SUMMER FELLOWS 2017
Daniel Russel Cheung is an incoming senior at UC Berkeley majoring in History. Outside of the fellowship, Daniel works to mitigate the effects of Proposition 209 on communities of color by serving as the External Director of the Bridges Multicultural Resource Center. Daniel also works with Asian and Pacific Islander students. He served as a Community Advocate in the Asian Pacific American Student Development Office and created and instructed a seminar on multiracial history in Berkeley's Asian American Studies Department. As a summer fellow, Daniel will be supporting the Institute's Blueprint for Belonging (B4B) Initiative as part of the Network for Transformative Change.
Derrick Duren is a senior transfer student at UC Berkeley completing a double major in Media and American Studies. Derrick has dedicated much of their extracurricular time to social justice education and advocacy through their experiences as Multi-Cultural Awareness Chair and as a curator for Multi, their inaugural art showcase for students of color at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Derrick currently serves as a Development Assistant & Honorary Student Committee member at the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive. As a summer fellow, Derrick will work with the California Community Partnership program. Their research addresses Housing Affordability and community displacement in Richmond, CA.
EJ Toppin is a Master of Public Policy Candidate at the University of California, Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy. As a Summer Fellow at the Haas Institute, he is engaged in efforts to address housing affordability and the issue of displacement in Richmond, California as well as Greater Detroit, Michigan's water contamination and infrastructure crisis. Prior to returning to school for graduate studies, EJ worked as a legislative aide on environment, agriculture, and energy issues in the United States Senate. EJ is originally from Hartford, Connecticut and is a graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts where he hearned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2010.
Minahil Khan is from Buffalo, New York, and is contributing to the Post Elections Strategies project with Tides Fellow, Joshua Clark. She recently earned her Bachelor of Arts in Advocacy and Argumentation from the University of Buffalo where she was a Prentice Family Foundation Western New York Prosperity Fellow and served as the undergraduate Student Association President. Minahil's interests include racial and gender equity, immigrant rights, and building a more representative democracy. As a summer fellow, she will work on research around the understanding of the prevailing attitudes and narratives that led to the 2016 US Presidential election. After her time at the Haas Institute, Minahil plans to serve as an American Indian Foundation William J. Clinton Fellow and then attend the Georgetown University Law Center for her JD.
Jasmine Guraya is currently double majoring in Psychology and International Economics & Migration at UC Berkeley and anticipates graduating in Fall 2017. She has a wide array of interests and is intrigued by how and why people reason the way they do, how the human brain functions, and ponders on the role of international events and economic labor theories on migration. Her customized double major allows her to account for the social, economic, health, and political factors contributing to international migration and successful resettlement. Coming from a family of refugees and immigrants, her coursework and research focuses on South Asian groups. As a summer fellow, she will be partaking in the Just Public Finance program in comparative economic research focusing on debt restructuring policy for Detroit and Puerto Rico.
Rhonda Itaoui is in the final year of a PhD program in Social Sciences at Western Sydney University in Australia, and a Visiting Scholar at the UC Berkeley Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project. Her international PhD fieldwork explores the impact of globalized Islamophobia on the spatial mobility of young Muslims in the Bay Area, California, and Sydney, Australia, with her Sydney findings featured in two recently peer-reviewed articles 'The Geography of Islamophobia in Sydney: Mapping the Spatial Imaginaries of young Muslims' and 'Media Representations of Racism and Spatial Mobility: Young Muslim (Un)belonging in a Post-Cronulla Riot Sutherland'. As a Summer Fellow, she will work with the Global Justice Program to develop a robust and interactive Annotated Bibliography on Islamophobia in North America.
Tanvi Rajgaria is a rising senior at Pomona College, with a major in Economics and minor in Religious Studies. Her focus is on bringing together human narratives - historical, anthropological, and philosophical - into data and modeling framework development. Tanvi herself has a long history of working as a bridging liaison between institutions and communities, looking forward to her role as At-Large Student Representative on the Board of Trustees Finance Committee for Pomona College. As a summer fellow for the Leap Forward Project, Tanvi will be looking at Earned Income Tax Credit, and the role that gig-working and the sharing economy can play in forming a more equitable income distribution system for the State of California.
