Dr. Américo Mendoza Mori is a Peruvian researcher and professor on Indigenous and Latinx studies at Harvard University. He is involved with different research and community-oriented projects to raise awareness of the relevance of Quechua languages and Indigenous systems of knowledge. His work has appeared in a variety of academic publications and has been presented at major institutions such as the United Nations and international media (The New York Times, BBC, NPR, The Guardian).
Baseera Khan is a New York-based performance, sculpture, and installation artist who makes work to discuss materials and their economies, the effects of this relationship to labor, family structures, religion, and spiritual well being. Their work has been exhibited and are part of permanent collections in numerous locations such as the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Solomon R. Guggenheim, and the Sculpture Center, NY, and their performance work has premiered at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Art POP Montreal International Music Festival, and more. Khan's work is published in 4Columns, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Artforum, Art in America, BOMB, Brooklyn Rail, and TDR Drama Review.
David McCullough III
David is the Co-Founder and CEO of The American Exchange Project (AEP), America's first free national domestic exchange program for high school seniors. He graduated from Yale with a degree in American Studies. At Yale, he was a pitcher on the varsity baseball team, wrote for the YDN, and acted in productions of the Yale Drama Coalition. In 2018, he graduated from the University of Cambridge with an MPhil in Economic and Social History. Inspired by a road trip he took in college, with the help of many, David founded AEP in 2019. In 2022, David was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in Education.
Emma is an astrophysics Ph.D. candidate at Yale University who studies the geometry of exoplanetary systems. She is the founder of Space To Sparkle, a consultancy that connects ambitious students who are committed to creating a better world to new career paths in the space industry through career strategy workshops. She is also a space strategy analyst and EarthDNA Ambassador. Emma co-founded the Ask-A-Brookie Mentorship program and serves on the American Astronomical Society Committee on Astronomy and Public Policy. Her expertise has been featured in talks at TEDx, Yale Law School, NPR, and the Jasper Dark Sky Festival and she was named one of the STEM Reinventors of the Year for 2021.
Laura Zeng is a 2x Olympian in the 2016 and 2020 games, a 4-time World Finalist, a Pan-American Champion, and an 8-time National Champion in the sport of rhythmic gymnastics. She is an international medalist in World Cup, Universiade, and Grand Prix competitions, and retired in 2022 as the most decorated rhythmic gymnast in America. She is currently majoring in Urban Studies at Yale University.
Masashi Kaneda is a third-year Ph.D. candidate in Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Yale University developing innovative technologies to address the global water security problem. After graduating from Hokkaido University with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, Masashi came to the U.S. to pursue cutting-edge research through international collaboration. His motivation to study water treatment technology stems from his previous volunteer project in Indonesia where he observed poorly maintained local water systems and sanitation. Outside his laboratory, Masashi serves as President of the Yale Japanese Association, organizing gatherings to fortify cultural connections among students and their peers in New Haven.
Raghav Sehgal is a PhD student at Yale University and an expert in Computational Biomedical technologies with over a decade of experience embedding Data Science and Artificial Intelligence to the Biomedical space. Over the last few years Raghav has been using his skills to build the next generation of Epigenetic based Aging Biomarkers that explain heterogeneity in Aging and Ageotypes for which he has received funding from the Gruber fellowship, Impetus Aging grant, and more. Raghav has also been closely involved in building and managing a $100 million Biomedical Data Science startup called Elucidata as well as is a scientific advisor at LongevityTech. Raghav is also deeply involved in the entrepreneurship and investment ecosystem at Yale as a fellow at Yale’s tech-transfer and investments office. His ultimate goal through his work is to identify and build the next generation of technologies that will transform human health.
Shaezmina Khan is a senior at Yale College studying Global Affairs with a certificate in Human Rights from Yale Law School. She is passionate about the connections between American domestic and foreign policy, global governance, and peacebuilding in the MENA and Central Asia region. Shaezmina has worked at the European Commission in Brussels, BE, and as a foreign policy intern for Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro in Washington, D.C. On campus, she served as the Executive Director of Yale International Relations Association, Yale’s largest undergraduate student organization. Next year, Shaezmina will be pursuing a Masters in Global Governance and Diplomacy at the University of Oxford.