About Us

Mission Statement

To give student voices an outlet to spread civic engagement, report on local politics, and increase overall academic political awareness.

Florida Political Review is affiliated with the Bob Graham Center; however, all opinions published represent the opinions of individual contributors and not FPR or the Bob Graham Center itself.

Email us at floridapoliticalreview@gmail.com with questions, comments and concerns. 

Executive Board

Kaitlyn Salyer

Editor-in-Chief

Kaitlyn is a senior from Fort Myers, Florida, studying philosophy and international studies. Aside from her involvement in Florida Political Review, Kaitlyn competes on the University of Florida's Mock Trial team and is an intern for UF Student Legal Services. She plans to study international or constitutional law in the future. Email: kaitlynsalyer@ufl.edu

 

MacKenzie DiLeo 

Managing Editor

MacKenzie is a junior at the University of Florida studying journalism with a concentration in psychology. In addition to her involvement with Florida Political Review, MacKenzie is also the Mock Trial Chair in Pre-Legal Honor Society, the Vice President of Membership for the Association for Media Professionals, and both an ambassador and a research intern for Student Legal Services. MacKenzie plans on attending law school after completing her undergraduate degree. Email: mdileo@ufl.edu 

Adi Basu-Dutta

Treasurer

Adi is a sophomore political science major from Palm Bay. He is a volunteer for many causes and a 2020 Data Visualization Intern with the City of Gainesville who plans to serve in elected office in Florida after graduating. If you meet him- talk about cooking, languages, or history. He'd love that. Email: a.basudutta@ufl.edu 

Gustavo Duran 

Director of Internal Affairs

Gus is a junior studying political science and history. He is originally from Bogotá, Colombia. Besides writing for FPR, Gus works as a civic engagement assistant for the Bob Graham Center and is a lead coordinator for the Gator GOTV Coalition. He also competes on the University of Florida Mock Trial team and conducts research on Brazilian campaign finance. Gus plans on taking some time off to work after graduating – don’t ask him what though, because he will give you a different answer depending on the day. Email: g.duran@ufl.edu 

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Jason Silveira

Director of External Affairs

Jason is a junior from South Florida studying political science and economics. Aside from FPR, Jason is a student fellow at the Bob Graham Center and conducts research on Latin American and Latinx politics. In his free time, Jason enjoys watching indie movies and stand-up comedy. Email: jasonsilveira@ufl.edu 

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Andy Shodell

Copy Editor

Andy is a sophomore from Miami, Florida, studying English and political science. Aside from FPR, he participates in the Democracy Matters chapter at UF, and the Speech and Debate Team. He hopes to use these skills to write articles about pressing issues that affect under-covered groups in Florida and the country. Email: andrewshodell@ufl.edu 

Melanie Villariño

Copy Editor

Melanie is a senior from Miami studying political science and Spanish. Aside from FPR, Melanie competes for the University of Florida Mock Trial Team and is a student ambassador for UF Student Legal Services. After graduating, Melanie plans on studying criminal or commercial law. Email: melanievillarino@ufl.edu 

Staff Writers

Monique Miquel

Monique is a freshman from Coral Springs, Florida, studying political science and economics. In addition to Florida Political Review, she also works at the Career Connections Center. She loves spending her spare time cooking, drawing, or at the gym, and she plans to attend law school after completing her undergraduate degree.

 

Makiya Seminera

Makiya is a sophomore international studies and political science major from Crystal River, Florida, minoring in Arabic. In addition to writing for FPR, Makiya is the Under-Secretary General of Logistics for Model United Nations' Florida Crisis Simulation, Assistant Director of Programming for Students Taking Action Against Racism, and a Graham Center Student Fellow. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career that can make a meaningful impact in her community, whether that be through journalism or community organizing.

 

Shayna Schulman

Shayna is a junior from Boca Raton, Florida, studying political science and history. In addition to her involvement with the Florida Political Review, Shayna is a research assistant, a competitor and the Public Relations Director on the University of Florida Mock Trial Team, and is a second-degree black belt in Taekwondo. Shayna plans to attend law school in the future.

 

Gustavo Duran

Gus is a junior studying political science and history. Besides writing for FPR, Gus works as a civic engagement assistant for the Bob Graham Center and is a lead coordinator for the Gator GOTV Coalition. He also competes on the University of Florida Mock Trial Team and conducts research on Brazilian campaign finance. Gus plans on taking some time off to work after graduating – don’t ask him what though, because he will give you a different answer depending on the day.

Andrew Taramykin

Andrew is a freshman from Orlando, Florida, studying political science and economics. Beyond his involvement in Florida Political Review, he is a student fellow at the Bob Graham Center and remains actively engaged in local politics in Central Florida. While he still has a few years to go, Andrew plans to study labor and employment law after graduation.

Carson Leigh Olson

Carson Leigh Olson is a sophomore from Tallahassee, Florida, studying political science and French and Francophone studies. Along with her work as a staff writer for the Florida Political Review, Carson Leigh is a Her Campus UFL contributor and intern with the Beyond120 program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She can usually be found drinking copious amounts of Earl Grey and studying at the nearest library or coffee shop.

Maahum Haider

Maahum is a junior at the University of Florida studying philosophy and Spanish. Aside from being a writer for FPR, Maahum is a member of UF's Pre-Legal Honor Society and a research intern for UF Student Legal Services. After graduating, Maahum hopes to study immigration law.

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