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Juaveria Ali, School of Arts and Sciences ’12, is a psychology and public health double major. She has taught at the Islamic school in Teaneck, N.J. and is currently an assistant at the Douglass Library at Rutgers. Juaveria is interested in learning about other religions and hopes to create an interfaith dialogue to dispel misconceptions. She has recently been elected as head of the interfaith committee for the Muslim Student Association.

Prachi Baodhankar, School of Arts and Sciences ’12, is a cell biology and neuroscience major. She was the Residence Hall Association Representative for McCormick, the honors residence hall on Busch campus, and through this position raised money for Haitian earthquake victims. Every year, she volunteers at Savali, a school for children with mental disabilities or cerebral palsy in Pune, India. Prachi also travelled to Ajuelita, Costa Rica with the Rutgers chapter of the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children and worked at a pediatric clinic. She is also a member of the ballroom dance team.

* Danielle Barta, School of Arts and Sciences ’11, is a political science major who is interested in politics and culture, as well as political sociology. She is involved in campus activities at Rutgers Hillel and the softball club. Danielle serves as the Education Coordinator on the Rutgers Messorah Board, through which she arranges weekly and special classes, large events, and education programs for Rutgers Hillel members. She is most passionate about advancing tolerance education and last spring interned at The Tolerance Center in New York City. Danielle is working on a Jewish-Muslim dialogue between local high school students for her social action project.

* Princess Belton, Mason Gross School of the Arts ’11, is a visual arts major. She has served as a tutor/recreational leader on the Puerto Rican Action Board and as a counselor for students between the ages of 11 and 13. In addition, she taught arts and crafts at New Jersey City University as part of the pre-college program. Princess hopes to create community outreach programs to encourage youth towards positive paths. For her social action project she plans to create a media literacy program for teens in Jersey City’s pre-college program. Princess interned at the Institute for Women and Art, a unit of the Institute for Women’s Leadership, in spring 2010.

Elizabeth Bryan, Rutgers College ’10, is a women’s and gender studies major and theatre arts minor. She studied at the University of Melbourne in Australia during fall semester 2008. In addition, Liz is a performer in both the Rutgers University Musicians’ Guild and the College Avenue Players, and serves as house manager, board member, performer, and technician for the Cabaret Theatre Company. Elizabeth has completed an internship at the Institute for Women’s Leadership and is deeply interested in women’s rights issues.

Misha Bernier, School of Arts and Sciences ’12, is a political science major and a Spanish minor. Last summer she interned with Arts Mentoring Against Drugs, Racism, and Violence Summer Camp (AMARD) where she furthered her commitment to empowering children. She is interested in reforming education so all children, regardless of their gender, race, or class, have access to good educations. She has also interned at the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Division on Women in Trenton.

*Beth Breslaw, School of Arts and Sciences ’12, is a double major in history and political science. She has volunteered at the SAVE Animal Shelter, and has also been a youth council representative for the American Red Cross. For two years Beth has worked with Project GAIA, whose mission is to promote peace, acceptance, and open-mindedness in the community. She is a student board member for their umbrella organization Corner House, which is a non-profit agency dedicated to counseling adolescents in crisis. Beth interned at American Friends Service Committee in Newark where she worked on prisoners’ rights issues. She will participate in the IWL Transforming Lives documentary film project in the fall of 2010.

Leila Brollosy, School of Arts and Sciences ’12, is a political science and Middle Eastern studies major. She recently travelled to Doha, Qatar to attend a conference promoting education in Palestine. She works as an Aresty Research Assistant analyzing contradictory U.S. foreign policies towards political Islam. She is a recipient of the Frank Gerhart Humanitarian Award as a result of her volunteer work in the promotion of ethnic, religious, and gender diversity.

Carolina Castro, Douglass Residential College ’12, is a political science and women’s and gender studies double major. Last year she was part of LEAD house, a living learning community on Douglass Campus, where she developed her leadership skills and her understanding of issues of women’s leadership. In the summer of 2010 she interned with Women Helping Women in Metuchen, N.J.

Dodam (Laura) Chun, School of Arts and Sciences ’13, is an art history major. She has lived in Mongolia, South Korea, China, and now resides in the U.S. She is currently a museum guard at the Zimmerli Art Museum and hopes to be a museum curator in the future. She is interested in art history and this past summer traveled to Rome for five weeks with the art history department at Rutgers.

Sonja Chung, Mason Gross ’12, is a dance major. She is a choreographer, dancer, gymnast, actress, and model. As a freshman, Sonja performed a solo at the Mason Gross spring concert student choreography production. She also plays the role of the lead angel in “Black Nutcracker” at the Ron Howard Theatre in New York City. In 2008, she competed in the International Models and Talent Association competition and won model of the year and best dancer.

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