Summer program logo
image description
College Prep Program

Residential Staff and CPP Community

Who are the Residential Staff?

The CPP residential staff consists of our Resident Advisors (RAs) and our experienced Resident Director (RD). The residential staff lives in the Ayers Residence Hall for the duration of the program.

Roles, Responsibility, Supervision

Please carefully read the Standards of Conduct contract, which details the policies and expectations for student conduct while participating in the College Prep Program. The Residential Staff is on campus to facilitate the CPP community and also to enforce these policies with your safety in mind.


Residential Students are permitted to explore the area unaccompanied by program staff but must inform a program staff member before doing so and must return for check-in by the designated time. Please note: this rule does not apply to absences approved by parental consent.

Importance of Community

Community is central to the College Prep experience.


For Residential Students, the RAs and RD will be there from the beginning to help you move into the dorm and adjust to life on campus. They are also there to help you understand how to balance your study time with extracurriculars, so you can get the most of your College Prep experience. 


Commuter Students are an important part of the College Prep community, as well. You will be invited to participate in College Prep extracurricular activities. Commuter students are also invited to study and spend time with peers by checking out a key to the common area of the College Prep residences.

Meet the 2017 College Prep Program Residential Staff

Residential Director

JesseJessie is originally from Boston, Massachusetts and is the Resident Director for the College Preparation Program. Jessie earned her Bachelor’s degree from Westfield State University where she doubled majored in Criminal Justice and History. Loving to travel, she spent a semester abroad studying Scottish history at Stirling University in Stirling, Scotland. After graduation, Jessie continued her education at Bridgewater State University to earn her license for teaching history. 

Attending summer camps on Cape Cod was a big part of Jessie’s childhood summers. Rising through the ranks, she completed her childhood dream of being the camp director! Having worked with teens and college students for years, Jessie found her way to another lakeside summer program here at Northwestern.

In her free time, Jessie enjoys action movies, Asian cuisine, trivia, all Boston sports teams, and crafting. She volunteers running girl empowerment programs with at risk teens and with the ASPCA on animal rescue missions. Her family, cat, and friends are central to her life. Jessie is thrilled for an amazing summer at Northwestern and joining the Wildcat family!

Office located at 405 Church St
Email: Jessica.Williams@Northwestern.edu

Lead Resident Advisor

LauraHi, I'm Laura Laszkiewicz. I was born and raised in Westchester, IL. I studied psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and am currently working toward my Master's in Clinical Psychology at Roosevelt University in Chicago. I am a lifelong Cubs fan, a lover of breakfast food, and a Harry Potter enthusiast. In my free time I like to exercise, read, and eat as much ice cream as I possibly can. 

Resident Advisors/Teaching Assistants

AndreeAndrée Urcuyo - "Originally from New York City, I have been living in Chicago for exactly one year and this is my second year participating in the CPP program as an RA/TA. I did my undergrad at Hampshire College where I majored in American Studies and Visual Art. I then moved to Paris to technically master film and video production before going to Cornell University to obtain my Master of Fine Arts degree in New Media Art. Before coming to Chicago I worked on various film projects all around the world, from art house movies to Academy Award winning productions. I also continued my practice as an artist while living in Amsterdam and Toronto, exhibiting work in New York City, London, Paris, Amsterdam and Lausanne to name a few places. I moved to Chicago to obtain my second masters of arts degree from The University of Chicago where I focused on mid-20th century fiction narratives and the crisis of masculinity in the works of Charles Jackson, Norman Mailer, and Gore Vidal. I plan to pursue my PhD in American Literature and Culture in the Fall of 2018. It is a pleasure to be back and TAing the Art of Narrative: Fiction Writing where I look forward to your writing. Don’t be shy to stop by for a chat if you’re interests are film, literature and the visual arts. I look forward to a great summer with all of you."

AmandaHi! I’m Amanda Simmons, from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and I will be a junior at Northwestern in the fall. I’m studying Learning Sciences in the School of Education and Social Policy and Trumpet Performance in the Bienen School of Music. I look forward to meeting you all this summer!

DeniseMy name is Denise Akuamoah and I am a Chicago born and raised Ghanaian-American. I attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where I was pre-med and majored in Environmental Science. I will be starting medical school in the fall at Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and hope to be a dermatologist in the near future. I look forward to working with you and helping you grow to love medicine as much as I do!

EmmalineHi! My name is Emmaline Rees, and I am a recent graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in Education and Social Policy and a minor in Legal studies. I am originally from a small rural part of Indiana, but I love exploring and being in cities.  I’m constantly in search of the best cupcakes around including in Charlottesville, VA where I will be attending law school in the fall: go Hoos! I am excited to be both a TA and RA this summer, and my door is always open.

 Jevon"Hey everyone!  My name is Jevons, and I am excited to spend my first summer here with the College Prep Program. I just completed my sophomore year at Northwestern, after transferring here from New York University. I will be TA’ing the Bioethics seminar and am excited to meet you all!" My name is Juliana Shin, and I am a rising sophomore studying biology at Northwestern. I was born in Arlington, Virginia, but I grew up in Tokyo. I became an RA/TA to hopefully make the CPP experience a great and memorable one for everyone involved!

JulianaMy name is Juliana Shin, and I am a rising sophomore studying biology at Northwestern. I was born in Arlington, Virginia, but I grew up in Tokyo. I became an RA/TA to hopefully make the CPP experience a great and memorable one for everyone involved!

KatieKatie is a graduating senior at Northwestern who studies Learning and Organizational Change and Business Institutions and has been involved in a number of business and civic engagement student groups. In her free time, she enjoys running, yoga, spending time outdoors, and exploring Evanston and Chicago.

KayleeHi everyone! I'm Kaylee, and I'm from Chicago. This will be my second summer with the College Prep Program but my first time working with the Education USA Program. Although I grew up in the city, I attended high school in Wilmette so I spent a lot of my high school years up and down the scenic North Shore. I'm a 2017 graduate of Union College in upstate New York. At my tiny liberal arts college I majored in Environmental Policy and hold a minor in Political Science. During my college career I had the opportunity to study abroad in York, England (2 hours from London) and spent 3 weeks studying apartheid history in South Africa. While in South Africa I travel though the cities of Cape Town and Johannesburg. I also spent the most amazing week living in and exploring Kruger National Park. I look forward to meeting everyone and having an awesome summer with you guys! 

KiaraHi everyone, my name is Kiara Farmer. I am a recent graduate of Roosevelt University with an MA in Biomedical Science and alumna of DePaul University '16 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. I was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago. I want to bring insight, a lifelong learning attitude, inclusive and equitable action to this program. I am looking forward to an exciting summer. 

VanessaVanessa Champagne graduated from Oberlin College in 2013 with a major in African American Studies and a minor in French. Vanessa emigrated to the U.S. from Haiti at the age of eleven, and she is fluent in French, Haitian Creole, and English. She looks forward to learning and engaging meaningfully with all of the dedicated students of the Northwestern University College Preparation Program!