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Hana Beach is a graduate of Barnard College with a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and concentration in History. Her coursework centered on urban political economies and explored their ripplings into the built environment. It culminated in a senior thesis that probed IBM’s role in the spatial and economic growth of Rochester, Minnesota. Previously, she worked as a fellow at the Jain Family Institute where she contributed to the institute’s communications and editorial work. Currently, she is a research assistant to Professor Almaz Zelleke, assisting her research on feminist political theory and basic income. This summer, she is working with the strategic communications team at Haas Institute.
Yvette Chen is a Master of City Planning candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interest is in fair and equitable housing through a racial equity framework. This includes the development of fair housing through legal frameworks and equitable housing disaster recovery. Prior to joining the Haas Institute, Yvette earned her BA from Oberlin College in Sociology and Economics. She has worked for several years at Fair Share Housing Center, a non-profit fair housing law firm in New Jersey that works through the Mount Laurel Doctrine to create housing in areas of opportunity and end exclusionary housing patterns. At the Haas Institute, she will work with the California Community Partnerships team on visualizations and research related to exclusionary housing policies in the Bay Area.
Jonathan (Jon) Farrell (he, him his) is a Master of Social Work candidate at California State University, Dominguez Hills. As a Central Los Angeles-based graduate student, his research interests include the impact of transit-oriented housing displacement on communities with limited asset wealth, the cyclical impact of low academic achievement in high-poverty neighborhoods, and examining the correlation of traditional gender roles and unreported dating violence within the Mexican-American community. Jon prides himself as a practitioner of Critical Race Theory, a legal framework used to elucidate systems of oppression, and Trauma Informed Care, a dynamic, “client-as-expert” approach to clinical intervention that aims to limit re-traumatization. Jon believes it is important to remind out-group stakeholders that community intervention can be as nuanced as individualized care, and that cultural humility must remain at the forefront of our healing practices. This past Spring, Jon was a featured presenter of “Mindfulness in Our Daily Practice” at the 2019 CalSWEC Summit. Prior to returning to graduate school, Jon worked with dual-status youth on probation as an advocate and mentor. Most recently, he worked with families experiencing homelessness in the San Fernando Valley. As a Summer Fellow at the Haas Institute, Jon will be supporting Just Public Finance, developing a database of private water firms.
Kajol Gupta is working towards a dual-degree in Conservation & Resource Studies as well as Gender & Women's Studies at UC Berkeley. Focusing on the intersection of race and gender within environmental justice issues in her academic career, Kajol has also served as a commissioner for the Community Health Commission under the City of Berkeley, as well as worked as a research assistant for the Berkeley Center for Social Medicine. At the Haas Institute, she will be working with the Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity researching literature on anti-black racism.
Gia Jones is a rising third year at the University of California, Berkley studying Society and Environment with a concentration of Justice and Sustainability while also minoring in Food Systems and African-American Studies. Outside of academics, she works with local organizations feeding and improving the lives of marginalized people suffering from systemic houselessness. With food equity and security being her passion, she will be leading a course through the Basic Needs Center in the Center of Educational Equity and Excellence on campus along with being a Tutor for incarcerated folx through Teach In Prisons in the fall. At the Haas Institute she will be working with the Global Justice Program on the Shahidi project and US Food policy to demystify the power structures and capacities of transnational food and agricultural corporations.
Sonam Kotadia recently received her Masters of Arts degree in International Security with concentrations in global risks and research methods from Sciences Po Paris. Her master's thesis compared the attitudes and values of supporters of left- and right-wing populists in the US and France in 2016. At the Haas Institute, she will be working with the Civic Engagement Narrative Change project to research voting rights and political participation.
Anna Palmer received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology with a concentration in migration, race, and education at Occidental College. For the last few years, Anna served as the Education in Action (EIA) Coordinator at the Center for Community Based Learning where she collaborated with multiple stakeholders to develop reciprocal community-based projects and research. In her senior thesis work, Anna conducted primary research to explore how Afro-Caribbean mothers navigate contrasting parenting values and practices as immigrants to the United States. Outside of her professional life, she co-founded Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC) at Occidental a space to empower the QTPOC community through individual and collective healing, education, and reclamation of self and identity. At the Haas Institute, she will be working with the Global Justice Program team to research case studies on climate refugees around the globe.
Rolando received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Pitzer College, completing a double major in Sociology and Spanish. As an undergraduate, Rolando completed two qualitative-based theses centering on Intercultural Bilingual Education and the revitalization of indigenous identity in Andean Ecuador, and a second thesis project examining the fluidity of racial and ethnic identity formations of Latinx students in domestic and international contexts after completing study abroad programs. As a summer fellow, Rolando will be aiding the Blueprint for Belonging’s ongoing meta-narrative scan of the Inland Empire, mapping the area’s regional economy and power-building infrastructure. Rolando has past experience in the Inland Empire through the Pitzer in Ontario Program.
Priya Prabhakar is a rising senior at Scripps College, pursuing a degree in Media Studies with a focus in labor, surveillance, and visual theory. Priya has previously worked at the Worker Rights Consortium where she did research about labor union movements of garment workers in the Global South. Priya’s work is grounded in harnessing the potential of data analysis and data visualization to help us understand the adverse material effects of capital accumulation and how we can spatially and geographically track anti-imperialist, labor, and feminist social movements in order to organize more effectively. At the Haas Institute, Priya will be working on the Equity Metrics team where she will be mapping racial, social, and economic equity indicators and opportunity barriers through GIS technology, programming, and literature review.
Emily Stratmeyer is a rising 2L at Wake Forest University School of Law. Originally from Baltimore, MD, she earned her Bachelors of Arts in Economics and Government and Politics from University of Maryland, College Park in 2016. Prior to starting her legal education, Emily served as an intern for the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary, and worked as a legal assistant at a prominent mediation and arbitration firm in Washington, D.C.. Emily is interested in criminal justice reform, child welfare, and housing policy. She will be working on remedies to housing segregation alongside Richard Rothstein and Stephen Menendian during her time at the Haas Institute. When not working, she can be found practicing yoga or hiking with her dog, Kona.
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