Sammy Salkin '19

Sammy Salkin studyed Community Health and Sociology. She became involved with the ALLIES during her freshman year and has held a number of positions in the organization since then. Before serving as co-leader, Sammy was a member of the planning team for the 2015 Civil-Military Relations Conference (CMRC) and Fieldex 2016. She then co-directed the 2016 CMRC along with Sam Weitzman. 

Samuel Weitzman '19

United States - Cleveland

Sam is from Cleveland and double majored in International Relations and Philosophy. Before becoming co-leader, he served in a number of roles in ALLIES. In the fall of 2016, Sam simultaneously co-directed (along with Sammy Salkin) the 2016 Tufts ALLIES Civil-Military Relations Conference (CMRC), served as the curriculum director, and was a member of the planning team for FieldEx 2017. During the 2015-16 academic year, he served on the planning teams for the 2015 CMRC and FieldEx 2016. Sam first became interested in ALLIES after hearing Sherman speak at Jumbo Days, although a misdiagnosis of whooping cough delayed his attending a meeting until the very end of the first semester of his freshman year. On campus, he was also involved with the Tufts Daily, Sigma Iota Rho, CIVIC, and Philosophy Club. In his free time, Sam enjoys (among other things) reading, writing, sports, listening to music and podcasts, spending time with friends, and making semi-obscure pop culture references.

Rachel Baras '13

United States - Boston

Rachel Baras was a member of the class of 2013, majoring in International Relations with a minor in Economics. She was closely involved with ALLIES, Synaptic Scholars, and Discourse at the IGL.

With a particular interest in the politics of humanitarian assistance, she worked as a research assistant at Feinstein International Center, U.S. Army War College Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, and Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR). Rachel earned a certificate from the OFDA Military Liaison Unit for her participation in their Joint Humanitarian Operations Course in 2011, and continued her interest in security studies while studying at the London School of Economics the following year. These experiences provided her with the foundation to delve more deeply into the challenges of providing humanitarian assistance in modern crises. As a Synaptic Scholar, she applied this experience to her position at HPCR and wrote research articles on humanitarian crises. She was also content editor for the IGL's Discourse Journal during her senior year. She is a committed animal activist, former prep cook, and an alumna of the Tanglewood Institute for classical piano.