Brent Clarke is from Falls Church, Virginia. He is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Government and pursuing a Master’s of Public Policy degree at the University of Virginia. His areas of interests include immigration policy, housing and urban development policy, and American history. During the summer of 2016, Brent interned at the Cato Institute as an immigration policy researcher. Last summer, he worked in Government Affairs at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
Originally from Massachusetts, Arielle ventured “across the pond” to earn her BA in Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge University. After graduation she worked in innovation consulting before shifting to the field of education. Her six years of teaching experience include middle school English Language Arts in a Title I charter school and teaching English as a foreign language to adults in Russia. Arielle is currently pursuing a master degree in Public Policy and a doctorate degree Education Policy at the University of Virginia.
Nia Augustine is a second-year student at the University of Virginia and is interested in studying Leadership and Public Policy in the Frank Batten School. She is passionate about helping lower income populations gain access to adequate health care, and address health care disparities and inequalities in these specific communities. Her passion stems from her growing up on the small island of Grenada, where she experienced limited access to health care services and after coming to America seeing that command trend, she knew that she had to be a catalyst for change. Her involvement in IYFABW has been one of her most rewarding experiences thus far at UVa, along with her role as the Vice President of Contemplation@UVa and a board member of the HOOSFirst Advisory board. Her favorite quote is from Martin Luther King Jr., "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."
Tatenda K. Mabikacheche grew up in Harare, Zimbabwe. She moved to the United States to pursue a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics at Ave Maria University. Immediately after graduating from her undergraduate studies, Tatenda worked as an economic policy research intern at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, DC. Her research focused on tax, health-care, housing, and environmental policy issues. Most recently, she served as a Program Associate at the same company, AEI, where she managed public policy educational programs for undergraduate students. Her primary policy interests are in international development issues, such as, education, youth development, labor-economics and governance. She enjoys volunteering at programs that assist the homeless in her local community and conducts pro-bono consulting for non-profits. Tatenda is an aspiring social entrepreneur. Upon graduation from the Master of Public Policy program at the Frank Batten School, she hopes to work in international consulting and in the long-term, hopes to start a social venture and a public policy think-tank back in Zimbabwe.
Joyce Cheng is pursuing her B.A. in Human Biology and a minor in Global Sustainability at the University of Virginia. Her most significant involvements at UVA include participating in the Virginia Student Environmental Coalition (an environmental activism group), volunteering at The Heritage Inn (an assisted living and memory care community), playing in Kinetic Sound (an instrumental music group), and conducting public health research. Her family is originally from China and her immigrant parents have taught her the importance of hard work and obtaining a quality education, inspiring her to become involved in IYFABW. She plans to go to medical school to become a practicing physician in the future. Her career aspiration includes assisting and empowering marginalized communities that do not receive adequate healthcare, such as minority groups, elderly populations, impoverished people, immigrants, or communities affected by environmental injustice. Joyce is also passionate about social justice and environmental sustainability, as she believes these two issues are the most crucial aspects of creating a strong, mindful, and ethical society.
Samantha Mori is currently a fourth year student at the University of Virginia (UVA), studying Foreign Affairs and Chinese Language and Literature. She is also a graduate student in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy pursuing a Master in Public Policy. She hopes to further pursue a career in policy or international relations with East Asia. Her interest in policy began with her time interning at the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) a non-profit civil rights organization, and has blossomed into a passion for public service. Samantha has also interned with the United States Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service which combined her love of international relations and food policy. She hopes to continue to work on policy in these related fields. Outside of UVA and public policy, Samantha enjoys photography, traveling, and trying new foods!
Hema Shah is a third year undergraduate at the University of Virginia double majoring in mathematics and economics. Her hometown is Chesapeake, Virginia, although her family is originally from India. Hema currently works as a research assistant in the department of economics and plans to pursue a PhD in economics after graduation. She is strongly interested in the field of development economics, and she hopes to pursue a career in academia to study economic interventions in developing countries. Hema's current research focuses on aspects of corruption in the developing world and she is excited to use her knowledge of development economics to implement effective programs through IYFABW.
Brian Zuluaga is a third year student from Perkasie, PA, double majoring in Public Policy and Leadership and Anthropology. His areas of interest include humanitarian aid, international relations, and multicultural studies. Brian has volunteered with Bridging the Gap, which is a Madison House program in which UVA students mentor refugee students in the Charlottesville area. He will become a program director of this program beginning this fall. Upon graduation from the Frank Batten School, he hopes to either enter the humanitarian sector or attend graduate school.
Kevin George’s interests include youth development, community empowerment and international peace and security issues. He believes the future belongs to young people and encourages society to invest in them. Kevin was named a Rotary Skelton/Jones Scholar in 2014. He enjoys cooking, reading and travelling.
Abby is a first-year accelerated MPP student in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, originally from Richmond, Virginia. She is currently finishing her bachelor's degree at the University of Virginia in American Studies with a concentration in race & ethnicity. Her areas of interest include education policy, criminal justice policy, and broader issues of race, socioeconomic status, and equity. She is an editor with the Virginia Policy Review, a student-led policy journal at UVA, and she mentors high school students in Charlottesville through the organization Young Life. She has also volunteered with the St. Bernard Project, a nonprofit in New Orleans dedicated to housing reconstruction and recovery efforts from Hurricane Katrina. Upon graduation from the Frank Batten School, she hopes to work for the U.S. Department of Education or in the nonprofit sector.