and is involved in specific assignments to help the School achieve its diversity and globalization goals.

If you are interested in joining the Student Voice Team, please fill out the Interest Form

The Student Voice Team also serves as a liaison between the student body and JMC faculty. If you need to contact a representative about an issue you are having in class or with the program, please fill out the grievance form

Meet the Spring 2017 Student Voice Team (SVT)


President & Programming Director: Abigail winternitz

Sophomore Public Relations Major

Abigail says the SVT is important to her because she wants to ensure that valuable learning experiences -- such as student media, PRSSA, Kent State Independent Films and Franklin Advertising -- stay affordable to all students, regardless of socioeconomic status. Abigail is also the Marketing Manager for Fusion Magazine and a CCI Student Ambassador, and she currently works for Flash Communications in the University Communications and Marketing office. When Abigail graduates from Kent State, she plans on going into health and hospital PR and healthcare advocacy. 


Vice President: Ile-Ife Okantah

Senior Magazine Journalism Major

Along with serving as the vice president of the Student Voice Team, Ile-Ife is the PR co-chair for Black United Students, the vice president of the Kent State chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists and the managing editor of UHURU magazine. Ile-Ife wants to use her degree in journalism to tell the stories and share the perspective of people who are usually voiceless. She is pursuing a minor in fashion media.


Grievances Director: SAMANTHA FEUER

Senior Broadcast Journalism Major (Focus in Video Production & Minor in Global Communications)

Samantha has used her time at Kent to expand on her interest in video production by holding an array of positions in Kent State’s TV2 network, from executive producer to talent throughout two and a half years. Samantha says she found a particular interest in looking into diversity in entertainment videos. Through the lessons learned in her courses and travels, Samantha hopes to speak with more students through the Student Voice Team to diversify entertainment television more.

Faculty outreach director: CHRISTIANA FORD

Sophomore Broadcast Journalism Major

Christiana's dream job is to become a national correspondent. She hails from Detroit and a proud member of the Dean's List, Provost’s Leadership Academy, TV2,  Burr Magazine, Black United Students' academic affairs committee and NAACP's student chapter. She enjoys running and reading She loves hearing and sharing individuals' stories and helping others with her gift of communication.




  • Andrew Atkins
  • Taylor Coleman
  • Wise Ellis
  • Nakiyah Fears
  • Daisya Hadden
  • LaTasha Head
  • Darian Hughes
  • Anna Huntsman
  • Emma Keating
  • Corinthia McGinty
  • Adriona Murphy
  • Mike Nied
  • Ile-Ife Okantah
  • Mayra Pacheco
  • Aliyana Pena
  • Arkayla Tenney-Howard
  • Stephanie Walton
  • Molly Ying
  • Joseph Zevnik