Student Leaders and Members

Meital Agagi (’22)

Co-Fundraising Chair

Meital Agagi is a sophomore studying biomedical engineering from Great Neck, NY. She has been on fundraising and the Nicaragua team since freshman year. Outside of EWB, Meital is in the boxing club and enjoys hanging out with her friends. She looks forward to the implementation of the project and raising lots of money through great events this year.


Haider Ali (’21)

Allies Treasurer

Major: Biology, History

Haider is a junior from New York majoring in Biology and History, with a concentration in the ancient Mediterranean world. He has been part of ALLIES since his freshmen year and helped plan the 2019 Field Exercise in Peace and Stability Operations. Currently, along with being Treasurer, he also serves as the co-director of the 2019 Civil-Military Relations Conference. While hoping to one day pursue a career in medicine, Haider is fascinated by the complexities of international relations and loves discussing all aspects of the topic.


Isra Ali (’22)

ALLIES Logistics Director

Major: Undecided

Isra is a sophomore from Dallas, TX who is considering majoring in Computer Science and International Relations, and hopes to work in cybersecurity one day. She became interested in global affairs after spending many summers abroad in South Asia and overhearing one too many post-chai political discussions that happen in every Desi living room. At Tufts she is involved in Tufts Taekwondo.


Kira Ambrose (’17)

Co-Founder and Co-President

Kira Ambrose is a sophomore majoring in quantitative economics. Her interest in women’s issues has grown tremendously since coming to Tufts through conversations with unique women on campus and interning with NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts. She participated in the 2012-13 EPIIC colloquium on Global Health and Security, where she first conceived X-Effect with her classmate, Jessica Muganza. Outside of X-Effect, Kira is an lead analyst with Tufts Financial Group's Real Estate Sector and enjoys creative writing and going on adventures with her friends.

Elebetel Aseefa (’22)

Vice President, Honduras

Elebetel is a sophomore from Ethiopia and the Vice President of Tufts International Development Honduras. She is studying History and Philosophy. Elebetel is passionate about establishing a global healthcare system that does not discriminate, disregard, or discount any patients, no matter the race, age, or gender.

Simon-Pierre Behr (’14)

Co-Chair of PPRI

Simon-Pierre Behr is a junior majoring in International Relations and minoring in Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies. Growing up in France, Simon-Pierre's education was influenced by the ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity. During his high school years he looked at micro finance and education as ways of empowering the poor and reducing inequalities. At Tufts, Simon-Pierre joined PPRI because he wanted to look at the paralyzing and damaging effects that corruption (in a broad sense) can have on economic and political systems, and on any efforts to reduce inequalities and injustices. Currently his research with PPRI is concerned with the effects of political and economic corruption on journalists in Turkey.

Arlen Belitsky (’22)


Arlen Belitsky is a sophomore at Tufts University from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, majoring in International Relations: International Security and minoring in Economics and Finance. His involvement in Amnesty International started in high school, where he helped start an Amnesty International club of which he eventually became President. Currently, he is the Treasurer for the Tufts University Amnesty International chapter. In addition to Amnesty International, Arlen is also involved in various Tufts political clubs and serves on the board of Tufts Stand-Up Comedy Collective.


Ray Bernoff (’18)

Ray Bernoff is a senior majoring in Film and Media Studies. He grew up in Arlington, Massachusetts and was homeschooled for eight years before attending Harvard Extension in lieu of high school. His interests include image-making in a variety of formats, storytelling from filmmaking to journalism to creative writing, disability and LGBT+ activism, cycling, forensics, and hair styling. At Tufts, he is a staff photographer, former photo-exec, and investigative journalist at the Tufts Daily newspaper, a member of the disability group formerly known as CAST, and is co-producing and DPing a variety of video projects with other FMS majors and TUTV members. Last summer he was a news producer at Arlington Community Media, Inc.

Atrey Bhargava (’21)


Atrey Bhargava is a member of the Class of 2021 and is from Lucknow, India. He is an International Relations and Economics double major, and is passionate about foreign affairs, international security and human rights. His formative years were spent in an all-boys boarding school which has instilled in him the idea of equality and the ability of each individual to scale any mountain if given the right context. At Tufts, he is involved with the South Asian Political Action Committee, 180 degrees consulting, CIVIC and Model UN. He was also a member of the 2017-18 EPIIC colloquium and symposium on the future of the liberal world order under the guidance of Professor Abiodun Williams.

Atrey is particularly interested in the realm of international security and developmental economics and plans to understand how to reconcile the two processes in any post-conflict society. In pursuance of this, he was a Tufts for Rwanda fellow in the summer of 2018 and has witnessed first-hand the reconciliation process undertaken by the Kagame Government after the 1994 Tutsi genocide. His primary interest lies in the Middle East and South Asia domain and he highly values the mentorship of Professor Jalal in the South Asia department. In his free time, Atrey loves to read, play squash and try different kinds of cuisines.

Saloni Bhojwani (’11)

Coeditor in Chief (2011)

Saloni Bhojwani graduated from Tufts in 2011, where she earned her B.A. in Economics and International Relations, with a focus on Economic Development. She grew up in Singapore and attended international schools there.  While at Tufts, she was heavily involved in IGL Activities: Saloni was Editor-in-Chief of Discourse from 2010-2011, participated in EPIIC in 2008-2009 and was a member of Exposure through which she attended the Exposure workshop in Ajmer, Rajasthan in summer, 2009. Saloni now works as a management consultant in Singapore, and she plans to transition into development consulting in the near future.  She is fluent in French with a working knowledge of Mandarin.

Tamar Brandes-Krug (’22)

Vice President

Tamar Brandes-Krug is a sophomore and the Vice President of the Tufts chapter of Amnesty International. Tamar is majoring in political science with an emphasis on human rights and minoring in fine arts. Tamar is from Medford, Massachusetts and is interested in working on issues that specifically pertain to the greater Boston area such as immigrant rights and food insecurity.


Sophie Bredenkamp (’21)

Malawi Project Leader

Sophie is a junior studying electrical engineering with an interest in renewable energy and power electronics. Sophie is from Bethesda, Maryland and has been a member of the Malawi project since her freshman year. Outside of EWB, Sophie is a member of the Tufts Climbing Team and works at an electric car research and development company in Cambridge.


Melinda Burns (’22)


Mels is a sophomore electrical engineering major and Co-Treasurer of EWB. She is part of the Nicaragua project, where she enjoys helping people and working on solving the countless problems that come with building a water tower. She spends most of her time building circuits, playing board games, listening to music, and taking care of her plants.


