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Student Government Association

These are the CoPA students currently serving in Student Government Association. SGA provides an opportunity for student leadership on a campus-wide level. For more information about how to run for a position on SGA, please visit the SGA site here.
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Nikki Trippler

CoPA Senator
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Class of 2022
Majors: BA Theatre Studies, BA Strategic & Corporate Communication | Minor: University Honors Program
Hometown: Lone Tree, CO
Nikki has been involved in a variety of organizations on campus including the Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity, the Iranian Student Cultural Organization, and a dance group on campus called Twilight. She has been involved backstage for various productions within the Theatre Department as well. As the CoPA Senator, she hopes to bring more awareness to the student voice within the College of Performing Arts this school year.

CoPA Student Leadership Council

Members of the CoPA Student Leadership Council (CSLC) serve as representatives of the College of Performing Arts at events throughout the year and serve as student advisors to CoPA leadership and staff. Members are selected through an application process, with equal representation from the Department of Dance, the Department of Theatre, and the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music.

CSLC members develop and practice leadership skills through the implementation of an event or program that furthers their efforts as outlined in their mission:

  • To represent and communicate the needs of the CoPA student body to CoPA faculty and staff, and advocate for change where necessary
  • To serve as visible and accessible liaisons between CoPA students and CoPA faculty and staff
  • To facilitate interdepartmental collaboration
  • To encourage interaction and support among all CoPA students


Please check back in Spring 2021 for more information about how to apply for the 2021-2022 cohort.

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Jessica Almos

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Class of 2022
Majors: BA Theatre Studies, BS Environmental Science & Policy
Hometown: Monterey, CA
Jessica is excited to dedicate the rest of her time at Chapman to making it a more inclusive and safer place for all students, especially creatives. She hopes to accomplish this while working in CSLC, the Civic Engagement team in Student Engagement, and as president of Chapman On Broadway. Professionally, she hopes to use theatre to make social change and promote intersectional environmentalism.
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Hannah Andersen

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Class of 2021
Major: BA Theatre Technology | Minor: Production Design for Film
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
Hannah aspires to work in makeup, hair, and costuming in the entertainment industry. She loves her giant family, watching RuPaul’s Drag Race, and petting the neighborhood cats.
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Julian Garrido-Figueroa

Pronouns: he/him/his
Class of 2021
Majors: BM (Pre-Music Education Certification), BM Clarinet Performance
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Julian also serves as vice president of the Chapman Society for Music Education and is a founding member of the Chapman Mariachi Ensemble. His favorite artists include Brahms, Artie Shaw, Mariachi Los Camperos, and the Beatles. Julian fights for those without a voice and wants to do his part to make CoPA more diverse, inclusive, and equitable for students who come after him.
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Ellie Lang-Ree

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Class of 2023
Major: BFA Theatre Performance | Minor: Integrated Educational Studies
Hometown: Los Gatos, CA
Ellie is excited to work with all members of CoPA and work to make Chapman a more inclusive place for all. She is also a member of the a cappella group Simply Vocale and loves to scuba dive.
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Brandon Maxwell

Pronouns: he/him/his
Class of 2021
Majors: BFA Dance Performance, BA Public Relations & Advertising
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Brandon also serves as a Campus Tour Guide, Admission Fellow, Vice President of Logistics for Chapman Dance Alliance, and member of both the CoPA Student Leadership Council and the Dance chair's advisory board. He is excited to be a part of the CSLC and help further develop the CoPA experience for his fellow students!
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Maddie Miller

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Class of 2021
Major: BFA Dance Performance | Minors: Health Science, Musical Theatre
Hometown: College Station, TX
Maddie has had the privilege of working with industry professionals in the dance, music, and acting industries, and plans to pursue a career that encompasses all art forms while also being a part of environments that value community and equality. Maddie looks forwards to stepping into a creative career that allows her to be both a creator and performer that pushes boundaries and challenges artistic norms.
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Matthew Schroeder

Pronouns: he/him/his
Class of 2022
Major: BFA Dance Performance | Minor: Leadership Studies
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Matthew is super grateful to be a part of this group of artists and leaders, as well as the junior representative for the Dance chair's advisory board. He is looking forward to continuing to help create a space for all artists to be heard and seen. Matthew wants to make a difference and spread love.
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Corinne Smith

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Class of 2022
Majors: BA Economics | Minor: General Music | Certificate: Applied Statistical Analysis
Hometown: East San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Corinne is excited to combine her analytical skills and experiences in the Hall-Musco Conservatory to help create a more supportive, inclusive community within CoPA. As someone who considers a situation from all angles, she hopes to improve her fellow students’ experiences with sensible and creative changes!
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Abbey Umali

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Class of 2021
Majors: BA Music, BA Psychology | Minor: Disability Studies
Hometown: Redlands, CA
Abbey is looking forward to being a part of the CSLC because she was able to witness the amazing work its members did while she was the CoPA Senator for the Student Government Association last year. Abbey loves being involved on campus, so in addition to being a member of the CSLC, she is serving as SGA's Crean Senator and Speaker of Senate, she is continuing to work in the Office of Admission, and she is on the leaders' teams for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.