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2021-22 WCC Student Staff

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Aliyah Smith, WCC STEM Mentoring Program Graduate Coordinator

Hello everyone! My name is Aliyah (she/her/hers) and I am the graduate coordinator for the WCC STEM Mentoring Program this year. I am currently a third-year PhD student in the Aeronautics & Astronautics Department. I am originally from Baltimore, MD and graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. As an underrepresented minority in my field, I am passionate about increasing the representation of women and people of color in engineering and in STEM, in general. Therefore, I am so excited to work at the WCC this year to help coordinate the mentoring program and help guide undergraduate students in STEM through their next steps. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, reading, knitting, catching up on my fav shows and YouTube channels, and admiring my new plants. Looking forward to a great year at the WCC! 

Baylee Basila, Co-Feminist Narratives Coordinator

Hello community! I’m Baylee (any pronouns) and this is my third year as Feminist Narratives Co-Coordinator. I am a supersenior majoring in American Studies with a concentration in social justice movements and cross-cultural concepts of progress. That is to say- I’m very interested in the rhetoric around progress and who utilizes it. I am an absolute history nerd, particularly the histories of queer peoples of color, and fun stuff like that. I really like owning books (and not reading them), watching too much television, and drinking oat milk iced lattes because I deserve a little treat. Feel free to hit me up about whatever!

Claudia Nmai, Co-Community Engagement Coordinator

Hi everyone! My name is Claudia Nmai (she/her), and this is my second year as the NSO/Community Co-Coordinator for the WCC! I’m a junior from outside Cleveland, Ohio, majoring in Sociology and minoring in African and African American Studies. I’ve been involved with the WCC since my frosh year, and it is one of the places on campus that I can confidently say makes me feel the most loved, protected, and celebrated on campus. I deeply care about understanding how the past haunts the present, studying abolition, and learning how everyday resistance patterns can help us to model the world we want to live in. Recently, I have found lots of joy in going to farmer’s markets, sitting in the sun, making the perfect cup of tea, and taking care of my plants and watching them continue to grow and flourish. 

Ella Varney, Environmental Justice Coordinator

Hello! My name is Ella Varney (she/her) and I am this year's Environmental Justice Coordinator. I am a Junior studying Anthropology and CSRE, and I am passionate about the intersections of climate justice, racial justice, and gender equity. I also love cooking with friends and family, spending time outside, playing soccer, and going on road trips with my sister. 

Feona Dong, Pathways Coordinator

Hello everyone! I’m Feona (they/them), and I’m a former ‘22 on leave from Stanford. While at Stanford, I was studying Public Policy, Data Science, and Computer Science - and whether I return to these studies remains a not-fun, horrifying mystery! As someone possessed by a constant questioning of capitalist work environments and a fundamental love for my well-being, I think it’s kind of fitting that I’ve landed in this role as Pathways Coordinator for the WCC. This year, I’m hoping to rethink the pathways program in- and outside of the Stanford & Silicon Valley Universe. I want to create loving, patient spaces where students can find footing and solace in their passions, rather than working themselves into overwhelm and exhaustion. This is certainly a shapeless and difficult endeavor mid-pandemic, but they’re mine nonetheless! Outside of the WCC, I am finding a new love for novels and short stories, nurturing my dearest friendships, journaling daily, and watching a lot of gamers on Twitch. If you have any questions about the WCC or just want to make a new friend, you can always reach me at feonad@stanford.edu

Isa Calero-Forero, Sib Fam and Co-Community Coordinator

Hi! My name is Isa (they/them), and I am the Sib Fam and Co-Community 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!!

Jenna Jung, Gender, Equity, and Justice Summit Coordinator

Hello! I’m Jenna (she/her) and I am the Gender Equity and Justice Summit Coordinator for the third year at the WCC. I am senior majoring in MS&E, and I have loved my time so far at the WCC. I truly believe that this is one of the best places to find community and belonging on campus, and I am so grateful to have found these folks when I did. I am interested in areas of reproductive justice, racial equity and liberation, as well as community care. I am looking forward to what this year has to bring!

