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Sean Farnum is a Junior at Michigan State University studying Social Relations and Policy at James Madison College (JMC) with minors in Political Economy and Economics. Sean recently joined CCED in January and is excited to learn more about sustainable development, nonprofit organization/finance, and equitable capital projects. Currently, he is a Research Assistant with the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) and the Treasurer for the James Madison College Student Senate (JMCSS). In addition, he is conducting independent research for a first-generation homebuyer tax credit and hopes to create a policy proposal for his undergraduate thesis. Sean loves his three cats and is passionate about food, soccer, music, and trivia.


Rashane Thapa is a senior at Michigan State University pursuing a double major in Urban Planning and Human Geography. He is also minoring in Geographic Information Science (GIS) as well as Environment and Health. His interests in Planning include sustainable and efficient environmental planning, urban design and economic planning. Starting at the CCED in January of 2023, Rashane will be supporting Dr. Lamore and staff at the MSU Museum on a project exploring community preferences for a Domicology exhibit at the museum. At MSU, Rashane is also the Build Coordinator for the MSU Chapter Habitat for Humanity and is part of the French Club as well. Some of his hobbies include hiking, biking, playing the guitar and watching movies. Following graduation, Rashane plans to further his professional experience in Planning along with Geography/GIS before attending graduate school.

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