Elana Chan (’21)


Elana is a junior studying Environmental Engineering and Community Health. She has been a part of the Malawi project team since her freshman year, and she travelled to Malawi for the first implementation trip in summer 2018. Outside of EWB, Elana can be found volunteering in her community, conducting research with the environmental


Nicola Chang (’14)

Marketing Co-Director

Nicola Chang hails from Hong Kong, and is a senior majoring in International Relations and Economics. Besides her interest in China-U.S. relations and how it pertains to her hometown in particular, Nicola is also involved in the music scene at Tufts University. In her spare time Nicola enjoys reading books on Behavioral Economics, listening to Maurice Ravel, or drumming on trashcans. Nicola hopes to someday promote music as a facilitator for development of social and human capital, but she'll get back to you on that eventually.

Manal Cheema (’14)


Manal Cheema is a first-year student pursuing a double major in political science and brain and cognitive sciences. On campus, she is involved with X-Effect, ALLIES, and Model UN, while also being a member of the Tufts JumboRaas team (an Indian dance group). As a result of her interest in government and law, Manal has interned with Senator Elizabeth Warren. Outside of academics, Manal enjoys to draw, play video games, and spread awareness of the issues women face across the globe.

Judy Chen (’19)

IGL Liaison

Judy Chen is a junior from Taiwan who studies Anthropology, as well as Cognitive & Brain Sciences and Science, Technology, & Society on the side. Having lived abroad her entire life, Judy loves traveling to and living in different countries to connect with people and see how they make life their own. She loves spending her time writing, creating, having six-hour lunches, and exploring the edges of human connection. Currently, she is interested in bringing more humanity and human nuance to the world of tech and design.

Karishma Chouhan (’21)

Karishma Chouhan is a junior at Tufts University double majoring in Quantitative Economics and International Relations. She has been a part of TuftsID: India since her first year in university and has been passionate about international development since middle school. She is also involved with the Tufts University drama department, and various on-campus organizations. In her free time, she likes to sleep, read, and lament how much it snows in Boston.

Nic Chung (’20)

Nic Chung is a sophomore majoring in Sociology and minoring in Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies. He is passionate about personal growth, sharing ideas with those around him, and telling stories through documentary film. By nature, he is an autodidact; he enjoys refining his skills and teaching himself new ones. In his spare time, Nic likes to read, write, and spend quality time with his friends. 

Evan Cook (’19)

Board Member

Evan Cook is a member of the class of 2019 from Columbus, Ohio interested in studying International Relations and Anthropology. His inquisitiveness and indecisiveness have led him to interests ranging from gender in international relations to the effects of viral dormancy in mice. Consequently, he hopes to find a career that works across different disciplines to address various issues facing the US and the world. Going forward, Evan is excited to engage Synaptic Scholars in larger communities, hoping to impart positive change on and off Tufts’ campus.

Evan Corcoran (’20)

Graduate Empower Coordinator

Evan is a first-year master’s degree student at the Fletcher School, studying comparative politics and human security. Prior to enrollment at Fletcher, he worked in the educational sector in California, Chile, Spain, and Turkey. While at school, he plans to focus his research on authoritarianism in Europe and Eurasia, along with the role civil society and external stimuli have on pro-democracy efforts. He is also involved in the Fletcher Forum of World Affairs and Tufts Literacy Corps. While not studying, Evan loves reading fantasy novels, eating exotic food, and going surfing.

Nina Denison (’14)

Prose Editor

Nina Denison is a Junior from Concord, Massachusetts, majoring in English with a minor in Mass Communications and Media Studies. This is her first year with Discourse, and she is thrilled to take on the position of Prose Editor to engage with fellow creative writers at Tufts. Discourse appeals to her as a publication that is lively and relevant to the school and the greater community, combining scintillating debate with dynamic, artistic expression.

Connor Doyle (’21)

IGL Liaison

Connor is a sophomore majoring in International Relations with a concentration in International Security with minors in Economics and Arabic. He is from Albany, New York and loves spending time with his two younger brothers. An avid swimmer, he is on the varsity swimming team at Tufts and coached local swim teams as well as lifeguarded at home the past two summers. On campus, he is a member of ATO of Massachusetts and is a part of the Tufts Financial Group Analyst training program in addition to NIMEP and the swim team. In his free time, he enjoys movie nights, enjoying Davis Square’s finest eats and exploring Tufts’ social life.

Cody Eaton (’19)

Cody is a junior from Gloucester, MA studying International Relations with a concentration in international economic development. He got a camera at the start of 2017 and has since examined his academic interests in the environment, development, and Latin America through the lens. During June of 2017 he traveled to Ecuador to produce a video for Tufts International Development’s implementation of a digital library program in the earthquake-stricken community of Coaque. He then spent his fall semester studying abroad in Bolivia, where he produced a documentary on the impact of climate change in the rural municipality of Betanzos. He is passionate about climate action, soccer, and music, and can be found playing pickup in Gantcher or hosting his radio show on WMFO. 

Caitlyn Enroth (’21)

Marketing and publicity

Caitlyn is sophomore from Arlington, VA. She is currently pursuing a major in International Relations with a concentration in Security and a minor in Mathematics. She is the treasurer and a choreographer for the Middle Eastern Dance Club, a mechanic with Tufts Bikes, and does volunteer work with older adults off campus.

Daniel S Eslami (’22)


Daniel is an international student from Zurich, Switzerland. He has lived in both Holland and Switzerland and now studies in the US.  He joined European Horizons to expose himself to different perspectives on European affairs and to discuss controversial issues with other students who are interested in Europe. For Daniel, European Horizons provides a great opportunity for people at Tufts to change their perspectives by interacting with other students on matters that interest them.

His own areas of interest include, labour economics, international migration, and conflict resolution.


Mike Feng (’21)

Mike is a junior at Tufts University currently studying abroad at Pembroke College at the University of Oxford. He majors in Quantitative Economics and International Relations while minoring in History. Mike is passionate about international economic development and enjoys playing football (soccer), traveling and listening to grime.

Claire Furse (’22)

Event Coordinator

Claire is a first-year from Houston, Texas considering a major in International Relations with a concentration in Global Health. She became interested in the Middle East after learning about the Syrian refugee crisis in 2015, which prompted her to tutor refugee youth for the past two years. Claire is looking forward to helping plan engaging events on diverse topics ranging from regional security to Arabic dialects and seeing NIMEP grows as an organization.

Olive Garst (’21)

Vice President / Nicaragua Project Leader

Olive is a junior studying electrical engineering with an interest in engineering education. She is from Philadelphia, PA and has been a part of EWB since freshman year. Outside of EWB, Olive participates in the women's ultimate frisbee team, climbs, and loves to draw.


