Our Team


Abigail McEwen 

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Abigail McEwen, Associate Professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology, leads Carillon's Art & Activism community. Her research and teaching interests span the modern Americas, with emphasis on the art of twentieth-century Cuba and Puerto Rico, the transnational history of abstraction, and the postwar avant-garde. McEwen came to Carillon as an Undergraduate Studies Faculty Fellow in 2017-18 and has offered Art & Activism since 2018. She previously served as Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Art History and Archaeology (2017-20) and has mentored students through the Undergraduate Technology Apprenticeship Program (College of Arts & Humanities) and the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. As Faculty Director, she supports the continuing development of I-Series courses and their team projects as well as faculty-driven events and cross-community student engagement.

Erica Estrada-Liou

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Erica Estrada-Liou is the Director of Curriculum & Experiential Learning at UMD's Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In this role, she helps staff, faculty and administrators throughout campus apply design to address complex challenges in their work and implement creative new approaches. She also designs learning experiences focused on teaching design thinking and innovation to students throughout campus. Estrada-Liou is also a co-founder of d.light design, a social enterprise that provides affordable light and power products to people living off of the electrical grid. After seeing d.light's first product to market, she joined Stanford's Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (the d.school) as a Design Fellow, and later became the co-founder and director of the Social Entrepreneurship Lab. While at the d.school, she taught various classes and workshops on human-centered design applied to poverty and various social issues, both in the United States and abroad. She holds a B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering and an M.B.A.

Melissa Del Rios

Melissa headshot Melissa Del Rios is the Assistant Director for Carillon Communities. Her responsibilities include academic advising, leading recruitment and outreach, training peer mentors, and overseeing programmatic initiatives. Del Rios has formed part of the Carillon team since the program’s inception in 2014. Prior to joining the University of Maryland, Del Rios served as a program manager at the Institute for Higher Education Policy, working with minority-serving institutions through the Building Engagement and Attainment for Minority Students project. She earned her Masters in Public Policy from the School of Public Affairs at American University and also holds a B.A. in Sociology and Latino Studies from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Yvonne Akinyi Ochieng

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Yvonne Ochieng (she/her/hers) serves as Carillon Community’s Graduate Assistant. She is pursuing a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology. Her responsibilities include teaching an IDEA101 section, co-facilitating the Words of Engagement Intergroup Dialogue, managing Carillon’s social media and outreach, and hosting weekly office hours for program students. Previously, she worked with various organizations across the world to design and implement youth-centered programs using experiential learning and design thinking approaches.


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