Current and Former Interns
Name: Justine DeSilva
Major: Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity
Bio: Justine is a rising junior from Ridgewood, NJ majoring in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity with a concentration in Race, Gender, and Sexuality, and double-minoring in Creative Writing and Theater and Performance Studies. She hopes to one day increase awareness about feminist issues through her art. On campus, Justine is a tour guide, a member of Everyday People a cappella, a member of four theater groups, and the philanthropy chair for Delta Delta Delta. In her spare time, Justine enjoys reading, singing, and travel.
Name: Rachel Mewes
Bio: Rachel is a rising senior from Palo Alto, CA majoring in Social Psychology with a minor in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. She is passionate about ending violence against women and other systems of oppression. Her hope is to eventually work as a teacher or social worker so that she can combine her passions for equality and social justice with her love for children. In her free time, Rachel enjoys learning new styles of dance and getting lost in a good book.
Name: Magali Sanchez
Major: Human Biology
Bio: Magali is a rising senior from Seattle, WA. She is majoring in Human Biology with a concentration in health disparities, and plans to attend medical school in the near future. Her academic interests include global health, women’s health, infectious diseases, migrant health, and community service. She hopes to one day use her career in medicine to help women receive the best care possible, whether that be in the U.S. or internationally. On campus, Magali is involved with Chicanos/Latinos in Health Education and Ballet Folklorico de Stanford, and is a patient advocate at Ravenswood Family Health Center.
Name: Andrea Villarraga
Major: Human Biology with a concentration in Women’s Health
Bio: Andrea is a rising senior from Colombia, Alabama, and Minnesota. Soon, she plans to attend nursing school and become a nurse-midwife. One day, she hopes to make a change in the way the healthcare industry treats women, and is especially interested in the intersection of feminism and obstetrics. In her free time, Andrea enjoys long walks on the beach and watching Arrested Development.
Name: Miranda Strominger
Major: Human Biology
Bio: Miranda is studying Human Biology with a concentration in social and environmental justice at Stanford, where she is also pursuing a minor in Architectural Design. In addition to her passion for social action and equality, she has a deep love of backcountry backpacking and live music. Next year she plans to take some time off from her studies to work in the feminist anti-violence movement in Europe.
Name: Katie Murray
Year: Graduate Student, BA 2013
Bio: Katie recently graduated from Stanford University and is excited to return to campus to complete her Master’s Degree in Sociology. Through academics study, she has focused on the institutionalization of gendered norms and identities. In addition to volunteering at the Center, Katie is an active member of Los Salseros de Stanford (Salsa Team), as well as a peer advisor for the Sociology Department. She is considering a career in law and promises to continue advocating on behalf of women.
Name: Disney Williams
Major: Feminist Studies
Bio: Disney is an Alaska Native majoring in Feminist Studies. She is a senior very much interested in fighting to end violence against women. Upon graduating this year, she hopes to keep working in the non-profit sector.
Name: Yordanos Tamiru Asmare
Major: English Literature with an emphasis on Gender and Education
Bio: Yordanos is an international student from Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. She enjoys literature and existentialist philosophy. She is passionate about the intersections of literature, education, gender, and law. She plans to pursue family law with a focus in public interest law and work as an international legal advocate and educator regarding violence against women, gender based violence and rights, and positive family values.
Name: Thanh D. Nguyen
Major: Chemistry and Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity
Bio: Thanh is currently a sophomore hailing from Sunnyvale, TX. He is passionate about race and ethnicity studies, with specific interests in diversity in the arts and equity in access to higher education. Thanh is also involved with many Asian American organizations on campus, and strangely enjoys lab work (thus, the chemistry major). He loves drawing with every fiber of his being, and hopes to one day illustrate his own graphic novel.
Name: Arianna Wassmann
Bio: Arianna is passionate about feminist studies and ending men’s violence against women. She is also is interested in finding ways to encourage more women to enter STEM professions. She is considering doing marine biology research in Australia before pursuing a career in education and would like to become a biology teacher at her predominantly Latino high school.
Name: Jennifer Vargas
Bio: Jennifer loves studying psychology and is passionate about ending violence against women. She enjoys reading, peer counseling, and hanging out with her amazing friends. In the future, she hopes to become a psychiatrist and do research on clinical disorders.
Name: Mackenzie Israel-Trummel
Department: Political Science
Bio: Mackenzie is a PhD candidate in the Political Science Department, where she studies race, gender, and political participation in the United States. She received her bachelor’s from Occidental College with a major in Politics and a minor in French Literature, and is now happy to be back in the Bay Area.
Name: Ted Westling
Major: Mathematics (prospective)
Bio: Ted is a member of Men Against Abuse Now. He enjoys math, nature,
philosophy, and moose.
Name: Quyen Vu
Bio: Quyen is interested in international medicine and women’s health. In high school, she volunteered at the International Women’s Clinic at the primary trauma center in Seattle. She hopes to continue this type of volunteer work in college. Quyen enjoys listening to music, spending time with her friends, and meeting new people. She also adores French culture and plans to study abroad in Paris junior year.
