Our Team


Benjamin Collinger is a junior majoring in International Studies and History. He is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Contemporary. Benjamin is also a program assistant at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. During the Fall of 2017, he studied in Buenos Aires, Argentina and wrote for The Bubble. Benjamin is interested in long-form journalism, international affairs, and entrepreneurship. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball and listening to podcasts. Email Benjamin: editorinchief@thecontemporarygroup.com.


Zabdi Salazar is a junior Political Science and Business Administration major, as well as the Director of Business Operations of The Contemporary. Zabdi is also the Treasurer of the Trinity University debate team, the Vice President of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, and a McNair scholar. She has recently finished an internship opportunity at the Bexar County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, and she is interested in exploring many other legislative and law-related internships. In her free time, Zabdi enjoys helping her parents grow their small businesses in Austin, going to church, reading, and eating chocolate ice cream. Email Zabdi: business@thecontemporarygroup.com



Karina Mendez-Perez is a junior Neuroscience major and the Social Media Manager of The Contemporary. Karina is a member of the Trinity University Debate team, Chemistry club, McNairs scholars program, and Vice President of the Trinity University Forensic Society. She enjoys traveling and exploring new places, loves to take photos of flowers, and has a knack for making art stencils. In her free time, Karina plays with her dogs, Nala and Dragon, enjoys running, and eating unique foods. Email Karina: socialmedia@thecontemporarygroup.com


Ian Dill is a sophomore Environmental Studies major, a member of the debate team, and an Assistant Editor of The Contemporary.


Josephine Van Houten is a sophomore International Studies and Computer Science double major, and Managing Editor of The Contemporary.  She is the PR chair of the International Humanitarian Crisis Initiative, and in her free time she enjoys dancing and traveling.



Sol Ethan Courtman is a sophomore student at Trinity University and the Assistant Business Manager at The Contemporary. He is double majoring in Theoretical Economics and Environmental Studies with a focus in Public Policy. In his free time, he enjoys reading, playing tennis, and paddleboarding.