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Meet Our Fellows
Anetra Brown received her Bachelors of Science degree in Sociology with a concentration in race, ethnicity, and social change at the University of Oregon. For the last several years she’s worked in the nonprofit sector helping organizations develop and execute diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and goals. Outside of her professional life, she has served as Education Chair for the NAACP Eugene/Springfield chapter and is currently on the board for the University of Oregon Black Alumni Network. At the Haas Institute, she will be working with the California Community Partnerships team analyzing the causes and potential solutions to the Bay Area housing affordability and equity crisis.
Onisha Etkins is a Ph.D. student studying Population Health Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Broadly, Onisha is interested in exploring public health inequities as it relates to race and ethnicity. She is studying mental health in U.S. Caribbean immigrant communities and Black immigrant communities generally. Onisha's work is influenced by her own upbringing as a first generation Guyanese-American and growing up in a predominantly Caribbean immigrant community. Onisha is originally from Brooklyn, New York and received a Master's of Science in Community Health and Prevention Research ('17) and a BA in Science, Technology, and Society ('16) at Stanford University. As a summer fellow, she will be working with the Just Public Finance program to understand and address public health disparities related to water insecurity in the Detroit, Michigan area.
Adiba Hasanis an international student and recent graduate of Augustana College where she earned a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Religion. During her time as an undergraduate student, she was the president of Augie International and co-founder of Búhos (English as Second Language program for the local community) on campus. As part of the organizations, Adiba contributed to increasing intercultural competency by organizing cultural events and raising awareness about the immigrant population that lack educational resources around campus. In addition, she interned with the American Bar Association in Washington, D.C. where she assisted immigrant detainees. Currently, Adiba is a summer fellow at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at the University of California, Berkeley working on the Blueprint for Belonging initiative as part of the Network for Transformative Change.
Taliah Mirmalek is a community researcher-organizer from Oakland. She will conduct research and analysis supporting a multi-stakeholder collaborative aimed at increasing civic participation among those who have been excluded or disaffected, rather than simplistically focusing on the consistently politically active. For the past three years, she has been organizing as a researcher in the labor movement, most recently with UNITE HERE Local 2850. She also spent time with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s Environmental Justice and Community Benefits Program, where she evaluated and monitored firm commitments to offset the PUC’s historical degradation of low-income, communities of color neighborhoods.
Teofanny Saragi (they/them) is a recent graduate of Pomona College, where they studied Asian American Studies and Public Policy/Sociology. Teo’s commitment to social justice work is rooted in their experiences as a first-generation college student, being raised in a low-income, single-parent household, and coming from a lineage of indigenous Batak Indonesian people. This summer, Teo hopes to continue uplifting community voices as part of the Strategic Communications team. In their spare time, Teo loves to sing, read poetry, and search for yummy vegetarian foods.
Miranda Simes is an incoming junior at Columbia University studying sustainable development and sociology. In her studies, she continually questions the dynamics between natural, physical and social spaces and the different layers of geography when it comes to access and inclusion. Previously, Miranda has contributed to research analyzing how climate action plans in New York City and Los Angeles have addressed social equity. Miranda will be working this summer with the Equity Metrics Project to investigate spatial inequities and barriers to inclusivity.
Michael Xu is a J.D. candidate at the University of Michigan Law School. His research interests lie in the dynamics of othering and neoliberalism in the “post-civil rights” era, with a focus on the incomplete nature of democracy in our social order as well as environmental justice. Having received common law and civil law training in three languages, Michael most recently earned his LL.M. from Berkeley Law, where he drafted French observation reports for the OHCHR Special Rapporteur on Torture against state actors and interned as an Equal Justice America fellow at East Bay Community Law Center’s housing unit. In the upcoming spring, he will extern at the protection policy and legal advice section of UNHCR in Geneva. As a law fellow, Michael will devote his summer to addressing racially disparate impact on voter representation in partisan gerrymandering cases, fair housing and the convergence of immigration and incarceration law.
Evan Yoshimoto is a recent graduate from UC Berkeley with degrees in Environmental Economics & Policy, and Conservation & Resource Studies. Evan’s research interests include sustainable economics, political ecology, and environmental justice. As a member of the Students of Color Environmental Collective, Evan spent his undergraduate career organizing for a more equitable and justice-centered environmental movement. He currently serves as the Civil Rights Chair of the Japanese American Citizens League Berkeley Chapter. As a summer fellow, Evan will work with the Global Justice Program to assess how corporate power influences society and complete case studies on climate refugee displacement across the globe.
The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley is a hub of engaged scholars, researchers, strategic communicators, policymakers, and community partners working to advance belonging for all members of society.