Racial Justice

Tina was a student studying Political Science at New York University. She has worked with a variety of non-profit organizations over the years such as Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV and AIDS (APICHA), the Chinese-American Planning Council, the Summer Leadership Initiative through the Chinatown Youth Initiatives, and much more. Tina is dedicated to building community, providing service to the underprivileged, and creating a program of leadership amongst the youth. She is committed to civil service and aspires to be a pro-bono lawyer in the future.


:Reproductive Rights, Health, and Justice

Zuhdiah is a founding member of the George Mason Chapter of United2Heal, a humanitarian non-profit which raises money to send excess medical supplies to countries in need. She was an active volunteer with Mason Life, a post-secondary program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and assisted the students of the program with class work and residential life activities. As a part of the Arab Student Association and a member of the Dabke team, a traditional Mediterranean folk dance, it seems that the common denominator between all Zuhdiah’s projects was connectivity between people from all different walks of life with the goal of decreasing discrimination and hate, whether it was due to differences in culture, disability, or need.


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Trinidad is the founder of Las Nietas de CuauhtŽmoc, an organization at the University of New Mexico. Dedicated to embracing and empowering Chicana feminist voices through learning and creating self-publications, Trinidad’s primary involvement in the university and community was to promote higher education to students who lacked support or the proper resources to attend higher education. She was involved in New Mexico Movimiento Estudiantil de Aztlan, Mexican Student Association, and volunteered at the National Impact conference. She also exhibited her leadership in her community by advocating for immigrants’ rights. Through her involvement in New Mexico Dreamers in Action in Albuquerque and in her hometown in California with the San Gabriel Valley Immigrant Youth Coalition (SGVIYC) and United without Boundaries (UWB). Trinidad helped organize to stop the deportation of two activist students who were located in the Georgia deportation center.


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Tyler worked with organizations to address the complex and challenging problems of education reform in the Richmond, Virginia area. Her experiences with the flawed education system have shaped the urgency she feels around education reform and motivates a desire in her to improve education holistically in the United States.


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Uma has attended Oberlin College where she worked at Oberlin’s Sexual Information Center (SIC). The SIC provides low-cost safer-sex supplies, workshops, sexual education classes, and confidential peer counseling to members of the Oberlin community. Uma taught Spanish to elementary school students and was focused on learning pedagogical techniques that promote student choice and output. She is interested in work to combine these two interests within a framework that acknowledges how dynamics of race, class, and gender can manifest within classroom spaces.


Voting Rights & Voter Engagement

Verone Bernard was a political science major and economics minor at Howard University by way of Boston, MA. She was a 2013 YP4 Fellow and an intern with the YP4 Fellowship Program from September 2013-April 2014. As a Fellow, she worked to improve dialogue at Howard University around women’s rights and reproductive health, civic engagement opportunities, and other progressive causes. Supporting YP4’s collaborative projects, she organized Howard’s campaign on Money in Elections. Her Blueprint sought to serve as a resource to individuals who needed a refresher regarding their civic rights. From reproductive justice to voter identification laws, to laws that deal with law enforcement, Verone hopes to provide creative programming and a mobile application that gives a state-by-state analysis of the law, provide resources for counsel, and connect users with ways to report individuals when their rights were violated.


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A student at Florida State University that majored in psychology and political science, Yakiara Gonzalez is working towards becoming an activist for world peace. She was a member of the Dream Defenders Chapter at FSU, an organization committed to promoting social change by training and organizing the youth and students. She has worked as an Upward Bound counselor working with 41 high school students ranging from 9th to 12th grade. In the fall and spring of 2012, she volunteered at a day care center with the Jumpstart Program working with children on various skills such as literacy, vocabulary and phonemic awareness, to promote educational success for their futures. She continues to support those who believe in social justice, equality, and the empowerment of others. She is honored to have been awarded this opportunity to be surrounded by others who are devoted to making the world a better place.


Reproductive Rights, Health, and Justice

Sydney was a student at Arizona State University. She was a Social Work major and is passionate about assisting those in poverty, improving self-esteem in the at-risk youth of Arizona, and helping defeat world hunger. Sydney was involved in Collegetown@ASU, a club dedicated to promoting social justice, cultural diversity and developing leaders.