Hailey Gavin (’18)

Hailey Gavin is a senior at Tufts majoring in Political Science and minoring in English and Film & Media Studies. As the executive editor of the video section of The Tufts Daily, She produces video journalism pieces, as well as marketing videos for organizations, including the Golden Gate National Parks. She is. She is also a Writing Fellow at Tufts and plays on the club soccer team. She is originally from San Francisco.

Konrad Gessler (’14)

Operations Co-Director

Konrad Gessler is a senior from North Salem, NY majoring in International Relations: Security Studies. As a member of the 2011-2012 EPIIC Colloquium "Conflict in the 21st Century", Konrad traveled to Muscat, Oman to research Omani-Iranian bilateral relations during the tensions in the Straits of Hormuz. Konrad co-directed FIELDEX, a real-time simulation of a conflict scenario with participants from civilian universities and military academies. He also organized a career panel for ALLIES with panelists representing careers in the public and private sectors. Konrad is looking forward to his continued involvement in the IGL's programs during his last year at Tufts.

Molly Gould

Molly Gould (’22)


Molly is a sophomore at Tufts University from Washington, DC, and President of Tufts International Development. She is studying International Relations and Civic Studies, with a concentration in culture and identity systems. In the future, Molly hopes to continue learning about global health and education and pursue opportunities to work in international development. In addition to her role with TID, Molly is a Laidlaw Research Scholar and enjoys working in education and mentorship initiatives, including the Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation.

Mallory Grider (’19)

Meeting Coordinator

Mallory Grider is a member of the Class of 2019. Mallory balances her love of numbers and narratives at Tufts University, where she studies Mathematics, Computer Science, and History. She hails from Sandy, Oregon, a rural town near Mount Hood, though she thinks of Boston as her adopted hometown. Mallory spent half of her high school career studying mathematics at Reed College, in Portland. At Reed, during a project on elliptic curve cryptography and its practical application, she developed an interest in number theory and cryptanalysis. On campus, Mallory is an editor of the Tufts Historical Review, an academic journal of history, a member of Chi Omega sorority, and a volunteer for Tufts’ Girls of Code.

Jeremy Gumener (’19)

Jeremy is from Geneva, Switzerland and is a Junior at Tufts studying Film and Media Studies. His dream is to become a writer & director for his own feature films. He has been seriously into photography for about 4 years now and shoots solely on film (regular and medium format). He is currently in the process of writing/directing/producing his first short film with the help of Professor and filmmaker Khary Jones.

Esra Gurcay (’20)

E-board member

Esra is senior at Tufts University majoring in International Relations with a concentration in the Middle East and minoring in music. She is the co-president of the Middle East Research Group (MERG) at Tufts. Her interest in the Middle East is rooted in her love for Istanbul, her hometown, and the various languages and cultures that give color to the region. Esra has been studying Arabic at Tufts since her sophomore year and spent the summer of 2018 learning Arabic in Beirut, Lebanon. Throughout her years at Tufts, Esra has been involved in a variety of student organizations such as Tufts Amnesty International, MERG (formerly NIMEP), the Tufts Daily, ESL and the Tufts Jazz Orchestra. Her academics interests include Turkish politics, U.S. foreign policy, Islam, the Kurdish question and international migration. Outside of classes and school clubs, Esra regularly performs with her band at gigs around Tufts and Boston.

Anne Hall (’19)

Meeting Coordinator

Anne is a member of the Class of 2019 and is from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She is a Biology and Interdisciplinary Studies double major, and has passions ranging from women’s health to Spanish language and culture to photography. She is involved in numerous groups on campus including the Tufts First-Gen Council, GlobeMed at Tufts, Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS), and Oslo Scholars.

Engaging in meaningful conversations regarding the intersectionality between faith and social justice work is extremely important to Anne, and she is ecstatic to continue contributing to this conversation at Tufts as a 2017 Cafe Peer Leader. In her free time, Anne loves to read, embark on spontaneous adventures and go on walks.


Anna Haugen (’16)

Copy Editor

Anna Haugen is a sophomore from the San Francisco Bay Area, majoring in International Relations with a concentration in Europe and the Former Soviet Union, and considering a minor in Cognitive and Brain Sciences. This is Anna's first year on the Discourse staff and she'll be working as a copy editor. She is very excited to be part of the fantastic Discourse staff and looks forward to putting together a great journal!

Wenyi He (’15)

Programming Co-Director

Wenyi is a junior from Beijing, China. She is a Quantitative Economic and International Relations (International Finance concentration) double major. Wenyi is currently an e-board member in Tufts Economic Society and Tufts China Student Association. This past summer, Wenyi participated UBS Private Wealth Management workshop in Beijing and also interned in Simon- Kucher & Partners Beijing office, a price-strategy consulting firm.  At Tufts, Wenyi is dedicated to promoting American understanding and perception of China by bringing in more Chinese perspectives.

Sofie Hecht (’18)

Sofie has always loved telling stories and learning from others, so finding documentary photography was a perfect fit for her when she arrived at Tufts. She is now a graduating senior TA’ing for the Advanced Documentary Practice class and is an International Literary and Visual Studies (ILVS) and Spanish double major. She has travelled extensively around Latin America and hopes to generate social change and impact through visual narratives.

Annmarie Hoch (’21)

Institute for Global Leadership Chair

Annmarie is a junior studying Community Health. She is from Chelmsford, MA and has been involved in Engineers Without Borders’ Malawi project since her sophomore year. Around campus, she is also involved in the Melisma music magazine, Jumpstart, and the Center for Engineering, Education, and Outreach.


Carlos Irisarri (’21)

Oslo Scholars Coordinator

Carlos Irisarri is a junior at Tufts University, where he studies a combination of political science, philosophy, and history. Carlos has been working with the IGL since his Freshman year, having taken the IGL’s flagship course EPIIC both Freshman and Sophomore year. In 2018, Carlos became an Oslo Scholar working for El Chigüire Bipolar, a Venezuelan satirical news company. He was also given the chance to attend the Oslo Freedom Forum, an experience he cherishes to this day.  Apart from his work at the IGL, Carlos participates in several political discussion groups on campus and works as a light technician for Tufts' theater.


Matthew Jourlait (’21)

Undergraduate Empower Coordinator

Matthew Jourlait is a Sophomore International Relations major at Tufts University, pursuing a minor in economics. He is a member of the IGL community, having participated in the EPIIC course during his freshmen year and having been involved in the leadership of ALLIES, a civil-military relations focused student group.Matthew is passionate about international security, consulting and finance. He has interned at the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, the US Department of State and at various other nonprofits and startups.Matthew is also a triple citizen, hailing from Canada, France and the United States. He has also lived half of his life respectively in California and Paris, and speaks French, English and Spanish fluently.