Thomas Matthew is a J.D. candidate at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), where he was awarded the Boalt Hall Dean's Fellowship. His research interests include examining solutions to methodological tensions among progressive liberals in California. Thomas' academic work is heavily influenced by his desire to give legal and political agency to underserved communities worldwide. Prior to joining the Haas Institute, Thomas attended Amherst College where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Recently he joined the leadership team of Berkeley Law's Post-Conviction Advocacy Project, which works to provide competent and compassionate representation for men and women who may spend the rest of their lives in prison. As a summer fellow, Thomas will serve as a research assistant to Steve Menendian where his work focuses on affordable housing, disparate impact, and structural racialization.
Winnie Luo is a rising sophomore double majoring in Public Health and Statistics at UC Berkeley. She has interests in health disparities and disease in populations, and the place-based, socioeconomic, and political determinants of health. Previously, Winnie has worked with the Office of Equity and Inclusion to analyze diversity in high school admissions to UC Berkeley. She hopes to use insights derived from data to further health equity and social justice. As a summer fellow, Winnie will be working within the Equity Metrics program to assess inequality measurements and conduct spatial analysis on opportunity barriers.
SUMMER FELLOWS 2016
Sarah Omer is a rising senior at UC Berkeley majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Global Social and Economic Development specific to the African continent. She studies Interdisciplinary Studies because it allows her to explore various aspects of development and the causes of "underdevelopment" in "third world" countries. Through her customized major, Sara accounts for the social, economic, health, business, political, environmental and any other factors that contribute to a state's development and wellbeing. She is interested in the way people define their identities and how identities have come to change over time for different groups of people. She was born and raised in Khartoum, Sudan and hopes to one day go back and work in her hometown.
Basima Sisemore completed her M.A. in Research Architecture from Goldsmiths, University of London, where her research focused on the intersections of space, power, resistance and reproductive rights of Palestinian political prisoners. As a Summer Research Fellow, Basima is supporting the development of the “Thinking Ahead” author speaker series as part of the Leap Forward Project, and is contributing to a report on anti-Muslim and anti-Islam U.S. legislation for the Global Justice program. Basima received her B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and has worked extensively with non-profit organizations in the Bay Area, managing programs that strive to increase social, educational and civic engagement opportunities for youth, and immigrant communities of color.
Jenna Shelton is a rising senior at UC Berkeley and will graduate from UC Berkeley in Fall 2016 with a major in Conservation and Resource Studies with a concentration in food access and equity and a minor in Public Policy. She is most passionate about using policy as a tool for creating change and empowering marginalized community. Formerly, she served as Policy Director on the Board of Directors for a 200-member non-profit public benefit corporation. Additionally, she is an active member of the Berkeley Hope Scholars program for independent students and former foster youth and the Disabled Students’ Program. She has also worked on local policy processes as a Food Justice Intern for the Sustainable Economies Law Center and is currently conducting research on the role of the disabled community within agricultural spaces with hopes to use it as a starting point for creating accessible agricultural spaces for people with disabilities. As a Research Fellow with the Haas Institute, she is studying the changing image of land-grant universities.
Kian Vesteinsson is a rising senior at Pomona College and is contributing to the Just Public Finance program at HIFIS. He is a double major in Politics and Religious Studies, with a coursework focus on the dynamics of race and religion in the post-9/11 United States. Kian wants to explore how we can make academic knowledge accessible and actionable, especially as relating to equity in education, systems of immigrant integration, and life in the city. At Pomona, Kian is a head mentor with Asian American Mentor Program, a student-run mentorship and leadership development program. His work at HIFIS deals with Puerto Rico's economic distress, the structures at play in student debt, and the threat to education presented by international trade agreements.
SUMMER FELLOWS 2015
Kemi Bello explores storytelling - about ideas, people and community - through the intersections of words, data, design and technology. Kemi was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and migrated to the U.S. at the age of six. Upon learning she was undocumented in high school, she joined the immigrant rights movement as a community organizer. Kemi has also conducted research and policy analysis for the labor rights movement and fundraised at the intersection of arts & culture and social change. She is a math and economics alumni of the University of Houston and aspiring data scientist. She is a firm believer in the need to explore the complexities and nuances of experience of migrant communities in the United States, and seeks to push back against one-dimensional narratives. In her nonexistent spare time, she is working on perfecting her sea salt brownie recipe and spreading the gospel of glitter.
