2014 Graduate/Professional School Affiliates

Meet the 2014 Graduate/Professional School Affiliates.  Interested in applying to be an Affiliate?  Learn more.


Ikenna Achilihu

School of Public Health
World Fellow: Susana Edjang

Ikenna Achilihu is a first-year professional student at Yale School of Public Health where he is currently pursuing his Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy and Global Health. Before arriving at Yale, he worked as a National Science Foundation Research Intern and a college mentor, and tutor for students of color in Providence, RI area high schools. He also served for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bumbuna, Sierra Leone as a science educator where he taught biology and implemented community nutrition sensitization programs using Moringa oleifera as a proxy. He also co-taught computer literacy classes to students, and community members. His experience in Sierra Leone instilled within him a greater respect for education, diversity, and cross-cultural collaboration with the end goal of fostering community-driven and culturally relevant development targets.  He is co-chair of the Black Graduate Network and a global health justice fellow, both at Yale. He is spending the summer as a Law Fellow for Namati Sierra Leone in their Health and Accountability program where he’ll assist in implementing social accountability and legal empowerment strategies in primary healthcare delivery. After finishing his MPH, he intends to pursue a Ph.D in medical and legal anthropology. He completed a Bachelors of Science Degree in Human Biology at Brown University.


Jack Bian

School of Architecture
World Fellow: Salvatore Iaconesi

Jack is currently a M.Arch candidate in Yale School of Architecture. His professional area of interest encompasses a diverse range of scale, purpose, meaning, and is not held back by a pedagogical rhetoric or visual method of expression. With strong interest in people and places, Jack has travelled extensively to study and learn about architecture. Over the breaks, Jack did housing construction in Toronto, stage design for Macbeth in Milan, film in Berlin, and most recently internship for Gensler in San Francisco. He earned a degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada with a major in Architecture, and was a recipient of the Truman Shaver Fellowship to go to Italy, Greece, and Romania to research on the manifestation of Western religions in ancient temples and churches. Jack was born in Tianjin, China. 


Meredith Binford

School of Medicine
World Fellow: Alejandro Pacheco

Meredith is a fourth year medical student pursuing an elective year before graduation in 2016. She was born and raised near Atlanta. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in microbiology, she completed a Masters of Health Science degree at Johns Hopkins in Global Disease Epidemiology and Control. She then completed her thesis work as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Dominican Republic. Her projects focused on food security, HIV and adolescent pregnancy prevention, gender and development, hygiene and sanitation through the construction of aqueducts and latrines, and training community health promoters in preventative medicine. More recently she worked on a documentary film on the right to health in Uganda, served as the Referrals Director at the Haven Free Clinic, and coordinated the Global Heath Seminar for public health, nursing, physician associate, and medical students. She sees her future career at the interface of primary care, preventative health programming, and health access policy.


Samara Brock

Forestry and Environmental Studies
World Fellow: Alexander Verbeek

Samara Brock is a PhD student in the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She also holds masters degrees in Community and Regional Planning from the University of British Columbia, in Food Culture from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy, in Environmental Management from Yale University, and a BA in History and Environmental Studies from the University of Victoria. Her current research at Yale focuses on globalized environmental conflict in Bristol Bay, Alaska. Samara is a broadly published author, with works appearing in academic and popular journals on a range of topics including multiculturalism, innovations in urban planning, and sustainable food systems. She is also a poet whose work was featured in Breaking the Surface, an anthology of emerging Canadian poets. Samara’s professional experience spans fifteen years and includes work with food-focused NGOs in Canada and around the world, as a food systems planner with the City of Vancouver, and as a foundation program officer funding food, fisheries and climate change issues. Originally from OK Falls, British Columbia, Samara has studied and worked in Korea, Cuba, Guatemala, Argentina, Italy, the Netherlands, and the U.S.


