Nakissa Jahanbani is the Research and Programs Assistant at the Institute. She graduated from American University in 2011 with a Bachelor's of Arts in International Relations, specializing in the Middle East and International Development. Nakissa came to the Institute after working at Physicians for Human Rights' Anti-Torture Program. She has been interested in human rights since a young age and hopes to soon work in the field as well as attend law school.
Kaziwa Salih is currently a post-graduate student at York University, where she has already obtained a BA in Communication, an MA in Culture and Genocide studies, and a graduate certificate in Migration and Forced Refugee Issues She also has a certificate in International Journalism for International Writers from Sheridan College.
Salih is the publisher and editor of two Kurdish magazines. In 2010, she founded the Anti-Genocide Project to bring together the voices of genocide victims living in Canada. She is the author of 12 books, and has received several international awards, including the 2013 Naguib Mahfouz Award for the Novel and Short Story from the Nagham House and the Egyptian Ministry of Culture. In recognition of her short stories, she was a two-time recipient of the first award at the Academia Mutamenti–Amita Festival of Art and Literature in Italy, in 2001 and 2002. She is appointed for 2014 Writer-in-Resident at George Brown College by PEN Canada.
Kaziwa’s academic interests include genocide and culture, culture and communication theory, Kurdish studies, gender and ethics, and cultural psychology. She has been a member of numerous human rights organizations such as United Nation Association of Canada, Amnesty International, Egypt Human Rights Organization, Kurdistan Human Rights, Pen Canada and Writer in Exile.
Casey M Schur is a sophomore in the Honors College at the University at Albany. She is a double major in Public Health and Political Science with a concentration in Global Politics. She has also completed a minor in Biology. She plans on completing her education for global health issues.
Katie Waye is an undergraduate freshman in the Honors College at University at Albany. She is a double major in Public Health and Public Policy with a minor Health and Human Services. She hopes to one day receive a Masters in Global Public Health and work with initiatives in health care accessibility.
Emily Wolfe is a senior at the University at Albany studying International Relations and Spanish Literature. During the Spring semester of 2014, she was accepted into a combined BA/MA program and will graduate with her Masters in Spanish linguistics in 2015. She hopes to remain within academia for as long as she is able to, and will someday use her education to work with International Organizations and Human Rights Law.
Uma Yokeeswaran is currently an undergraduate sophomore student at the State University at Albany. She currently doubling majoring in Spanish and Public Health with concentrations in Epidemiology and Environmental Sciences and has a minor in Biology. She plans on continuing her education for Global Public Health and Epidemiology.