Raj Bhargava is a second year undergraduate at UC Berkeley majoring in Economics and minoring in both Public Policy and Creative Writing. His passions lie in urban inequalities of opportunity, and especially gentrification and racialized disparities in community involvement and education. Raj is a contributor to the Haas Institute's Just Public Finance program and researches the financial structuring of public institutions through the Great Recession as well as the broader trend of municipal financialization.
llaria Giglioli is a PhD candidate in Geography at the University of California Berkeley where she is currently researching cross-Mediterranean migration between North Africa and Italy. More generally, she is interested in the relationship between the organization of space and the production and reproduction of inequality. She has previously carried out research on struggles around access to natural resources, particularly in settler colonial contexts. Before joining UC Berkeley she has worked as a researcher for different organizations, including Greenpeace, and has been active on a wide range of human rights and social justice issues.
Michael J. Myers II is from Buffalo, New York and is a Ph.D. student in the Department of African-American Studies at UC Berkeley. A first-generation college student, Michael graduated with honors from SUNY Buffalo State with a B.S. in Criminal Justice. He also holds an M.P.A. from SUNY Binghamton and an M.S. Ed in Education Policy from The University of Pennsylvania. He thoroughly enjoys being a doctoral student because it affords him the luxury to learn and think through a broad range of topics including: the dialectics of freedom and Blackness; Black piracy and self-emancipated slave rebellions; and the productive heterarchy of entangled systems of power within settler colonialism. While Michael’s research interests continue to evolve, he remains deeply invested in thinking through the works of Sylvia Wynter. Michael enjoys spending time with his family and friends, exploring San Francisco, and new experiences.
Fernando Reyes is passionate about reversing historical trends of structural inequality though his passion for economics and finance. A lifelong resident of nearby Vallejo, Fernando developed his affinity when he saw childhood friends become victims of violent crime, incarceration, and substance abuse. Coupled with his experiences as a first-generation college student at Diablo Valley College, he felt compelled to make a difference in his community. Realizing the opportunity gaps caused by socioeconomic situations, Fernando became involved with local high school youth as a mentor for Berkeley’s Young Entrepreneurs at Haas program. He looks forward to contributing towards the Anchor Richmond and housing policy projects, specifically by helping the team leverage the proposed Berkeley Global Campus at Richmond Bay into realizing equitable opportunity. Fernando thoroughly enjoys traveling to music festivals, eating ramen, and dunking on his friends in 2k.
Emily Stein is a fourth-year part-time law student at the Rutgers School of Law in Newark, New Jersey. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies and Special Honors from Hunter College of the City University of New York, where she performed independent research on the quality of life for LGBT communities in rural and urban spaces. Prior to commencing her legal education, Emily worked closely with diverse communities through grassroots outreach and community programs in New York and New Jersey’s urban centers. As a law student, Emily has focused her studies on developing her research faculties and effectively communicating complex legal concepts to academic and non-academic audiences, alike. At Rutgers, Emily served as a Teaching Associate for the Legal Writing and Research program and published an article commenting on fair use and author/artist rights with the accredited law journal, Rutgers Law Record.
Bradley Afroilan is a 1st generation, 4th year Undergraduate majoring in Sociology at UC Berkeley who transferred to Cal from UCSB in the Fall of 2014. At UCSB, Bradley was a research assistant for John Foran and also wrote and presented a paper on the rapport between the media and Pilipin(x)/ Pilipin(x) Americans at the Comparative Literature Dept's annual Conference. This past year at Cal, Bradley has worked closely with the Pilipin(x) Community in his involvement with the Pil-Studies Committee and as a Volunteer Organizing Committee Co-coordinator who successfully helped the Pil-Community Endorsed Senator get elected to Senate. At Haas, Bradley is hopeful to bridge the gap between academia and community organizing by taking what he has learned and apply it to practice in creative, unconventional ways and also interactively engaging with community organizing. Bradley's research interests are in race/ethnicity, especially Pil-American/Diasporic Studies, decolonization, and art as a tool for social change. For fun, Bradley enjoys reading, watching cartoons, running, and playing guitar & with dogs.