Hena Kapadia (’11)

Coeditor in Chief (2010-2011)

After completing her degree in Art History and Economics at Tufts, Hena  Kapadia joined Christie's Education in London for a master's degree in Modern and Contemporary Art. Hena has recently completed her Master’s dissertation entitled “dis[orient]ation” which is focused on contemporary art from South Asia. She has interned at several art spaces in Boston, Mumbai and London and is currently back in Mumbai, India where she plans on setting up a venture of her own in the coming years.

Sarah Kee (’15)

Photography and Arts Editor

Sarah Kee is a sophomore from Dallas, Texas, double majoring in International Relations and Anthropology. This is her first year on the Discourse staff and she will be working as a Photography and Arts Editor. She is excited to be a part of Discourse and is looking forward to learning more about important social issues through the diverse beliefs andexperiences of fellow Tufts students.

Colin Kennedy (’21)

Assistant Editor

Colin is a sophomore born in Seattle, Washington. However, he lived abroad in Russia, India, Switzerland, and Ethiopia his entire life, and this is what has inspired him to learn more about the world. He plans on majoring in Quantitative Economics with a minor in History. On campus he is active in club volleyball and is an assistant editor for features in the Tufts Daily. This past summer, Colin interned for USAID in their democracy and governance section, writing memos and success stories. In his free time, he plays football (soccer) and basketball, and loves reading novels, but is also satisfied by just reading the news.

Youngchan Kim (’16)

Panel Leader

There is a Korean proverb that says, “The frog in the well knows nothing of the great ocean.” The story continues with the small frog, “Haewa” means ‘sea frog’ in Korean, leaving the well, the only world he has known, to experience a new world. He is not satisfied with staying near the well and journeys beyond the town and country he is from. He heads towards the sea, his ultimate goal, passing over mountains and through rivers. His is a life of insatiable challenges in a new world outside the well; and that has been Youngchan’s life for the past 27 years.

Youngchan Kim is a graduate student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He is from South Korea and finished his bachelor’s degree at Kyung Hee University majoring in Political Science and International Relations with special focus on China and North Korea. With his academic interests in China, he attended a number of academic activities in China and Taiwan including one year of exchange study at National Cheng Chi University (NCCU) in Taipei. He also served the Korean Army for two years as a soldier of the Korean Augmentation to the United States Army (KATUSA). Before he came to the Fletcher, he also worked at Center for Medicine and Korean Reunification, Seoul National University. As a researcher, he participated in a number of different projects including publishing a white paper for North Korea Public Health as well as in developing a Public health contingency plan for North Korea’s emergent situation with special focuses on mass influx of refugees. At the Fletcher School, he is concentrating on International Conflict Resolution and Development Economics, while he is actively engaging in many school activities as a member of China Studies Society and North Korea Working Group of the Fletcher School. Youngchan is a big lover of backpack travel and he has been traveled in 78 cities in 18 countries across Asia, Europe, Africa, and North America so far.

His panel “US Pivot Change and Asia’s Response” will cover the Obama administration’s foreign policy toward Pacific Asia and what has been done in the past based on the policy and the reactions of the countries in the Asia-Pacific area, especially in East Asia; China, Korea, and Japan. Furthermore, the panel will examine the future of the US Pivot Change and its impacts on the political spectrum in Pacific Asia. 

Olivia King (’22)


Olivia King is a sophomore at Tufts University majoring in Civic Studies and International Relations and minoring in Economics. She is from Medford, Oregon, and currently serves as Tufts Amnesty International’s Secretary. She joined Amnesty in her first year at Tufts to take action on human rights issues across the world. She looks forward to helping grow Amnesty and hopes to work with other social justice-centered clubs to expand Amnesty’s impact.


Alex Knapp (’14)

Research Coordinator

Alex Knapp is a sophomore majoring in international relations.  He is very excited to be research coordinator for X Effect and looks forward to supporting members' research.  His interest in gender issues started spring semester 2013 when he took the class Introduction to Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.  Alex also enjoys music and theater, and is a member of Tufts Concert Choir and is treasurer for Bare Bodkin Theater Company.

Saba Kohli Dave (’14)

Curriculum Advisor

Saba Kohli Dave is a first-year student who is planning to major in International Relations and minor in WGSS. Growing up in India and subsequently interning with a childhood cancer organisation, Saba’s interest in women’s issues began when she saw how gender discrimination existed and was perpetuated in almost all spheres. After the recent cases of violence against women in India, Saba decided to participate in the domestic as well as international struggle for women’s equality. On campus she is involved with The X-Effect, Student’s Acting for Gender Equality and the Tufts Equestrian Team. Saba loves horses, food and driving cars. 

Tara Kola (’15)

Panel Leader

Tara Kola is a junior majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Chinese. She was born near San Francisco, and moved to Bangalore, India at the age of 13. With a strong interest in linguistics and the application of computational tools, Tara will be spending next year in Beijing and Kunming studying natural language processing and Chinese calligraphy. She is also interested in health informatics, and is currently working with the Village Zero Project on visualizing geotemporal trends in cholera epidemics in Bangladesh. She hopes to extend her work with health informatics to preventative traditional healthcare practices in India and China. Tara spends her spare time reading travel books, writing articles about the residents of Boston, practicing Indian classical dance, cooking dishes from around the world, and running down the Charles.

She will be leading this years panel on Foreign Media Perceptions. This panel aims to study how the picture painted of China by domestic and international media affects how the global community understands China. To what extent is the media's image of China consistent with how it sees itself? How do international perceptions of China affect policy-making? By bringing together the viewpoints of diplomats, foreign correspondents and researchers in social psychology, this panel attempts to address these questions from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Madeline Krahn (’14)

Public Relations Director

Madeline Krahn is a sophomore majoring in economics and international relations with a concentration in developmental economics. As the public relations director, she manages the Facebook page and publicizes events, as well as collaborating with the rest of the group. Madeline’s interest in global women’s issues began through an internship with Children International, which provides support for families and children in the US and developing countries. She also volunteers at LIFT-Somerville and enjoys dancing in her free time

Katyln Kreie (’19)

Katlyn is a junior from St. Louis, Missouri and intends on majoring in Film and Media Studies and Political Science. At Tufts, she is involved with theatre and comedy groups including The Institute Sketch Comedy and Stand Up Comedy Collective. She is the PR director for Major:Undecided sketch comedy. She also is the co-creator of the TFL comedy blog and is in the process of starting her own podcast. She is interested in American politics, especially topics centered on education, and is a member of Tufts Tutors. In the future, she would like to pursue her passion for journalism and work for a news publication doing photography, filmmaking or writing.

