Team Leaders 2018-2019

Trisha Agarwal                                                                                                                All of us are Related | Native American Communities and Rights 

Major: Computer Science and Mathematics

Favorite Food: Roti and Daal

What does your social issue meant to you?                                                                Since my country, India, was colonized for 200 years, I understand some of the pain that natives face and want to help with it.

 

 

Adriana Pero                                                                                                                    All of us are Related  | Native American Communities and Rights

Major: Neuroscience

Favorite Food: Rice noodles

What does your social issue meant to you?                                                             Native American rights are often over looked. Years of distrust and trauma have left their mark on many communities in the form of social issues. Pine Ridge Reservation is one of the most impoverished areas in the United States. The suicide and alcoholism rates in Pine Ridge are much higher than the national average. When we are at Pine Ridge, we work on whatever project they need us to work on from chopping fire wood to building a house to creating a garden. However, a large part of the service that we do is building relationships with the people on the reservation. The relationships we build help mend the emotional trauma from years of mistreatment. I am glad to work on this issue because it is an often over looked issue and we can help in many ways.

 

 

Maria Ahmed                                                                                                   
 Hope in Humanity  | The Refugee Experience in America

Major: International Affairs and Anthropology and Sociology

Favorite Food: Pasta

What does your social issue meant to you? 
The world is experiencing the highest number of displacement ever recorded in history. It is important to me to continue to educate myself about this global crisis. I hope to learn more ways to advocate and help refugees and displaced people in our communities.

 

Olivia Grigaux                                                                                                                  Hope in Humanity  | The Refugee Experience in America

Major: Neuroscience and WGS

Favorite Food: I love tomatoes. That is a very unpopular opinion.

What does your social issue meant to you? 
The refugee crisis in America is something that I haven’t studied greatly in the past–I am using this opportunity to go on this trip to learn more about just what is going on in America. Further, I have a lot of friends who are in Refugee Action at school and I have seen the work that they have done locally in Easton. I hope that through this trip we can bring a larger community in touch with local issues regarding refugees in Easton!

 

 

Blossom Jiang                                                                                                               Team Si, Se Puede | Destigmatizing the Elderly and the ill

Major: Biology

Favorite Food: ASIAN NOODLE SOUPS

What does your social issue meant to you? 
Understanding that not everyone has the same path in life and sometimes mistakes are made or we are dealt the wrong hand. But that shouldn’t take away from our ability to live or function in our day to day.

 

Danielle Bellefeuille                                                                                                        Foundations for the Future | Homelessness and Housing Conditions

Major: Psychology

Favorite Food: Pasta

What does your social issue meant to you? 
My social issue means to me creating homes for people to live in who have difficult circumstances that inhibit them from having access to this basic necessity.
 
 
 

Rachel Broder                                                                                                          Knowing the New Jim Crow | Mass Incarceration

Major: Biology

Favorite Food: Sushi

What does your social issue meant to you? 
The US criminal justice system is defined by institutionalized racism and unfair targeting and sentencing. Instead of focusing on rehabilitation, our system sets incarcerated individuals up for failure, resulting in high rates of recidivism, often in the name of profit. Too many people are unaware or choose to be unaware of the flaws in our system so it is very important to me to raise awareness about this issue through education in addition to working with populations affected by this system in order to help fight the cycle of incarceration.
 
 

 

Abigail Williams                                                                                                       Knowing the New Jim Crow | Mass Incarceration

Major: Psychology

Favorite Food: Sushi

What does your social issue meant to you? 
The reason I went to school for psychology was to be able to make a difference for the vulnerable people who need it the most, namely people who are currently or have been incarcerated or have been affected by the police state or cycle of incarceration in some way. I believe that America has lost sight of “rehabilitation” in prisons and has ended up with a punitive model which, if and when prisoners are released, leaves them with no skills or resources for the outside world and results in them ending up back in prison. We are leading a trip focusing on mass incarceration because not only do we want to educate ourselves and other privileged college students on the effects of the cycle of incarceration and the struggles of populations which we have never been exposed to previously, but we want to take part in disrupting the cycle to decrease recidivism rates and promote education and rehabilitation. I truly believe that those affected by the criminal justice system in America are some of the most stigmatized and overlooked, and they most of all deserve our support and intervention to fill in the gaps where the system that is supposed to rehabilitate them is lacking.
 
 
 
 

Ayleen Paola Correa Rodriguez                                                                                     The Present is Female | Empowering Women in Developing Countries through Education

Major: Economics & International Affairs

Favorite Food: Green bananas with stewed salami

What does your social issue meant to you? 
The world has yet to recognize all of the power that women have. As leaders, it is about time that we unite our voices to lift each other up, exercise our agency to imagine and create an equitable future, and challenge society’s expectations that restrict our opportunities for self-defined success. We owe it to ourselves.
 

Fanessa E. de la Rosa                                                                                                       The Present is Female | Empowering Women in Developing Countries through Education

Major: Engineering Studies and International Affairs

Favorite Food: Pastelitos

What does your social issue meant to you? 
My social issue means redefining the way the present and future looks.
 
 

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