Navgeet King Zed (King) is a senior at UC Berkeley pursuing dual degrees in Business Administration and Rhetoric with a Minor Global Poverty and Practice. He is deeply passionate about issues of food justice, food equity and sustainability and their relationship with business and finance. He is interested harnessing the power of business to do good and make a global impact. He is the founder and President of Theta Delta Mu (TDM), the premier business fraternity that’s focused on social impact entrepreneurship. He has served in multiple leadership positions including being the Student Body President of Truckee Meadows Community College, Director of Micro-Equity International, Director of Finance and Operations for the UC Berkeley Food Pantry. Additionally, he is a certified mediator and was recognized as the Nevada Peacemaker of Year in 2006.
SUMMER FELLOWS 2014
Magali Duque is a rising senior at Stanford University, majoring in History with a focus in World History and Global Affairs. She is also pursuing a minor in Modern Languages (French and Spanish). A Los Angeles native, she has always been interested in issues of inequality and equitable development, in particular how race, gender and class intersect and affect social development. This led her to join various student organizations on campus through which she has organized conferences and career fairs in order to promote advocacy for human rights and development issues. As an intern at the HAAS Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, and a Roosevelt Fellow, she is excited to work alongside her colleagues on the Global Food System project through researching the role of corporations in issues of inequality.
Chloe Tarrasch is a second year undergraduate at UC Berkeley and plans to major in Statistics and Political Economy. This fall, she is a Communications Fellow for the Haas Institute. She previously interned this summer at Curbed SF, an online real estate publication based in San Francisco. At school, she writes for The Daily Californian and volunteers at the Berkeley Student Food Collective. Chloe is passionate about institutional justice, specifically pertaining to economic inequality, gentrification and gender equality. She hopes to learn more about these pressing issues while also spreading this information to policymakers and the public.
Monica Elizondo is passionate about the intersections of food justice, social justice and inclusivity in the environmental movement. She is starting her second year at Diablo Valley College and hopes to double major at Cal in Environmental Science along with Society and Environment. She was honored to be a fellow at the Haas Institute because of the tremendous potential to make systemic change through research, policy and advocacy. Monica was an intern for several years at Summer of Solutions: Oakland, a youth-led grassroots program in Fruitvale. Through the program, she worked on projects with alternative energy and facilitated workshops to empower youth to become leaders. She uses writing as a means for social change. Monica’s published interview of Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the UFW, is still being used to inspire youth in juvenile halls.
Thomas Nolan is a second year law student at UC Berkeley School of Law and is interested in land use, privacy and immigration. Last fall he worked with the California Asylum Representation Clinic and represented his first client under attorney supervision. He was raised in Washington state and received a BA in History at the University of Washington in Seattle. His senior thesis analyzed the legal and societal processes that led to the exclusion of Pacific Northwest tribes from the commercial fishing industry in the late 19th century. Thomas has experience working with spatial analysis software, and looks forward to having the Institute's multidisciplinary and talented researchers and staff as his colleagues.
Natalia Reyes is a third year undergraduate at UC Berkeley double majoring in Legal Studies and Rhetoric with a concentration in Public Discourse. Natalia lives and works in the student-governed Berkeley Student Cooperative, where she has been a Board Member and is currently working to establish a substance-free Academic Theme House. In addition to her outreach and publications work as Communications Fellow for the Haas Institute, Natalia conducts research on human rights discourse and the Colombian Constitutional Court. Prior, she has written and edited for the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership and The Daily Californian. She is a first generation college student passionate about access to justice, the power of discourse, and the economic potential of cooperatively-owned businesses. She managed the Haas Institute’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Rasheed Shabazz is a multimedia journalist and researcher. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelors in African American Studies and Political Science, with a minor in City and Regional Planning. Rasheed was most recently a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley, focusing on the establishment and operation of Black student news publications across the UC System. He is founder and currently editor-in-chief of The ABC Movement, a UC wide publication. He was also online editor for UC Berkeley's Onyx Express, a 20-year-old student publication. As a Gilman Scholar, Rasheed studied Swahili in Tanzania. As a McNair Scholar, his research focused on urban history and politics of higher education, focusing on the relocation of Oakland's Merritt College in the 1960s. His undergraduate thesis explored the history of housing discrimination against African Americans in his hometown of Alameda, CA. He previously studied at College of Alameda and Laney College in Oakland.