Catherine Camp

School of Public Health
World Fellow: Parmesh Shahani

Currently a student at the Yale School of Public Health, Catherine is pursuing her Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy. At Yale, she conducts research on message framing effects for public health campaigns and has co-authored two research papers that are currently submitted for review for publication in psychology and public health journals. Catherine serves on the Board of Directors of HAVEN Free Clinic, a student-run medical clinic that provides free medical care to uninsured individuals in New Haven. Catherine has worked for Dr. Thomas A. Farley when he was Commissioner of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and has worked at a nonprofit that implements school wellness interventions. Catherine graduated from Yale University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science with honors in Psychology.

Elizabeth Chan

Elizabeth Chan

Law School
World Fellow: Shu “George” Chen

Elizabeth Chan is a Fulbright Scholar in the Master of Laws program at Yale Law School, hailing from Hong Kong and New Zealand. She graduated with a Law (Honors) and Arts conjoint degree at the University of Auckland, specialising in Private International Law, Public Law, French and Political Studies. She was an Editor-in-Chief of the Auckland University Law Review. Having completed a judge’s clerkship at the New Zealand Supreme Court, Elizabeth is currently working in international arbitration at Herbert Smith Freehills in Hong Kong. Elizabeth is passionate about youth empowerment, advancing refugees’ rights and promoting gender equality. In 2012, she was named one of three finalists for Young New Zealander of the Year for her services to the community. 


Stephanie Cohen

School of Medicine
World Fellow: Christopher Lockyear

Stephanie is a student at the Yale School of Medicine. Born in Berkeley, CA, she grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and received her B.A. from UC Berkeley in Molecular and Cell Biology. Interested in global health, Stephanie has worked in health clinics in Chile and the Dominican Republic. At Yale, she was on the student leadership board at the HAVEN Free Clinic, which caters to a largely Hispanic, uninsured population in Fair Haven. She also helped lead the Committee on the Well Being of Students, bringing breathing and meditation events to her fellow classmates. Stephanie hopes to combine her interests and do research in the field of global mental health this coming year.


Sarah Derbew

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
World Fellow: Thora Arnorsdottir

Sarah is a graduate student in the third year of the Ph.D. program in Classics. She is an Ethiopian-American from Brooklyn, NY. Before coming to Yale, she spent a post-graduate year developing service-learning initiatives at Parkway NW High School for Peace and Social Justice in Philadelphia. She also taught Latin at Prep for Prep Inc., a non-profit organization in New York City that prepares promising 5th grade students of color for academic success. Her passion for languages, Swahili in particular, took her to LOHADA, an educational non-profit organization in Arusha, Tanzania. Here, she was able to spearhead leadership and enrichment projects for high school students. Her present academic interests include the African, especially Ethiopian, presence in ancient Greece and Rome, Greek Old Comedy, and the Greek historiography.


David Gonzalez

Forestry and Environmental Studies
World Fellow: Christopher Lockyear

David is a second-year Masters of Environmental Science student at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and is also pursuing a Global Health graduate certificate from the Jackson Institute. Before starting his gradate program he worked as an environmental educator with K-12 youth on the California coast. Interested in connections between environment and health, David’s research project looks at the impacts of small-scale gold mining and mercury pollution on public health in the Peruvian Amazon.


Donna Hernandez 

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
World Fellow: Amira Yahyaoui

Donna Melyza Hernandez is from Arleta, California. She recently graduated from Georgetown University with a BS in Foreign Service and a Certificate in Women and Gender Studies. As a student at Georgetown, she participated in internship programs on Capitol Hill, the Department of State and the White House. Currently, Donna is a Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow and a candidate for a Master’s in Global Affairs at Yale University. Her academic interests include analyzing the intersections between humanitarian needs and security concerns. Upon graduation Donna will join the US Foreign Service. From an immigrant family, her mother is a refugee from the Salvadoran Civil War and her father’s family arrived in the US as migrant farmers. Donna now lives in New Haven, CT with her husband who recent retired from the Wounded Warrior Battalion after 7 years enlisted in the Marine Corps.


