Emma Barnett

N/A

2016

Emma is originally from south-central Kansas and entered her year at Kansas State University as a Fellow. There she pursued a degree in Political Science and International Studies with minors in Women’s Studies and Nonprofit Leadership Studies. While at K-State, Emma advocated for social justice through numerous progressive student organizations. As a Student Senator, she frequently met with state legislators and lobbied for comprehensive sex education, reproductive health care, gun control on college campuses, inclusive state bathroom policies and much more. Emma also worked in the Center for Advocacy, Response, and Education at K-State. This office provided advocacy to students who have experienced sexual violence. Through her work in the CARE Office and as a 4 term Student Senator, Emma worked to make sure K-State followed Title IX and supported survivors of sexual assault in every capacity. Emma is a proud member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority and was a member of Blue Key Honorary. When Emma isn’t hosting a rally or lobbying at the state capitol, she enjoys watching documentaries and cooking vegetarian meals. Emma Barnett also interned during summer 2016 with Young People For and supported the development of the Gender & Sexuality Justice Curriculum.

Eunice Gonzalez-Sierra

Education Justice, Immigration, Racial Justice

2016

Eunice Gonzalez-Sierra is a Mexican-American Oaxaqueña who first arrived to the United States in the belly of her immigrant mother. She was born and raised in the Central Coast in Santa Maria, CA where her parents immigrated to and dedicated their lives to picking one of the sweetest fruits in the world, strawberries. She is passionate about social justice, immigrant rights, and educational equity. With a Bachelor’s degree in Chicana/o Studies from UCLA, Eunice hopes to use her own intersecting identities to advocate for educational access and equity and a plethora of social justice issues, she served as a College Site Coordinator for UCSB’S Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) where she worked with young students to ensure they found the tenacity and drive to excel within their educational trajectory, despite many economic and institutional barriers. In the future, Eunice plans to go back to school and earn a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership with the hopes of becoming an educational policymaker and/or a principal in one of her local middle schools. Whether it’d be making a difference nationwide or locally, Eunice plans to advocate for educational access and equity for students across the board. On her spare time, Eunice enjoys writing poetry, playing tennis and reading.

Farhan Ahmad

Campus: University of Texas at San Antonio- San Antonio, Texas Fellowship Class Year: 2016

2016

Farhan Ahmad was a joint B.S. /M.D. candidate at The University of Texas at San Antonio with interests in public health, policy, and neuroethics. He was the co-founder of VideoMed, a project dedicated to providing free mental health care to the homeless, which is featured on Xconomy, Fox, and NPR affiliates. Farhan has also led his work on Alzheimer’s disease at the United Nations General Assembly and collaborated with NGOs to develop student-led global health projects in Peru.

Farhan Mithani

Health Equity

2016

Farhan Mithani is a trained community organizer and activist for the Los Angeles and Houston communities. He graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Economics and B.S. in Biology. Farhan co-founded “All of Us”, a nationally recognized mental health campaign geared towards advocating for mental health reform on college campuses. Farhan was also a board member of the Mixed Student Union, a cultural organization on the UCLA campus and a board member for Interaxon, a nonprofit, neuroscience outreach organization. Farhan was awarded the Chancellor’s Service Award and the Mongelli Award for Excellence due to his commitment to civic engagement and service within the Los Angeles community. Farhan hopes to tackle systemic, social issues within the healthcare industry in order to ensure accessibility, affordability, and equal treatment for all. In his spare time, Farhan enjoys playing tennis, learning languages, and volunteering at community health clinics.

Fatima Abdullah

N/A

2016

Fatima Abdullah was a student at North Carolina State University, where she pursued a double major in Art Studies and International Studies. Fatima hopes to use her opportunities towards building dialogue through art working to bring about social change. Growing up in a culturally diverse country- the United Arab Emirates – along with being half Latina and Arab herself, encouraged an appreciation of cultural diversity, while her mother’s status as a widow opened her eyes to the unique struggles lower-income women face as breadwinners in a male dominated world. All of these factors have incentivized her to find ways to address the gender and income-based disparities in my community.

