The following NYU students are currently participating in the 2017-2018 NYU Leadership Fellows Program.
Ariff Ahmed is arising junior in the College of Arts and Science, studying Economics with minors in Mathematics and Business Studies.
Born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Ariff has had the opportunity to witness the vast inequalities in this world which made him interested in economic growth and human development. Spending time in the slums of Dhaka has made him more aware of extreme poverty and its consequences but it has also taught him to appreciate the little things in life. Ariff believes every country needs to adopt sustainable growth models in order to save the planet and future generations.
Living in the United States has made Ariff more aware of his Muslim identity, and the implications of the stereotypes attached to this identity. This led him to join Shuruq – the Islamic Heritage Month at NYU – in order to show the diversity and culture that exists within the Muslim World and battle the negative stereotypes.
At NYU, Ariff served on the boards of Bengali Student Association and Focus at NYU, a photography club. In January 2017, his interests in faith and service led him to join Bridges – Muslim Jewish Interfaith dialogue – on a service trip to New Orleans. During the trip, his team of ten Muslim and ten Jewish students built houses for the victims of Hurricane Katrina and engaged in discussion about inequality, disaster and faith.
MacKenna Alvarez is a junior at Steinhardt, studying Secondary English Education with minors in Urban Education and Public Policy. She is a Martin Luther King Junior Scholar as well as a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Honors Society.
As a proud daughter of a Mexican immigrant and a first generation college student, MacKenna is passionate about ensuring that all students have access to a high quality education. As a CEO of her own charter management organization, MacKenna wants to dedicate her career to serving underprivileged Latino communities in her home state of California by founding schools designed to meet the needs of students and their families.
MacKenna discovered her passion for helping others through education and with the superintendent of her high school’s district, helping open access to honors and AP courses for students by eliminating discriminatory prerequisites. At NYU, she has continued to advocate for underserved students with the NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools by training educators on how to combat racial discrimination in their schools. Additionally, she has had the opportunity to work for the CMO, Ednovate, whose mission is to create positive multigenerational change for low-income Black and Latino families in Los Angeles, and write the charter renewal petition for USC Hybrid High School.
Currently, MacKenna works as an independent education consultant, working on charter renewal petitions for schools in Los Angeles, and a research assistant at USC’s Rossier School of Education.
Jakiyah is a sophomore in Liberal Studies studying Sociology. After her undergraduate studies, she plans to pursue a Masters in Sociology and law school. With this educational background, Jakiyah hopes to conduct research that can be used in policymaking.
In the past, Jakiyah engaged in numerous service projects, such as BuildOn, an organization that directly advocates for education in the Global South by building schools, which lead Jakiyah to create a BuildOn chapter at her school. Through that experience, she learned how to offer tangible resources to a community without developing a savior complex and diluting the purpose of service. Her work in Nicaragua inspired her to become part of NYU’s Alternative Breaks group where she traveled to Morocco last March to study human rights and education.
During the summer of 2017, Jakiyah interned at the Legal Aid Society. With a passion to heal communities like her hometown of Chicago, Jakiyah worked on the Cop Accountability Project where she managed a database of reports about discriminatory policing and policing trends of certain charges. That work was a reminder that communities of color are heavily monitored and stifled.
When she’s not thinking about liberation, Jakiyah finds delight in playing clarinet, exploring NYC, and spending hours on Seamless to find a new restaurant to try. Jakiyah sees that coming to NYU has opened doors of opportunities to further her work, and the Leadership Fellows Program is her latest opportunity.
Larissa Burka is a junior in the College of Nursing, double majoring in Nursing and Global Public Health.
Throughout most of her young adolescent life, Larissa has volunteered at hospitals on patient floors, which drove her passion to seek a career dedicated to making a difference in the lives of others. While she is committed to a lifelong career in the medical field, she hopes address the significant inequalities within America’s healthcare system from an administrative standpoint, working to modify policies that create a harsh, unwelcoming environment for those most vulnerable.