Olivia Lazan (’21)

President, Honduras

Olivia is at junior at Tufts University from Brooklyn, NY, and the President of Tufts International Development Honduras. She is studying Spanish and International Relations, with a regional focus in Latin America. In addition to her work with TID- Honduras, Olivia coordinates ESL classes on campus for the local immigrant community and is a member of Enchanted A Cappella and Model UN. The past two summers, Olivia worked at a legal non- profit helping represent and advocate for Central American refugees.

Daniel Lewis (’20)

ALLIES Co-Leader

Major: Political Science

Daniel is a senior who, like many of his fellow Jumbos, is majoring in Political Science because he was too lazy to do the language requirement. Even though he is not an IR major, he has been involved with ALLIES since his freshmen year. He has participated in the 2017 Joint Research Project studying nuclear strategy in Japan, and served as curriculum director for 2017/2018.


Taylor Lewis (’21)

E-board member

Taylor Lewis is a junior at Tufts majoring in international relations and economics, and minoring in Middle Eastern history. In addition to his role with MERG, Taylor serves as a 2021 Class Senator and is a member of Tufts Debate and Economics Society. Studying Arabic and French, Taylor hopes to study abroad in Morocco next semester, and do economic development work in the MENA region. In the meantime, however, he reconnects with his Portland, OR roots by wearing fuzzy flannels and drinking copious amounts of coffee.


Taylor Lewis (’21)


Taylor Lewis is a sophomore at Tufts majoring in International Relations and Economics, with minors in History and Philosophy. The little time that he has outside of classes he dedicates to Tufts Debate Society, learning Arabic, and writing about global politics. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, he reconnects with his roots by wearing fuzzy flannels and drinking copious amounts of coffee. You can catch him at Carmichael every morning at 7:18, eating oatmeal and enjoying good conversation.

Yumei Lin (’22)

ALLIES Programming Director

Major: International Relations

Yumei is a sophomore from Arcadia, CA majoring in International Relations with a concentration in International Security. Her areas of interest include foreign intervention in intrastate conflict as well as security issues in Southeast Asia. At Tufts, she is also involved in Asian American political causes, choir, various culture clubs (TAST and SIMSA), among other things.


Anastasiya Lobacheva (’15)

Copy Editor

Anastasiya Lobacheva is a sophomore from Atlanta, Georgia. This is her first year working on Discourse, and she is joining the staff as a Copy Editor. As a Philosophy major, she is thrilled to be part of the rebirth of a magazine that provides a space for the faculties of reason and debate.

Miranda Macaulay Miller (’20)

E-board member

Miranda is a senior from California majoring in International Relations and minoring in Arabic and Art History. She has  studied Arabic and the history, politics, and culture of the Middle East and North Africa since her freshman year and spent last semester studying in Morocco. She is particularly interested in arts and culture in the region and helped prepare the opening of a Washington, DC based art gallery featuring modern and contemporary video, art, and photography from the Middle East and North Africa this summer. 

Samira Manzur (’16)

Photography and Arts Editor

Samira Manzur is from Dhaka, Bangladesh. She recently joined Discourse as one of the Photography and Arts Editor. She is trying to blend her passions and interests with her academics. Her interests mostly revolve around visual women and socio-economic empowerment (they are more correlated than we’d like to think), social justice and visual arts. She is very excited about Discourse as it is her first key involvement in Tufts.

Nicci Mattey (’22)

IGL Liaison

Nicci is a sophomore and serves as the IGL Liaison of the Tufts chapter of Amnesty International. She is majoring in International Relations, with minors in Political Science and French. She grew up in San Antonio, Texas and now lives in Washington DC. She has worked closely with the immigrant and refugee community and has developed a passion for immigrant advocacy. She is excited to engage with the IGL community and fight for human rights on campus and beyond.


Carolina McCabe (’23)

Outreach Coordinator

Carolina is a freshman from Vienna, VA who is planning on majoring in International Relations and Civic Studies. She is interested in pursuing work in international development in the future. Carolina took a gap year with the NSLI-Y program studying Arabic in Rabat, Morocco and since then has been fascinated by the politics and cultural dynamics in the MENA region. At Tufts, Carolina is also a part of CORES and Generation Citizen.

Kristin McConnell (’12)

Co-Chair of PPRI

Kristin McConnell is a sophomore majoring in International Relations and Peace and Justice Studies. At Tufts, Kristin is also actively involved with LIFT Somerville and BUILD India, which have expanded her interest into various fields. Kristin is very interested in the interaction between gender and politics, particularly how gender is impacted in conflict and post-conflict reconstruction. Kristin was attracted to PPRI because of its interdisciplinary approach to encouraging intellectual exploration, and its foundation in encouraging student-led research. Her research in PPRI is currently focused on the relationship between politics and journalism in Turkey, and particularly how this affects the freedom of speech of minority groups like the Turkish Kurds.

Anna Miller

Anna is a staff photographer for Tufts University, capturing news, portraits, sports and daily life on the university’s four campuses. On the weekends, she enjoys making short documentary films and audio stories about wildlife and environmental issues in the New England area. She loves to go on hikes with her pup, working on local farms, drinking iced coffee and trying to teach herself Spanish on cd during her commute to work. She’s excited to be in the PNDP this spring semester and learning more about visual storytelling.

Natalya Minoff (’13)

Poetry and Prose Editor

Natalya Minoff is a senior from Northampton, MA double majoring in International Literary & Visual Studies and Arabic. As Poetry and Prose Editor of Discourse, she has the opportunity to integrate her love of writing with her interest in international cultural and political issues. While she is not composing and compiling literary pieces for Discourse, she works to promote a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through her involvement with J Street U. In her spare time, she also enjoys road-tripping with friends and solving crossword puzzles.

Julia Mioduska (’21)


Julia Mioduska is a junior majoring in international relations and German, with a minor in Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies. During the summer, she interned with the Future Europe Initiative at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC. At the Atlantic Council, she researched new developments in European politics and assisted with the curation of public events. Prior to college, she studied British and European politics at St. Edward’s Oxford. As a rising junior, she also interned at Schwarzkopf Junges Stiftung. This organization educates high school students about the European Union and about the importance of political participation. She is currently a TA for "Intro to Business Planning" and also works part-time at the Small Planet Institute.


Jessica Muganza (’16)

Co-Founder and Co-President

Jessica Muganza is a sophomore from Rwanda majoring in International Relations and Community Health. She is passionate about Healthcare and Development work and was a member of the EPIIC 2012-13 Global Health and Security colloquium. She has interned with several NGOs like Partners in Health and with the Rwandan Ministry of Health. She is also interested in women's issues and African politics. She enjoys poetry and cultural dances.

