2012 Student Advisory Board
Christina studied Political Science and Spanish at Bryn Mawr College, and then went on to receive an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University. Her passion for social justice issues in Latin America has led her to study transitional justice in Argentina, intern with an indigenous rights organization in Ecuador, and eventually become a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay. While there, Christina worked with community leaders to expand local government services, especially for women and children. She also conducted a twice-weekly radio program and “know your rights” educational seminars. At WCL, Christina covers Latin America for the Human Rights Brief and is a volunteer translator for clients in WCL’s clinical program.
Upasana graduated from Davidson College in 2010 with a BA in Environmental Studies. During her undergraduate studies, Upasana spent a summer volunteering at a children’s shelter in Nepal and participated in an international service trip to Northern Ireland, where she studied peace and conflict issues.Upasana also spent a semester and then another summer in the Amazon Basin, where she conducted thesis research on the potential and pitfalls of community-based ecotourism as an ecologically and socially sustainable development strategy for indigenous and rural peoples in the Amazon. After graduation, Upasana spent several months interning at environmental NGOs in DC, working specifically on issues related to indigenous and environmental human rights issues in the Amazon and other parts of Latin America.
Diana graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a B.A. in International Studies and Political Science. As an undergraduate, she studied abroad in West Africa where she worked for the Women United Against AIDS in Ghana (WUAAG). As a program coordinator for WUAAG, she developed income-generating projects and established partnerships with other non-profit organizations to provide services for women living with HIV/AIDS. She subsequently interned with the Center for Politics and Foreign Relations at Johns Hopkins University where she conducted research and produced brief articles on key foreign policy issues. Diana volunteered with the National Youth Justice Alliance where she mentored at-risk youth living in DC’s secure residential facility for youth awaiting adjudication. Upon graduation, she lived in Japan and worked as an English teacher for junior high students. Her legal interests include immigration, refugee and asylum law, and international public health.
Rachel studied Social Work and Asian Studies at Skidmore College and graduated in 2008. Through the Social Work program at Skidmore, Rachel participated in numerous internships, including positions at Captain Youth and Family Services, The Fund for Modern Courts, Mary's Haven Hospice, and Family Planning Advocates of New York State. While in college, Rachel spent semesters abroad in London, India, and Argentina. After graduation, Rachel interned for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and taught English in China and Indonesia, where she developed a deeper appreciation of her civil rights and solidified her decision to pursue a career in law. At WCL she volunteers with the Equal Justice Foundation and participates in various events hosted by the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.
Jacqueline graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies. During her undergraduate studies, she focused her efforts on promoting awareness through education. She participated in Global Connect, a student-run organization that taught international issues throughout various high schools. Committed to her cause, she studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa where she worked with the Legal Welfare Community Organization addressing and advocating the injustices of marginalized individuals within the local townships. After graduation, she worked for the Housing Authority for the City of Los Angeles where she drafted policy initiatives that would help improve the impoverished communities within the housing developments. She plans to continue promoting and protecting human rights here at WCL.
Alyssa received a B.A. in Political Science and Russian Language from the University of Notre Dame. She spent her spring semester of her junior year studying Russian language and culture in St. Petersburg, Russia. During her senior year, she was the Chairperson of Student Government's Multicultural Affairs Committee. Following graduation, Alyssa joined Teach for America and taught fifth grade Reading and Mathematics in Phoenix, Arizona during the summer institute. She then moved to New Orleans, Louisiana where she taught Eighth Grade English Language Arts in St. Bernard Parish for two years.