At NYU, Larissa joined Nursing Students for Global Public Health (NSGH), with a mission to participate in and discuss global efforts to improve healthcare and reduce health disparities within and between countries. At NSGH, she acted as a cohort representative during her freshman and sophomore years. This year, Larissa will be serving as Co-Vice President, allowing her to collaborate with other students, faculty, and community stakeholders in a more intricate manner. Larissa has also served as a Welcome Week Leader, where she supported the transition of over 6,000 incoming students and worked closely and creatively with a team to be a community leader for understanding, compassion, and inclusiveness.
Larissa is eager to be a part of the NYU Leadership Fellows Program and learn all that she can from her peers while striving to become more involved student, ally, and peer to drive both small and large changes within society.
Ghania Chaudhry is a sophomore in Global Liberal Studies, concentrating on Politics, Rights, and Development with a regional specialization in the Middle East.
Born in Pakistan yet raised in a suburb of Chicago, Ghania grew up in a first generation immigrant house, and often faced difficulties in balancing dual identities. Because of her background and struggle, her passion for understanding the world, learning about different cultures, and analyzing global political situations grew.
Ghania currently hopes to pursue a career in either the foreign service or working for nongovernmental organizations that work to uphold human rights in areas with conflict. During her first year, she had an internship at the Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations, working with the Pakistani Mission on their policy toward peacekeeping operations and peace building measures.
At NYU, Ghania is involved with the Model United Nations Travel Team and serves as the Student Senator on the Liberal Studies Student Council. She hopes that her involvement in NYU’s Leadership Fellows will help her become a more proactive leader to ensure she has acquired the skills and knowledge to enact change both at NYU and the world.
Idan Falek is a junior at the NYU Silver School of Social Work studying Social Work and Global Public Health, minoring in American Sign Language and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies. Idan’s passion for international children’s rights was sparked while volunteering in Cusco, Peru at a safe house for young survivors of trafficking and abuse. From her study abroad experience in Accra, she became interested in facilitating a global standard for human rights through cultural humility and individualized community implementation.
Idan’s experience is shaped by NYU’s Service community. As a Peer Mentor with Project Outreach, she introduces new students to the service opportunities in New York and facilitates discussion on social issues. As a Site Leader with Alternative Breaks, she organizes an affordable and accessible service-learning trip with organizations that support survivors of abuse. From the service community, Idan was able to expand her perception of social justice and engage in productive dialogue. She also works at NYU’s Center for Student Life as a student leader of the Office Assistants.
In her free time, Idan enjoys walking through different New York neighborhoods. Idan is excited to join Leadership Fellows to meet and learn from peers, mentors, and administrators. She hopes to gain leadership skills that are mindful of marginalized communities, intersectionality, and differing cultures.
Tracey Freeman is a junior in the College of Arts and Science majoring in Biology with a minor in Mathematics. She plans on pursuing an MD/PhD after graduation, and hopes to become a physician and biomedical researcher.
At NYU, Tracey has volunteered with Project Outreach, Habitat for Humanity, NYC Parks, and MLK Week. While studying abroad, Tracey was a student organizer for NYU Tel Aviv Ally Week 2017. She is also a member of NYU Women in Science. The accumulation of these experiences has allowed Tracey to learn a tremendous amount from her peers and has led her to think more critically about how she will contribute to the public good in her career.
As a former foster child, Tracey cares deeply about finding ways to empower formerly fostered, orphaned, incarcerated, and homeless youth. Other causes she is committed to include access to healthcare, animal rights, criminal justice reform, and global women’s rights.
Tracey spends most of her time volunteering or working in research laboratories. At NYU, she studies how viruses can be commensal members of the gut microbiome. This summer, she studied malaria drug resistance in HIV+ pregnant women and children in Uganda. She hopes that the Leadership Fellows program will help her begin to mold a career path that will allow her to integrate her passions for science, medicine, and social justice.
Ayaka Fujii is a sophomore at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, currently designing a concentration around social justice, mindfulness and dance. She aspires to use her education as a way of bridging individual well being with community livelihood and global sustainable development.