Anita Jivani

School of Management
World Fellow: Nandita Das

Anita is a second-year student at the Yale School of Management focusing on market-based solutions to global and social issues.  She graduated from Vanderbilt University with a dual degree in Human & Organizational Development and Spanish Language & Literature. As a Fulbright Scholar in Mexico, Anita pursued her interest in public-private partnerships by leveraging business for socio-political transformation between countries.  She spent three years working on cross-sector projects at Deloitte Consulting with clients such as Walmart, World Bank, and the US Olympics Committee.  Before coming to Yale, she provided independent consulting services for social impact in emerging markets, primarily in Kenya and Brazil.  Anita is spending the summer of 2014 at the World Economic Forum in New York City. 


Bryce Kellogg

Forestry and Environmental Studies
World Fellow: Ahmad “Rafay” Alam

Bryce is a second year master of environmental science candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.  His research focuses on patterns and drivers of wildland fire in the Western United States.  He is a leader of both the geosciences student interest group and veggie dinner at Yale. Prior to coming to New Haven Bryce spent a year studying Gelada monkeys in the Ethiopian highlands. He has also worked as a cowboy, tall-ship sailor and tester of a bionic exoskeleton. Bryce attended Deep Springs College and received his BA in forestry and natural resources from UC Berkeley. 


Erin Kelly

School of Management
World Fellow: Parmesh Shahani

Erin is a first-year MBA candidate at the Yale School of Management focused on the intersection of business and design and its role in social responsibility. From Washington DC by way of Colorado, she considers herself an adopted Californian. Prior to Yale SOM, Erin worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon, focusing on community economic development and women’s empowerment through entrepreneurship. Erin started her career in San Francisco with One King’s Lane where she worked in buying for the housewares, food & wine categories. Despite her love of all things food, she later moved into a role as an operations analyst focused on gaining supply chain efficiencies. Erin has also worked for Williams-Sonoma, Inc., managing purchasing vendor contract negotiations. She has interned for the US Senate and in San Francisco art galleries alike, pursued public service with AmeriCorps, and volunteered as a tutor for Bay Area NGOs serving homeless youth. Erin graduated with highest honors from UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design with a degree in Architecture. At Yale SOM Erin is a Forté Foundation Fellow and active in the Design & Innovation Club. In her free time Erin enjoys anything arts & crafts related, and dreaming up her next travel destination.


Itumeleng Makgetla

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
World Fellow: Biola Alabi

Itumeleng (Tumi) Makgetla is a third year doctoral student in the Department of Political Science. She attended Harvard as an undergraduate, concentrating in social studies, and read for an MPhil in Comparative Government at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Her work experience includes reporting for the Mail & Guardian newspaper in South Africa, working at the Innovations for Successful Societies program at Princeton and the Economic Development Department in the South African national government. Her research interests are the political economy of development, accountability, state institutional design and democratization. She grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa.


Etienne Mashuli

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
World Fellow: Paula Moreno

Born in Rwanda, Etienne Mashuli is currently a master’s student in the African Studies program. Etienne is passionate about transitional justice, ethnic conflict, economic and educational empowerment for marginalized youth. His research currently centers on youth movements in rural Burundi. Prior to Yale, Etienne graduated from North Central College where he received a BA in political science and was bestowed the “Senior Man Award”, the highest honor for a graduating senior. He is the recipient of the prestigious Soros New American fellowship and is a senior fellow with Humanity in Action. 


Maeghan Mikorski

Law School
World Fellow: Amira Yahyaoui

Maeghan is a third-year student at Yale Law School. She received her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Arab and Islamic Studies from Villanova University in 2008. After spending her first year of law school at Cornell Maeghan transferred to Yale because of the school’s focus on international law. Maeghan’s time studying abroad and backpacking through southern Africa and Tunisia inspired her to pursue a career in international human rights law, which she pursued last summer while working with domestic workers in Kolkata, India. At Yale, Maeghan participated in the International Criminal Court Moot Court competition and drafted proposals related to making public spaces safer for women with the Lowenstein Project. Next year she will serve as an Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project Legal Director and compete in the World Human Rights Moot Court Competition. She is also a Submissions Editor for the Yale Journal of International Law. This summer she is a summer associate at Sullivan and Cromwell’s London and New York offices. 

