The student-led movement to end mass atrocities.

Meet Our Team

STAND’s leadership team consists of a Managing Committee, State Advocacy Leads, and chapter leaders across the country. The Managing Committee, made up of 12 students, is STAND’s central decision-making body, and works to ensure that students have the resources to effectively organize their campuses and communities.

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Student Director

Abby Edwards

Abby Edwards

Student Director

Columbia University and Sciences Po Paris

Abby is a senior in the Dual BA program between Sciences Po Paris and Columbia University, where she is pursuing degrees in Human Rights and Politics & Government. Prior to serving as Student Director, Abby served on the MC of STAND France as the Campaigns Co-Coordinator and on the MC of STAND USA, working on education and communications. In addition to her work with STAND, Abby interned at the Buchenwald memorial, the US Department of State, and the Journal for European and American Intelligence Studies, as well as served as a research fellow at the Center for Khmer Studies in Cambodia and Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights.

aedwards@standnow.org @_abbyedwards

Megan Rodgers

Megan Rodgers

Student Director

University of Arkansas

Megan is a senior at the University of Arkansas, where she is majoring in Political Science, International Studies, and Spanish. At the University of Arkansas is the vice-president of Students with Refugees and works closely with Canopy, a local refugee resettlement agency, to make Northwest Arkansas a more welcoming home for refugees. Megan first became involved with STAND after visiting the Kigali Genocide Memorial during a semester studying post-genocide reconciliation and peacebuilding in Rwanda and served as the Congo AC lead for the 2019-2020 academic year.

mrodgers@standnow.org

Programmatic

Alison Rogers

Alison Rogers

Sudan and South Sudan AC Lead

Baylor University

Alison is a senior University Scholar concentrating in journalism and international studies at Baylor University, focusing on the intersection between policy and communications. Alison was previously a part of STAND’s state advocacy lead program and an Upstander with the Enough Project. She has also interned with ALARM Ministries Inc, a Rwandan-based peacebuilding nonprofit, and on the PR team for the environmental sustainability documentary The Need to Grow. Alison will be serving as the Sudan and South Sudan AC lead this year. In her spare time, Alison can usually be found drinking coffee, petting her cat, or baking bread.

arogers@standnow.org

Caroline Mendoza

Caroline Mendoza

co-Education and co-Burma AC Lead

Cerritos High School, California

Caroline is currently a freshmen at UCLA studying international development and French. She has worked with the STAND MC for the past 2 years and is returning as a co-education lead and co-Burma committee lead. Caroline is currently a research assistant for IDP and refugee issues with the US Campaign for Burma and works with the LA Museum of the Holocaust as a leader of the Museum Impact and Education Committee. In the past, Caroline has interned with Congresswoman Linda Sanchez and founded Together We Prevent Genocide, a non-profit dedicated to genocide education. She is a nominee for the 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scouts for her work with public school genocide awareness curriculum and is writer at Redefy for global affairs and legislative issues.

cmendoza@standnow.org @carolineeehsul

Claire Sarnowski

Claire Sarnowski

co-Outreach (Fundraising) and State-Level Education Lead

Lakeridge High School, Oregon

Claire is a rising junior at Lakeridge High School in Lake Oswego, Oregon. As a freshman, her efforts led to the passage of a statewide policy to require public schools teach about the Holocaust and other genocides. Claire will be working with STAND over the 2020-2021 academic year to boost STAND's grassroots fundraising efforts and to work with communities to launch their own genocide education initiatives. In addition to working with STAND, Claire is the President of Key Club and French Club and is a proud member of National Honors Society and French National Honors Society.

csarnowski@standnow.org

Ishreet Lehal

Ishreet Lehal

Kashmir AC Lead

Terre Haute South Vigo High School

Ishreet is a rising senior at Terre Haute South Vigo High School in Terre Haute, Indiana. In her last three years working with STAND, she has helped educate women through Women For Women International and has also worked closely with Destiny Rescue in efforts to help rescue children trapped in prostitution and slavery. Ishreet also has worked to educate her community on various societal issues such as Islamaphobia by hosting workshops through the local CANDLES Holocaust Museum. In addition to working with STAND, she has also helped to organize events with Together We Remember to memorialize victims of identity based violence in her community. Ishreet will be working with STAND in the 2020-2021 school year as the Kashmir Action Committee lead in efforts to raise awareness of the conflicts surrounding the area and achieve STAND’s goal of being a voice for the people of Kashmir.