With Japanese, Malaysian and Thai roots, Ayaka has grown up in Japan, Spain, and China. Growing up as a global citizen, with ‘homes’ dispersed around the world, she has nurtured a great love for traveling, language, and global cultures. Currently based in NYC, Ayaka dances with the Dancer-Choreographer’s Alliance, a student-run dance company, and is also a member of Wake-Up New York, a community of mindfulness practitioners. She continues to integrate dance into her practice of mindfulness, studying body-awareness as well as learning Gaga, a style of improvisational dance. Outside of NYC, she hopes to continue her work with WeStand, an internationally growing leadership conference for youth.
At the root of all of her work is an appreciation for what the power of leadership can bring to individuals and communities. Ayaka hopes to water her fascination and curiosity for the art of leadership, in all of its different forms, and to utilize what she learns from the Leadership Fellows as a way for allowing others to realize their own sense of personal leadership.
Felipe Gomes is a junior in Liberal Studies, double-majoring in Global Liberal Studies and Neuroscience, and double minoring in Italian and Childhood and Adolescent Mental Health Studies.
Felipe spent his first year away at NYU Florence where he studied classics, Italian culture and fell in love with everything about Italy and its people. Throughout his time in Florence, Felipe became fascinated by culture and how it interacts and changes affecting those around it. Born in Brazil, but raised in a conservative suburb of Orlando, Florida Felipe is very passionate about his identity and wants to bring conversation about all different types of identity to NYU as he knows how difficult it can be to blend two very different cultures together.
At NYU Felipe is the Vice President of Global Liberal Studies on the Liberal Studies Student Council, serving as a student leader assisting incoming first year students transition to their new life at NYU and New York City. Mental health is very near to Felipe’s heart, and interned with the First Lady of New York at City Hall in the Spring 2017 assisting her and learning more about all the new policy implementations that are being made throughout New York City to aid those with mental illnesses and promote mental health awareness. Through the NYU Leadership Fellows Program, Felipe wishes to better develop his leadership skills, become a better advocate and learn from his peers.
Alison Hamilton is a Sophomore in the Liberal Studies Program, and she intends to double major in Political Science and Music in the College of Arts and Science.
At NYU, Alison is the music director of the a cappella group Vocollision and serves as President of the Bookshelf Theater NYU. Aside from the arts, Alison has volunteered at Christmas in the City, Cradles to Crayons, School on Wheels, and various soup kitchens in the Boston and NYC areas. Alison firmly believes that by interacting with others, she gains the knowledge and experience needed to better defend the right to proper education. As an advocate for education equity, she aspires to defend her two passions, the arts and special education, as a lawyer in the future.
In her spare time, Alison likes to work as a freelance writer and editor online, and has published her writing on various social media platforms. This year, Alison is kickstarting a video series to promote a better understanding and treatment of people with disabilities.
Jazmin Jinnah is a junior at Steinhardt, majoring in Education Studies. She is devoted to helping adolescents thrive within the secondary education system, more specifically, through positive psychology and well-being.
At NYU, Jazmin volunteered at STRIDE, an after school program for middle school children located in Manhattan. Through volunteering, she questioned students on their passions, what makes them happy, and what they most want out of school. As a result, she has aided in curriculum development for the STRIDE Summer Camp using their comments, where she works as a Group Leader. Jazmin also serves as Co-President for NYU Generation Meditation. She has led several weekly meditation sessions, creating a safe space for NYU students to explore mindfulness and reflect on concepts such as spirituality, love, and pain. Jazmin has coordinated with speakers to introduce different narratives as well as answer questions about meditation.
In her spare time, Jazmin works on active listening and interviewing skills by encouraging people she meets to share their stories with her. Jazmin is excited to converse and learn from the other Leadership Fellows in order to further her goals.
Kosar Kosar is a sophomore at the College of Arts and Science majoring in Global Public Health and minoring in Politics. He plans to attend law school and work to advocate for social justice reform. Growing up as a first-generation Muslim African American, he has always been aware of the disadvantages people with his identities experienced, which is why he wants to one day represent those communities.
