2011 Biographies

Annie Clark

Annie Clark is a senior at the Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill double majoring in Political Science and Psychology and minoring in Women’s Studies.  She also holds a certificate in Business Essentials from Kenan Flagler Business School.  At UNC, she was co-chair of Project Dinah, a safety and empowerment organization, and a founding member of One Act, an interpersonal violence prevention and education program.  As a Phillips Ambassador, she studied abroad, played soccer, and did research on sex trafficking in South East Asia.  She has worked with Congressional Research Services in the Government and Finance and American Law divisions, as well as with the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA) on issues of state/federal law and human trafficking.  Her current research involves college polices on interpersonal violence prevention, education, and reporting.   Next fall she plans to teach secondary English with Teach for America and continue her activist work.

Katie Starr

A Columbus, Ohio native, Katie is currently a senior at NC State University, planning on graduation this May, 2011 with degrees in International Studies and French, and a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. A Park Scholar recipient, Katie has optimized her undergraduate career by traveling abroad to Egypt in summer 2008, and Morocco in Spring 2009. She became passionate about women’s studies while taking a class in Morocco entitled “Gender and Islam.” Katie became a member of WomenNC in Spring 2010  and is excited to take part in her first independent research project on the very important topic of human sex trafficking.

Kimmie Garner

Kimmie is a senior Women’s Studies and International Studies major and Social and Economic Justice minor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who is passionate about sexual and reproductive health and immigrants’ rights. She is the Vice President of the APPLES Service-Learning Program, the Board Secretary of Benevolence Farm, a nonprofit that is seeking to create a rehabilitative farming community for formerly incarcerated women, and a doula through the UNC BirthPartners program. She also works with campus groups such as Alianza and Know Your Rights to raise awareness about and support farmworkers and immigrants and spent this past summer as a short-term student and researcher at a birth center and midwifery school in El Paso, Texas called Maternidad La Luz. Kimmie hopes to blend her passion for and commitment to women and the Latina/o community through nonprofit work and teaching and would like to work in the nonprofit sector for a few years before obtaining her graduate degree.

Kristen Brugh

Kristen is a second year graduate student at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and will receive her Master’s in Public Health degree from the Department of Maternal and Child Health in May 2011. She earned her Honors Baccalaureate in Biological Sciences from Virginia Tech in 2007, with minors in Biochemistry, Chemistry, and Spanish. Kristen has worked with pediatric and maternal HIV/AIDS programs in South Africa and Southern Sudan, and currently works as a graduate research assistant at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research and for the UNC Department of Public Policy. Kristen also serves as the Chair of the UNC Global Health Challenge Case Competition committee and as the graduate student liaison to the Triangle Global Health Consortium’s Professional Development and Engagement committee. Kristen’s areas of interest include domestic and international reproductive health policy, HIV/AIDS, global development, humanitarian aid, and the application of human rights frameworks and international law to global health governance and health system strengthening.

 

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