S. Aanjali Allegakoen is an American Studies and Human Rights double major in her Senior year at UConn. She is passionate about Ethnic Studies and Queer Studies and expanding both fields to be more holistic in their approach to representing racialized and colonized peoples. Aanjali is currently launching her IDEA Grant funded project, Ninaivu: Memory Archive this April in an effort to catalogue the plurality of the (Eelam/Ilankai/SL) Tamil experience in North America. As a queer Ilankai Tamil woman, Aanjali knows the importance of seeing one’s identity represented in academic spaces and is hoping that the panel she is moderating this Symposium “Decolonizing LGBTQ+ Identities: the Ilankai/Eelam/Sri Lankan Tamil Experience” will allow people in her community to feel this way. Aanjali will be attending the College of William and Mary’s American Studies MA/PhD program this Fall.
Brianna Dyer is a senior undergraduate double majoring in Global Studies and Human Rights with a minor in French at the University of Connecticut. She is chair of the Genocide Awareness sub-committee for the Human Rights Symposium. Driven by justice and her fascination with genocide studies, she will attend Leiden University in The Hague to pursue an LL.M in International Criminal Law.
Samantha Gove is an undergraduate Sociology and Psychological Sciences double major at the University of Connecticut. She has been doing work in social justice and activism for the past five years and is currently involved in the Human Rights and Action Learning Community, NAISA, and SES at UConn.
Mason Holland is a sophomore Political Science major and the current President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Public Education and Outreach Chair of UCCO. Mason’s advocacy has centered on educational equity, cannabis reform and course curriculum decolonization on an institutional and state level.
Emily Loveland is a PhD student at the UConn School of Social Work. Her interests include social welfare, food security, human rights, and policy. Emily strives to analyze human rights issues from both a micro and macro perspective, evaluating how the intersection of these issues impact policies, communities, and individuals.
Hi! My name is Emily Lucke and I am a sophomore Political Science major, Human Rights minor, and am also in the Special Program in Law. As Elle Woods said, I’m a Gemini vegetarian. My interest within human rights is in Latino rights, immigration, asylum, and refugees. I hope to someday work in different non-profit organizations to help these groups. I joined the Human Rights Symposium because of the activism it promotes among a broad spectrum of topics, and for the awareness it can spread across the UConn community.
Priya Mistri is an undergraduate at UConn in her junior year, studying Human Rights and Psychology. She is interested in a variety of socio-political issues, namely those which disproportionately impact women and children. In the future, Priya hopes to work in a field uplifting those in need and serving her community.
Aarushi Nohria is Vice President of the Human Rights Symposium and an honors student double majoring in English and Human Rights. Passionate about education and children’s rights, Aarushi intends to continue advocating for change and uplifting marginalized voices while in graduate school and beyond.
Neha Sistu is a sophomore double majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology and Global Health at the University of Connecticut. She serves as the Marketing Director for the symposium. Her interests include racial/ethnic health disparities, global health, mental health, and reproductive justice. In the future, she hopes to advocate for marginalized communities in the context of health and contribute to the creation of a more equitable healthcare system.
The founder and President of UConn’s Human Rights Symposium, Irene is a sophomore double majoring in Cognitive Science and Statistics. Through various positions, including her role as Executive Director of the Student Coalition for Refugees and her work with Genocide Watch, Irene aims to develop inter-organizational networks and international infrastructure to holistically support survivors of armed conflict and to predict, prevent, stop, and punish severe violations of human rights.
Madison is a freshman majoring in Global Studies and Political Science from Windsor, CT. She is a member of the symposiums gender subcommittee and also is a member of UConn Model UN. After she graduates UConn, she plans to go to law school and become a lawyer in international law.
Diana Velasco is a senior double majoring in Political Science and Human Rights as well as minoring in Latino and Latin American Studies at the University of Connecticut. She is the chair for the Border, Immigration, and Refugee Crisis subcommittee. Diana has been currently working on organizing for immigrant justice as well as other social movements. Her interests include immigration reform, immigrant, refugee, and asylee rights, and Latinx rights. She is on her path to obtaining a masters degree in Latino and Latin American Studies and plans on attending law school in the future. She aspires to be an immigration lawyer who can help those in need.
Jessica Zaccagnino received her J.D. and LL.M. in Human Rights and Social Justice from the UConn School of Law. Her scholarly interests include neo-authoritarianism, sexual and gender-based violence, and First Amendment law. Jessica recently published “All Roads Lead to Rome: A Jurisprudential Genealogy of Feminism, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, and International Criminal Law” in volume 35 of the Connecticut Journal of International Law.