At NYU, Kosar was a participant in Project Outreach, an NYU program dedicated to exposing first-year students to community service organizations in the city. He is currently the CAS Student Council Community Service Chair. As chair, he is in charge of hosting service related events throughout the school year as well as offering CAS students a chance to become more involved in service. He’s led fundraisers that have raised over one thousand dollars.
As a Leadership Fellow, he hopes to become a better public servant and leader as he applies what he learns in the Fellows program to his leadership positions throughout NYU.
Kohtaro Kosugiyama is a sophomore in the Global Liberal Studies program, concentrating in Politics, Rights, and Development.
Kohtaro is a fully funded Japanese scholar of the Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific, an organization where students from over 80 nations spend their junior and senior years of high school together. From his involvement in this organization, Kohtaro has learned about the reality of the world through his diversely global friends.
At NYU, Kohtaro received NYU Prototyping funding both in his fall and spring semesters to produce wearable solar-powered power banks to help tackle the refugee crisis. He is also an active member of the Wasserman Center Diversity Advisory Board, and a member of the NYU Liberal Studies Student Advisory Board for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), which he's leading this year, and a member of LS DEI working group.
Outside of NYU, Kohtaro has volunteered at Dance to Unite as an instructor to teach elementary students diversity and significance of the multicultural understanding through dances from the world. He has also interned at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN, giving him an insight to people’s practical efforts to tackle global agendas. To take what he has been learning into an action, he's decided to launch a fashion brand that provides Wearable Advocacy, opportunities to create changes in positive ways to achieve Unity in Diversity.
Kohtaro, his freshman year filled with inspiration and learning, was honored with Nia Awards - Sacheen Littlefeather / Nelson Mandela Dialogue and Education Award. He is thrilled to keep learning as an NYU Leadership Fellow.
Marianne Lim is a sophomore at NYU Liberal Studies, pursuing a double major in Economics and Public Policy.
Born and raised in Singapore, Marianne is passionate about improving the lives of others through efficient and effective policy. She takes a particular interest in issues pertaining to education, the environmental and economic development.
Marianne spent her first year away at NYU London and during her spring break, she had the opportunity to volunteer with Help Refugees in Thessaloniki, Greece, alongside people from all over the world. In addition, she volunteered with Action Tutoring by tutoring pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds in London in preparation for the GCSE Examinations.
In her free time, Marianne enjoys hiking, fencing and making friends. As part of the NYU Leadership Fellows Program, she hopes to deepen her understanding of the world and herself. She hopes to impact as many lives as she can through a lifetime of service.
Ellie Ly is a junior at NYU Tandon School of Engineering, majoring in Computer Science with minors in Game Engineering and Film Production. Growing up, Ellie was very passionate in the arts, spending a lot of her time creating and crafting. Her love for creativity combined with the rise of innovation and technology lead to her to pursue computer science.
At NYU, Ellie is currently a commuter assistant, leading and mentoring a cohort of new incoming commuter students as they assimilate to life at the university. In the past, she has worked as a site leader for an Alternative Breaks trip, specific to Tandon, facilitating group discussions revolving around social justice. Ellie is also a part of the professional engineering fraternity Theta Tau. There she held various positions such as service chair, and public relations chair. In the fall semester, Ellie will serve as the pledge director, walking the new members through a training regimen that will strengthen the understanding of the fraternity’s pillars.
As an NYU Leadership Fellow, Ellie hopes to meet like-minded people who want to make a positive impact on the world, to learn from them and at the same time offer insights to her peers. In her free time, Ellie loves to read stories, draw, create upcycled crafts, and daydream about stories in hopes to create a book in the future.
Priya Millward is a junior at NYU Steinhardt, double majoring in Media, Culture and Communication and Politics.