Montes Iannini

Pablo Montes Iannini

Forestry and Environmental Studies
World Fellow: Paula Moreno

Pablo is an environmental professional passionate about sustainable energy resources management and the public sector. He is second year joint degree student at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the School of Management pursuing a Masters of Environmental Management and an MBA respectively. At Yale he has been actively involved as the Co-Leader of the Latin American Interest Group and the Energy Club, as well as a research assistant at the Center for Business and the Environment. His professional experience and interests involve mitigating impacts of energy production and promoting its efficient use to provide welfare to society. The challenges of environmental management in the oil industry in Colombia, where he spent almost three years working for BP, and his interest in understanding the policy and market drivers behind environmental issues motivated him to pursue graduate studies at Yale. He spent the summer of 2013 with the City of Boston trying incorporate the energy efficiency strategy into the capital planning process for major construction projects. During the summer of 2014 he will be in the Clinton Foundation, working with the Clinton Global Initiative America and its Modern Grid and Green Buildings teams.


Ruth Montiel

Law School
World Fellow: Miguel Pulido

Ruth is a second-year student at Yale Law School. She graduated from Yale College in 2013 with a major in political science with a focus on human rights in conflict-ridden states. Last summer she worked at the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa, DRC, where she completed research for the 2013 Human Rights Report. At YLS, Ruth is involved in the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project and is an Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal. This summer she is working at the Department of Justice in the Human Rights and Prosecutions section.


Nathana O’Brien

School of Management/Law School
World Fellow: Salvatore Iaconesi

Nathana is originally from Albany, NY and studied philosophy at the University of Chicago. After graduating from the UofC in 2009, Nathana spent a year in Germany researching the philosophy of mind and neuroscience on a Fulbright scholarship and then pursued graduate study in philosophy of mind and neuroscience at NYU. Nathana then interned at Community Solutions, a national non-profit targeting homelessness and Tipping Point Partners, a startup incubator in New York City before traveling through Hong Kong, China, Indonesia and Europe for seven months, while working remotely as a researcher for Metamed, a medical technologies startup. Nathana then spent ten weeks at NASA Ames Research Park in Mountain View as a student at Singularity University’s graduate studies program learning about technology and entrepreneurship before beginning her legal education at Yale Law School. At Yale Nathana is a student in the joint three-year accelerated MBA with the Yale School of Management. Nathana is interested in the governing rapidly accelerating technologies, particularly artificial intelligence and robotics.


Daniel Oliveira

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
World Fellow: Vivianne Naigeborin

Daniel J. S. Oliveira grew up in São Paulo, Brazil, and graduated from Insper in 2010 with a B.A. in Economics. While an undergraduate, Daniel got involved with several social initiatives serving local impoverished communities. He also became a fellow at Fundação Estudar, a distinguished community of young Brazilian leaders that aim to promote the country’s transformation boosting its development. He started his professional career at JP Morgan and accumulated experience at a widely known Brazilian hedge fund with a long-term value investing strategy in public equities. He spent 2011 in Amman, Jordan, volunteering in a NGO that supports Iraqi refugees through Health and Education programs. After Yale, Daniel aims to stimulate civilian service and improve public administration in the poorest cities and regions of Brazil. In the long run he aims to engage in politics in order to promote, in a larger scale, policies that allow the most vulnerable to develop their potential to the fullest.


Disha Patel

School of Management
World Fellow: Miguel Pulido

Disha is a second-year student at Yale School of Management. Prior to Yale SOM Disha was at Cummins Inc., where she worked on development of new engine technologies and energy strategy for emerging markets. She has a graduate degree in Electrical Engineering (Energy and Environment) from Cornell University and a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in Engineering and Economics. She is originally from India and has worked on social initiatives, including HIV awareness and education in India, Uganda and Guatemala. Disha is the co-leader of Business and Politics clubs at SOM and is very interested in understanding how business can be best leveraged for social good. In her free time she likes to read, run, do yoga and go back-packing. This summer Disha interned at Amazon.com with their Music team in Seattle.


