We’re here for you! Citizen Scholars Program Staff are dedicated to fostering your growth throughout your time in the program.

Interim Director
Karin Zitzewitz

I am delighted to lead the Citizen Scholars program, where I help students navigate their time at MSU. My role with Citizen Scholars is to develop and sustain partnerships and connecting you to opportunities and resources. Please get in touch with me to talk about how Citizen Scholars experiences can help you find your purpose. I can be reached at zitzewit@msu.edu

Program Coordinator
Rachel Cortez

I am the new coordinator for the Citizen Scholars program, where I ensure that Citizen Scholars are able to move through the program smoothly.  If you are interested in becoming a Citizen Scholar or in working with the program as part of our intern staff, please get in touch with me.  I can be reached at cortezr1@msu.edu.

Walker Trossen

Student Outreach Intern 

Chinese/Global Studies Major 


Rebecca Hallman

Social Media/Editorial Intern 

English Major 


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Kylie Schmitt

Social Media/Editorial Intern 

Humanities-Prelaw/Comparative Culture and Politics Major

Diana Yafizova

Web Design Intern 

English Education & Professional and Public Writing Major