Katie Murphy (’14)

Marketing Co-Director

Katie Murphy is a senior at Tufts majoring in Quantitative Economics - technically. Really she's just here to try to educate herself holistically and doesn't like being confined to one major. Aside from curious educational pursuits, Katie also loves rock climbing and good food. She once survived 4 days alone in Ho Chi Minh City's red light district with only $5. She is also interested in startups and data analytics.

Daniel Ndirangu (’21)

Event Coordinator

Daniel Ndirangu (Danteh) is a sophomore from Kenya majoring in Quantitative Economics and International Relations. He is involved with Synaptic Scholars, Tufts African Students Organization, Students Engaged in Resolution and Awareness (SERAT), Tufts Financial Group (TFG), Tufts Trading Fund (TTF), Visions of Peace (VOP), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) as well as NIMEP. He participated in Visions of Peace this year drawing him to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and is currently a research assistant studying Ralph Bunche, the chief mediator of the I-P conflict in the 1940s. In his free time, he loves to watch TV series, dance, and discuss geopolitics and economics. 

Daniel Ndirangu (’21)

Merge Curriculum Director

Daniel is a junior from Kenya majoring in International Relations with a focus on Africa and the Middle East, and Economics. Daniel became interested in the geopolitics of the Middle East in his formative years, and especially since he realized a huge overlap between the Middle East’s political and socioeconomic structures and those of Africa. He is also part of the IGL’s Synaptic Scholars. Daniel hopes to work in consulting and international development in Africa and the Middle East.

Nora Nord (’18)

Nora is a senior at Tufts University studying history, economics and international relations. She is a 6ft Norwegian with a passion for photo documentary and storytelling and a penchant for wearing maximalist outfits. She grew up in an international environment in Oslo, Norway and Palo Alto, California, and continues to fuel her curiosity for the world by volunteering in places like Kashmir, India and Maasai Mara, Kenya. After graduation she plans to move her base to London and work in Vietnam, Bangkok, and wherever she might find herself. 

Jojo Nordwall (’22)

Events Co-Coordinator

Jojo Nordwall is a sophomore and serves as the Events Co-Coordinator for Amnesty International at Tufts. She is majoring in psychology with a minor in political science. She grew up in San Francisco but has also spent a lot of time in Sweden, where her family now lives. Her involvement with Amnesty International began her junior year of high school. She is passionate about human rights and hopes to spread awareness on campus through her involvement in Amnesty.

Lionel Oh (’20)

ALLIES Co-Leader

Major: International Relations, Computer Science

Lionel is a senior majoring in International Relations (concentrating in International Security) and Computer Science. Positively obsessed with anything mildly related to defense, he serves as a Lieutenant with the Republic of Singapore Air Force. At Tufts, he sits on the IR Students Advisory Board, and was the former co-president of the Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia Students Association. In ALLIES, he was co-director for the 2019 Field Exercise in Peace and Stability Operations, and participated in the 2018 Joint Research Project studying cyber deterrence in Estonia. He is also currently an editor for the Harvard Kennedy School’s Singapore Policy Journal.


Arjun Padalkar (’21)


Arjun Padalkar is a sophomore from Mumbai, India double majoring in Quantitative Economics and International Relations, specializing in Security. His interest in economics, politics, development theories and diplomacy began when he attended an economic globalization course at Columbia University in the summer of 2015. He then worked as an intern auditor for a microfinancing company operating in the Dharavi slums in Mumbai where he interviewed and audited the debtors in the field. Simultaneously, he worked on a global politics project for his diploma where he conducted research on the Rohingya refugee crisis as part of his broader project on border security. In the final year of his high school diploma, he co-chaired a committee on economic diversification of single industry cities. In the summer of 2018, Arjun interned as an analyst in a non-banking financial company specializing in sub-prime lending. There, he used different variables such as age, income, living condition, and debt-burden ratio to determine a customers’ credit-worthiness. Arjun is currently part of the EPIIC colloquium that is studying migration in a turbulent world and is also part of the International Club at Tufts. Besides economics and politics, Arjun is passionate about food, cooking, and European football.

Guillaume Pailhoux (’21)


Guillaume Pailhoux is a third-year student from Paris, France, double-majoring in International Relations and Economics. As the founder of Tufts European Horizons, he is interested in creating a space for the discussion of European affairs at Tufts and give young people the opportunity to have a voice in the transatlantic relationship. He has been previously involved with the IGL by taking part in EPIIC and being a member of Tufts International Development Costa Rica. He is also involved in the larger European Horizons organization as the Director of US Chapters, where he oversees other European Horizons chapters across 26 universities in the United States. His interests include debating about politics, traveling, and ice hockey.


Sofia Pedersen (’23)


Sofie Pedersen is a Freshman from Copenhagen, Denmark who is considering majoring in International Relations with a concentration in international economics. This year, she is serving as treasurer for MERG. She is interested in the Middle East because she grew up and went to school in Bahrain. She is very excited for her first year at Tufts and being able to help lead MERG!

Aditi Periyannan (’22)

Institute for Global Leadership Chair

Aditi is a sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering and Human Factors Engineering. She is from Palo Alto, California and has been involved in the Tufts Chapter of Engineers Without Border's Nicaragua project since the begining of her freshman year. Outside of EWB, she teaches piano with Tufts Community Music and is a member of the Tufts Chapter of the America Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Maude Plucker (’18)


Maude is a senior studying Cognitive and Brain Science and Philosophy at Tufts. Born in Brussels, Belgium, she enjoys traveling, living in new countries, and learning languages. While she is passionate about studying the mind and the brain, Maude hopes to pursue a dynamic, international career in humanitarian aid, public health, and diplomacy. She values her fellow Synaptic Scholars for their ability to pursue diverse interests with enthusiasm and humility, as well as for their unlimited love of learning. 

Vladimir Proaño (’20)


Vladimir Proaño is a third-year student from Quito, Ecuador, studying International Relations and Economics. As co-founder of LAC, he seeks to create spaces and programs for students to learn about and discuss Latin American affairs. Vladimir is additionally involved in Tufts International Development, with the Ecuador team. He enjoys road trips in his home country, discussing politics, and música protesta.

Hiram Reynolds (’14)

Panel Leader

Hiram Reynolds is a senior from Wayland, Massachusetts, double majoring in International Relations and Chinese.  Hiram has lived in China on three occasions to study or intern abroad and hopes to continue working with Chinese in the Foreign Service or the private sector after graduating.  In addition to being interested in foreign policy and security studies, Hiram plays ultimate Frisbee and loves hiking and rock climbing.  Aspirations include publishing his thesis on Chinese UAVs, learning Arabic, perfecting a chocolate sauce recipe, and finally outrunning his dog.

