Student Leaders and Members

Jared Cohn (’18)

Treasurer and vice president

Hi everyone, my name is Jared Cohn and I am the treasurer and vice president of the Tufts Chapter of Amnesty. I am a senior majoring in Biopsychology with a minor in Roman Civilization and an interest in psychopharmacology. Prior to Tufts, I attended Solomon Schechter School of Westchester, a Jewish Day School, from kindergarten to twelfth grade. By attending Schechter, I obtained a backbone in Jewish Literature and Culture, as well as to genocides such as the Holocaust, the Rwandan Genocide and the Cambodian Genocide. Learning about these events prompted my interest to serve in human rights organizations to attempt to prevent future genocides from occurring as well as to advocate for those who are unable to do so. Aside from Amnesty, I also love to ski and have skied since I was three years old, I am also a black belt in Karate, and love to sing along to Disney movies, especially the first two high school musical movies. I look forward to serving as the treasurer and vice president this year and hope to get acquainted with all of you throughout the year.

Ayden Crosby (’21)

Freshman Liaison

Ayden is currently a first year at Tufts and is considering a major in International Relations and a possible minor in German. He is from Lake Tahoe, California and is enjoying starting life on the east coast. At Tufts, he serves as the Freshman Liaison for Amnesty International. He is also a member of another club associated with the Institute for Global Leadership, BUILD India and is on the Tufts Model United Nations team. He joined Amnesty because he is passionate about human rights issues and wants to bring tangible change on human rights at home and abroad. He believes in the issues Amnesty campaigns for and believes that Tufts additionally stands to benefit from Amnesty’s presence on campus.

Driston Galvao (’18)

President

In the Spring semester of 2017, I became President of the Tufts chapter of Amnesty International after serving several years on Amnesty Executive and Planning boards. I am a senior Pre-Law student at Tufts, majoring in American Studies and Sociology. In addition to my work in Amnesty, I am a member of the Tufts Historical Review Board as well as Tufts ACLU. Prior to attending Tufts, I graduated high school from LaSalle Academy in his hometown of Providence, Rhode Island. Here, I developed an interest in human rights and advocacy, serving as President of the school's Model United Nations club while also competing in debate tournaments at the Varsity level. In addition to human rights advocacy, I am passionate about assisting youth with mental handicaps such as mute autism. I have served as a member of Best Buddies, a mentorship program pairing developmentally disabled youth with able-bodied friends. I am also an avid reader and collector of comic books. My favorite Super Hero is She-Hulk.

Daniel Kamlarz (’18)

Hi everyone, my name is Daniel Kamlarz and I am serving as the Urgent Action Coordinator for the Tufts Chapter of Amnesty International this academic year. I was raised in Amherst Massachusetts and began my studies at Tufts University in the Fall of 2014 and am majoring in International Relations and Middle Easter Studies. I ultimately decided to join Amnesty International to advocate for underserved communities who face discrimination and genocide such as the Syrian Refugees and Rohingya of Myanmar. When I am not advocating for human rights, you can find me performing with Major Undecided or climbing trees with my best friend Jared Cohn.

Vivian Kim (’21)

Assistant Treasurer

Vivian Kim has been incredibly involved in Amnesty International after joining the club as a sophomore at her high school in Tenafly, New Jersey. She is currently a first-year student at Tufts, planning to pursue both Economics and Spanish. She has a particular interest in women’s rights and the protection of indigenous people, and is passionate about pursuing effective measures to ensure their safety in her time at Tufts.

Christina Koo (’18)

Social media chair

I am Ye Eun Koo, but you can call me Christina! I am the social media chair for the Tufts chapter of Amnesty International. I am a senior majoring Biochemistry and Child Study and Human Development, with a minor in Studio Arts. Prior to attending Tufts University, I was in Seoul, Korea attending Korea International School. My interest in humans rights began with learning how limited North Korean human rights are; I am also interested in women and children’s rights in various parts of the worlds. Apart from Amnesty, I love music, photography and reading!

Benya Kraus (’18)

External Liaison

Benya Kraus is a second year student at Tufts University majoring in International Relations with a concentration in International Security. At Tufts, she serves as an elected member of the Tufts University Senate and the Allocations Board, as well as on the executive board of her school's Amnesty International chapter. Outside of university, she works as the Massachusetts State Legislative Coordinator for AIUSA and is a member of the organization's National Strategic Planning Committee. Over the summer, Benya interned at the Massachusetts State House under Senator Brian Joyce where she familiarized herself with the political process at the Massachusetts state level. Benya is also extremely passionate about women's issues and is excited about working as a Research Assistant with a Tufts professor specializing in gender issues in world politics. Prior to living in MA, Benya studied in Bangkok, Thailand for 4 years where she served as her school group's AI President, and worked closely with AI Thailand on issues such as forced evictions in Cambodia, corporate accountability, sexual and reproductive health rights for women, and the decriminalization of sex work.

Eeman Malik (’18)

Secretary

My name is Eeman Malik and I am the secretary of Tufts Amnesty. I am a senior majoring in International Relations with a focus on international development economics.I am from Islamabad, Pakistan and joined Amnesty because I want to contribute to fighting against human rights violations committed around the world and I think Amnesty is one of the few organizations that provides an effective forum. I am especially interested in women’s rights and my other interests are running, traveling, reading and exploring/discovering exotic cuisines.

Emma Plankey (’18)

Treasurer

Emma is a sophomore from Oxford, CT. She is currently the Treasurer for Amnesty International at Tufts. This is her second year as a part of Amnesty, and her first year on exec board. This is her first experience with human rights work, but she is looking forward to a long future with it.