Maylin Lainez

Maylin Lainez is a recent graduate from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN where she majored in Health Equity on the Pre-Medical track. She is a proud Honduran raised in Houston, TX. Maylin’s career interests overlap in public health and medicine. Maylin’s senior thesis was highlighted in the annual Research Symposium at Rhodes College with the title, The Undocumented Narrative: Health Experiences of Undocumented Immigrants in Memphis, TN and Houston, TX. She is a strong and passionate advocate for the Latino and undocumented communities.

Chand Sepuri

Chand is a social researcher and development sector professional with experience working as a Guest Faculty at a state government university in New Delhi, India, in the area of life skills. They have also been part of queer, trans, and anti-caste advocacy efforts over the years. They graduated with an MA in Development Studies and an MPhil in Women's Studies. Their MPhil dissertation sought to bring together anti-caste worldviews and trans liberation by outlining a theory of transgender justice based on Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s idea of ‘Prabuddha Bharat’.

Ali Allam

Ali Allam is a second-year student at the University of Michigan studying Political Science and Information Analysis. His experience in organizing started in high school, where he helped organize the effort to pressure BHSD to recognize Eid as a holiday. He is passionate about healthcare policy and has conducted research on Islamic Thought. He was recently elected Vice-President of the University of Michigan's LSA Student Government. During the summer, Ali will be working on the Austerity and Public Health project.

Aliyah Armstrong

Aliyah Armstrong, a low-income individual herself, born and raised in the heart of the Bay Area, Richmond, California. Aliyah is a UC Davis Graduate who majored in Pre-Law with an emphasis in Philosophy and Sociology. Her ultimate goal to become a Criminal Defense Attorney has been put on pause to do communal work and research on bridging and belonging in low-income areas. Her passion for inclusivity, fairness, communication, and understanding pushes her to want to do the work for the change she wants to see.

Anja Jolin

Anja Jolin (she/her) is an Economics and Environmental Studies major at Swarthmore College focusing on the intersection between environmental justice and economic policy. She has a passion for quantitative research and analysis related to environmental and housing equity. Her previous applied research experience includes projects on the criminalization of homelessness and the impacts of redistricting on Native American communities. During the summer, Anja will be working on the Transportation Opportunity project.

Precious Fasakin

Precious P. Fasakin is a Ph.D. student at the University of California, San Diego. Her current research interests lie at the intersection of political economy, spatial economics, applied game theory and the socioeconomic consequences of climate-induced migration and displacement. Precious is committed to developing economic and political applications that address issues concerning human rights, global disarmament, border studies and global indigeneity through her scholarship. During the summer, Precious will be working on the Climate Crisis, Displacement, and the Right to Stay project.


Hartwell (they/them) is a Sociology major at Occidental College, graduating in Spring of 2024. For their senior comprehensive thesis, Hartwell conducted research on genderqueer stigma management. Currently, they are collecting qualitative data in Amsterdam, Netherlands and Los Angeles, California for a transnational study on sense of belonging in queer spaces. During the summer, Hartwell will be working on the Gender & Authoritarianism project.

Lisa Nguyen

Lisa (she/her) is an undergraduate student at the University of Irvine, majoring in Social Policy and Public Service and African American Studies. Before transferring, she studied at the College of San Mateo, an experience that shaped her deeply humanistic and community-driven approach to advocacy. Her strong student activism background informs her academic research interests in Black feminists' role within social movements and anti-colonial resistance.

Mylanah Yolangco
Mylanah Yolangco is a recently graduated master’s student in Public Health at UC Berkeley in the Health and Social Behavior concentration. Before beginning her graduate program, Mylanah managed and supported a team dedicated to increasing bone marrow and blood stem cell donor availability throughout the Bay Area and Northern California. She also served on the Asian Engagement & Recruitment Core committee for the National Institute of Health's All of Us Research Program.
Rohin Ghosh
Rohin Ghosh (he/him) is an undergraduate student at American University in Washington, DC with a major in American Studies. He is a passionate advocate for housing justice, working as a tenant organizer in both DC and the Bay Area and advocating for affordable housing and sustainable, equitable land use and transportation as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in DC. He is also heavily involved in efforts to build student and worker solidarity to support economic justice campaigns on and off campus.
Asli McCullers
Asli McCullers (she/her) is a health equity researcher and changemaker with a passion for amplifying peace, social justice and public health. She strives to interrupt the pathway to health inequity by addressing the dynamic array of health challenges faced by young adults of marginalized backgrounds. Her research and advocacy efforts have included foci in cardiovascular disease, reproductive health, mental health, tobacco control, cancer and much more!
Katy Rose Robeson
Katy Rose Robeson (she/her/hers) graduated with her B.A. in Anthropology and International Studies, and returned to the University of Michigan to pursue her MSW, specializing in global social work. Her interests lay in narratives of trauma and healing, particularly with regard for historical violence, resilience, and community. Through the summer fellowship with OBI, Katy Rose aims to hone the practical skills needed to leverage her curiosity and passion for healing in research that can be practically applied within and beyond the disciplines of anthropology and social work.
Dillon Muhly-Alexander

Dillon Muhly-Alexander is a doctoral student in the Educational Policy and Planning department at the University of Texas at Austin. Dillon attended West Virginia University for his undergraduate and received an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge. As a native West Virginian, he is particularly interested in the relationship between socioeconomic status and issues of equity, particularly within Appalachia and other developing economies.

Van Tran

Van Tran, originally from Vietnam, is a recent graduate from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, where she majored in International Studies with a concentration on the Asia-Pacific region and immigration. Her senior thesis, which studies the effect of political regimes on perceived discrimination among immigrants, received Rhodes College's John Franklin Copper Award for Excellence. Van's academic and professional careers combine her interests in law, international relations, and technology.

Zoya Gheisar
Zoya Gheisar (She/Her) is a proud Seattleite and recent graduate of Denison University, with a double major in history and data analytics, concentration in political science, and minor in Spanish. She is passionate about how data can be used to create more effective and equitable policy. Last summer, she interned for King County Executive's Office, where she supported the update of the County's Determinants of Equity report which outlines metrics for determining baseline equity conditions. In the fall, Zoya will be serving as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Colombia.
Onaedo Okoye
Onaedo Okoye is a researcher, educator, and advocate who received her bachelor's degree in International Relations with minors in International Business and Africana Studies. Onaedo held several leadership positions, including being a SNF Ithaca Student Leader, Governmental Affairs Senator, and Research Assistant.