This year’s panel on Military and Cyber issues examines Chinese and U.S. security interests and recent political and technological developments within the context of this year’s theme, Engagement.  Specific topics cater to the expertise of panel speakers and may include the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands, Taiwan, international norms of unmanned vehicles, and government-sponsored cyber-espionage.

Lizzy Robinson (’15)


Lizzy Robinson is a junior from Albany, New York, double majoring in International Relations and Economics. On campus, she is involved in NIMEP (New Initiative for Middle East Peace) and EPIIC, and works as a research assistant in the Political Science department. Lizzy is primarily interested in foreign policy, security issues, and diplomacy, and hopes to join the Foreign Service. Outside of academics, Lizzy enjoys running and raspberries. 

Elsa Rohm (’22)

Malawi Project Co-Project Leader & Community Outreach Co-chair

Elsa is a sophomore studying environmental engineering and community health from Providence, RI. She has been part of the Malawi group since her first year at Tufts and is very excited to take on a leadership role as project lead this year. She is interested in access to WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) resources during emergencies and hopes to work internationally in the future. Outside of EWB, she tutors middle schoolers in math and enjoys watching Boston sports!


Jacob Rubel (’21)

Co-Leader Ecuador Team

Jacobis a sophomore from Brooklyn, NY. He is majoring in political science and minoring in economics, with afocus in political theory. His involvement in Tufts International Development has inspired a passion for sustainable development and educational access.Jacobis also a monitoring and evaluation intern at the MIT D-Lab, where he works to understand the impact and strategy of the different international development initiatives that the D-Lab oversees.

Kairavi Sarup (’20)

Trip Coordinator

Kairavi Sarup is a Junior from New Delhi but spent a large part of her life living in Helsinki. She is a junior majoring in International Relations and Archaeology and minoring in Arabic. In addition to NIMEP, she is active in SAPAC (South Asian Political Action Committee) and is a research assistant at the CEEO. Kai also loves music and theatre.

Uzair Sattar (’21)


Uzair is a sophomore at Tufts University. Born in Islamabad, Pakistan, he is planning on majoring in International Relations with a concentration in the Middle East and South Asia. Uzair took a gap year after high school to explore possible careers options. He worked at a corporate law firm and microfinance bank in attempt to discover where his passions lied. Ultimately, Uzair chose law and aspires to specialize in water law in the future. He is currently a columnist for SouthAsia Magazine, where he writes monthly articles on various facets of Pakistan’s water crisis. At Tufts, Uzair is the Vice-President of the International Club, member of Tufts Mock Trial, Co-Leader of the New Initiative for Middle Eastern Peace, and Founder of Tufts Cricket Club. During Uzair’s freshman year, he was a member of “HYPE! Mimez” – the nation’s only collegiate mime troupe. In his spare time, Uzair enjoys biking as well as playing and watching cricket.

Jason Schwartz (’21)

Expert Coordinator

Jason is a junior majoring in History, planning on concentrating on Modern European history, and Economics.  He likes to read the Economist magazine as well as the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times to keep up with nationwide and worldwide current events. Jason also has a desire to become a holder of a private-pilot license in the foreseeable future. Jason is involved in several other clubs on campus, including Tufts Financial Group, Tufts Trading Fund, Tufts Entrepreneurs Society, Friends of Israel, and the Tufts Daily sports section. He joined European Horizons because he is very interested in European current events and loved the prospect of discussing and debating hot-button issues with other motivated Tufts students.


Kyle Scott (’18)

Kyle Scott is a senior from Baltimore, MD who is majoring in Film and Media Studies. He's interested in and art and photography and how the intersection of those two mediums reflect truths about the human existence. At Tufts, Kyle works as the Creative Director for the Tufts Observer. On the weekends, you can catch Kyle at the Somerville Theater watching almost anything. Kyle is very excited to be in PNPD this semester and is looking forward to understanding more about how we tell stories.

Alexa Stevens (’13)

Editor in Chief

Alexa Stevens is a senior from the San Francisco Bay Area, double majoring in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic. She joined Discourse in her freshman year as a Photography and Arts Editor, a role she held until becoming Editor in Chief last year. She's drawn to Discourse for the intellectual space it provides for honest debate on complicates issues,especially those relating to the Middle East and North Africa. She is excited to bring together a new Staff for the 2012-13 academic year and to inspire a new group of leaders.

Sarah Strand (’12)


Sarah Strand is in the combined-degree program between The School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts, where she is a geological sciences major. Though she dedicates most of her time to the geology lab and art studios, she always finds time to get outdoors. Both her academic and artistic interests are rooted in a love for the natural world and interest in environmental justice. She serves on Tufts' Sustainability Council's working group for Energy and Emissions and works in the Earth and Ocean Sciences department and Tisch Library.

Morgan Strong (’20)


Morgan is a senior studying Mechanical Engineering and minoring in French. She joined Engineers Without Borders freshman year and has loved that she can take her classroom knowledge and use it to help people around the world.  Outside of EWB, she is on the club lacrosse team and sings in the Tufts Concert Choir!


Maia Tarnas (’19)

Meeting Coordinator

Maia is a junior who hails from the Island of Hawaii and studies Community Health, Middle Eastern Studies, and Arabic. She is passionate about exploring the spaces in which these overlap, specifically with regards to epidemiological research and infectious disease control within vulnerable populations and in zones of crisis. She is grateful for the Synaptic Scholar community for being a constant source of support, discussion, and genuine connection in her life. 

Josefine Tijssen (’21)

Media Coordinator

Josefine Tijssen is a Junior studying Computer Science and International Relations, with a focus on systems and cyber security. Last summer, she interned for Akamai Technologies as a Security Engineer, and during the school year she works as a student Tech and Media assistant for the Institute for Global Leadership and is a teaching assistant for Comp40 in the Tufts CS department. She grew up in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and she is very excited to have a group such as European Horizons to discuss European affairs and issues with. She looks forward to delving deeper into problems that the EU is facing and hearing about the different perspectives of students.  At Tufts, she is also involved with JumboCode, Tufts SEDS, and the European Students Association. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking weekly dinners with friends, playing D&D, and binge-watching classic movies.


Amy Tong (’21)


Amy is a junior majoring in International Relations and History and minoring in Economics. She grew up in four countries and eight cities, which set her dedication to serve the global communities that reared her, particularly in areas concerning women’s rights and criminal justice systems. Having been involved in Amnesty since her freshman year, Amy looks forward to expanding the club’s presence and giving more students a platform to proactively tackle human rights issues at home and abroad.


Katja Torres (’12)


Katja Torres is a senior at Tufts University majoring in Sociology and minoring in Philosophy.  Hailing from the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, she is a self-proclaimed human rights activist with a wide array of interests. She is passionate about film, photography, graphic design, and singer-songwriting, all of which she pursues with the ultimate goal of creating a more peaceful and just society.

