Savannah Kumar is a junior in the University of Texas at Austin’s Plan II Honors program (an interdisciplinary program dedicated to the arts and sciences) and is studying Human Rights and Social Justice. Savannah serves on the Board of Directors of the Amala Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable, youth-focused peacebuilding. She also serves as vice-chair of the Board of Directors for Eastside Community Connection, a student-run non-profit that offers basic needs assistance and empowerment-centered education programs to low-income communities. Savannah recently studied abroad in Ghana where she pursued fieldwork and classroom learning on topics related to the cultural elements of health education and disease prevention. She collaborated with students at the University of Ghana–Legon to design a project addressing the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS. Savannah is a trained advocate in responding to sexual assault and domestic violence, has worked as a high school debate coach, and has political experience working as a legislative intern in the Texas House of Representatives. Academically, Savannah is interested in examining critical perspectives on human rights and development and exploring the role of human rights discourse in encouraging sustainable development.
Anne Mwendar is a recent graduate of the University of Washington with a B.A. in International Studies and minor in Political Science. She just finished a summer interning at the Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs as part of the State Department’s U.S. Foreign Service Internship Program; next summer she will be placed at a U.S. embassy. During her undergraduate career she studied international relations and law at Sciences Po Paris and volunteered extensively in Nairobi, Kenya. She has previously worked with the World Affairs Council of Seattle, East African Community Services, and the University of Washington Athletics Department where she tutored student-athletes in subjects like Kiswahili, Sociology, and Economics. She is fluent in French and Kiswahili, and is beginning to learn Arabic. Anne is passionate about foreign policy, poverty, and youth development and will be beginning graduate studies in fall of 2015.
Emily Gray Salada is a senior at the University of Texas at Austin studying international relations with a focus on conflict and peace studies. With an interest in the security implications of U.S. international policy, her experiences vary from the non-profit sector to mediation to government work. As part of the non-profit Nourish International, she participated on a sustainable development project team in Cameroon and through a study abroad program in Germany she studied the EU and took extensive field study trips into the Western Balkan states. With a resulting increased interest in conflict, she earned a certificate of mediation and facilitation and researched the idea of civilian power policy solutions in her senior capstone paper. During her last academic year, she worked with the City of Austin doing preliminary research for a new public engagement program and interned in the Office of the Governor’s Texas Military Preparedness Commission, examining and promoting the development of state military communities. In addition for the past two years Emily has been a Resident Assistant in Littlefield Residence Hall. Currently in Washington D.C. as part of the Bill Archer Fellowship, she is graduating in December 2014.