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2017 Student Leaders Program Staff

Dr. Tracey Quigley Holden
Academic Director of the SLP Program

Dr. Tracey Quigley Holden joined the Department of Communication at the University of Delaware in 2010 as an Assistant Professor and Director of the Basic Course. She is also affiliated faculty with the Center for Political Communication. Dr. Holden earned her PhD in rhetoric and public address from Pennsylvania State University, an M.A. from San Diego State University and a B.A. from Texas A&M University. Her primary teaching focus is public speaking, political communication, and strategic business communication, especially in multicultural settings. Her pedagogical experience includes teaching intercultural communication to U.S. military officers of all branches, social movement dissent in San Diego, media and culture in Indiana, and summer programs in leadership, politics and debate at Stanford, Princeton and UD. Her area of broad scholarly interest is organizational and political communication, especially rhetorical studies of institutions and leaders within organizations. Other interests include social movements, civic engagement, leadership, and strategic business communication.

For participants in this summer's Student Leaders Program, Dr. Holden has put together a wide ranging, challenging program of study focused on developing essential knowledge,  critical communication and readily applicable leadership skills. Dr. Holden is a native Californian but has lived in more than a dozen states and on the island of Guam. She is very fond of chocolate, ice cream, and warm weather.  The Holden family includes one dog, two cats, and three humans. Dr. Holden is married to a lawyer from Michigan and has a young daughter who counts more than 100 alumni of this program among her friends.


Dr. Dan Bottomley
Civics Director/Principal Investigator
of the SLPProgram

Dr. Dan Bottomley is the Associate Director for Global Partnerships & Programs at UD’s Institute for Global Studies. This is his fourth year working with the Student Leaders Program students, faculty, and staff and he is really excited to have the opportunity to meet all of the new leaders who will be coming to UD this summer.

A native of Rockford, Illinois, Dr. Dan spent his childhood and undergraduate life in the Midwest, but moved to escape the frigid winters of Illinois and earn his Doctorate in Political Science & International Relations.  Dr. Dan’s research background is in on the religions and politics of Southeast Asia with a focus on the relationship between Islam and Indonesian nationalism.

When not working, Dr. Dan enjoys spending time with his wife Caitlin (they will be celebrating their 5th wedding anniversary at the very beginning of the program this year), playing with 2-year old daughter Mae, and relaxing with his dogs Simon and Louie.  He is also an enthusiastic traveler who likes to meet new people and experience foreign cultures throughout the world. In fact, he has set a personal goal of getting at least one new stamp on his passport every year and can’t wait to have the opportunity to visit your home country sometime soon!


Rachel Garcia
Rachel Garcia
Program Coordinator

Rachel Garcia Rachel Garcia is a Program Coordinator at the University of Delaware and attended University of Delaware for her bachelor's and master's degrees. This year marks her third year serving as program coordinator for the SLP program. Her passions lie in cross-cultural and global engagement. She strongly believes that an important component in creating a more tolerant, diverse world, is focusing on internationalizing our university campuses through meaningful cross-cultural experiences.

Aside from Rachel's work and studies, she enjoys anything involving fitness, sports and being outdoors. This is includes her most recent fitness passion; Crossfit. Her favorite sports are soccer and baseball, though football and basketball follow closely behind. Typically in the summer when not working, Rachel can be found at the beach, her favorite place to be when it is warm. Her summer also usually includes a trip to Puerto Rico to visit her family and of course, spend as much time on the beaches as possible. She also enjoys reading during her free-time, especially books about anything political. She is also an avid lover of film, especially Spanish & Latin American films and political documentaries. When she isn't reading, working out, watching movies or at the beach, typically she can be found out with friends or spending time with her family.


Rob Flahive
Program Coordinator

Rob Flahive is a PhD student in an interdisciplinary program at Virginia Tech, where he teaches undergraduate classes in the Department of Political Science and studies the relationship between politics and the built environment. He holds an MA in Political Studies from American University in Beirut and a BA in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis.

Rob is an avid runner and appreciates a good debate. He values learning from personal experience as much as from conversations with different perspectives. Both relate to his enduring curiosity in how individuals intersect with wider global processes. He cannot imagine life without espresso, pizza (manoushe), or Fairouz.


