RRASC Interns

Aisha Mahama-Rodriguez | 2020
College/University: The University of Texas at Austin
Academic Concentration: Government & English; Minor in French & Political Communications
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Aisha is a second-year Government and English double-major minoring in French and Political Communications at the University of Texas at Austin. She’s invested in decarceration and civil rights law and pursues social justice through combining social science research with political activism. Her previous work includes interning at the Texas Civil Rights Project and interning with the Texas House of Representatives. Her other passions include cinema, cooking & baking, and the search for the best cup of coffee.
Andrea Ponce Mata | 2020
College/University: University of California, Berkeley
Academic Concentration: Legal Studies; Minor in Political Economy
Hometown: Richmond, VA
I was born and raised in Mexico until the age of four. I come from a single-parent household of strong and independent women. I enjoy reading and I consider myself a life long learner. I envision myself becoming a lawyer and increasing representation for women of color in every space possible.
Baylor Andrews | 2020
College/University: Georgia State University
Academic Concentration: Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Minor in Political Science
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
I am Baylor Andrews from Atlanta, Georgia and I use any pronouns. I am a senior at Georgia State University majoring in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and minoring in Political Science. I am passionate about issues such as prison abolition, transformative justice, and community care, and labor rights. I am an organizer with Southerners on New Ground and 9to5: Winning Justice for Working Women. I am highly influenced by my grandmothers, paternal grandfather, bell hooks, Anna Julia Cooper, Mariam Kaba, and Rosa Parks.
Carizma Forbes | 2020
College/University: Howard University
Academic Concentration: Health Education; Minor in Biology, Chemistry
Hometown: Long Island, NY
Carizma Forbes is a second-year health education student at Howard University. She currently aspires to be able to work to educate the general public on and advocate for women's health rights. In her free time, she loves to listen to music and do anything that you could find in Michael's.
Cheyanna Duran | 2020
Intern with: The Theater Offensive
College/University: New England Conservatory
Academic Concentration: Oboe; Minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies
Hometown: Conifer, Colorado
Originally from the mountains in Colorado, I am an oboe major and gender and sexuality studies minor at New England Conservatory in Boston. I am the president of my school's Student's Advocating for Gender Equity (SAGE) club, where I plan events that showcase womxn and non-binary students at NEC. I also utilize the club as a support group for students and provide resources for those struggling with gender-based issues on and off-campus. I recently became a volunteer with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC), working with its Community Awareness and Prevention Services program.
Elí Alejo | 2020
College/University: Hampshire College
Academic Concentration: Latin American/Latinx Studies, Political Theory, and Studio Art
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Elí is a rising senior at Hampshire College studying Latin American/Latinx Studies, Political Theory, and Studio Art. Their studies focus on addressing the effects of colonization, US intervention in Latin America, and showcasing the history of Latin American and Latinx resistance. Elí has worked in multiple sectors ranging from grassroots to federal in hopes of utilizing their experiences to support community efforts working to change policies/gain autonomy. In the near future, they are hope to pursue an MA in Public Policy and Studio Arts.
Eric Qiu | 2020
College/University: The University of Texas at Austin
Academic Concentration: Finance
Hometown: Houston, TX
Eric is a third year student at the University of Texas at Austin. They are also pursuing a certificate in human rights and social justice and aim to dismantle systemic oppression by empowering communities that have been historically marginalized at the intersections. Along with social justice, they are passionate about community building, art, and popular culture. They aim to pursue law after undergrad to satisfy their desire to provide direct services to underprivileged communities.
Fiona Kennedy | 2020
Intern with: Teachers Unite
College/University: Tulane University
Academic Concentration: Public Health; Minor in Political Science
Hometown: Williston Park, NY
My name is Fiona (she/her pronouns) and I am currently a junior at Tulane in New Orleans (my favorite city in the world!) Some of my interests within RJ include the Black Birth Matters movement, criminal justice reform, and sex workers' rights. I also previously volunteered as a doula and love to talk about birth! Outside of classes, I enjoy photography, reading, and working on my thesis (which examines the Louisiana discourse on policies expanding reproductive health access for incarcerated women). This summer, I will be working with Teachers Unite as a RRASC intern!
Julia Teresa Martinez | 2020
College/University: Agnes Scott College
Academic Concentration: History and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Hometown: Snellville, GA
Julia Martinez is a second-year student at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, Georgia where she is interested in the humanities. Although she has yet to declare, she’s considering a double major in History and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
LaKia Williams | 2020
College/University: Tulane University of Louisiana
Academic Concentration: Neuroscience and Africana Studies
LaKia Williams is a current intern at SisterSong: The National Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective and the Communications and Outreach Coordinator for the Reproductive Justice Action Collective (ReJAC). LaKia is an experienced student activist at Tulane University, she is the Founder of Big Easy EC that provides free sexual health supplies, including Plan B, she is also the founder of the Louisiana Student Activist Reproductive Justice conference.