The focus of Priya’s studies has been on the intersection of the political and media worlds, and how different groups are presented and participate in both. As the daughter of a British-Indian immigrant and a white New Englander, she is intrigued by the racial and national identities that are less readily labelled and how they affect political action, media consumption and community affinity in crosscutting and unexpected ways. Priya is especially interested in the politics of biracialism in America, a field of study she feels is underserved and increasingly relevant to our social landscape. While her interest in politics has been long-standing, the shifting environment of post-2016 political activism has made her especially passionate about youth engagement in the political sphere and the power media has to motivate and re-engage these otherwise unenthused audiences.
At NYU, Priya serves as a Peer Tutor at the Writing Center and is a member of the College Democrats. In the next year, she plans on starting a club focused on activating and engaging liberal women to participate more in politics. Outside of school, she worked as a finance intern on a 2016 gubernatorial campaign in Vermont, and is currently a fellow at a political consulting firm in DC. She is honored and excited to be involved in the Leadership Fellows Program and can’t wait to get to work.
Fatima Mubasher is a junior in the NYU College of Arts and Science, majoring in International Relations Honors with a minor in Business Studies and Public Policy and Management.
Fatima’s interest in the intersection of politics, economics, and foreign policy, stemmed from her background as a first generation Pakistani-American, and from her internships within the private and public sector. During her time in Pakistan, Fatima grew up in an atmosphere of institutional persecution, and also experienced the impact of terrorism while briefly living in the tribal areas between the Pakistani and the Afghan border. This ignited Fatima’s passion for making a difference on a global scale through addressing systemic issues such as social injustice and inequality.
After gaining professional experience in two campaigns, and two Congressional Offices where she helped constituents with their immigration casework, Fatima started lobbying Congress on Capitol Hill and advocating on behalf of those persecuted for their faith in developing countries. These efforts led to the launch of the first Muslim caucus on Capitol Hill to focus on human rights.
Fatima is currently a Business Consulting Intern at a lobbying and strategic consulting firm in NYC. In her free time, Fatima enjoys visiting museums, trying new restaurants, and exploring the hidden gems of NYC. Through the Leadership Fellows Program, Fatima hopes to develop greater self-awareness, and collaborate with others to foster inclusive leadership.
From Tenafly, New Jersey, Caroline Myers is a junior in the College of Arts and Science pursuing a double major in Psychology and Politics with a minor in Statistics. Caroline is interested in the intersection of neuroscience and politics, focusing on the neural mechanisms involved in political decision-making. She plans to pursue a doctorate in cognitive neuroscience and a career in academia.
At NYU, Caroline is Vice President of the Junior Class Board, a College Leader, and a student-athlete on the NYU Equestrian Team. She has held several staff positions within the Delta Phi Chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau National Sorority, and is a member of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society for Psychology, as well as the Phi Alpha Delta Society of Scholars. Caroline is also a TA within the psychology department.
Caroline works within the Amodio Social Neuroscience Lab at NYU, where she conducts research on dehumanization and cognitive control. She also conducts clinical research at Mount Sinai hospital investigating the efficacy of trauma-based intervention programs.
As a graduate from the NEW Leadership program at the Center for American Women in Politics, Caroline understands the need for strong female leadership across fields. Through the NYU Leadership Fellows Program, Caroline hopes to learn how to better incorporate gender and identity into her leadership platform. Through her participation, Caroline wishes to develop the skills that will enable her to become a more effective and inspiring leader.
Maria Navarro is a junior in the College of Arts and Science, majoring in Politics and Philosophy. This past spring semester, Maria studied in Washington, DC as part of NYU’s Global Leadership Scholars program, where she learned the importance of voicing her values. Maria is actively involved in NYU Politics Society, having sat on the committee that planned the 2016 Public Policy Symposium. She plans to co-direct the Symposium this year.
Born and raised on the south side of Los Angeles to immigrant Mexican parents, Maria has particularly made education reform and racial equity pivotal causes to which she wishes to commit her life to. She has witnessed the effects of generational poverty firsthand - primarily through the concentration of low-income, majority-minority communities like the one she calls home - in underserved public schools.
Maria is proud to intern at New York’s top-rated government relations firm Capalino+Company, where she works in the Corporate Social Responsibility Practice Group, assisting with projects similar to the ones she hopes to initiate herself someday.