Name: Anneka Gerhardt
Majors: Communications and Drama
Bio: Anneka is a freshman with interests in theater, French, and feminist studies. She enjoys the color purple, spending time with friends and family, and cherry pie.
Name: Trac Dang
Bio: Trac is undecided, but he’s strongly considering a double major in Anthropology and History, with a minor in Feminist Studies. His academic interests include post-colonialism, diaspora, masculinity, and queer theory. He is also a member of Men Against Abuse Now.
Name: Meghan Vinograd
Bio: Meghan enjoys spending time with family and friends, practicing yoga and listening to National Public Radio. Aside from interning at the Center, she is also a Peer Counselor at the Bridge Peer Counseling Center and a Producer for KZSU sports. She hopes to become a clinical psychologist for children and adolescents.
Name: Tania Tran
Major: Human Biology
Bio: Tania is interested in Feminist activism, especially concerning issues of the antifeminist movement and intersections of race/sexuality. She is also a member of Women and Youth Supporting Each Other (WYSE) and Circle K Club.
Name: Leah Karlins
Major: International Relations
Bio: Leah is interested in international development and women’s empowerment. She is a member of Stanford in Government, an article editor for Stanford Service in Global Health journal, and a writing tutor with Hope House Scholars. Leah enjoys playing volleyball, hiking, and reading The New York Times.
Name: Anna Dearybury
Bio: Anna’s academic interests include status beliefs, especially those concerning gender and race, mental health and personality disorders, gender related public policy, and the social implications of protective “benevolent” patriarchy. She enjoys playing online games, reading biographies, and good pizza.
Name: Ciara Segura
Major: Feminist Studies and Art History
Bio: Ciara is interested in Transnational Feminist Activism, Race/Ethnicity Criticism, and Queer Theory. She is also a painter.
Name: Sophia Sedillo
Major: Human Biology with an Area of Concentration in Women’s Health
Bio: Sophia is interested in how faith communities can support and combat issues of relationship abuse and sexual assault in the United States and internationally. She also enjoys reading, and long walks and is an active member of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship on campus.
Name: Salone Kapur
Major: International Relations and Comparative Literature
Bio: Salone is interested in the pervasive, widespread effects of gender-based violence, particularly in conflict or post-conflict regions. She hopes to eventually draft national and international legislation on foreign policy issues related to outbreaks of gender-based violence. Outside of the Center, Salone enjoys serving as Co-President of the Stanford ACLU, tutoring students in East Palo Alto, hiking the dish, spending time with family and being a Stanford tour guide.
Name: Mary Kate Hurlbutt
Bio: MK, as she’s commonly known, is a History major with a concentration in gender studies. She’s an RA on an all boys floor in a freshman dorm, which usually keeps her busy enough, but she also enjoys improv, freestyle rapping, volunteering with students at EPACS, hanging out with friends, and dancing alone in her room. She’s very passionate about women’s issues and hopes to raise awareness in the Greek community.
Name: Jenna Hailey
Major: Feminist Studies with a focus on gender, violence and colonization
Bio: Jenna has worked for the Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness since her freshman year and has also worked at her local domestic violence organization for the past three summers. She is a member of the Stanford American Indian Organization and is a part of the Powwow Committee for the annual Stanford Powwow.
Name: Lauren Peate
Minor: Arabic and Human Biology
Bio: Lauren is an RA who loves running and singing in the shower. She started volunteering at the Center because of a self-defense class that opened her eyes to the many risks that women face. She is studying development economics and would eventually like to do international work that combines her interests in promoting economic growth and the status of women.
Name: Zena Kharsa
Major: Biological Sciences
Bio: Zena is an RA and really enjoys singing a cappella. She is especially interested in women’s health and advocacy and hopes to pursue that field as she begins medical school next year.
Name: Jessamyn Edra
Bio: Jessamyn Edra graduated from Stanford University in June 2009 with a B.A. in English with Distinction and a Creative Writing Emphasis. She is a 2009-2010 Fulbright scholar to the Philippines, with plans to work on a short story collection and to volunteer with a women’s rights group called Likhaan. One of her expected duties at Likhaan is educational outreach and counseling around the issue of relationship abuse. After her time in the Philippines, she hopes to attend law school and become a public interest lawyer.
Name: Summer Jackson
Major: International Relations
Minor: Feminist Studies
Bio: Summer Jackson graduated from Stanford University in 2008 with a B.A. in International Relations and a minor in Feminist Studies. Her concentration was in Gender in the Middle East, which she supplemented with study abroad at the American University in Cairo in 2007. Following graduation, Summer received the Haas-Koshland Memorial award to study in Israel on a self-designed project researching the women’s peace movement and networking with activists. She intends to pursue graduate study in public health and work internationally on community-driven women’s health and empowerment programs.
Name: Grace LaVance
Major: Feminist Studies and History
Grace LaVance graduated from Stanford University in 2008 with a B.A. in History with Honors, and a Secondary Major in Feminist Studies. She is currently a second-year student at Harvard Law School, where she is on the Board of the Journal of Law and Gender. Last summer she helped refugee survivors of domestic violence obtain asylum in the United States. Grace intends to return to the Bay Area after graduation to pursue a career in law and focus her pro bono efforts in family law and domestic violence.