WomenNC is proud to introduce its 2016 CSW Fellows! In addition to learning about our fellows, we are also happy to share with you the Policy Briefs and Presentation slides created by the Fellows during their WomenNC fellowship experience on the gender equality topics of their choice.
Madelaine Katz is a senior at Duke University majoring in Global Health and Cultural Anthropology. She has worked in several capacities with WISER, an international NGO based in Muhuru Bay, Kenya, that focuses on the social empowerment of underprivileged girls through education and health. She has worked at the organization for the past two summers, working with a community-based HIV prevention program, and conducting research on mental and reproductive health for adolescent girls. She now serves as the Director of Educational outreach for the on-campus advocacy group, WISERDuke, where she has planned and coordinated numerous community-wide events such as LeadWISER, a leadership conference for high-school aged young women around the Triangle area. She is currently the president of a new initiative for ninth grade women in local Durham high schools called “Girls’ Hub,” an after school club designed to help young women transitioning to high school build community and leadership skills. She also works on a multidisciplinary research team examining Sickle Cell disease in Jamaica, and is an assistant at the Kenan Institute of Ethics. In her free time, she performs onstage with the all student-run musical theater group Hoof ’n’ Horn.
Laura Licata is pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications with a minor in Political Science at Meredith College. She served honorably in the United States Marine Corps as a military police officer and deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 and Japan in 2011. On campus she is the News Editor on the Meredith’s newspaper and the publicity chair for the communications club. She also assists with the Honoring Women Veterans event at Meredith every year. After graduation, Laura plans to move to Washington D.C. and pursue her Master’s in Security Studies and a career in Foreign Policy and Diplomacy.
Leah Ford is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying public policy and global studies, with a concentration on health and the environment, and minoring in women and gender studies. She is an active member of the Coalition for Human Rights on UNC’s campus which is a group dedicated to social justice initiatives through activism and awareness. She is also a DJ at WXYC and has previously been involved with writing and designing graphics for UNC Siren, UNC’s feminist magazine. She previously interned at Earth Day Network, an environmental non-profit.
Maya Krishnan is a Senior at NC State University, double majoring in Business Administration and International Studies, with a concentration in Global Sustainability and Development. On campus, Maya is involved with the Poole College of Management’s Diversity Peer Educator program. Through this initiative, she helps create and facilitate workshops on topics such as gender/sexism and stereotyping. She has worked as a Resident Advisor for the Women in Science and Engineering (W.I.S.E) community for 2 years, and participated in the D.I.V.E Wilderness experience, taking her outside of her comfort zone for an 8-day backpacking trip focused on engaging participants in conversations about social justice. Most recently, Maya spent the last 6 months studying abroad in Valencia, Spain.
Olivia Horton is a senior at UNC-Chapel Hill majoring in psychology and exercise and sports science, with a minor in social and economic justice. On campus, Olivia is a Buckley Public Service Scholar. She is co-president of CarolinaFirsts, an organization to aid first generation college students at Carolina. She is also cochair with SMART mentoring, a mentorship program through Buckley Public Service Scholars in which she is also a TA for Sociology 444–Race, Class and Gender, the class component of the program. She is a member of the Classroom Memory Study research team, in which she aides in conducting research on teaching styles that best facilitate students’ memory and study skills that impact learning outcomes.