Jasmine Sadat recently finished her Master’s in City & Regional Planning from the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley. Her concentrations are Housing, Community, and Economic Development (HCED) and Land Use. At HIFIS, Jasmine will be conducting spatial analyses and creating maps for research projects involving social justice issues. Jasmine will also be summarizing data as tables, charts or other visual representations in connection with employment, housing, education, and other contexts in the social justice arena. Overall, Jasmine has a strong passion for exploring and doing research on issues dealing with socio-spatial segregation and urban policy and planning. Outside of the office, Jasmine enjoys standup comedy and volunteering at local soup kitchens. She felt greatly privileged to work for The Haas Institute for a Fair & Inclusive Society.
Sharanya Sriram is a Summer Fellow with the Haas Institute, working with the Roosevelt Institute Summer Academy. She is a rising sophomore at Georgetown University, studying International Politics: Security Studies with a concentration in International Development. At the Institute, Sharanya worked on UC Berkeley's status as an anchor institution, especially with regard to the proposed Richmond Bay campus extension.
FORMER STUDENT FELLOWS & RESEARCH ASSISTANTS
Alexis Alvarez-Franco works as a Research Assistant on the impact of the Berkeley Global Campus as an anchor institution on marginalized communities in order to catalyze economic growth in these communities. Alexis was one of the authors of the "Anchor Richmond" report published by the Haas Institute. Alexis is a San Diego native and has previously worked with institutions focusing on policy research within the San Diego-Tijuana region. Alexis is a senior at UC Berkeley majoring in Political Economy and minoring in Environmental Design and Urbanism.
Alisa Zhao a research assistant with the Haas Institute's Regional Economic Equity project. Alisa is a senior at UC Berkeley studying economics and psychology. She is an honor student at Hinshaw’s lab in the Institute of Human development, working on an honor thesis regarding racial/ethnic differences of ADHD treatment outcome. Previously, Alisa was a senior research staff at Culture and Cognition Lab. She co-developed several research projects investigating racial/ethnic differences on power, beauty, crowd emotion and perception in Tsinghua University and UC Berkeley. Alisa is passionate about working at Haas Institute to help make potential systemic change to challenge racism and inequality.
Priyal Bhatt is a fourth-year undergraduate student at UC Berkeley studying Political Economy and Public Policy. As a Network Research Assistant, she assists in managing the Haas Institute's work on its Network for Transformative Change. In addition to internships in the social and environmental justice arena, she has been an active member of the service community at Cal. Outside of academics, Priyal is passionate about girls' education issues, exploring new cuisines, and reading historical fiction novels.
Fanna Gamal is a Research Assistant at the Haas Institute. She is currently a law student at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Before law school Fanna served as a Campaign Associate for ColorOfChange.org -- America's largest online civil rights organization. As an Associate Fanna worked on voting rights, criminal justice and labor campaigns. She has worked as a judicial extern in the Northern District of California, and is active in the Youth Defender Clinical program at Berkeley Law. Fanna graduated form Tufts University with Honors and holds a B.A. in Political Science and Africana Studies. Her areas of interest include juvenile justice, women in the criminal justice system, and critical race theory.
Maritza Perez is a Research Assistant at the Haas Institute and is in her final semester at Berkeley Law. Her background as a first-generation American and college graduate fueled her desire to become involved in progressive politics from an early age in order to dismantle inequitable treatment of underrepresented groups. She joined Teach For America (TFA) after college to foster academic growth in New Orleans public schools. Her experience as a teacher prepared her to take her passion for social justice from the classroom to the courtroom, where systemic issues could be litigated. In law school, she has continued working on behalf of disenfranchised communities. For example, she joined the Death Penalty Clinic at Berkeley Law to contribute to a mitigation investigation aimed at overturning a capital punishment conviction and most recently served as a law clerk at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in Washington, DC, working on criminal justice and education equity issues.