Maria is an advocate for collective leadership, and believes there is room for anyone to succeed. She plans to pursue an accelerated master’s degree here at NYU, and has set her sights on law school and beyond.
Maria Polzin is a junior at NYU Gallatin, developing a concentration in human rights with a focus on the intersections of race, gender, and environmental epistemology in the American political sphere.
Maria interned for the NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault where she collaborated with teens in marginalized communities to create meaningful campaigns on consent. Inspired by those dedicated to breaking the silence surrounding assault, Maria partnered with the Alliance and fellow NYU students to publish a magazine titled Survivors, which employs fashion and photography to empower victims of sexual assault and spread awareness of sexual violence. Her work with survivors gave her the opportunity to speak at Gracie Mansion on the complexities of rape culture and engage with policymakers, activists, and nonprofit leaders who frequently join forces to combat sexual assault.
Maria also works at Lemire LLC, an investigating firm that provides expertise in compliance, investigations, and due diligence. The work offers a unique approach to social justice, as Maria and her colleagues monitor corporations and government organizations to eliminate fraud, waste, and employee misconduct while ensuring all parties follow minority and women-owned business regulations.
In her free time, Maria loves to bike, play soccer, and eat good food with friends. She believes the NYU Leadership Fellows program will give her a wonderful opportunity to learn from her peers’ expertise in order to expand NYU’s scope of change.
Margish Ramani is a junior studying Neural Science at the College of Arts and Science. He is a contributing member of the Society for Undergraduate Neural Science at NYU and is involved in clinical and translational research at the NYU Langone Medical Center. Margish aspires to become a physician scientist in order to pursue immunological therapies for neurological disorders.
At NYU, Margish served as Program Coordinator for Health Leads at Bellevue Hospital, where he helped connect families to needed community and federal resources to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This experience affirmed his decision to pursue medical school and the type of holistic care he would like to provide in clinical settings. In the coming year, Margish will continue this practice of care by helping underserved communities gain access to affordable healthcare at the New York City Free Clinic.
As a freshman, Margish worked with Alternative Breaks, a student-driven service organization, on a project at the Gesundheit! Institute in West Virginia. This year, Margish will be leading an Alternative Breaks trip to work on youth development in the Dominican Republic. As a Site Leader, Margish will work with his Co-Site Leader and team members to use education and community building as catalysts for social change.
Through the Leadership Fellow Program, Margish hopes to explore moral leadership by engaging in critical yet constructive dialogue with his peers in order to build a more equitable world.
Casey Reed is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Science, majoring in Biochemistry with a minor in Public Health.
At NYU, Casey is a member of the Turner Group, a research group at NYU’s Laboratory for Molecular Nanoscience and has received a DURF FAST Grant for her proposal “Predicting the Conical Intersection in Azulene.” She has been recognized as a Presidential Honors Scholar at NYU. Casey is also involved in service at NYU with Alternative Breaks, and traveled to the Dominican Republic to work with Service for Peace and a local community, El Cidral. She looks forward to co-leading an Alternative Breaks trip during the 2017-2018 year. During her participation in Project OutReach and Intersections Leadership Retreat, Casey was able to supplement her love of service with a greater understanding of social justice.
Beyond NYU, Casey also volunteers at the American Museum of Natural History, acting as a facilitator of the different exhibitions. She also volunteers at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital's Lower Manhattan campus with their Perioperative Care Unit. She aspires to attend medical school and obtain a Master in Public Health, and hopes to open a much-needed line of communication between the two disciplines.
In her spare time, Casey enjoys cooking, reading, and exploring the city. As an NYU Leadership Fellow, she looks forward to developing her leadership skills so she can better empower others and truly engage with her communities.
From the Bay Area, Katherine Sam is a sophomore in Global Liberal Studies pursuing a concentration in Politics, Rights & Development with a minor in French.
While Katherine is passionate about foreign affairs and international politics, she also values the importance of drawing upon history to understand current events. During her first year, Katherine lived at Goddard and became an active member of the Residential College community, serving as hall council president. It was there that she was first introduced to the value of its three pillars—social justice, community service, and leadership. Although she developed as a leader during her first year, she hopes to expand upon these ideals with Leadership Fellows.
