Carly Nelson

Dis/ability Justice

2016

Carly Nelson was a student at Kent State University pursuing a major in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology, minors in Psychology and Nonprofit Studies, and a certificate in Disability Studies. Throughout the past two years, she has worked with her campus chapter of United Students Against Sweatshops to organize in solidarity with local and international workers. She is passionate about libraries and was on the library board of trustees for her hometown. She is excited to see what role YP4 will play in cultivating her social justice passions, particularly in the area of disability rights.

Carolina Sosa

N/A

2016

Carolina Sosa is originally from Centreville, Virginia. Carolina is proud of her Colombian and Ecuadorian heritage. Her commitment to social change started in high school, where she started her own mentoring program for low-income students. She is recognized as a Girl Scout Gold Award Winner, Youth Service America Everyday Young Hero, ANNpower Fellow, Centreville Citizen of the Year, and the 2015 PTA Youth Advocate. Attending the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, she was a tour guide, an elementary school tutor, and was involved with the school paper. Carolina enjoys mentoring youth, advocating for social justice, traveling, and learning languages.

Chrystal Koech

N/A

2016

Chrystal Koech is a filmmaker and writer based in Boston, MA where she worked on a short documentary about the domestic workers’ rights movement. She graduated from Tufts University in 2015 with a BA in American Studies, with coursework in education, film and gender studies. She got her start in multimedia and film through Tufts University’s Program for Narrative and Documentary Practice, during which she produced three short-form multimedia projects.

Colleen Fonseca

Community Safety, Police Brutality, and Prison Abolition

2016

Colleen Fonseca has worked as a Public Information Officer for the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department in the Division of External and Community Affairs. In this position, she developed and implemented media, communications, and public relations strategies to advance initiatives and policies to deter youth crime and expand advocacy for re-entry programming. Impassioned to break down structural inequalities that often lead to criminal activity, Colleen has served as a Mayoral Fellow for the previous Mayor of Providence, at the Rhode Island Statehouse as a Senate Policy Intern, Massachusetts Statehouse, Rhode Island Office of the Child Advocate working on the issue of domestic minor sex trafficking and much more. In addition, Colleen was the youngest woman to serve in the Action for Boston Community Development: Mattapan Advisory Board. She also served as the Public Policy Director for Equality for HER, a women’s empowerment organization that seeks to create an intersectional feminist space. A graduate of St. John’s University and Bostonian Colleen hopes to continue to work within her own community to uplift the quality of life for all citizens.

Corey Dutton

Native/Indigenous In Empowerment, Cultural Preservation, & Tribal Sovereignty

2016

Corey Dutton is a first-generation college student at the University of Louisville, where she studied History and Criminal Justice with a minor in French. She has been involved with her school’s Honor’s Student Council where she has worked to increase diversity and inclusion on Louisville’s campus as well as raise awareness about social justice issues on campus and around Louisville. She worked with Kentucky Refugee Ministries as a Rise-Up mentor where she helped young refugees find a path to college. As well as being very passionate about refugee issues and America’s role in global relations, Corey found her biggest passion in issues facing the Native American communities of the United States. She hopes to shape policy affecting the criminal justice system on reservations as well as advocate for Native American education across the country.

Cyndi Bergloff

Dis/ability Justice, Education Justice, Native/Indigenous In Empowerment, Cultural Preservation, & Tribal Sovereignty

2016

Cyndi Bergloff studied linguistics at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. Her focus was on literacy in underserved communities, such as the Native/ Indigenous American community. Her educational journey was not easy growing up as a person living in two cultures and much of her primary and secondary education was spent moving between homes and schools. After transferring between three schools in higher education, she found herself at home at University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. After introspection, Cyndi found that her success and grades were because of the American Indian Student Services at UWM. The advisors were not only catering to her needs as a student, but to her needs as a Native American person. After finding that her college education was not challenging her in the ways she needed it to, Cyndi decided to take two gap years away from college to do service within the community through AmeriCorps. Cyndi spent the school year in 2014-2015 serving with City Year Seattle, and school year 2015-2016 with Playworks Wisconsin. Through her two years of service and her experiences from higher education, Cyndi learned about the importance of educating and serving the whole person. Her passions lie in social-emotional learning, literacy, and equity in the educational systems and one day hopes to create a support and mentorship system for students within her communities.

Daisy Munoz

Racial Justice

2016

Daisy Muñoz is a Mexican-American, and first-generation student who attended the University of Oklahoma majoring in intercultural communication and minoring in social justice. She is a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and researched community building in Oklahoma City, was an executive member for the Mosaic Social Justice Symposium, and served as Sisterhood Enhancement Chair for Sigma Lambda Gamma Inc., Xi Beta chapter. She is very passionate about serving the south side community in Oklahoma City. She hopes to uphold education as a tool to break the barriers and challenges that prevent children, adolescents, and adults from obtaining an education. She has also participated in a campaign for Aspiring Americans, an organization that strives to raise awareness and funds for undocumented students who pursue higher education. She hopes to serve as a voice for the people in her community who are silenced.

Denea Joseph

Immigration

2016

Denea Joseph was a student of African-American Studies and Public Affairs Minor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Denea was born in Belize, Central America and immigrated to the United States at the age of seven years old. Denea aspires to be an attorney, seeking to advocate on behalf of the rights of those who have been largely marginalized and oppressed. At UCLA, Denea has been active in the Undergraduate Student Association (USAC) where she’s been a Presidential Intern and a staff member in the External Vice President’s office. Denea is a large proponent of educational equity and believes that education has the ability to bridge the disparities that continue to persist in the world. As a result, Denea has worked on campaigns such as Fund the UC, IGNITE (Invest in Graduation Not Incarceration, Transform Education), and Prop 13 reform to address issues of affordability and accessibility in higher education. Denea has taken her activism outside the UCLA campus by attending conferences such as the Student of Color Conference (SOCC), Student Lobby Conference (SLC), National Grassroots Legislative Conference (LegCon), and the “May Lobby” conference where she’s lobbied elected officials and met with UC Regents to voice the needs of students.”

Elanie Paredes

Reproductive Rights, Health, and Justice

2016

Elanie Paredes was a student at Barnard College where she majored in political science. She was part of the Young Women’s Initiative (Shewillbe), sponsored by the New York City Council, and was the Director of Operations for One Girl, a women’s empowerment nonprofit. In 2014, Elanie was chosen as an ANNpower Fellow by Ann Taylor and Vital Voices and was granted $2,500 to start her own community project, Ignited Voices. Elanie is passionate about uplifting the voices of young women of color in her community.

Eli Johnson

Trans* and Queer Liberation

2016

Eli Johnson holds a Masters in Social Work, with a specialization in policy analysis and community organizing. They are a graduate of Bowling Green State University’s social work program and a former president of the LGBTQ+student organization on BGSU’s campus. Eli has worked with LGBTQ+ folks for over served five years. They are passionate about working with marginalized communities and doing social justice work, specifically uplifting Trans, and gender non-conforming youth. Eli was also an organizer with The Ohio Student Association, working at a statewide level around social and civil issues. They also finished an LGBTQ+ resource guide for OSU students and surrounding Columbus citizens.