Britta Redwood

Law School
World Fellow: Nandita Das

Britta Redwood is a second-year law student. Before law school, she studied philosophy and European politics at Princeton University, as well as studying abroad in Russia and France. After graduation, she worked at a legal aid organization for refugees in Cairo as well as in business research and consulting in Washington, DC. She currently co-chairs the Yale Society of International Law and serves as Features Editor to the Yale Journal of International Law. Last summer, Britta worked at the Office of the Chief Prosecutor for Military Commissions and completed a summer clerkship under the President of the Supreme Court of Israel.


Kate ROberts

School of Management
World Fellow: Alejandro Pacheco

Originally from Washington, DC, Kate’s work experience is in international development and global health, with a particular focus on young people. Kate has managed projects, delivered capacity building trainings, led fundraising efforts, and designed monitoring and evaluation programs for non-governmental organizations. She has lived and worked across five continents, including in India, Nepal, Nicaragua, Tanzania, the UK, the US, and Zambia. Kate graduated from Williams College with degrees in Biology and Political Theory. At Yale SOM, Kate serves as the Cross-Cultural Chair, and a Co-Chair of the Yale Philanthropy Conference.

Michael Rossmann

School of Management
World Fellow: Biola Alabi

Michael is a second-year student at the Yale School of Management.  Prior to coming to Yale, Michael worked at Cartesian (formerly Cambridge Strategic Management Group), a strategy consulting firm serving clients in the telecommunications, media, and technology sector.  He spent time working in both Cartesian’s Boston, MA and London, UK offices and also completed project work in Zurich, Switzerland.  Michael is a native of Pittsburgh, PA.  He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.S. in Business Administration.  In his free time, Michael is a member of the Ice Hockey Club at SOM.  During summer 2014, Michael will be interning with Wells Fargo Securities in Charlotte, NC.


Kevin Russell

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
World Fellow: Rami Nahkla

Kevin Russell is currently a Political Science PhD candidate at Yale University, focusing on constitutional transitions and development of rule of law in the fields of comparative politics and political theory. From 2008 to 2009, he was the governance advisor on a State Department Provincial Reconstruction Team in Taji, Iraq.  From 2004 to 2008, he worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), primarily in the Iraq Policy office, as well as in the Comptroller office, Program Analysis and Evaluation, and the State Department’s Office of Reconstruction and Stabilization and U.S. Embassy Khartoum. During his time at DoD he received the Joint Civilian Achievement Award and the Excellence in Civil Service Award. He graduated with his Master’s in International Affairs and Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in 2004 and holds a Graduate Diploma in physics from Sydney University, Australia (2001) where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He is a graduate of Williams College (2000), where he majored in astrophysics and philosophy. 

Hugo Santillan

School of Management
World Fellow: Vivianne Naigeborin

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York, Hugo graduated magna cum laude from Pace University. He is an alumnus of the non-profit organizations Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), and a current Fellow of the Robert Toigo Foundation. From 2007-2012 he worked as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers and Barclays in the technology, media and telecommunication group where he completed ~$45 billion of closed transactions. Motivated to better understand our nation’s education system, he left the finance industry to complete a ten-month fellowship with Education Pioneers – a non-profit funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. At Yale School of Management, Hugo serves as Senator on Student Government and Social Chair of Education Club.


SAmeera Savarala

Forestry and Environmental Studies
World Fellow: Susana Edjang

A Master of Environmental Management Candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Sameera is researching efficient mechanisms for integrating sustainable development and climate change policy at the international level. Prior to joining Yale, Sameera worked for the Chicago Department of Environment’s Chicago Conservation Corps Program. She later attended the UN Commission on Sustainable Development and the Rio+20 Earth Summit as a civil society advisor on the United States delegation. She recently worked in Cambodia for a human rights NGO that focused on land rights. While at Yale, she assisted the Sri Lankan delegation to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and she co-leads the FES Chapter of the Yale Environmental Law Association. She is now a Fellow at the Global Island Partnership focusing on preparations for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States.