Michael Crowley

Michael Crowley is a rising senior at the University of Delaware, majoring in English Education with a minor in Theatre Performance. This is also his second year working with the fantastic UD SLP program. A native Delawarean, Michael knew he wanted to be a Blue Hen from a young age. All of his siblings as well as much of his extended family attended UD, and so he is proud to be carrying on the tradition.

Michael is an identical twin, so if ever you stop to say hello to him on the streets of Newark and he just stares blankly at you, odds are it is not him. It is his twin, Patrick. He thought that was worth mentioning. But he promises he'll greet you back if he knows you! Or introduce yourself to Patrick and make a new friend!

Michael is an active member of The Harrington Theatre Arts Company on campus and has performed in several theatre productions whilst at the university. You will probably hear him humming show tunes as he walks around campus and most definitely in the shower. Don't be alarmed. He is the biggest Harry Potter fan you will meet in your life and has a (not so) slight obsession with dogs. He is often compared to a puppy by his friends which he is really not too mad about. Traveling is also a big passion of Michael's, having studied in London as well as in Torgau, Germany. He is so excited and immensely grateful that he has this opportunity to work with SLP once again and to assist other students in experiencing all of the beauty and diversity this world has to offer. Let the six-week journey together begin!


Miles Miller

Miles Miller

Miles Miller is a second year Master’s student at the University of Delaware’s school of Public Policy. Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Miles was accepted for grad school studies at UD and moved to the United States in 2015. His current research has focused on drug dealing and incarceration in Wilmington, DE. For his undergraduate and Honour studies, Miles was enrolled at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, where his subjects included archaeology, urban geography, Spanish and music technology. He officially registered at UD in February of 2015.

With regards to extra-curricular activities, Miles enjoys anything that involves a beach, whether it be beach volleyball, surfing, or just falling asleep in the sand. Other hobbies include going to the gym, parkour and spending as much time on a soccer field as humanly possible. He also loves to travel, and it is his goal to visit as many countries as he can and learn about as many cultures as possible. His favourite season is summer, but he isn’t averse to a little winter snow. Amongst his favourite things to do in Delaware are going ice skating at the UD ice rink, playing soccer at the Perkins Student Center and hiking through the various state parks around the university. Miles is adventurous by nature, optimistic in outlook, highly competitive, and is always looking for the next big challenge to be overcome.


Alicia Donahoe

Alicia Donahoe is thrilled to be a peer mentor and resident assistant for her third year at the UD SLP. She graduated from the University of Delaware in 2015 with a major in Interpersonal Communications and minors in Theater Studies, Organizational and Community Leadership, and Human Development and Family Studies.

Since she graduated, Alicia has been living in Philadelphia and has been working in non-profit development focused in equal educational opportunities for students.

Personally, Alicia will take any opportunity to travel; she has been to places such as Costa Rica and Nicaragua, England, Vietnam and Malaysia, Holland, and Australia. Alicia is so excited to have you become a member of the University of Delaware family.


Allie Whitehouse

Allie Whitehouse is a first year Master’s student at the University of Delaware’s school of Communication studies. Originally from Western New York, Allie has spent time there as well as Alabama and now Delaware, forming relationships with different people across the country. For her undergraduate studies, Allie was enrolled at the University of Alabama, where she double majored in Communication and Information Sciences, as well as Public Relations. Allie became a part of the UD community in 2016, currently working among the Communication faculty as a public speaking instructor.




Funding for the Student Leaders Program is provided by the U.S. Department of State.

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  • Professor Carolyn Bartoo (Communication)
  • Associate Director Dan Bottomley (Principal Investigator)
  • Professor Barbara Cullis (Business and Economics)
  • Professor Alan Fox (Philosophy)
  • Dr. Daniel Freeman (Business and Economics)
  • Rachel Garcia (Program Coordinator)
  • Professor Debra Hess-Norris (Art Conservation)
  • Professor Tracey Holden (Academic Director)
  • Professor Muqtedar Khan (Political Science and International Relations)
  • Professor Jennifer Lambe (Communication)
  • Professor Jason Mycoff (Political Science and International Relations)
  • Professor Kate Riera (Human Development and Family Studies)
  • Dr. Bahira Trask (Human Development and Family Studies)

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