Fredy Ramirez

Immigration

2016

Fredy Ramirez is a first-generation college student from Bell Gardens, California. A son to undocumented immigrant parents from Central America, Fredy was front and center as he witnessed the struggles his parents faced here in the United States and pledged at a young age to develop himself so that he may help those like his parents in a greater capacity. In an effort to reinforce his strengths, he majored in Communications with a minor in Pre-Law at Long Beach City College. Understanding how crucial diversity and leadership skills are in our society, Fredy took part in the National Teen Leadership Program (NTLP) from 2013-2014 and returned in 2015 as a volunteer staff member. He volunteered as a staff member for NTLP and sat on the organization’s Advisory Board, was part of his college’s John Fylpaa Leadership Institute, and a part of the YP4 Fellowship Cohort. Through his devotion to his parents, his studies, and his self-development, Fredy hopes to become a licensed attorney to guide undocumented immigrants through the complicated justice system that both granted his Salvadorian mother U.S citizenship and deported his father back to Guatemala years ago.

Gianna Judkins

Education Justice

2016

Gianna Judkins was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and attended Howard University where she majored in Legal Communication. Gianna’s future plans upon graduating are to attend Law School to pursue a Juris Doctorate while also pursuing a Master’s in Education Policy. Her ultimate career goal is to be a game-changing political maverick who will one day serve this nation as a White House Advisor. Lastly, Gianna believes in the power of young people and in being the change that you seek. She centers her life around a quote given by First Lady Michelle Obama during the First Lady’s Bowie State University commencement address, “Be an example of excellence for the next generation and do everything you can to help them understand the power and purpose of a good education.” The First Lady’s example of excellence was one that Gianna hopes to achieve while also making a substantial, impactful and lasting change in her community. Gianna carries the Howard University motto of “Truth and Service” wherever she goes and looks forward to upholding those values as a 2016-2017 YP4 Fellow.

Gustavo Figueroa

Racial Justice

2016

Gustavo Figueroa studied at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. His focus of study involved a double major in Biology and Environmental Studies. He was involved in social justice work and movements at Lawrence University including co-founding Alainza, which was a Latin@ organization aimed to provide support and community for leadership Latin@ students, and he was involved with the Lawrence Enhancing Diversity in the Sciences (L.E.D.S.), where he helped direct a workshop on ally ship and intersectionality. Figueroa is also interested in exploring environmental justice and the connections it has with global politics, as well as promoting more ethnic inclusion in the science classes.

Iris Stegman

N

2016

Iris Stegman is a native of Oakland, California. Iris proudly wears the title “Social Justice Warrior”. Though initially a mechanical engineering major, her summers spent canvassing for the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and the ACLU-inspired her to pursue a career in the social sector. Iris was a student at Carnegie Mellon University double majoring in Decision Science and Policy and Management. Her top priorities included dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline and mitigating the negative effects urban revitalization has on poor communities of color. She has been highly involved in her school’s chapter of College Democrats and was determined to cure the political apathy that existed within Carnegie Mellon’s tech-focused student body. Upon graduation, Iris hopes to work at a non-profit or a political consulting firm. With her Decision Science degree, she hopes to prove that big data and data analytics can and will improve the judgment and decision making within the social sector.

Ismael Gomez

Education Justice

2016

Ismael Gomez is a first generation college student who strives to be the first in his family to earn a Bachelor’s degree and a Ph.D. His motivation for accomplishing his academic goals is fueled by the hope that his successes would inspire Hispanic youths to pursue post-secondary education. Ismael demonstrates his passion for empowering the Hispanic community by working for the Nash-Rocky Mount Schools Migrant Education Program. Through this program, Ismael has had the opportunity to tutor students who move from state to state due to their parent’s migratory agricultural work. These students often do not perform well in school due to the varying academic standards across the U.S and the abrupt interruption of their academic year. Ismael has worked to narrow the gap in the education of these children by tutoring them in the subjects they struggle with the most. IsIsmael has served the Hispanic community by being a mentor and encouraging Hispanic youths to pursue post-secondary education in order to strengthen the Hispanic community. Ismael served as the president of the Math and Science Club as well as a student ambassador at Nash Community College and was the former vice president of the Collegiate Academy of the North Carolina Academy of Sciences. These experiences have refined Ismael’s leadership skills, which he has put to use when he worked with migrant youths. Ismael has pursued a career in Biological research and is hopeful that he will be able to serve as an example for other Hispanic youths to follow. Scholarships from NASA and grants funded from North Carolina State University served as evidence that Ismael is a serious and motivated student.