On campus, Katherine serves as an Ambassador for Undergraduate Admissions and is a Liberal Studies Student Leader.
In her free time, Katherine is a Broadway fanatic and is particularly obsessed with Hamilton! She can often be found singing show tunes to herself. In addition, she will watch almost any political drama, especially House of Cards. Katherine also loves exploring New York City, doing anything from trying new restaurants to exploring hidden neighborhoods.
Ali Sohail is a junior in the Tandon School of Engineering, studying Mechanical Engineering.
Growing up in Karachi, Pakistan, Ali has always been involved in his father’s business and advocacy for the rights of those around him. Inspired by him, Ali has followed his father’s path since he has come to New York City and to NYU.
At NYU, Ali served as the President of the Clark St. Residence Hall and worked to bring further improvement to the residential life of his Brooklyn peers. Ali carried on this zeal when he became the First Year and Mentorship Commissioner in the Tandon Undergraduate Student Council (TUSC). His hard work and passion was recognized when he was awarded a special recognition at the Annual Student Leader Awards. Ali is now the Risk Manager at the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.
Ali hopes to contribute a voice from Tandon to the Leadership Fellows program. His take away goal from the program is a concrete plan of how he will spend his Senior Year transforming the university’s policies to have a lasting positive impact on his peers from a leadership perspective.
Harald Tam is a junior studying Finance and Economics at the NYU Stern School of Business. His international upbringing in Hong Kong and Singapore helped foster his interest in the global financial market. It also motivated him to pursue an internship opportunity in London and to study abroad in Shanghai and Beijing for a semester each.
At NYU, Harald is involved in Beta Alpha Psi and the CAS Entrepreneurship Association Executive Board. He also does his best to contribute to the broader community; having worked as a volunteer counsellor for at-risk and distressed clients in 2016.
Before coming to NYU, Harald served as a Lieutenant and Platoon Commander in the Singapore Guards—an elite infantry formation. He was given the honor of organizing a segment of the country’s 49th National Day Parade and of representing the Singapore Armed Forces during overseas training exercises in Australia, Brunei, and Taiwan.
Harald’s personal interests include a wide variety of racquet sports and outdoor activities, but his greatest passion is for seeking new experiences.
Maddie Weikel is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Science, studying Sociology. Since arriving to last fall, she has found communities through NYU EarthMatters, Real Food Challenge, and, most notably, NYU service-based program Project Outreach. After participating in the program her first year, she returns to Project Outreach as a Peer Mentor to help facilitate discussion and action surrounding social justice throughout the five boroughs.
Maddie has been greatly influenced by her experiences at a Jewish summer camp where she attended and now is employed. Learning from the teens in her care while she was a counselor has demonstrated the value of challenging herself and others to feel comfortable being uncomfortable and has reinforced the importance of having a community that cares.
Maddie is eager to strengthen her existing identity as well as discover new ways to incite change through the Fellows program. She hopes to grow with like-minded people and learn from those with new perspectives on issues that truly matter.
Angel Yu is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Science, double majoring in Economics and Psychology.
Angel grew up in China and moved to New York for college. Because of her multicultural background, she is dedicated to promoting cultural diversity in her communities. At home, Angel has been a public speaker who commits herself to communicating cultural differences. She has held multiple speeches and discussion forums in China where her local communities could get to know and think about other cultures without crossing the border.
At NYU, Angel aims to enhance the experience of international students through event programming. As an international student herself, she understands firsthand the challenge of transitioning to a foreign culture and the importance of building a comfortable space. With this in mind, she served as the Co-Director of Events at Goddard organizing multiple cross-cultural events, such as a dumpling-making event for the Chinese New Year.
In her free time, Angel likes to travel, cook, and take portraits of her friends. She believes that her international perspective will be beneficial for the Leadership Fellows Program. She is also eager to learn other unique experiences and leadership skills of her peers and instructors at the program.