Interns and Graduate Students

Aimee Kim

Doctoral Fellow

Aimee Kim is a fifth-year doctoral student in the Center for the Study of Higher and Post Secondary Education (CSHPE). She comes from a secondary teaching background with Teach For America in Baltimore, MD. Aimee is broadly interested in increasing college access for marginalized students. She is particularly interested in the role of college-related information in increasing college going through college counseling. Aimee holds a B.A. in economics and a minor in Chinese from the University of California, Los Angeles, an M.S. in educational studies (secondary math education) from Johns Hopkins University, and an M.A. in higher education from the University of Michigan.

Christian 'Chris' Feliciano

Graduate Intern


Christian ‘Chris’ Feliciano is a proud first-generation college graduate from a low-income household affected by gang violence. After developing a critical lens to recognize and challenge the underrepresentation of his community in higher education, Chris found his passion in college access and success initiatives. Upon graduating from the University of California, San Diego, Chris worked full-time as a College Apps Academy Instructor for Reality Changers, a non-profit organization that prepares at-promise youth to become first-generation college graduates. As he pursues his graduate degree in Higher Education here at the University of Michigan, Chris hopes to contribute his lived and learned experiences to Project Inspire, Campus Visits, and any CEO initiative promoting equitable outcomes in higher education.

Barton Linderman

MCAC Graduate Intern

Barton Linderman is currently a 2nd-year masters student in Higher Education and Public Policy at UM with concentrations in student access & success and public policy analysis. Barton served as a 2013 Teach For America corps member in Houston TX where he taught 11th-grade physics and 10th-grade Pre-AP & Pre-IB chemistry at Heights High School in Houston ISD for 5 years. While teaching he volunteered with a local non-profit called The Woods Project which provides low-income students with outdoor education and recreation experiences, as well as coached boy’s soccer. He is originally from Old Lyme, Connecticut.

Bart is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, with a BA in chemistry and a minor in applied mathematics.

Lesley Rivas

Undergraduate Intern

Lesley Rivas is a 4th year undergraduate student at the University of Michigan double majoring in Latina/o Studies and Spanish. Born and raised in Chicago, Lesley is deeply passionate about changing the educational opportunities for underserved youth through her research, volunteerism, and professional and academic pursuits. She hopes to pursue a graduate degree in education policy to continue learning about and practicing this work.

Within CEO, she supports the work of the program managers, specifically around Wolverine Express and the development of campus visit toolkits which will support the outreach efforts of offices at the University.