Anurati Tandon

Yale School of Management
World Fellow: Thora Arnorsdottir

Anurati is currently a second year student at the Yale School of Management. Born and raised in India, she graduated from St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi with a degree in Economics. During her time in college, Anurati spent her summers pursuing different interests including product marketing for an insurance company, economic research at JPMorgan, and producing shows and advertisements with MTV. Post college she worked at two boutique advisory firms in Mumbai – where she focused on doing strategy work for companies across India’s infrastructure space – with a large focus on social infrastructure particularly healthcare delivery. Since starting at Yale, Anurati has been actively involved with the global network and student life at SOM. She is currently spearheading initiatives like the Integrated Leadership Case Competition, and the Healthcare Ecosystem at SOM. Anurati enjoys traveling, building networks, watching American sitcoms, and Bollywood films. She spent this past summer working with Philips, in their Healthcare Transformation Services Division between Boston and Chicago.


Geoffrey Shaw

Law School
World Fellow: Ahmad “Rafay” Alam

Geoff Shaw is a 2L at Yale Law School.   He is spending the summer working in technology and completing a Yale Law Journal Summer Writing Fellowship.  In law school, Geoff serves on the board of the American Constitution Society, works on several journals, and is pursuing his own research on a variety of legal issues surrounding artificial intelligence, privacy, aggregate litigation, legal philosophy, and legal development.  He published an article in the Harvard Law Review in December and is currently working on a book about legal positivism.  Geoff spent a summer in Xinjiang and a summer in Shanghai, and has spent substantial time in the Middle East and Central Asia.  He served as chair of a grant-making fund for growing community development organizations in South Africa, and in 2011, he worked in Azerbaijan for the ABA Rule of Law Initiative on USAID and OSCE funded rule of law development projects.  He holds a B.A. magna cum laude from Yale College, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Yale Philosophy Review.  He also holds a doctorate from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. 


Sam Teicher

Forestry and Environmental Studies
World Fellow: Alexander Verbeek

A proud son of Washington, DC, Sam is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, focusing on Business & the Environment and Environmental Diplomacy. After graduating from Yale College in 2012, Sam spent nearly one year working in Mauritius as Chief Operating Officer and Lead Project Manager for the NGO ELI Africa. While there, he collaborated with local stakeholders to create projects such as coral farming, mangrove and terrestrial reforestation, and environmental education development. During the summer of 2014, he is interning for the White House Council on Environmental Quality’s Climate Preparedness Team in DC. After graduation, he hopes to work on issues including protecting and restoring the health of coral reefs, oceans, and coastal ecosystems, integrating environmental sustainability into a new grand strategy for American policy, and utilizing effective freshwater management for conflict resolution. In his free time, Sam enjoys scuba diving, playing rugby, and planning future travels.


Brett Tolman

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
World Fellow: Shu “George” Chen

Brett Tolman, a native of Portland, Oregon, is currently a first year M.A. student of Global Affairs at the Jackson Institute where he is focusing his studies on international trade and investment. Prior to attending Yale, Brett worked for a number of years in Asia-Pacific on sustainable and economic development projects and facilitated formal trade and security agreements between South Africa and Vietnam. Brett was selected as Yale’s representative for the Japan Travel Program for U.S. Future Leaders and will meet with political and business leaders about the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership in the coming academic year. Additionally, he will be working this summer with Grant Thornton’s business consulting and advisory team in Vietnam. 


Ariel Travis

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
World Fellow: Rami Nahkla

Ariel Travis is a second-year M.A. student in the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs with an interest in forced migration, social policy and Middle East politics. A native of Austin, Texas, Ariel graduated magna cum laude from Rice University with a B.A. in Anthropology in 2008. With the support of a Wagoner scholarship, Ariel moved to Istanbul, studied human rights law and migration at Boğaziçi University and served as a legal aid intern with Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly— Refugee Advocacy & Support Program.  She later worked with the Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration (ORAM) in Turkey, providing advocacy on behalf of those fleeing persecution based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. As a legal advisor with ORAM, Ariel represented asylum-seekers throughout the UNHCR refugee status determination proceedings, in addition to conducting research and writing on the topic. This summer, she will be volunteering with an international organization in Southeastern Turkey,  helping with the implementation and design of programs to assist urban refugees who have fled violence in Syria.