Sara Torres (’20)

Program Director

Sara Torres, or as most people call her, Sarita, is a Junior double majoring in Economics and International Relations with a concentration in Development Economics. For Sarita, home is Latin America, particularly Colombia and Dominican Republic. In addition to her involvement with NIMEP, she is co-director of Latin American Committee (LAC) and Students Engaged in Resolution and Awareness at Tufts (SERAT), Peer Leader for the LatinX Center, Event Planning chair for Women Entrepreneurs at Tufts (WE@T), I-Club Campus Relations Executive Board member, Growth and Strategy Chair for One for the World (OFTW) and works as a barista at the Rez Cafe. During her Sophomore summer, she partook in the Summer Scholars program through which she researched about the changes in attitude among the Arab region’s working class toward democracy and democratization before and after the Arab Spring. Sarita is very interested in the Middle Eastern and North African regions not only because of her research but also due to her interest in the region’s history and lively culture fascinating, especially as it shares some parallels with Latin America. Sarita loves learning about world history in addition to the political economy and culture of different regions. In her free time, she enjoys exploring events in the Boston area and going out for runs while listening to trance music or reggaetón.

Sachin Vallamkonda (’20)

Sachin Vallamkonda is an undergraduate student at Tufts University. He is studying Child Studies & Human Development and has extensive coursework in Chemistry as well. Sachin is involved on-campus with several student-run organizations that work in the social justice and health service sphere. He also works in a neurobiology laboratory and dances on the Tufts JumboRaas cultural dance team. He is passionate about global health equity and sustainable development.

Allie Wainer (’16)

Social Media Editor

Allie Wainer was immediately drawn to the Discourse magazine upon hearing about it. As an active member of Amnesty International, Allie is very interested in human rights abuses and how they play out in international affairs. Allie is the Social Media Maven of Discourse and hopes to spread the world to as many people as possible about our publication. She’s excited to get a Facebook page and Twitter account going for the journal in the upcoming year.

Ben Yunmo Wang (’14)

Panel Leader

Ben Yunmo Wang is a senior from Toronto, Canada majoring in International Relations and Political Science. An aspiring young professional, he has worked as a research intern for organizations including the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and the Stimson Center. Currently, he is writing a senior honors thesis examining the relationship between China's peacekeeper contributions and economic interests in Africa. Ben is a fan of Tottenham Hotspur, and he looks forward to traveling the world, particularly Africa, after graduation.

The panel "China and the US in Africa" will examine the political, economic, and cultural dimensions of China's growing presence in Africa, and attempt to triangulate evolving national interests in the Africa-China-US relationship.

Jessie Wang (’14)


Jessie Wang is from Austin, Texas double majoring in International Relations and Community Health with a minor in Chinese. In her junior year Jessie studied abroad at the University of Ghana and the University of Hong Kong. After coming back, as a culmination of her academic background and work experience Jessie is co-directing the China-US Symposium. Post-graduation she hopes to do a Fulbright in Hong Kong studying site-specific art or continuing on to law school. While academic pursuits are a worthy cause, Jessie would ideally divide her time ice climbing in Patagonia or soloing in Krabi.

Sally Weltner (’22)

MERG Expert Coordinator

Sally is a sophomore from Atlanta, GA focusing in the Middle East region within her International Relations major. She is hoping to work in Naval Intelligence when she graduates and one day hopefully work in development in the Middle East. She became passionate about Middle East studies after spending a summer studying Arabic in Morocco, and hopes to use her time within MERG learning how to use the research she collects within the club to give her direction for her career goals down the line. Outside of MERG, Sally is a midshipman in Naval ROTC, and heavily involved in the Sunrise Movement.

Sabrina Wen (’22)

ALLIES Curriculum Director

Major: International Relations, Computer Science

Sabrina is a sophomore from New York City. She is studying International Relations and Computer Science, and hopes to eventually work in cybersecurity or threat intelligence. Last year, she was one of the Freshman Representatives for ALLIES. On campus, Sabrina also teaches civics with Generation Citizen and is a TA for the CS department.


Kristin Wright (’14)

Operations Co-director

Kristin Wright is a February 2014 graduate from Austin, Texas with a degree in Biology. She participated on the Varsity Women’s Soccer team at Tufts as a goalkeeper for four years, and was selected as a member of the 2013 NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team. Though nominally interested in the life sciences, Kristin also enjoys studying international relations and history, sparking her participation in the China-US Symposium. She hopes to find employment that can bring together a wide variety of these passions. In her spare time, Kristin loves to paint, play with animals and quote bad movies.  


Hongye Wu (’16)

Content Editor

Hongye Wu is a freshman from Guangzhou China, still wondering about what her major will be. She joins Discourse this year as a content editor. She finds Discourse appealing because she loves the concept of exchanging ideas of the journal, and she believes Discourse would be a great platform for two subjects she loves the most :philosophy and arts. She is thrilled to work with other members in the group and can't wait to receive submissions of brilliant thoughts from Tufts.

Leah Yohannes (’21)

Social Media Coordinator

Leah Yohannes is a junior at Tufts University double majoring in Peace and Justice Studies and Political Science. She is from Castaic, California and attended Valencia High School. She serves as the Social Media Coordinator of the Tufts Amnesty International chapter. Leah joined Amnesty because she believes in its human rights work and wants to aid in its representation in our community. She has been involved with Amnesty since her sophomore fall.


Yoojin Yoon (’19)

Media Coordinator

YooJin Yoon is a member of the Class of 2019, pursuing a double major in Biology and Community Health. She is fascinated by science and hopes to help many people through exploring her passions in biology and public health. She was born in Incheon, South Korea and currently resides in Rocky Hill, Connecticut. Some of YooJin’s other passions include art, ceramics, badminton, tennis, humanitarian works, and exploring foreign cultures. She is excited to discover new possibilities through her experiences in Synaptic Scholars, while teaching others of her own passions.

Noah Zussman (’20)

Oslo Scholars Coordinator

Noah Zussman is a senior at Tufts double majoring in Political Science and Peace and Justice Studies. A former Oslo Scholar, he interned at the Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS) in Belgrade, Serbia during the summer of 2019. In addition to his role as the Oslo Scholars Coordinator, he also serves as the Head Delegate of the Tufts Model United Nations Travel Team and is currently working at the Massachusetts Judges Conference in Salem, MA. After graduation, he hopes to serve in the Peace Corps or do peacebuilding work in the Balkans. A future pilot in the making, he is frequently found practicing his flying skills on a flight simulator or following the latest developments in aviation.