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Meet our team of JMC Ambassadors! These current students have a range of experiences at MSU and JMC, and they are here to connect with prospective students to answer the questions you might have about being a part of our community. 

Ambassador Gia

Glykeria (Gia) Economopoulos (she/her/hers)

Glykeria, or Gia, is a second-year student majoring in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy and Comparative Cultures and Politics, with a minor in Bioethics through the Lyman Briggs College. She is originally from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (North of the Mackinac Bridge).

During Gia's time at Michigan State, she has participated in Spartan Moot Court Team and currently works in the James Madison Human Rights Lab. She also directs the VIMMSU Blog Team — Michigan State’s fashion program — and works as a tutor for the Student Athlete Support Services office. Both culturally Greek and involved in Greek life on campus, Gia is the director of social awareness in her sorority, Delta Gamma, and remains connected to other Greek students on campus through the Hellenic Student Association. In her free time, Gia enjoys traveling, reading and going on walks around Michigan State’s campus. She hopes to attend law school and eventually become an attorney with a focus in medical malpractice.   

Ambassador Liam

Liam Richichi (he/him/his)

Liam Richichi is a second-year student majoring in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy and minoring in Business and Organizational Management. He is interested in the consulting and lobbying field and interns in Lansing at a lobbying firm. Liam also keeps himself busy by working at a restaurant as a server and leading the MSU Democratic Club. In his free time, Liam enjoys spending time with friends and family, exploring the world of real estate, traveling, and learning new things. As an ambassador this year, Liam hopes to meet as many prospective students as possible and show them all the great parts that James Madison has to offer.  


Alissa Hakim (she/her/hers)

Alissa Hakim is a third-year student double majoring in Arts and Humanities in the Residential College for Arts and Humanities, or RCAH, and Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy in James Madison, with a minor in Muslim Studies. Alissa is a first-generation student born in Lebanon before settling down in Dearborn Heights, MI. She has presented at the University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum with Sister Circle as a URA and independently. Alissa has taken the community engagement frameworks and applies them to the work she does not only with Sister Circle, but also with the university's student government body Associated Students of Michigan State University, or ASMSU, and her research endeavors.

Alissa has worked with the Ingham County Court in the Juvenile Risk Assessment Team partnership and hopes to one day pursue a career in public defense, creating reform that focuses on engaging and uplifting community members. Outside of school and work, Alissa loves to draw, cook and make playlists!

Claire Smith

Claire Smith (she/her/hers)

Claire Smith is a first-year student majoring in Social Relations and Policy and minoring in Women and Gender Studies, Educational Studies and Portuguese. She is a second-generation American with Brazilian heritage who grew up in Metro Detroit. In her first semester on campus, she became involved in JMC Senate and ASMSU. She also works for JMC's Marketing and Communications Department where she contributes to college social media and news. Claire founded a non-profit that offers free assistance to students applying for college, and she is starting an RSO at MSU that will contribute to these efforts. After college, she hopes to attend graduate school and pursue a career in either corporate DEI or Education Policy.

Ambassador Jhace

Jhace Metzger 

Jhace Metzger is a first-year student majoring in International Relations. Jhace is also studying minors in German and Arabic for which he plans to be proficient in by the time he graduates in 2026. He is originally from Grandville, Michigan and is excited to take advantage of all the study abroad and research opportunties that JMC and MSU have to offer. In his free time, Jhace loves to go outside as he is a big fan of running, climbing, and playing tennis. Jhace is also involved in MSU's salsa club.

Ciera Borden (she/her/hers)

Ciera Borden is a senior majoring in Political Theory and Consitutional Democracy with minors in Chicano and Latino Studies, History, Spanish, and Religous Studies. Ciera is also a writing consultant at the JMC Reading and Writing Center and a JMC First-Year Mentor. She also serves as Vice President of the JMC Student Senate. In her free time, you can likely find Ciera walking around MSU's beautiful campus or reading too much into astrology.