ilehal@standnow.org

Jan Jan Maran

Htoijan (Jan Jan) Maran

Burma Committee Co-Lead

George Mason University

Htoijan (Jan Jan) is a Global Affairs and Environmental Sustainability Studies double major at George Mason University in Virginia. She is active in the Cavalry Burmese Church Youth Group, and serves as Assistant Secretary of the Kachin Alliance. Ethnically Kachin herself, Jan Jan has led fundraising efforts to support internally displaced persons in Kachin State in Burma, and is excited to help lead STAND's efforts to advocate for all marginalized peoples in Burma.

hmaran@standnow.org

Jenna Walmer

Jenna Walmer

co-Policy and co-Education

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Jenna holds a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies from Bridgewater College. She is currently working towards two Master of Arts degrees at West Chester University of Pennsylvania: Holocaust and Genocide Studies and General Psychology. The guiding theme of Jenna's research is the overlap of social/peace psychology and mass atrocities. She is specifically interested bystander and rescuer behavior during genocides. In addition to her extensive research in genocide studies, she has a background in advocacy. As a member of the Church of the Brethren, she attended three Christian Citizenship Seminars lobbying for policies related to carbon footprint, childhood poverty, and immigration. She also held an internship at the Borgen Project where she wrote articles connecting global poverty and human rights abuses, lobbied congresspeople, and fundraised for the organization.


Jordyn Galvan

Jordyn Galvan

co-Policy and Communications

Texas State University

Jordyn is a Junior at Texas State University, where she is studying Political Science and International Relations. Prior to working on STAND’s Managing Committee, Jordyn worked under the World Affairs Council in Dallas Ft. Worth, The Refugee Services of Texas, and The SMU Embrey Human Rights Program. Jordyn was named as a 20 under 20 scholar through the Junior World Affairs Council for efforts that she brought forth regarding awareness and activism surrounding refugee crises, human rights and other global issues. Jordyn is also a prominent activist in the Indigenous Community through her representation of the Mescalero Apache tribe by founding the Native American Student Association at Texas State University, as well as her work with the Indigenous Freedom Radio. She was also on the Youth Track under the Society of American Indian Government Employees where she was able to lobby on behalf of the indigenous community. Jordyn also served on a Superintendent Advisory Council. She will be serving as STAND’s Communications and Co-Policy lead.

jgalvan@standnow.org

Mira Mehta

Mira Mehta

co-Yemen AC Lead

Westfield High School

Mira is a senior at Westfield High School in New Jersey. She is excited to be entering her fourth year with STAND as part of the MC after previously serving as a member of the Communications Task Force and a State Advocacy Lead. Outside of STAND, she is working to change history curricula to include more about America's own history with genocide and racism. She has also studied a variety of foreign policy topics through debate and is looking forward to using this experience as one of the leaders of the Yemen Action Committee for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Outreach

Aisha Saleem

Aisha Saleem

co-Outreach (University) and co-Yemen AC

Barnard College

Aisha is a junior at Barnard College in NYC. She is a biochemistry major and enjoys being a mentor to underrepresented youth around the word. She served on the Managing Committee last year and is excited to continue her work with this movement. She is excited to mobilize grassroots organizations to take part of campaigns and co-lead the Yemen Committee.

asaleem@standnow.org

Grace Harris

Grace Harris

co-Xinjiang AC and co-Outreach (High School)

Tampa Prep High School

Grace is a rising high school senior at Tampa Preparatory School from Tampa, Florida. She has been a member of her school’s STAND chapter since her freshman year and currently serves as its president. Since getting involved with STAND at the national level as an Action Committee member two years ago and as a State Advocacy Lead last year, she has been involved with advocacy at both the local and national levels. In addition to her work with STAND, Grace has also worked with March For Our Lives in her state and city and will serve on the leadership board for the Tampa chapter this upcoming year. She is passionate about issues of injustice and is ready to serve as a member of the Managing Committee this year!

gharris@standnow.org