Kyalamboka Brown, Graduate Coordinator

Hi my name is Kyalamboka and I am a Doctoral candidate in the Graduate School of Education studying Mathematics Education and Race, Inequality, Language in Education. I'm originally from Pontiac, Michigan. Before coming to Stanford, I worked for a nonprofit organization for the upliftment of Women and girls. My research focuses on Black girls in mathematics classroom. I am delighted to work for the WCC, centering the needs of women and allies. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, zumba, and singing.

mikah sánchez, Co-Feminist Narratives Coordinator 

Pialli friends! My name is mikah, and I’m so excited to be reprising my role as co-cordinator for the WCC’s Feminist Narratives program! I’m a junior majoring in Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies and minoring in Poverty, Inequality & Policy. I was drawn to Feminist Narratives because the WCC is a community of radical thinkers that inspires me to meaningfully and intentionally pursue my passions for storytelling, LGBTQ2S+ youth advocacy, and using media as tools for liberation. Beyond the WCC, I love hiking, eating blackberries, thinking about the next tattoo I want to get, and rewatching the same five tv shows. ¡Mucho amor!

Monica J Pena-Aguilar, Health and Wellness Coordinator

Here is my bio: Hi! My name is Monica (she/her) and I am a Junior majoring in Psychology. I am this year's Health and Wellness Coordinator! I am super passionate about mental health awareness and de-stigmatization, reproductive justice, and mindfulness practice. My family is from El Salvador, so I also really care about bringing forward and using non-Western medicinal practices that are rooted in more ancient practices and using food as medicine. Besides health, I love to cook and bake, paint, style clothes, and read books recommended by friends. If you ever see me, say hi I'd love to chat!

Paloma Moreno Jiménez, Feminist Discussions Co-Coordinator

Hellooo! My name is Paloma (she/they) and I am one half of this year's Feminist Discussions team. I'm a super-senior (woohoo) majoring in Urban Studies and doing a CSRE honors thesis about the practice of testimonio at the intersection of mental health, migration, and motherhood. I love making podcasts & overall storytelling - everything from listening to, researching, and crafting stories centering queer / POC / gender-marginalized folks. I am super grateful for my fam, friends, and community, but also tv shows, tiktok, nature, and esquites. I'm from Tijuana / San Diego - Kumeyaay territory - and home to the best birria tacos!! If you know a good spot in the Bay hmu :)

Preeti Srinivasan, Graduate Program Coordinator

Hi everyone! I'm Preeti, and I'm a 4th year PhD Student in Organizational Behavior. My work is a blend of psychology, economics, and sociology - I study when, why, and how individuals make decisions to engage in efforts for social change. Specifically, I use behavioral experiments to study allyship and activism. In my free time, I love reading (especially historical fiction), going to theater shows (especially musicals), and baking (especially desserts).

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Sarah Crable, Feminist Discussion and Communications Coordinator 

Hi! My name is Sarah (she/they pronouns), and I’m one of the feminist discussions and communications coordinators at the WCC. I’m from Cincinnati, Ohio, and I study international relations with specializations in energy, resources and the environment and social development and human well-being. I’m passionate about environmental justice and envisioning just transitions with demilitarization as a key component, and reconceptualizing mental health/psychology and economics. I love being queer, singing, poetry, reading tarot cards, connecting with nature, stimming, philosophy, listening to my loved ones ramble, the oxford comma, and in true ADHD fashion, I love run-on (or just unnecessarily long) sentences. I’m excited to share community with you all this year, and so grateful to do so in a space that prioritizes rest and puts no limits on our imagination. 

Teiana Gonsalves, WCC Archivist and Social Media Coordinator

Aloha kākou! My name is Teiana Gonsalves (she/her) and I'm a sophomore from Kailua, Hawaiʻi. I'm planning on majoring in Political Science and minoring in Native American studies and the Environmental Justice track in Earth Systems. I'm so excited to be the WCC's Archivist this year in its first year of programming! In my free time, I enjoy outrigger canoe paddling, hiking, reading, baking, going to the beach, exploring new food places, and especially being a dog mom to my two puppies, Boston and Puna.

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Tenzin Namgyal, Collective Liberation and WVSO Coordinator 

Hi! My name is Tenzin Namgyal, and I'm the Collective Liberation and WVSO Coordinator here at the Women's Community Center. My pronouns are she/her, and I'm a sophomore studying Public Policy and Anthropology. I am from Queens, New York, and I love thrifting, reading fiction novels, and binge watching new Netflix shows! 

Theresa Nelson, Intern Program Coordinator

Hi everyone, I’m Theresa (she/her)! I’m a senior and the Intern Program Coordinator this year. In school I study Iberian and Latin American Cultures, and I'm in the midst of completing a Masters in Public Policy. As a member of the WCC’s staff, I have loved offering care and support for inward and outward facing endeavors, and I am thrilled to be welcoming and guiding the next generation of leaders in the space - our interns! - this year. I have three sisters whom I adore, and, like virtually all Coloradans, I love being outdoors: hiking, running, swimming, picnicking, hammocking, gardening, playing with puppies, and looking at the stars.