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David Curtiss

David is a junior in the Communications, Law, Economics, and Government (CLEG) program in the School of Public Affairs. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. David currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Building Hope Project, an international student sponsorship that serves underprivileged children in Uganda. Along with David's given interest in international development, David's passions also include restorative justice policy and international prison and policing reform. After graduating from law school, David hopes to start a fulfilling career in poverty reduction and criminal justice reform.

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Diego Aleman

Diego Aleman is a junior majoring in Sociology with a minor in Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences. Shaped by his life experiences in both Salt Lake City, Utah and South Texas, his passion lies in studying the experiences of Latino high school and college students, with a focus on the institutionalized racism they face in those educational settings. After graduation, he plans to continue his academic career to obtain his Ph.D and work as a professor, studying these same issues.

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Eric "EJ" Vignola

Eric Vignola is a senior double majoring in Sociology and Computer Science. He is from Sicklerville, New Jersey. Eric is head teacher in FotoSynthesis where he helps teach elementary and middle school students about culture through social media and technology. Eric also cares about education inequality. In the future, he hopes to combine the technical skills of computer science with the lens of Sociology in order to develop social impact video games. These video games would try and address the issues of education inequality as well as foster a greater interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics among the youth.

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Isobel Araujo

Isobel Araujo is a junior majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Communications, and she intends to pursue a graduate degree in urban planning. Throughout her professional career, she hopes to push for sustainable urban policies that prioritize creative community engagement, aiming to mitigate climate change and foster social justice in our rapidly urbanizing world. Originally from Chicago, she wants to one day live abroad in a Latin American city before returning home and serving her community as an urban planner.

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Jessica Rothman

Jessica Rothman is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in public health and statistics. She grew up in Voorhees, New Jersey, outside of Philadelphia. Jessica serves as the Director of Operations for Fotosynthesis. In the future, she plans to pursue an MPH, and have a career in the fields of epidemiology and biostatistics.

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Mehvish Jamal

Mehvish Jamal is a senior from Stony Brook, New York studying Economics with a minor in International Relations. She is passionate about using the power of entrepreneurship and innovation to address social and environmental injustices. Mehvish has had the opportunity to gain experience in the social innovation field through her work with the Case Foundation and MISFIT Juicery, and her participation in the Creative Minds Social Entrepreneurship Hackathon and the University College Dublin's Innovation Academy. Mehvish looks forward to re-launching the American University Social Enterprise Association (SEA) and co-leading an Alternative Break program focused on Race, Gender and Health Beyond Borders during her final undergraduate year before going on to continue her work with social enteprises.

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Nathnael Bulcho

Nathnael Bulcho is a senior in the Kogod School of Business. Nathnael’s family is originally from Ethiopia; he was born in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. and raised in Damascus, Maryland. He is majoring in Business Administration with a dual concentration in Finance and International Business. Nathnael has gained wide internship experiences, having worked in the KPMG London office with Lord Michael Hastings, as well as interning with General Electric’s Financial Management Program (FMP) in Atlanta, Georgia this past summer. He is passionate about corporate citizenship and finding ways to utilize public-private partnerships to better serve under-privileged and under-resourced communities. He hopes to parlay these experiences into a full-time position where he can work to utilize the power of business to promote social good.

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Shyheim Snead

Shyheim Snead is a Junior studying Political Science and Education, with a concentration in policy and a certificate in Community-Based Research. Originally from Bridgeport, CT, Shyheim’s upbringing has led to an irrepressible spirit to holistically improve communities, support the most underperforming schools, and disrupt the impacts of intergenerational poverty. Shyheim is passionate about how institutions can best support the communities they serve, and has reflected this through his work as the Student Trustee, and through his experiences at the Mayor’s Office and DC Public Schools. His ultimate goals are the pursuit of graduate degrees in law and policy, and leading a life and career dedicated to public service.

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Winter Brooks

Winter Brooks is a junior from Detroit, MI in the Kogod School of Business majoring in business administration with concentrations in marketing and information systems/technology. During her time at AU, she has developed a passion for finding solutions to social issues, specifically economic disparities and educational inequality,using innovative technology.Winter is interested in pursing a career in the technology industry after graduation. On campus, Winter is a peer consultant in the Kogod Center for Business Communications, a Marketing teaching assistant, and a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. In the future,Winter hopes to use her interests in marketing and technology to pursue a career where she can empower people of color to start their own businesses.

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Sarah Everett

Sarah Everett is a sophomore student from Dripping Springs, Texas. They are double-majoring in Political Science and American Studies with a minor in Literature. Looking to the future, Sarah hopes to build a career that allows them to function as a conversation piece between non-profit advocacy groups and public officials, working to produce public policy that empowers LGBTQ+ citizens and expands civil rights.

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Sophia Vos

Sophia Celeste Vos is a sophomore in the School of International Service, with a minor in the Kogod School of Business. She is also pursuing a certificate in Community Based Research. Sophia was raised between Boston, MA and Central Mexico, which lead her to develop international interests in Human Rights and Latin America, especially related to migrants and refugees. Sophia is interested in using entrepreneurship and non-profit work to create social change to empower women and children. Sophia hopes to combine her domestic and international interests of meaningful inclusion of marginalized an disenfranchised populations into a career focusing on advocacy and social entrepreneurship.

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Hana Manadath

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Hana Manadath is a first year student in the Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars Program from Cary, North Carolina. She intends to major in Public Health. Hana's upbringing as a daughter of first generation immigrants from India galvanized her interest in refugee and migrant rights. Having traveled to India and Greece for service, Hana has a deep interest in developing impactful solutions for the poverty and discrimination marginalized communities face. In the future, Hana hopes to turn her passions into a career focused on mitigating healthcare disparities present in refugee and migrant communities.

Shaan Chilukuri

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Shaan Chilukuri is a sophomore double-majoring in Political Science and History and minoring in Economics. He grew up in Menlo Park, California in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is passionate about combining his fields of study and using historical analysis to bridge the gap between politics and policymaking and economic literacy. Most recently, he interned at the U.S. Department of Commerce in the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

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