2015 Biographies

CSW15 Liv Alvarado MereMA15 200X200Liv Alvarado

Liv Alvarado is pursuing a Master’s degree in Education-ESL at Meredith College, while teaching Spanish at Longleaf School of the Arts (Raleigh, NC), grades 9-12. She earned her B.A. in Spanish Adolescent Education from the College of St. Rose, Albany, NY.

Liv has participated in Study & Volunteer Abroad Programs in Italy, Panama, Argentina, Japan, and Australia.   Her community outreach includes being a High School Service Club Advisor and volunteers as a licensed ESL and Spanish tutor. Liv served five years as a Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps, where she maintained avionics on F-18 fighter jets, was a Squad leader and mentor, and received several notable awards.

Passionate about . . . the power of women’s voices and empowering them to challenge the world.


CSW15 Alison Domonoske UNC14 216X208Alison Domonoske

Alison Domonoske is a Senior at UNC-Chapel Hill; completing her B.A. in Global Studies, with concentrations in International Politics and Latin America

On campus, Alison interns at the UNC FedEx Global Education Center; organizing and promoting events and exhibits. Her international experience includes study abroad in Ecuador and interning with U.S. State Department liaisons serving Guadalajara, Mexico, Sri Lanka & the Maldives. She was a two year Editorial Assistant at James Madison University’s Center for Intl. Stabilization & Recovery, focusing on landmine clearance & global security. Alison co-chaired the HOPE Gardens; a UNC student-run garden with programs that encourages community involvement.

Passionate about . . . the intersection of economic development levels & social justice issues, women’s human rights, security studies, & international policy making.​


CSW15 Mina Ezikpe Duke17 192x215Mina Ezikpe

Mina Ezikpe is a Sophomore at Duke University, majoring in Cultural Anthropology.

On campus, Mina spearheaded monthly discussions within the Black Women’s Union and is an HIV/AIDs Counselor for Know Your Status. Her community outreach has focused on at-risk youth empowerment including designing a high school/middle school peer mentoring program while interning at Girls for Gender Equality (NY), Girls Club middle school mentor, is an 8th grade tutor at Emily K Center (both in Durham, NC), and has been a summer counselor since 2009 at Kidz2Leaders’ Camp Hope, geared towards children of incarcerated parents (GA).

Passionate about . . . issues facing the most marginalized women in society; in the U.S. and globally, and advocating for women & girls to lead self- determined lives.


CSW15 Josh King UNC14 208X200 cropJosh King

Josh King December 2014 graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, with dual majors in Psychology and Sociology.

Josh has organized human rights advocacy campaigns with Amnesty International, analyzed police misconduct with the NAACP, helped establish a non-profit for homeless youth in Ghana, and served as an outreach volunteer with local sex workers and recently-arrived refugee families.  He’s explored his interests in mental health and human rights at the University of Cincinnati, UNC’s School of Public Health, and the University of Melbourne (Australia).

After graduation in December 2014, Josh began working as a research assistant at Duke University – with a focus on improving treatments for war veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Passionate about . . . the intersection of mental health and human rights.


CSW15 Dana Raphael Duke17 1014 200X215DANA RAPHAEL

As a Sophomore at Duke University, Dana Raphael is majoring in Political Science and Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, with a Chinese concentration, and a minor in Women’s Studies.

Her on-campus political leadership roles include Associate Chief Justice for Student Govt. Supreme Court, VP Marketing for the Alexander Hamilton Society Chapter (fosters foreign policy debates), and a columnist for the Duke Political Review, a student-run publication. Dana founded Duke Support & organized Duke Breaking Out Campaign (photo campaign); both dedicated to bring awareness & provide support for sexual assault survivors, while promoting activism. Also a contributing blogger for Develle Dish; encouraging gender issue discussion. Dana tutors writing to first-years, is an Alumni phone-a-thon caller, and speaks Mandarin Chinese!

Passionate about . . . ending gender violence, and to help survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence rebuild their lives.


CSW15 Justine Schnitzler NCSU17  203X238JUSTINE SCHNITZLER

Justine Schnitzler is a Sophomore at NC State University, double majoring in International Relations and Women’s & Gender Studies, while minoring in French.

She recently earned a Caldwell Fellows distinction, enabling access to leadership development opportunities via local and global service, through graduation. Justine serves her campus and community through several avenues: Women of Welch Living & Learning Mentor (mentors 12 residents, focusing on women’s issues & empowerment), WomenNC volunteer, President of Pack for Choice (promoting reproductive justice), and is a trained RSVP Crisis Hotline operator (NCSU Women’s Center). She represented NCSU’s Women of Welch at the AAUW 2014 National Conference in Washington, DC.

Passionate about . . . women’s reproductive healthcare access and social justice, with a particular focus on supporting freedom of choice.


CSW15 Dina Shehata_NCSUmstr16 200X200Dina Shehata

Dina Shehata intends on completing her Master’s degree in International Studies at NC State University in 2016; having earned a B.A. in Global Studies & Psychology, with an Arabic minor, from UNC-Chapel Hill, 2014.

Dina acquired a strong investigative background via her psychology & sociology/political science research assistantships at UNC.  Her on-campus involvement includes Study Abroad Peer Advisors, the Red Cross Club, and strives to bring together students of diverse cultures and faiths through her leadership with Friends of Faith Interfaith Organization, and the Turkish & Muslim Students Associations.   Dina tutored children of Habitat for Humanities’ families, was a Refugee Community Partnership volunteer (assisting a Burmese family in transition) and will be an InterAct of Wake County Adult Advocate in 2015/16.

Passionate about . . . achieving equal human rights for all, promoting tolerance and acceptance, eradicating all forms of assault against women, and traveling the world.

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