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2022-23 WCC Student Staff

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Airin Brittany Valdez, Community Engagement and NSO Coordinator

Holaa! My name is Airin Brittany Valdez, and I am a proud First-Gen Latina from Los Ángeles (Westlake/MacArthur Park Area), California. I use she/her/ella pronouns (: I am currently a sophomore studying Comparative Studies Race & Ethnicity & possibly also double major in Urban Studies. I am the NSO & Community Coordinator at the WCC! I am super excited to continue working at the WCC to help empower and create a safe space for everyone while also having events to foster community with you all. Some of the things I am passionate about include hiking, journaling, creative writing, being an active social advocate in my community, and photography.

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Aliyah SmithWCC STEM Graduate Coordinator

Hello everyone! My name is Aliyah (she/her) and I am the graduate coordinator for the WCC STEM Mentoring Program this year. I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics studying human-robot collaboration. I am originally from Baltimore, MD and graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. As an underrepresented minority in my field, I am passionate about increasing the representation of gender-marginalized folks and people of color in engineering and in STEM, in general. Therefore, I am so excited to continue this work at the WCC and help guide undergraduate students in STEM through Stanford and their next steps. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, reading, catching up on my fav YouTube channels, and taking care of my plant babies. 

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Alana Mermin-Bunnell, WCC STEM Coordinator

Hi everyone! I'm Alana (she/her), the undergraduate coordinator for the WCC STEM Mentoring Program. I am a senior majoring in Bioengineering. I'm from Atlanta, GA, where my parents and sister live with our two cats and 9 chickens. I had an amazing experience as a mentee in the WCC STEM mentorship program and am really excited to help coordinate the program this year. I'm passionate about helping improve the representation of gender marginalized people, queer people, and people of color in STEM. I work in a bioprinting lab on campus, and in my free time I love to craft, paint, bake, play board games, and go to stand-up comedy shows. I'm happy to be a part of the WCC community this year! 

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Chase Baird-Iron Cloud, Environmental Justice Coordinator

Anpétu Waśté / Yá’át’ééh! My name is Chase Baird-Iron Cloud (she/they), I am Lakxóta and Diné, and I am from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. I am undecided in my major, but I am leaning towards HumBio. This year I am the Environmental Justice Coordinator for WCC. I care about the Indigenous perspectives, voices, and knowledge on how to care and protect ancestral lands that have been left out of Environmental Justice and Climate Change narratives. I am a supporter of Land Back for Indigenous Peoples because both my peoples (Lakxóta and Diné) have been affected spiritually, mentally, and physically when ancestral homelands were illegally stolen by the U.S Government and were forced onto reservations. I believe Indigenous perspectives and practices, whether small or large, towards how to protect the land is valid and vital in Environmental Justice, but also in how we can move forward to ensure a better livelihood for ourselves and the Earth. In my free time I love to bead (artwork), listen to music, go for walks on campus, see my friends, and watch sunsets. Things I am grateful for are my cultures and languages, my family, my dog, the buffalo, and the land.   

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Claudia Nmai, Gender, Equity, and Justice Summit Coordinator

Hi everyone! My name is Claudia Nmai (she/her), and I am the Gender, Equity, and Justice Coordinator for the WCC! I’m a senior from the Cleveland, Ohio area, majoring in Sociology and minoring in African and African American Studies. There is nowhere else on campus I feel as loved, protected, and embraced than I do at the WCC. I’m so grateful that this community encourages me to center liberation, collective care, and radical hope as we envision new worlds and possibilities. Outside of the WCC, I find lots of joy in taking long walks, going to farmer’s markets, sitting in the sun, and making the perfect cup of tea to start my morning. 

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Feona Dong, Health and Wellness Coordinator

Hi everyone! I’m Feona, and I’m the Health and Wellness Coordinator with the WCC. I enjoy French-Japanese cakes, I’m trying to build yellow into my days (currently typing this bio next to a yellow lamp and mousepad), and I am in awe of good writers and poets. What it means to preserve health is constantly shifting - expanding - and I’m so excited to create safe spaces for you all to heal and connect. It is hard to be well at Stanford, and I’m hoping to make that journey a little easier. If you have any thoughts on what you’d like to see, I welcome you to email me at feonad@stanford.edu

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Isa Calero Forero, Community Engagement Coordinator

Hi! My name is Isa (they/them), and I am the Community Engagement Coordinator at the WCC! I started off class of '23, but now am class of '24. I am still undecided on my major, but I am probably going to do a minor in Creative Writing, and have really enjoyed doing ILAC, portuguese, and poetry classes. I consider home to be both Quito, Ecuador and Cali, Colombia, and I love writing, dancing (esp with los Salseros de Stanford <3), hugging my friends, and leaving campus to go to cute coffee shops. The WCC has been my favorite place at Stanford since my frosh year (even virtually), I am super excited to be in community with all of you!!