Laura Ramirez | 2020
College/University: University of California, Davis
Academic Concentration: International Relations; Minor in Sociology & Human Rights
Hometown: Redwood City, CA
Hello! My name is Laura and I have the privilege of being part of RRASC 2020. My passion for social justice has driven me to sustain an open mind and heart that I hope to further develop this summer as a part of RRASC
Madison Hill | 2020
College/University: DePaul University
Academic Concentration: Women's Studies; Minor in LGBTQ Studies
Madison Hill is a rising junior at DePaul University. She is a Women's Studies major with a minor in LGBTQ Studies. In her free time, she enjoys singing, listening to music, and finding out the latest Taurus horoscope.
Minerva Garcia | 2020
College/University: Texas A&M University College Station
Academic Concentration: Psychology
Hometown: Austin, TX
I’m a Junior Psychology undergrad at Texas A&M University. I am really interested in finding an intersection between mental health and reproductive justice. Some might say that sometimes I get a little too angry about the disparities that many people face, but I want to be able to fight for those who have been silenced for so long.
Omar Lazcano | 2020
College/University: The University of Texas at Arlington
Academic Concentration: Political Science; Minor in Spanish
Hometown: Irving, TX
I grew up in Irving Tx a shy kid who loved reading and who feared asking questions/inconveniencing others. My mom called me "compassionate." I often tried, and still try, to figure the world out for myself and on my own terms. The school was a time of great highs and lows, especially high school when I made some of my most enduring friendships but also struggled academically with mathematics.
Ricardo Vega | 2020
Intern with: Teachers Unite
College/University: Wesleyan University
Academic Concentration: American Studies and English; Minor in Education Studies
Hometown: Irving, TX
I am a junior at Wesleyan University from Dallas, TX and I am majoring in American Studies and English and minoring in Education Studies. I am a first-gen queer Latinx college student and I am passionate about helping empower marginalized voices through community organizing and education. I hope to become an educator after graduating from college. In my spare time, I enjoy writing poetry and short stories, listening to music, and watching videos and shows online (especially Steven Universe, Sex Education, and High School Musical the Musical the Series).
Sami Watts | 2020
College/University: New England Conservatory
Academic Concentration: Flute Performance; Minor in Women and Gender Studies
Hometown: Boston, MA
Sami Watts, age 20, is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance and a Liberal Arts minor in Women and Gender Studies at the New England Conservatory of Music. At NEC, she continues to cultivate her musical understanding and develop her artistic sound under the direction of the esteemed and enthusiastic, Paula Robison.
Sarah Szilagy | 2020
Intern with: NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio
College/University: Ohio State University
Academic Concentration: Journalism and Political Science; Minor in Criminology
Hometown: Columbus, OH
I am a third-year at Ohio State studying journalism and political science with a specialization in inequality and justice. In addition to being an editor for Ohio State’s student newspaper, I am a Relationship Education and Violence Prevention ambassador, meaning I educate students on healthy relationships and consent. I’m passionate about reproductive health and abortion access, intersectional healthcare, disability rights and sexual violence prevention.
Selah Wilks | 2020
College/University: Western Washington University
Academic Concentration: Pre-Med and Social Justice
Hometown: Baltimore / New York, New York
Hello! I am Selah Wilks and I am from Seattle! I am a Freshman at Western Washington University and I have an interest in being a midwife in the future. I love cooking and being outside and I want to become a film buff!
Sonya Bhatia | 2020
College/University: Tufts University
Academic Concentration: Sociology and Pre-Med track
I identify as an Indian cis-woman, and am a rising senior at Tufts University studying sociology on the pre med track. I feel that my purpose in life is the lifelong learning of the ways in which systems of oppression, particularly racism, compound and intersect to damage the body in physical and emotional ways and to heal with this framework in mind in the capacity I can. I am a kinetic learner who leads with emotion, loves to write, learn, connect with others, and crack (sometimes funny) jokes.
Vishu Chandrasekhar | 2020
College/University: Case Western Reserve University
Academic Concentration: Political science and economics; Minor in Social Justice
Hometown: New York, NY
Vishu is a freshman economics and political science major, and hails from New York City. She is very passionate about reproductive justice, specifically in areas regarding health policy and inequities in access to care. Vishu enjoys reading comic books, thinking about sneakers, and wandering her neighborhood looking for dogs to befriend.
Yiwen Bao | 2020
Intern with: Forward Together
College/University: Mount Holyoke College
Academic Concentration: Politics and Film and Media Studies
Yiwen Bao (she/they) is currently a rising senior at Mount Holyoke College studying Politics and Film and Media Studies. She has been working on projects in the field of labor rights and reproductive justice, and she aspires to go into the field of public interest law. In the meantime, she is interested in exploring how art and movements can be combined in advancing social justice and catalyzing fundamental political change. In her free time, you can find her binge-watch New Wave films, read novels, or watch millions of cat videos.