UW Dream Project

Our team

The Dream Project is run and operated by undergraduates at the University of Washington with support from faculty and staff.  Dream Team mentors can participate in various leadership positions in the program, allowing them to effect real change and to address urgent organizational challenges.


The lifeblood of the program is the 400+ college student mentors that visit local high schools every week to mentor juniors and seniors. These mentors can receive two University of Washington credits per quarter or may elect to volunteer their time without receiving credit.


All mentors are given training and support, and complete their commitment as mentors having developed personal and professional skills. All mentors constantly provide feedback about the program to those in leadership positions. Learn more about becoming a mentor in the Dream Project.

High School Leads

High school leads manage all aspects of their respective high school’s visits. Each high school lead coordinates the efforts of an average of 25 Dream Team mentors and 100 high school students. They work closely with school administrators, students’ families, and the local community to serve the needs of the area.

Planning Committee

Planning Committee members are responsible for much of the behind-the-scenes work of the Dream Project. Members of the Planning Committee have leadership portfolios such as Recruitment, Class Lead, Leadership Selection, Workbook Revision, and more!

Steering Committee

The Steering committee is comprised of experienced undergraduate student leaders who support other student leaders in their Dream Project work. Each member of the committee is responsible for supporting students on the Planning Committee. Leaders work on different aspects of the Dream Project, including classroom planning/curriculum, student leadership development, high school relationships, program advancement, organizational expansion, and community.


The leadership work of Dream Project student leaders is supported by several dedicated staff members. Staff can be found in the Dream Project Center in MGH 274 during business hours.


Jessica Hunnicutt

Jessica Hunnicutt Batten


Jessica focuses on supporting Dream Project events and general program operations. Before working at the Dream Project, Jessica was a Coordinator of Leadership Programs at the UW OMAD Ethnic Cultural Center.

Nicole Guenther

Nicole Guenther

Assistant Director of Curriculum & Student Services

Nicole has been with the Dream Project since 2009, starting as a mentor and then High School Lead, and becoming a staff member in 2012. Nicole’s work focuses on supporting the lecture leads and high school leads in curriculum development and implementation.

Amrita Heer

Amrita Heer

College and Career Readiness Assistant Program Manager

Amrita has been with the Dream Project since 2011, first as mentor, then as an AmeriCorps member, and became a full time staff member in 2013. Amrita’s role is focused on supporting the Race to the Top College & Career Readiness Assistants.


Jenee Myers TwitchellJenee Myers Twitchell


Jenee has been involved with the Dream Project since 2005 and is now a staff member focusing on advancement. She is a PhD student in the Educational Leadership & Policy Studies program at the UW College of Education.

AmeriCorps Members

The two AmeriCorps members manage the front-desk and handle administrative work such as sales and reservations, as well as other daily tasks. A large part of their work is to support High School Leads, Steering Committee and all mentors in the program. In addition, they have individual projects currently on the works. They are in the office from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.


Emily Murphy

Washington Service Corps AmeriCorps Member



Anh Huynh

Washington Service Corps AmeriCorps Member