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Kyalamboka Brown, Graduate Programs Coordinator

Greetings! My name is Kyalamboka and I am a doctoral candidate in the Graduate School of Education studying Mathematics Education and Race, Inequality, and Language in Education. I'm originally from Pontiac, Michigan and attended Michigan State University and the University of Michigan. Before coming to Stanford, I worked in K-12 education and volunteered for a nonprofit organization for the upliftment of women and girls. I am delighted to work for the WCC, centering the needs of gender-marginalized graduate students and allies. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, zumba, and singing.

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Lily Forman, Communications Coordinator

Hello! My name is Lily Forman (she/her) and I’m so excited to be the Communications Coordinator this year! I’m a sophomore from NJ, and although I haven’t declared my major (yet!), I’m interested in sociology, psychology, history, and feminist, gender, and sexuality studies. Outside of the WCC, I work with the Clayman Institute for Gender Research on projects about the MeToo movement and feminist ideologies. I love coffee, travel, walking, beaches, my two cats, and food :) Feel free to reach out (lforman2@stanford.edu)!!

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Nitara Connally, Feminist Narratives Coordinator

Hi, everyone! My name is Nitara (she/her/any) and I am one of the Feminist Narratives Coordinators at the WCC! I’m a junior from outside Atlanta, Georgia studying Comparative Literature, and am passionate about Black literary studies, philosophy, and critical theory! As a student who essentially studies books, I love to read and write in my spare time, but other hobbies include listening to music, watching movies, and going on hot girl walks around campus! I’m so, so excited to get to share space with my lovely community in the firetruck house this year, and look forward to drinking tea, soaking up the sun, and practicing radical self-care by eating up all the WCC staff snacks and lounging on our awesome couches!

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Saimary Velazquez Carrasquillo, WCC Sib Fam Coordinator

¡Buenas! My name is Saimary Velazquez Carrasquillo (she/they/any), and I’m the Sib-Fam Coordinator this year. I’m a sophomore majoring in CSRE (with a possible minor in Urban Studies), originally from Yabucoa, Puerto Rico (mi gente <3), but now moved to Fitchburg, Massachusetts. I’m passionate about advocating and fighting for a free Caribbean while addressing the existing internal issues surrounding race, class, colorism, and identity. I adore Tres Leches (my daughter(my cat)), spacing out, dramatic music, painting, writing, hiking, traveling, and walks. Reach out whenever for whatever :).

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Shameeka Wilson, Graduate Program Coordinator

Greetings everyone! My name is Shameeka "Smeek" Wilson (she/her/hers). I am a 2nd-year doctoral student in the Race, Inequality, and Language in Education (RILE) program. I have the pleasure of serving as a Co-graduate Program Coordinator for the WCC. Before entering Stanford, I got a bachelor's and master's degree in teaching from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). I hold teaching certifications in D/deaf education, special education, and teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. I am passionate about advocacy and empowering historically marginalized communities within predominantly white spaces. In my spare time, I enjoy watching TV (always looking for a good recommendation), baking (when I have time), nature, and laughing. The WCC is an especially humanizing space and I'm excited to be a part of this community. 

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Teiana Gonsalves, WCC Archivist and Social Media Coordinator

Aloha kākou! My name is Teiana Gonsalves and I'm a junior majoring in Political Science and minoring in Native American Studies. This is my second year as the WCC's Archivist and Social Media Coordinator and third year involved with the WCC. I was born and raised in Hawaiʻi and am a proud Native Hawaiian woman eager to work in federal policymaking and represent my home. Beyond the WCC, I'm also the Vice President of Stanford Natives in Pre-law, a volunteer with the Bay Area JusticeCorps program, an RA at Muwekma, a peer advisor for the Stanford in Washington program, and a member of Stanford Women in Law, Stanford ACLU, and the Pacific Islander Student Association. In my free time, I love hiking, outrigger canoe paddling, reading, vintage shopping, strength training, traveling, and exploring new food spots. 

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Theresa Nelson, Intern Coordinator

Hey everyone! My name is Theresa and I use she/her pronouns. I’m a 2nd year M.P.P. student and the Intern Program Coordinator at the WCC this year. I was born and raised in Denver, CO to a Mexican American mom and a white dad, and I have three sisters who are my best friends. My family has roots in the CA Bay Area, so living here now feels like coming back home. Some fun facts: I love to bake and cook, I’m a half marathon runner, and my parents met working at a McDonalds I drive by on my commute to school.

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Tobi Bankole, Feminist Narratives Coordinator

Hi everyone! I’m Tobi (she/her) and I’m one of the Feminist Narratives coordinators this year. I’m a junior majoring in History with minors in Classics and Creative Writing with tentative plans to someday coterm in History. I’m interested in ancient history, film and television writing, and archival/curatorial work. This is my first year at the WCC, and I am so excited to bring feminist narratives to the WCC community. I care deeply about collective liberation, community work, and accessible design, so I can’t wait to incorporate these things into my work this year. In my free time I enjoy watching movies and pretending to write.