Candace Milner

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Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Candace was a student majoring in Business Management, Leadership, and Innovation at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. An aspiring social entrepreneur, Candace is passionate about providing underrepresented and misrepresented communities of color with resources needed to overcome structural barriers. Candace has worked with various organizations on her campus to educate fellow students about disparities that oppress communities of color across the nation. She is an advocate for increasing diversity initiatives and requirements at her University. In her free time, Candace enjoys singing, playing cards and laughing with the people she loves most.

Candace Roane

Reproductive Rights, Health, and Justice

Candace Roane was a student at Bowling Green State University who studied communication with a focus on promotions and advertising. She was an executive board member of BGSU’s Feminist Organization Raising Consciousness and Empowerment and is passionate about raising awareness for social and reproductive rights. She was also the first student at BGSU to produce The Vagina Monologues, and she organized a community donation drive for the Cocoon Shelter, a local women’s shelter. Candace is a self-proclaimed bargain hunter, she enjoys thrift shopping, reading magazines, making art, and watching how-to videos on Youtube.

Cassandra Osei

Education Justice

Cassandra was born and raised in Kansas. She attended the University of Kansas and was a double major in history and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. She is interested in resource accessibility and helping others discover their true potential, especially young people. She also cares deeply for nachos.

Catherine Mitchell

Education Justice

Catherine Mitchell is passionate about educational equity, gender equality, and race and class justice. She studied international relations at Stanford. She was the co-president of Stanford Students for Education Reform, worked on awareness, advocacy, and activism work in local, state, and national education issues. Additionally, she is interested in supporting foster youth who have aged out of the system because of her personal background and experiences.

Caylyn Perry

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Caylyn Perry was a student at Vanderbilt University where she pursued a major in History and Political Science. After she worked as a fellow in the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Education, Caylyn found a love of urban planning and policy. She wrote a monthly column for the Vanderbilt Political Review in which she framed domestic issues within a local context. She also aided a professor in research on media ownership’s effect on partisan coverage and revolved her other extracurriculars around giving back to the greater Nashville community. Caylyn is a lover of hot yoga and Don Draper. She still waits for her letter to Hogwarts.

Celeste Tinajero

Education Justice

As a student at Truckee Meadows Community College, Celeste Tinajero first became keyed into environmental action when she joined the Eco Warriors club in 2011, during her student years at Reed High School. The club wanted to make a lasting impact on the school so they competed a couple of times to win grant money to make Reed High School more sustainable. They won first place ($12,000) to renovate their outdated and wasteful bathrooms then won second place the next year ($3,500) to purchase a Brita Hydration Station.

Christian Redbird

Reproductive Rights, Health, and Justice

Christian Redbird has worked to create safe spaces for women and their families to talk about issues in their community, ensuring that their stories and experiences were considered when important decisions were being made. Christian worked as the Campaign Organizer at Young Women United. Young Women United was a community organizing project by and for women of color in New Mexico. She worked closely with their teenage organizing circle and continues to build upon her role as a friend, mentor, and activist. She is a native New Mexican and Native American; her tribal heritage includes Cheyenne, Arapaho, and Kiowa.

Christin Thorpe

Education Justice

Christin Thorpe is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and was a student and liberal studies major with a concentration in community and social services at Hampton University. Christin worked heavily with the Hampton University Sociology Department in research and development of needs assessments of the Hampton Roads area. She has a passion for educational enrichment for disadvantaged youth. Christin worked tirelessly in creating and implementing programs that promoted a college culture among first-generation college students and economically disadvantaged youth. Christin plans to pursue a postgraduate degree in urban education policy and, subsequently, hopes to open a community center geared toward the educational enrichment of opportunity youth.

Claudio Barboza

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Claudio Barboza was a student at St. Olaf College. He majored in economics and political science with minors in Latin American and management studies. Originally from Venezuela, Claudio earned a scholarship to attend UWC-USA, where he became interested in social entrepreneurship, international development, and upward social mobility. In the past, he was involved with the Program for Reconstruction.

Cortney Sanders

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Cortney Sanders has demonstrated leadership, scholarship, and citizenship at The University of Texas at Austin. Cortney is a proud Houstonian who loves serving others and promoting academic excellence. While serving as a student representative for the Fisher v. Texas Supreme Court case, in which she filed an amicus brief on behalf of the Black Student Alliance, Cortney has shown her passion for equal opportunity at UT. In fall 2013, Cortney worked as a full-time intern for the U.S. House Committee on Education and Workforce, making that the highlight of her college career. Courtney has gone to Accra, Ghana for economic development service. After that, she plans to attend graduate school studying Public Policy. In between going abroad and graduate school Cortney is excited to design a social justice project focusing on community development and education policy.