What is Dean’s Student Circle?

The Dean’s Student Circle is a group of leaders dedicated to helping current and prospective students of the School of Communication. These leaders are seen as outgoing, courteous and diverse by the University of Miami community.

Members of DSC gain a number of benefits. The leadership experience shines on resumes, which works hand-in-hand with the networking opportunities afforded by the Student Circle program.

How to Join

Send your complete application to gap119@miami.edu. Complete applications include a resume, a letter of recommendation, and at least a 3.0 GPA in both the SoC and UM. Selected students will be asked to participate in a short interview.

All applicants must be in good standing and students in the School of Communication.



  • New student transfer orientation activities (at the beginning of each semester)

  • Special Events (including, but not limited to: Open House, Family Weekend, Communication Week, guest speakers, panels, etc.)

  • Participate in outreach and recruitment

  • Giving a tour once a week or once every other week based on the student’s schedule/availability

  • Help the Admissions, Academic and Alumni Office during advising times

  • Assist in phone campaigns

  • Mentoring of Freshmen

  • Peer Counseling

  • Help students as they look for internships or jobs, promote events

Current Members

Sarah Topf

Hometown: Miami, Florida

Major: Motion Pictures and Spanish

Minors: Ecosystem Science and Policy

Favorite Internship: I’m about to start my first internship this summer at Sun Sentinel’s video production department

Extracurricular Activities: Filmmaking, animal rescue, and martial arts

Favorite Quote: “Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart” – Roy T. Bennett

Kailah Anderson

Hometown: Chesapeake, Virginia

Major: Advertising

Minors: Marketing

Extracurricular Activities: Orientation Fellow, model coordinator, and cane for a day host

Favorite Quote: “If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow.” – Beyoncé

Esther Animalu

Hometown: Queens, New York

Major: Communication Honors-Broadcast Journalism and Political Science

Minors: Media Management and International Studies

Favorite Internship: Oath Inc. (Formerly known as AOL Inc.)

Extracurricular Activities: The Miami Hurricane, National Association of Black Journalists, Society for Professional Journalists, Model United Nations, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, TEDxUmiami, African Students Union, Empowered Youth, G.O.O.D (Girls of Outreach and Diversity)

Favorite Quote: “Journalism can never be silent: That is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air.”  – Henry Anatole Grunwald

Tyler Walsh

Hometown: Reading, Massachusetts

Major: Broadcast Journalism & Psychology

Minors: Film

Extracurricular Activities: UMTV, Calling Canes, National Broadcasting Society

Favorite Quote: “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Julia Barger

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Major: Communication Studies

Minors: Media Management, Marketing, Music Business

Favorite Internship: Working with fitness by the sea this summer.

Extracurricular Activities: Hurricane Productions, Panhellenic Association, Media Management Association, ‘Cane Records

Favorite Quote: “If you can look at yourself in the mirror at the end of the day and say you tried your hardest then regardless the outcome, you did well” -Glenn Barger

Jay’La Evans

Hometown: Saint Stephen, South Carolina

Major: Motion Pictures

Minors: Broadcast Journalism

Extracurricular Activities: Basketball, Soccer, Shoes Customizing, Filmmaking and Photography

Favorite Quote: “Color is descriptive, but black and white is interpretive.” -Elliott Erwitt

Shane Shakoor

Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland

Major: Motion Pictures

Minors: Strategic Communication; Communication Studies

Favorite Internship: Operations & Special Projects Intern at Consumer Credit Counseling Services

Extracurricular Activities: Associate Producer of UMTV’s ‘The Culture’ PR Chair of Sociology/Criminology Club; United Black Students; NAACP; Horizons Orientation Mentor

Favorite Quote: “Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama