Student Leaders and Members

Connor Akiyama (’21)

Curriculum Director (2018-2019)

Connor Akiyama is a second-year from Los Altos Hills, CA who is considering double majoring in International Relations and Economics. He moved East to the snow and the humidity after getting bored of continuously sunny weather. He has been interested in international politics and global affairs ever since he discovered his love of flags. Connor is additionally a part of the Chinese-US relations group at Tufts, SURGE. Connor also enjoys creating Lego stopmotions and playing tennis in his free time.

Kira Ambrose (’17)

Co-Founder and Co-President

Kira Ambrose is a sophomore majoring in quantitative economics. Her interest in women’s issues has grown tremendously since coming to Tufts through conversations with unique women on campus and interning with NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts. She participated in the 2012-13 EPIIC colloquium on Global Health and Security, where she first conceived X-Effect with her classmate, Jessica Muganza. Outside of X-Effect, Kira is an lead analyst with Tufts Financial Group's Real Estate Sector and enjoys creative writing and going on adventures with her friends.

Simon-Pierre Behr (’14)

Co-Chair of PPRI

Simon-Pierre Behr is a junior majoring in International Relations and minoring in Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies. Growing up in France, Simon-Pierre's education was influenced by the ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity. During his high school years he looked at micro finance and education as ways of empowering the poor and reducing inequalities. At Tufts, Simon-Pierre joined PPRI because he wanted to look at the paralyzing and damaging effects that corruption (in a broad sense) can have on economic and political systems, and on any efforts to reduce inequalities and injustices. Currently his research with PPRI is concerned with the effects of political and economic corruption on journalists in Turkey.

Ray Bernoff (’18)

Ray Bernoff is a senior majoring in Film and Media Studies. He grew up in Arlington, Massachusetts and was homeschooled for eight years before attending Harvard Extension in lieu of high school. His interests include image-making in a variety of formats, storytelling from filmmaking to journalism to creative writing, disability and LGBT+ activism, cycling, forensics, and hair styling. At Tufts, he is a staff photographer, former photo-exec, and investigative journalist at the Tufts Daily newspaper, a member of the disability group formerly known as CAST, and is co-producing and DPing a variety of video projects with other FMS majors and TUTV members. Last summer he was a news producer at Arlington Community Media, Inc.

Atrey Bhargava (’21)

Oslo Scholars Coordinator

Atrey Bhargava is a member of the Class of 2021 and is from Lucknow, India. He is an International Relations and Economics double major, and is passionate about foreign affairs, international security and human rights. His formative years were spent in an all-boys boarding school which has instilled in him the idea of equality and the ability of each individual to scale any mountain if given the right context. At Tufts, he is involved with the South Asian Political Action Committee, 180 degrees consulting, CIVIC and Model UN. He was also a member of the 2017-18 EPIIC colloquium and symposium on the future of the liberal world order under the guidance of Professor Abiodun Williams.

Atrey is particularly interested in the realm of international security and developmental economics and plans to understand how to reconcile the two processes in any post-conflict society. In pursuance of this, he was a Tufts for Rwanda fellow in the summer of 2018 and has witnessed first-hand the reconciliation process undertaken by the Kagame Government after the 1994 Tutsi genocide. His primary interest lies in the Middle East and South Asia domain and he highly values the mentorship of Professor Jalal in the South Asia department. In his free time, Atrey loves to read, play squash and try different kinds of cuisines.

Over the summer, he worked with Srdja Popovic as a Research intern for his organization, the Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS) in Belgrade, Serbia. While in Belgrade, he worked with different protest movements and was lucky enough to interact with passionate leaders who were striving to create democracy and the rule of law in different parts of the world. He was able to fathom the strength of “people power” and the need for vigilance and active civil society to maintain liberty.

Atrey Bhargava (’21)


Atrey Bhargava is a member of the Class of 2021 and is from Lucknow, India. He is an International Relations and Economics double major, and is passionate about foreign affairs, international security and human rights. His formative years were spent in an all-boys boarding school which has instilled in him the idea of equality and the ability of each individual to scale any mountain if given the right context. At Tufts, he is involved with the South Asian Political Action Committee, 180 degrees consulting, CIVIC and Model UN. He was also a member of the 2017-18 EPIIC colloquium and symposium on the future of the liberal world order under the guidance of Professor Abiodun Williams.

Atrey is particularly interested in the realm of international security and developmental economics and plans to understand how to reconcile the two processes in any post-conflict society. In pursuance of this, he was a Tufts for Rwanda fellow in the summer of 2018 and has witnessed first-hand the reconciliation process undertaken by the Kagame Government after the 1994 Tutsi genocide. His primary interest lies in the Middle East and South Asia domain and he highly values the mentorship of Professor Jalal in the South Asia department. In his free time, Atrey loves to read, play squash and try different kinds of cuisines.

Saloni Bhojwani (’11)

Coeditor in Chief (2011)

Saloni Bhojwani graduated from Tufts in 2011, where she earned her B.A. in Economics and International Relations, with a focus on Economic Development. She grew up in Singapore and attended international schools there.  While at Tufts, she was heavily involved in IGL Activities: Saloni was Editor-in-Chief of Discourse from 2010-2011, participated in EPIIC in 2008-2009 and was a member of Exposure through which she attended the Exposure workshop in Ajmer, Rajasthan in summer, 2009. Saloni now works as a management consultant in Singapore, and she plans to transition into development consulting in the near future.  She is fluent in French with a working knowledge of Mandarin.

Erin Blank (’20)

Finance, Honduras Team

Erin is a double major in international relations and Spanish. She has previously worked with educational development before with the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh. She is especially interested in the impact that the education of women has in developing countries and is interested in continuing this work in Latin America.

Rory Buckman (’19)

Project Leader - Malawi

Rory is a senior studying Civil Engineering with an interest in Water Resources and Coastal Engineering. He is from Auckland, New Zealand by way of San Jose, CA and has been a part of EWB since his freshman year and travelled on an assessment trip to Malawi in the summer of 2017. He's excited to continue developing the project this coming year. Outside of engineering Rory runs on the Cross-Country team at Tufts and loves writing and filming movies.

Elana Chan (’21)

Vice President

Elana is a sophomore studying environmental engineering and community health. She has been a part of the Malawi team since her freshman year, and she travelled to Malawi in the summer of 2018 for the first implementation trip. Outside of EWB, Elana can be found helping around the greater Boston area, going on long walks, or doing research in the civil and environmental engineering department.

Nicola Chang (’14)

Marketing Co-Director

Nicola Chang hails from Hong Kong, and is a senior majoring in International Relations and Economics. Besides her interest in China-U.S. relations and how it pertains to her hometown in particular, Nicola is also involved in the music scene at Tufts University. In her spare time Nicola enjoys reading books on Behavioral Economics, listening to Maurice Ravel, or drumming on trashcans. Nicola hopes to someday promote music as a facilitator for development of social and human capital, but she'll get back to you on that eventually.

Manal Cheema (’14)


Manal Cheema is a first-year student pursuing a double major in political science and brain and cognitive sciences. On campus, she is involved with X-Effect, ALLIES, and Model UN, while also being a member of the Tufts JumboRaas team (an Indian dance group). As a result of her interest in government and law, Manal has interned with Senator Elizabeth Warren. Outside of academics, Manal enjoys to draw, play video games, and spread awareness of the issues women face across the globe.

Judy Chen (’19)

IGL Liaison

Judy Chen is a junior from Taiwan who studies Anthropology, as well as Cognitive & Brain Sciences and Science, Technology, & Society on the side. Having lived abroad her entire life, Judy loves traveling to and living in different countries to connect with people and see how they make life their own. She loves spending her time writing, creating, having six-hour lunches, and exploring the edges of human connection. Currently, she is interested in bringing more humanity and human nuance to the world of tech and design.

Nic Chung (’20)

Nic Chung is a sophomore majoring in Sociology and minoring in Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies. He is passionate about personal growth, sharing ideas with those around him, and telling stories through documentary film. By nature, he is an autodidact; he enjoys refining his skills and teaching himself new ones. In his spare time, Nic likes to read, write, and spend quality time with his friends. 

Alexandra Claman (’19)

Director of Funding, Ecuador Team

Allie is a senior studying International Relations, Spanish, and Peace and Justice Studies. She is involved with Tufts International Development’s Ecuador team and their digital library project in Ecuador. In August 2018, Allie traveled with the team to Ecuador to evaluate the pilot program in Coaque and expand the project to two new locations in the greater Quito area. The goal of the project is to bring educational materials to communities with limited internet access through the establishment of community centers with digital libraries and computers pre-loaded with educational information. During the trip, she led the new monitoring and evaluation efforts for the project and trained community members how to use the digital library technology.

Evan Cook (’19)

Board Member

Evan Cook is a member of the class of 2019 from Columbus, Ohio interested in studying International Relations and Anthropology. His inquisitiveness and indecisiveness have led him to interests ranging from gender in international relations to the effects of viral dormancy in mice. Consequently, he hopes to find a career that works across different disciplines to address various issues facing the US and the world. Going forward, Evan is excited to engage Synaptic Scholars in larger communities, hoping to impart positive change on and off Tufts’ campus.

Evan Corcoran (’20)

Graduate Empower Coordinator

Evan is a first-year master’s degree student at the Fletcher School, studying comparative politics and human security. Prior to enrollment at Fletcher, he worked in the educational sector in California, Chile, Spain, and Turkey. While at school, he plans to focus his research on authoritarianism in Europe and Eurasia, along with the role civil society and external stimuli have on pro-democracy efforts. He is also involved in the Fletcher Forum of World Affairs and Tufts Literacy Corps. While not studying, Evan loves reading fantasy novels, eating exotic food, and going surfing.

Ayden Crosby (’21)


Ayden Crosby is a second-year student at Tufts University intending to major in International Relations and Biology. He is from Lake Tahoe, California and attended high school in Reno, Nevada. He started on the e-board as a first year and will continue in his second year as the Liaison. This summer, he was a fellow for a political campaign and he looks forward to applying the grass roots organizing skills he learned to Amnesty International’s mission. Ayden is passionate about human rights at a local and international scale, specifically issues of gender/sexuality issues, freedom of expression, refugees and migration, armed conflict, and the intersection of climate change and human rights. He looks forward to helping the organization grow at Tufts and collaborating with other campus organizations to illustrate how human rights are intertwined with other issues. 


Cristina da Gama (’19)

Co-Leader Ecuador Team

Cristina is a senior from Caracas, Venezuela majoring in Economics and minoring in Entrepreneurial Leadership & Engineering Psychology. She joined Tufts International Development in her Freshman year due to her passion in sustainable development, especially in the region of Latin America. She has been part of the TuftsID Ecuador team ever since. Through the Ecuador program Cristina has gained a deeper understanding about the theory of international development and has learnedhow to drive change in educationby working together with local communities. This experience has become fundamental in her personal and professionaldevelopment. In the future, Cristina would like to apply her learnings about development and sustainability in the area of social entrepreneurship.

Nina Denison (’14)

Prose Editor

Nina Denison is a Junior from Concord, Massachusetts, majoring in English with a minor in Mass Communications and Media Studies. This is her first year with Discourse, and she is thrilled to take on the position of Prose Editor to engage with fellow creative writers at Tufts. Discourse appeals to her as a publication that is lively and relevant to the school and the greater community, combining scintillating debate with dynamic, artistic expression.

Connor Doyle (’21)

IGL Liaison

Connor is a sophomore majoring in International Relations with a concentration in International Security with minors in Economics and Arabic. He is from Albany, New York and loves spending time with his two younger brothers. An avid swimmer, he is on the varsity swimming team at Tufts and coached local swim teams as well as lifeguarded at home the past two summers. On campus, he is a member of ATO of Massachusetts and is a part of the Tufts Financial Group Analyst training program in addition to NIMEP and the swim team. In his free time, he enjoys movie nights, enjoying Davis Square’s finest eats and exploring Tufts’ social life.

Cody Eaton (’19)

Cody is a junior from Gloucester, MA studying International Relations with a concentration in international economic development. He got a camera at the start of 2017 and has since examined his academic interests in the environment, development, and Latin America through the lens. During June of 2017 he traveled to Ecuador to produce a video for Tufts International Development’s implementation of a digital library program in the earthquake-stricken community of Coaque. He then spent his fall semester studying abroad in Bolivia, where he produced a documentary on the impact of climate change in the rural municipality of Betanzos. He is passionate about climate action, soccer, and music, and can be found playing pickup in Gantcher or hosting his radio show on WMFO. 

Katie Elliot (’20)

PMEL (Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning) Malawi

Katie is a Junior Electrical Engineering major from Brooklyn, NY. She has been in EWB since her freshman year and loves seeing the project develop. On campus, she is also a part of Tufts Energy Group and Society of Women Engineers. On her free time, she likes to watch TV shows like Westworld and Black Mirror.

Caitlyn Enroth (’21)

Marketing and publicity

Caitlyn is sophomore from Arlington, VA. She is currently pursuing a major in International Relations with a concentration in Security and a minor in Mathematics. She is the treasurer and a choreographer for the Middle Eastern Dance Club, a mechanic with Tufts Bikes, and does volunteer work with older adults off campus.

Julia Ferreira (’20)

Alumni Relations, Nicaragua

Julia is a junior majoring in chemical engineering and minoring in engineering management. Julia is also involved in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and enjoys singing in an acapella group on campus.

Claire Furse (’22)

Event Coordinator

Claire is a first-year from Houston, Texas considering a major in International Relations with a concentration in Global Health. She became interested in the Middle East after learning about the Syrian refugee crisis in 2015, which prompted her to tutor refugee youth for the past two years. Claire is looking forward to helping plan engaging events on diverse topics ranging from regional security to Arabic dialects and seeing NIMEP grows as an organization.

Olive Garst (’21)

Sophomore Representative (IGL/Tisch)

Olive is a sophomore electrical engineering major. She joined EWB in 2017 to work on international projects in a hands on way. In her free time, Olive is involved in ultimate frisbee and the boxing team, along with gardening club. She is excited about what EWB has in store for the coming school year.

Hailey Gavin (’18)

Hailey Gavin is a senior at Tufts majoring in Political Science and minoring in English and Film & Media Studies. As the executive editor of the video section of The Tufts Daily, She produces video journalism pieces, as well as marketing videos for organizations, including the Golden Gate National Parks. She is. She is also a Writing Fellow at Tufts and plays on the club soccer team. She is originally from San Francisco.

Michelle Gee (’20)

Latin America project leader

Michelle and is a junior chemical engineer. In her free time she enjoys swimming and stand up paddle boarding. She is looking forward to implementing of EWB’s plans for a water tower in Nicaragua this year!

Konrad Gessler (’14)

Operations Co-Director

Konrad Gessler is a senior from North Salem, NY majoring in International Relations: Security Studies. As a member of the 2011-2012 EPIIC Colloquium "Conflict in the 21st Century", Konrad traveled to Muscat, Oman to research Omani-Iranian bilateral relations during the tensions in the Straits of Hormuz. Konrad co-directed FIELDEX, a real-time simulation of a conflict scenario with participants from civilian universities and military academies. He also organized a career panel for ALLIES with panelists representing careers in the public and private sectors. Konrad is looking forward to his continued involvement in the IGL's programs during his last year at Tufts.

Shoshana Goldman (’20)

Media Coordinator, Honduras Team

Shoshana is a junior majoring in international relations. She is interested in pursuing a career in international development. She is especially interested in improving education and empowering women in underdeveloped regions. By being involved with Tufts International Development, she hopes to explore her ethical role as a global citizen who wants to make a difference in the developing world.

Mallory Grider (’19)

Meeting Coordinator

Mallory Grider is a member of the Class of 2019. Mallory balances her love of numbers and narratives at Tufts University, where she studies Mathematics, Computer Science, and History. She hails from Sandy, Oregon, a rural town near Mount Hood, though she thinks of Boston as her adopted hometown. Mallory spent half of her high school career studying mathematics at Reed College, in Portland. At Reed, during a project on elliptic curve cryptography and its practical application, she developed an interest in number theory and cryptanalysis. On campus, Mallory is an editor of the Tufts Historical Review, an academic journal of history, a member of Chi Omega sorority, and a volunteer for Tufts’ Girls of Code.

Jeremy Gumener (’19)

Jeremy is from Geneva, Switzerland and is a Junior at Tufts studying Film and Media Studies. His dream is to become a writer & director for his own feature films. He has been seriously into photography for about 4 years now and shoots solely on film (regular and medium format). He is currently in the process of writing/directing/producing his first short film with the help of Professor and filmmaker Khary Jones.

Esra Gürçay (’19)

Events Coordinator

Esra Gürçay is a junior at Tufts serving as the Event Coordinator of Tufts Amnesty International. She is majoring in International Relations with a focus on the Middle East. Her academic background, along with her upbringing in Istanbul, Turkey have sparked her interest in human rights. Esra is passionate about immigrant, refugee and minority rights especially in developing countries. In addition to her involvement in Tufts Amnesty International, music has a significant role in Esra’s life and she has been part of the Tufts Jazz Orchestra for a year.

Anne Hall (’19)

Meeting Coordinator

Anne is a member of the Class of 2019 and is from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She is a Biology and Interdisciplinary Studies double major, and has passions ranging from women’s health to Spanish language and culture to photography. She is involved in numerous groups on campus including the Tufts First-Gen Council, GlobeMed at Tufts, Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS), and Oslo Scholars.

Engaging in meaningful conversations regarding the intersectionality between faith and social justice work is extremely important to Anne, and she is ecstatic to continue contributing to this conversation at Tufts as a 2017 Cafe Peer Leader. In her free time, Anne loves to read, embark on spontaneous adventures and go on walks.


Katie Harrison (’21)

Katie a sophomore Environmental Engineering major from California, and she loves being outside! The Tufts Mountain Club is a group on campus that she’s been involved in since the beginning of freshman year. Skiing, hiking, and backpacking are some of Katie’s favorite outdoor activities. She also love dogs and does a lot of dog-walking.

Anna Haugen (’16)

Copy Editor

Anna Haugen is a sophomore from the San Francisco Bay Area, majoring in International Relations with a concentration in Europe and the Former Soviet Union, and considering a minor in Cognitive and Brain Sciences. This is Anna's first year on the Discourse staff and she'll be working as a copy editor. She is very excited to be part of the fantastic Discourse staff and looks forward to putting together a great journal!

Alexandria Hayman (’19)


Alexandria Hayman is a senior at Tufts University majoring in International Relations and Political Science, with a minor in Mandarin Chinese. In joining ALLIES, she hopes to explore international relations from a perspective different than the one she is familiar with (namely, reading articles late at night), and is excited to have the opportunity to manage ALLIES’s budget as treasurer. In her free time, Alexandria also acts as treasurer for the Tufts Debate Society, serves as an elected member of the Tufts Judiciary, plays viola with the Tufts Symphony Orchestra, interns with USAID, and drinks coffee.

Wenyi He (’15)

Programming Co-Director

Wenyi is a junior from Beijing, China. She is a Quantitative Economic and International Relations (International Finance concentration) double major. Wenyi is currently an e-board member in Tufts Economic Society and Tufts China Student Association. This past summer, Wenyi participated UBS Private Wealth Management workshop in Beijing and also interned in Simon- Kucher & Partners Beijing office, a price-strategy consulting firm.  At Tufts, Wenyi is dedicated to promoting American understanding and perception of China by bringing in more Chinese perspectives.

Sofie Hecht (’18)

Sofie has always loved telling stories and learning from others, so finding documentary photography was a perfect fit for her when she arrived at Tufts. She is now a graduating senior TA’ing for the Advanced Documentary Practice class and is an International Literary and Visual Studies (ILVS) and Spanish double major. She has travelled extensively around Latin America and hopes to generate social change and impact through visual narratives.

Jordan Hindes (’20)

Tufts EWB Latin America Project Leader

Jordan is a junior Mechanical Engineering and Math student from New Jersey.

Carlos Irisarri (’21)

Carlos Irisarri is a sophomore at Tufts university where he is studying political science, philosophy and history. He is originally from France but moved to Panama when he was 10. Consequently, he speaks French, Spanish and English fluently. He has been involved with the IGL since the start of his journey at Tufts as a participant in the 2017/18 EPIIC class. He then got involved with the Oslo Scholars program during which he completed a summer internship at El Chigüire Bipolar, a Venezuelan satirical news source. During his internship he conducted general research, provided support with Spanish language translation, and created presentations for NGOs among other things. Carlos is also a current participant in the 2018/19 EPIIC class. When he is not studying or writing essays he enjoys organizing MUN conferences, playing basketball, ping pong, and generally annihilating his friends at FIFA.

Paulina Jedrzejowski (’19)

Hometown: New York City
Bio: Paulina Jedrzejowski is a first-generation Junior majoring in International Relations with a concentration in Latin America and Economics and minoring in Portuguese at Tufts University. Originally from Polish immigrant family from New York City, she continues to have a very strong connection to her roots. Paulina is involved in multiple activities on campus and her passion for sustainable development has been shaped by her gap year with Global Citizen Year. Paulina enjoys working with non-governmental organizations to implement community development projects that increase the living conditions of people. In the future, she hopes to work on International Economic Development at the United States think tanks. During her free time, Paulina likes to travel, explore museums, and take walks.

Paulina Jedrzejowski (’19)

Co-leader, India Team

Paulina Jedrzejowski is a first-generation senior majoring in International Relations with a concentration in Latin America and Economics and minoring in Portuguese at Tufts University. Originally from Polish immigrant family from New York City, she continues to have a very strong connection to her roots. Paulina is involved in multiple activities on campus and her passion for sustainable development has been shaped by her gap year with Global Citizen Year. Paulina enjoys working with non-governmental organizations to implement community development projects that increase the living conditions of people. In the future, she hopes to work on International Economic Development at the United States think tanks. During her free time, Paulina likes to travel, explore museums, and take walks.

Matthew Jourlait (’21)

Undergraduate Empower Coordinator

Matthew Jourlait is a Sophomore International Relations major at Tufts University, pursuing a minor in economics. He is a member of the IGL community, having participated in the EPIIC course during his freshmen year and having been involved in the leadership of ALLIES, a civil-military relations focused student group.Matthew is passionate about international security, consulting and finance. He has interned at the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, the US Department of State and at various other nonprofits and startups.Matthew is also a triple citizen, hailing from Canada, France and the United States. He has also lived half of his life respectively in California and Paris, and speaks French, English and Spanish fluently.

Aruni Kacker (’19)

Senior Advisor, Nicaragua

Aruni is a senior mechanical engineering and mathematics student, was project leader from January 2017-May 2018, and is currently a senior advisor. Outside of EWB, Aruni enjoys dancing, martial arts, and pursuing mechanical engineering research.

Eva Kahan (’19)

Co-Director (2018-2019)

Eva Kahan is a senior studying History and International Relations, with a concentration in the Middle East. She spent her junior year in Jordan, where she ate a falafel sandwich a day and used her Arabic to get only-slightly-lost while navigating both Roman ruins and Amman’s makeshift public transit system. She loves civil-military relations with a burning passion and wants either to get a PhD in the subject or to save the world one meaningful civ-mil dialogue at a time. While not in ALLIES, Eva can be found leading services at Tufts Hillel, teaching an ExCollege class on war games, or eating unreasonable amounts of kale.

Hena Kapadia (’11)

Coeditor in Chief (2010-2011)

After completing her degree in Art History and Economics at Tufts, Hena  Kapadia joined Christie's Education in London for a master's degree in Modern and Contemporary Art. Hena has recently completed her Master’s dissertation entitled “dis[orient]ation” which is focused on contemporary art from South Asia. She has interned at several art spaces in Boston, Mumbai and London and is currently back in Mumbai, India where she plans on setting up a venture of her own in the coming years.

Ricky Kaufman (’21)

Community Outreach

Ricky is a second year student majoring in mechanical engineering. He loves learning about robotics and aerospace, and also has a huge interest in geography and history. Ricky is excited to broaden EWB's networks and work with all the incredible people on the team.

Sarah Kee (’15)

Photography and Arts Editor

Sarah Kee is a sophomore from Dallas, Texas, double majoring in International Relations and Anthropology. This is her first year on the Discourse staff and she will be working as a Photography and Arts Editor. She is excited to be a part of Discourse and is looking forward to learning more about important social issues through the diverse beliefs andexperiences of fellow Tufts students.

Colin Kennedy (’21)

Assistant Editor

Colin is a sophomore born in Seattle, Washington. However, he lived abroad in Russia, India, Switzerland, and Ethiopia his entire life, and this is what has inspired him to learn more about the world. He plans on majoring in Quantitative Economics with a minor in History. On campus he is active in club volleyball and is an assistant editor for features in the Tufts Daily. This past summer, Colin interned for USAID in their democracy and governance section, writing memos and success stories. In his free time, he plays football (soccer) and basketball, and loves reading novels, but is also satisfied by just reading the news.

Jaya Khetarpal (’18)

Urgent Action Coordinator

Jaya Khetarpal is a senior at Tufts University studying International Relations and Political Science. Growing up in Brownsville, Texas, a border town between Mexico and the United States, Jaya was exposed early on to the heartbreaking stories of those who were forced to flee violence and oppression in Latin America. For this reason, she joined Tufts Amnesty because she believed the organization plays a key role in promoting human rights around the globe and holding those who violate these rights accountable. Furthermore, she is passionate about raising awareness about refugee and immigrant rights. Along with being the Urgent Action Coordinator for the Tufts Chapter of Amnesty, Jaya serves as Vice President for Tufts Democrats, teaches as a Democracy Coach for Generation Citizen, and is the Service Chair for Tufts' Kappa Alpha Theta.

Vivian Kim (’21)


Vivian Kim is a sophomore at Tufts University who plans to pursue economics, Spanish, and medicine. She has been involved in Amnesty International since joining the club as a sophomore at her high school in Tenafly, New Jersey. After serving as assistant treasurer last year, she is excited about the direction and progress of the club. 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 during her time at Tufts.

Youngchan Kim (’16)

Panel Leader

There is a Korean proverb that says, “The frog in the well knows nothing of the great ocean.” The story continues with the small frog, “Haewa” means ‘sea frog’ in Korean, leaving the well, the only world he has known, to experience a new world. He is not satisfied with staying near the well and journeys beyond the town and country he is from. He heads towards the sea, his ultimate goal, passing over mountains and through rivers. His is a life of insatiable challenges in a new world outside the well; and that has been Youngchan’s life for the past 27 years.

Youngchan Kim is a graduate student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He is from South Korea and finished his bachelor’s degree at Kyung Hee University majoring in Political Science and International Relations with special focus on China and North Korea. With his academic interests in China, he attended a number of academic activities in China and Taiwan including one year of exchange study at National Cheng Chi University (NCCU) in Taipei. He also served the Korean Army for two years as a soldier of the Korean Augmentation to the United States Army (KATUSA). Before he came to the Fletcher, he also worked at Center for Medicine and Korean Reunification, Seoul National University. As a researcher, he participated in a number of different projects including publishing a white paper for North Korea Public Health as well as in developing a Public health contingency plan for North Korea’s emergent situation with special focuses on mass influx of refugees. At the Fletcher School, he is concentrating on International Conflict Resolution and Development Economics, while he is actively engaging in many school activities as a member of China Studies Society and North Korea Working Group of the Fletcher School. Youngchan is a big lover of backpack travel and he has been traveled in 78 cities in 18 countries across Asia, Europe, Africa, and North America so far.

His panel “US Pivot Change and Asia’s Response” will cover the Obama administration’s foreign policy toward Pacific Asia and what has been done in the past based on the policy and the reactions of the countries in the Asia-Pacific area, especially in East Asia; China, Korea, and Japan. Furthermore, the panel will examine the future of the US Pivot Change and its impacts on the political spectrum in Pacific Asia. 

Alex Knapp (’14)

Research Coordinator

Alex Knapp is a sophomore majoring in international relations.  He is very excited to be research coordinator for X Effect and looks forward to supporting members' research.  His interest in gender issues started spring semester 2013 when he took the class Introduction to Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.  Alex also enjoys music and theater, and is a member of Tufts Concert Choir and is treasurer for Bare Bodkin Theater Company.

Saba Kohli Dave (’14)

Curriculum Advisor

Saba Kohli Dave is a first-year student who is planning to major in International Relations and minor in WGSS. Growing up in India and subsequently interning with a childhood cancer organisation, Saba’s interest in women’s issues began when she saw how gender discrimination existed and was perpetuated in almost all spheres. After the recent cases of violence against women in India, Saba decided to participate in the domestic as well as international struggle for women’s equality. On campus she is involved with The X-Effect, Student’s Acting for Gender Equality and the Tufts Equestrian Team. Saba loves horses, food and driving cars. 

Tara Kola (’15)

Panel Leader

Tara Kola is a junior majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Chinese. She was born near San Francisco, and moved to Bangalore, India at the age of 13. With a strong interest in linguistics and the application of computational tools, Tara will be spending next year in Beijing and Kunming studying natural language processing and Chinese calligraphy. She is also interested in health informatics, and is currently working with the Village Zero Project on visualizing geotemporal trends in cholera epidemics in Bangladesh. She hopes to extend her work with health informatics to preventative traditional healthcare practices in India and China. Tara spends her spare time reading travel books, writing articles about the residents of Boston, practicing Indian classical dance, cooking dishes from around the world, and running down the Charles.

She will be leading this years panel on Foreign Media Perceptions. This panel aims to study how the picture painted of China by domestic and international media affects how the global community understands China. To what extent is the media's image of China consistent with how it sees itself? How do international perceptions of China affect policy-making? By bringing together the viewpoints of diplomats, foreign correspondents and researchers in social psychology, this panel attempts to address these questions from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Madeline Krahn (’14)

Public Relations Director

Madeline Krahn is a sophomore majoring in economics and international relations with a concentration in developmental economics. As the public relations director, she manages the Facebook page and publicizes events, as well as collaborating with the rest of the group. Madeline’s interest in global women’s issues began through an internship with Children International, which provides support for families and children in the US and developing countries. She also volunteers at LIFT-Somerville and enjoys dancing in her free time

Katyln Kreie (’19)

Katlyn is a junior from St. Louis, Missouri and intends on majoring in Film and Media Studies and Political Science. At Tufts, she is involved with theatre and comedy groups including The Institute Sketch Comedy and Stand Up Comedy Collective. She is the PR director for Major:Undecided sketch comedy. She also is the co-creator of the TFL comedy blog and is in the process of starting her own podcast. She is interested in American politics, especially topics centered on education, and is a member of Tufts Tutors. In the future, she would like to pursue her passion for journalism and work for a news publication doing photography, filmmaking or writing.

Vikram Krishnamachari (’19)


Vikram is a senior from Newton, MA, studying mechanical engineering. He is the president of Tufts Engineers Without Borders and works as a Resident Assistant in a freshman dorm on campus. He also does research on aerogels with Prof. Marc Hodes of the mechanical engineering department. Vikram performs South Indian classical music and serves as a Pantry Manager at the Centre Street Food Pantry. He is also an engineering tour guide for Tufts Admissions. Vikram is a huge fan of the Boston Celtics.

Jake Kroner (’21)

Fundraising Chair, Latin America Group

Jake is a sophomore at Tufts University studying computer science and economics. He enjoys playing tennis, skiing, listening to music, travelling, volunteering, and working with kids. Jake is very excited to serve as the Fundraising Chair for the Latin America group in Tufts EWB.

Noah Kulak (’19)

Co-Director (2018)

Noah Kulak is a senior majoring in Classical Studies and Political Science. He became involved with ALLIES during his sophomore year and has held a number of positions in the organization since then, serving on the 2016 CMRC and FieldEx teams and as Curriculum Director prior to becoming co-leader. In his free time, he can be found working on local political campaigns, debating how well our institutions compare to those of the Roman republic, and catching up on sleep in Tisch Library.

Taylor Lewis (’21)


Taylor Lewis is a sophomore at Tufts majoring in International Relations and Economics, with minors in History and Philosophy. The little time that he has outside of classes he dedicates to Tufts Debate Society, learning Arabic, and writing about global politics. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, he reconnects with his roots by wearing fuzzy flannels and drinking copious amounts of coffee. You can catch him at Carmichael every morning at 7:18, eating oatmeal and enjoying good conversation.

Wei Han Lim (’19)

Nicaragua PMEL/Webmaster

Wei Han is a senior majoring in chemical engineering with a minor in Spanish and has been a part of EWB since his first year. He is the PMEL for the Nicaragua project as well as the webmaster, and traveled to Nicaragua in May 2017 as part of an assessment trip. He is also part of the Tufts chapters of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and Tau Beta Pi.

Anastasiya Lobacheva (’15)

Copy Editor

Anastasiya Lobacheva is a sophomore from Atlanta, Georgia. This is her first year working on Discourse, and she is joining the staff as a Copy Editor. As a Philosophy major, she is thrilled to be part of the rebirth of a magazine that provides a space for the faculties of reason and debate.

Saira Madarasmi (’21)


Saira Madarasmi is a second-year student at Tufts University planning to major in either Psychology or Clinical Psychology. She serves as the president of the Tufts Amnesty International chapter. Saira’s passions lie in human rights advocacy, social inclusion and assimilation, and education. These passions led her to establish and lead a Gay-Straight Alliance at her international school in Bangkok, Thailand, with the aim of working towards a more inclusive and accepting community. Additionally, working with the Tufts Amnesty chapter and Amnesty International USA last year allowed her to further engage with these issues on a larger scale. This year, she hopes to utilize the tools and skills she’s learned over the summer working at Amnesty Thailand in her work with the Tufts - and wider - community.

Samira Manzur (’16)

Photography and Arts Editor

Samira Manzur is from Dhaka, Bangladesh. She recently joined Discourse as one of the Photography and Arts Editor. She is trying to blend her passions and interests with her academics. Her interests mostly revolve around visual women and socio-economic empowerment (they are more correlated than we’d like to think), social justice and visual arts. She is very excited about Discourse as it is her first key involvement in Tufts.

Kristin McConnell (’12)

Co-Chair of PPRI

Kristin McConnell is a sophomore majoring in International Relations and Peace and Justice Studies. At Tufts, Kristin is also actively involved with LIFT Somerville and BUILD India, which have expanded her interest into various fields. Kristin is very interested in the interaction between gender and politics, particularly how gender is impacted in conflict and post-conflict reconstruction. Kristin was attracted to PPRI because of its interdisciplinary approach to encouraging intellectual exploration, and its foundation in encouraging student-led research. Her research in PPRI is currently focused on the relationship between politics and journalism in Turkey, and particularly how this affects the freedom of speech of minority groups like the Turkish Kurds.

Rachael Meyer (’19)

Co-Leader Honduras Team

Rachael Meyer is a senior from Cedar Bluffs, NE who is double majoring in International Relations and Environmental Studies. This past summer she interned at John Snow, INC working on environmental health consulting. Previously she has worked for the Center for Rural Affairs, the Everglades Foundation, spent time volunteering in Peru, Honduras, and Tanzania, and worked as a private tutor for Tufts Literacy Corps. At Tufts she works for the Tufts Daily and is a member of the Tufts Climbing Team. Rachael looks forward to pursuing a career in environmental sustainability and diplomacy.

Dylan Miles (’21)

Programming Director / Communications Director

Dylan Miles is a sophomore from New York City. He is considering majoring in International Relations and History. At Tufts, he is also involved with Model UN and Tufts CIVIC. In his free time he enjoys watching movies, spending time with friends, and laying awake at night pondering how the climactic poker hand between Bond and Le Chiffre in Casino Royale makes absolutely no sense. /

Anna Miller

Anna is a staff photographer for Tufts University, capturing news, portraits, sports and daily life on the university’s four campuses. On the weekends, she enjoys making short documentary films and audio stories about wildlife and environmental issues in the New England area. She loves to go on hikes with her pup, working on local farms, drinking iced coffee and trying to teach herself Spanish on cd during her commute to work. She’s excited to be in the PNDP this spring semester and learning more about visual storytelling.

Natalya Minoff (’13)

Poetry and Prose Editor

Natalya Minoff is a senior from Northampton, MA double majoring in International Literary & Visual Studies and Arabic. As Poetry and Prose Editor of Discourse, she has the opportunity to integrate her love of writing with her interest in international cultural and political issues. While she is not composing and compiling literary pieces for Discourse, she works to promote a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through her involvement with J Street U. In her spare time, she also enjoys road-tripping with friends and solving crossword puzzles.

Jessica Muganza (’16)

Co-Founder and Co-President

Jessica Muganza is a sophomore from Rwanda majoring in International Relations and Community Health. She is passionate about Healthcare and Development work and was a member of the EPIIC 2012-13 Global Health and Security colloquium. She has interned with several NGOs like Partners in Health and with the Rwandan Ministry of Health. She is also interested in women's issues and African politics. She enjoys poetry and cultural dances.

Katie Murphy (’14)

Marketing Co-Director

Katie Murphy is a senior at Tufts majoring in Quantitative Economics - technically. Really she's just here to try to educate herself holistically and doesn't like being confined to one major. Aside from curious educational pursuits, Katie also loves rock climbing and good food. She once survived 4 days alone in Ho Chi Minh City's red light district with only $5. She is also interested in startups and data analytics.

Megha Nayar (’19)

Hometown: Scarsdale, NY
Bio: Megha Nayar is a junior studying Quantitative Economics. She has been part of BUILD: India since her freshman year and has travelled with the club twice (2016 Summer and 2017 Summer trips). She is part of the current core leadership and is excited to see how to club navigates the challenging but rewarding experience of partnering with a new NGO.

Megha Nayar (’19)

Media Coordinator, India Team

Megha Nayar is a junior studying Quantitative Economics. She has been part of BUILD: India since her freshman year and has travelled with the club twice (2016 Summer and 2017 Summer trips). She is part of the current core leadership and is excited to see how to club navigates the challenging but rewarding experience of partnering with a new NGO.

Daniel Ndirangu (’21)

Event Coordinator

Daniel Ndirangu (Danteh) is a sophomore from Kenya majoring in Quantitative Economics and International Relations. He is involved with Synaptic Scholars, Tufts African Students Organization, Students Engaged in Resolution and Awareness (SERAT), Tufts Financial Group (TFG), Tufts Trading Fund (TTF), Visions of Peace (VOP), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) as well as NIMEP. He participated in Visions of Peace this year drawing him to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and is currently a research assistant studying Ralph Bunche, the chief mediator of the I-P conflict in the 1940s. In his free time, he loves to watch TV series, dance, and discuss geopolitics and economics. 

Ryan Newquist (’19)

Honduras Team

Ryan Newquist is a senior from La Cañada Flintridge, California and he is majoring in International Relations. Ryan has been a part of the Honduras Team of Tufts International Development since his sophomore year. He has always been interested in education and the impact that it can have on a community. After graduation, he is interested in teaching English abroad and traveling around the world.

Nora Nord (’18)

Nora is a senior at Tufts University studying history, economics and international relations. She is a 6ft Norwegian with a passion for photo documentary and storytelling and a penchant for wearing maximalist outfits. She grew up in an international environment in Oslo, Norway and Palo Alto, California, and continues to fuel her curiosity for the world by volunteering in places like Kashmir, India and Maasai Mara, Kenya. After graduation she plans to move her base to London and work in Vietnam, Bangkok, and wherever she might find herself. 

Arjun Padalkar (’21)


Arjun Padalkar is a sophomore from Mumbai, India double majoring in Quantitative Economics and International Relations, specializing in Security. His interest in economics, politics, development theories and diplomacy began when he attended an economic globalization course at Columbia University in the summer of 2015. He then worked as an intern auditor for a microfinancing company operating in the Dharavi slums in Mumbai where he interviewed and audited the debtors in the field. Simultaneously, he worked on a global politics project for his diploma where he conducted research on the Rohingya refugee crisis as part of his broader project on border security. In the final year of his high school diploma, he co-chaired a committee on economic diversification of single industry cities. In the summer of 2018, Arjun interned as an analyst in a non-banking financial company specializing in sub-prime lending. There, he used different variables such as age, income, living condition, and debt-burden ratio to determine a customers’ credit-worthiness. Arjun is currently part of the EPIIC colloquium that is studying migration in a turbulent world and is also part of the International Club at Tufts. Besides economics and politics, Arjun is passionate about food, cooking, and European football.

Clemencia Pinasco (’19)

Consulting Director, Ecuador Team

Clemencia is a senior from Lima, Peru. She is double majoring in Biology and Environmental Policy, and very passionate about conservation and sustainable development. She is particularly interested in the value of education for development. Clemencia has worked with several NGOs that have a strong focus on education and is very excited to continue working on the Libraries Without Borders project to expand access to education in Ecuador. In her free time, Clemencia likes hiking, climbing and investigating the daily activity of spider monkeys in the Peruvian Amazon.

Maude Plucker (’18)


Maude is a senior studying Cognitive and Brain Science and Philosophy at Tufts. Born in Brussels, Belgium, she enjoys traveling, living in new countries, and learning languages. While she is passionate about studying the mind and the brain, Maude hopes to pursue a dynamic, international career in humanitarian aid, public health, and diplomacy. She values her fellow Synaptic Scholars for their ability to pursue diverse interests with enthusiasm and humility, as well as for their unlimited love of learning. 

Vladimir Proaño (’20)


Vladimir Proaño is a third-year student from Quito, Ecuador, studying International Relations and Economics. As co-founder of LAC, he seeks to create spaces and programs for students to learn about and discuss Latin American affairs. Vladimir is additionally involved in Tufts International Development, with the Ecuador team. He enjoys road trips in his home country, discussing politics, and música protesta.

Hiram Reynolds (’14)

Panel Leader

Hiram Reynolds is a senior from Wayland, Massachusetts, double majoring in International Relations and Chinese.  Hiram has lived in China on three occasions to study or intern abroad and hopes to continue working with Chinese in the Foreign Service or the private sector after graduating.  In addition to being interested in foreign policy and security studies, Hiram plays ultimate Frisbee and loves hiking and rock climbing.  Aspirations include publishing his thesis on Chinese UAVs, learning Arabic, perfecting a chocolate sauce recipe, and finally outrunning his dog.

This year’s panel on Military and Cyber issues examines Chinese and U.S. security interests and recent political and technological developments within the context of this year’s theme, Engagement.  Specific topics cater to the expertise of panel speakers and may include the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands, Taiwan, international norms of unmanned vehicles, and government-sponsored cyber-espionage.

Lizzy Robinson (’15)


Lizzy Robinson is a junior from Albany, New York, double majoring in International Relations and Economics. On campus, she is involved in NIMEP (New Initiative for Middle East Peace) and EPIIC, and works as a research assistant in the Political Science department. Lizzy is primarily interested in foreign policy, security issues, and diplomacy, and hopes to join the Foreign Service. Outside of academics, Lizzy enjoys running and raspberries. 

Cami Rovalino (’19)

Consulting Director, Ecuador Team

Camila, as an Ecuadorian student, is committed to giving back to the country that she has called home for most of her life. She majors in quantitative economics. She is very interested in the role that technology plays in breaching the educational gap between developed anddeveloping countries andenabling a sustainable development. She has experience in consulting as well as working with NGOS both in the US and Ecuador. She has worked with NGOs such as Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), TECHO Ecuador, among others. She is very excited to continue her work with TuftsID and expand the reach and improve the content currently available for the community in Coaque.

Jacob Rubel (’21)

Co-Leader Ecuador Team

Jacobis a sophomore from Brooklyn, NY. He is majoring in political science and minoring in economics, with afocus in political theory. His involvement in Tufts International Development has inspired a passion for sustainable development and educational access.Jacobis also a monitoring and evaluation intern at the MIT D-Lab, where he works to understand the impact and strategy of the different international development initiatives that the D-Lab oversees.

Kairavi Sarup (’20)

Trip Coordinator

Kairavi Sarup is a Junior from New Delhi but spent a large part of her life living in Helsinki. She is a junior majoring in International Relations and Archaeology and minoring in Arabic. In addition to NIMEP, she is active in SAPAC (South Asian Political Action Committee) and is a research assistant at the CEEO. Kai also loves music and theatre.

Uzair Sattar (’21)


Uzair is a sophomore at Tufts University. Born in Islamabad, Pakistan, he is planning on majoring in International Relations with a concentration in the Middle East and South Asia. Uzair took a gap year after high school to explore possible careers options. He worked at a corporate law firm and microfinance bank in attempt to discover where his passions lied. Ultimately, Uzair chose law and aspires to specialize in water law in the future. He is currently a columnist for SouthAsia Magazine, where he writes monthly articles on various facets of Pakistan’s water crisis. At Tufts, Uzair is the Vice-President of the International Club, member of Tufts Mock Trial, Co-Leader of the New Initiative for Middle Eastern Peace, and Founder of Tufts Cricket Club. During Uzair’s freshman year, he was a member of “HYPE! Mimez” – the nation’s only collegiate mime troupe. In his spare time, Uzair enjoys biking as well as playing and watching cricket.

Marie-Louise Schnetz (’19)

Hometown: Munich, Germany
Bio: Marie-Louise Schnetz is a junior Mechanical Engineering major with a minor in Engineering Management. She has been a member of the club since her freshman year and went on a trip with BUILD India to Tamil Nadu this past summer. She is co-leading the club this semester and is excited for the new challenges of finding a new NGO to partner with and getting new members involved and up to speed.

Kyle Scott (’18)

Kyle Scott is a senior from Baltimore, MD who is majoring in Film and Media Studies. He's interested in and art and photography and how the intersection of those two mediums reflect truths about the human existence. At Tufts, Kyle works as the Creative Director for the Tufts Observer. On the weekends, you can catch Kyle at the Somerville Theater watching almost anything. Kyle is very excited to be in PNPD this semester and is looking forward to understanding more about how we tell stories.

Jennifer Sohn (’19)


Jen Sohn is a senior biochemistry major and one of the Tufts Engineers without Borders treasurers. She joined EWB to help use international development work and engineering projects to intervene in public health crises abroad. When not at EWB meetings, she can be found singing in the Chamber Singers, mixing chemicals in Pearson, or kicking it with the Tufts Taekwondo team.

Alexa Stevens (’13)

Editor in Chief

Alexa Stevens is a senior from the San Francisco Bay Area, double majoring in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic. She joined Discourse in her freshman year as a Photography and Arts Editor, a role she held until becoming Editor in Chief last year. She's drawn to Discourse for the intellectual space it provides for honest debate on complicates issues,especially those relating to the Middle East and North Africa. She is excited to bring together a new Staff for the 2012-13 academic year and to inspire a new group of leaders.

Sarah Strand (’12)


Sarah Strand is in the combined-degree program between The School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts, where she is a geological sciences major. Though she dedicates most of her time to the geology lab and art studios, she always finds time to get outdoors. Both her academic and artistic interests are rooted in a love for the natural world and interest in environmental justice. She serves on Tufts' Sustainability Council's working group for Energy and Emissions and works in the Earth and Ocean Sciences department and Tisch Library.

Maia Tarnas (’19)

Meeting Coordinator

Maia is a junior who hails from the Island of Hawaii and studies Community Health, Middle Eastern Studies, and Arabic. She is passionate about exploring the spaces in which these overlap, specifically with regards to epidemiological research and infectious disease control within vulnerable populations and in zones of crisis. She is grateful for the Synaptic Scholar community for being a constant source of support, discussion, and genuine connection in her life. 

Amy Tong (’21)

Social Media Coordinator

Amy is a sophomore and serves as the Social Media Coordinator of the Tufts chapter of Amnesty International. She plans on majoring in International Relations and History, and minoring in Economics. She attended high school in Washington, D.C., and spent her formative years in China, the U.S., and South Africa. Differing experiences across these countries sparked her interest in human rights advocacy and social justice, particularly in women’s rights and in access to education, and solidified her dedication to give back to the international community. She looks forward to becoming more involved with Amnesty this year and to taking a more proactive stance in tackling global issues.

Katja Torres (’12)


Katja Torres is a senior at Tufts University majoring in Sociology and minoring in Philosophy.  Hailing from the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, she is a self-proclaimed human rights activist with a wide array of interests. She is passionate about film, photography, graphic design, and singer-songwriting, all of which she pursues with the ultimate goal of creating a more peaceful and just society.

Sara Torres (’20)

Program Director

Sara Torres, or as most people call her, Sarita, is a Junior double majoring in Economics and International Relations with a concentration in Development Economics. For Sarita, home is Latin America, particularly Colombia and Dominican Republic. In addition to her involvement with NIMEP, she is co-director of Latin American Committee (LAC) and Students Engaged in Resolution and Awareness at Tufts (SERAT), Peer Leader for the LatinX Center, Event Planning chair for Women Entrepreneurs at Tufts (WE@T), I-Club Campus Relations Executive Board member, Growth and Strategy Chair for One for the World (OFTW) and works as a barista at the Rez Cafe. During her Sophomore summer, she partook in the Summer Scholars program through which she researched about the changes in attitude among the Arab region’s working class toward democracy and democratization before and after the Arab Spring. Sarita is very interested in the Middle Eastern and North African regions not only because of her research but also due to her interest in the region’s history and lively culture fascinating, especially as it shares some parallels with Latin America. Sarita loves learning about world history in addition to the political economy and culture of different regions. In her free time, she enjoys exploring events in the Boston area and going out for runs while listening to trance music or reggaetón.

Claire Trilling (’19)

Claire Trilling is a senior double majoring in International Relations and Anthropology. She is interested in pursuing a career in conflict resolution and has been a board member and co-chair of Tufts’ J Street U chapter and a fellow with the Tufts Visions of Peace initiative. She is passionate about the Middle East and spent her junior spring studying Arabic with Middlebury’s School in Jordan and traveling in the region. This past summer, she worked at the Middle East Institute as a Publications intern. Beyond her academic interests, she is also a member of Tufts’ varsity field hockey team.

As an Oslo Scholar in 2018, she interned remotely with Jamila Raqib and her organization, the Albert Einstein Institution, which specializes in the study and application of nonviolent resistance in conflicts. As a part of her work, she researched nonviolent current events around the world, assisted Jamila with speech-writing, and prepared briefings for upcoming events. Claire also attended the Oslo Freedom Forum in Oslo, Norway.

Visnavy Vickneswaran (’20)

Hometown: Medford, MA.
Bio: This is Visnavy’s second year in BUILD, and currently, she is part of the core leadership. She was a member of the Summer 2017 Trip Team. She is looking forward to the upcoming year and is looking forward to working with a new NGO from scratch.

Allie Wainer (’16)

Social Media Editor

Allie Wainer was immediately drawn to the Discourse magazine upon hearing about it. As an active member of Amnesty International, Allie is very interested in human rights abuses and how they play out in international affairs. Allie is the Social Media Maven of Discourse and hopes to spread the world to as many people as possible about our publication. She’s excited to get a Facebook page and Twitter account going for the journal in the upcoming year.

Jessie Wang (’14)


Jessie Wang is from Austin, Texas double majoring in International Relations and Community Health with a minor in Chinese. In her junior year Jessie studied abroad at the University of Ghana and the University of Hong Kong. After coming back, as a culmination of her academic background and work experience Jessie is co-directing the China-US Symposium. Post-graduation she hopes to do a Fulbright in Hong Kong studying site-specific art or continuing on to law school. While academic pursuits are a worthy cause, Jessie would ideally divide her time ice climbing in Patagonia or soloing in Krabi.

Ben Yunmo Wang (’14)

Panel Leader

Ben Yunmo Wang is a senior from Toronto, Canada majoring in International Relations and Political Science. An aspiring young professional, he has worked as a research intern for organizations including the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and the Stimson Center. Currently, he is writing a senior honors thesis examining the relationship between China's peacekeeper contributions and economic interests in Africa. Ben is a fan of Tottenham Hotspur, and he looks forward to traveling the world, particularly Africa, after graduation.

The panel "China and the US in Africa" will examine the political, economic, and cultural dimensions of China's growing presence in Africa, and attempt to triangulate evolving national interests in the Africa-China-US relationship.

Kristin Wright (’14)

Operations Co-director

Kristin Wright is a February 2014 graduate from Austin, Texas with a degree in Biology. She participated on the Varsity Women’s Soccer team at Tufts as a goalkeeper for four years, and was selected as a member of the 2013 NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team. Though nominally interested in the life sciences, Kristin also enjoys studying international relations and history, sparking her participation in the China-US Symposium. She hopes to find employment that can bring together a wide variety of these passions. In her spare time, Kristin loves to paint, play with animals and quote bad movies.  


Hongye Wu (’16)

Content Editor

Hongye Wu is a freshman from Guangzhou China, still wondering about what her major will be. She joins Discourse this year as a content editor. She finds Discourse appealing because she loves the concept of exchanging ideas of the journal, and she believes Discourse would be a great platform for two subjects she loves the most :philosophy and arts. She is thrilled to work with other members in the group and can't wait to receive submissions of brilliant thoughts from Tufts.

Yoojin Yoon (’19)

Media Coordinator

YooJin Yoon is a member of the Class of 2019, pursuing a double major in Biology and Community Health. She is fascinated by science and hopes to help many people through exploring her passions in biology and public health. She was born in Incheon, South Korea and currently resides in Rocky Hill, Connecticut. Some of YooJin’s other passions include art, ceramics, badminton, tennis, humanitarian works, and exploring foreign cultures. She is excited to discover new possibilities through her experiences in Synaptic Scholars, while teaching others of her own passions.

Yicheng “Jerry” Zhang (’21)

Logistics Director

Yicheng “Jerry” Zhang is a rising sophomore from Shanghai, China. He is considering majoring in International Relations and History. Apart from SURGE, he is also involved in ALLIES. He enjoys traveling, studying cross-cultural interaction, and making miniatures.