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Compton Center Interns

Greisy Genao is a 19-year old sophomore from Corona, Queens New York. Greisy loves to sing, write, act, and play guitar, and has been involved with activism and social justice since she was 16. At the Compton Center, Greisy has created Justice Thursdays, a brief television stint called Compton Talks, and is now working on a partnership for the LGBTQ students between DePauw  University and Greencastle Middle School.
Amanda Buening
From a young age, I have been passionate about people and making a difference. In particular, I am passionate about learning and teaching others about different cultures: how to be accepting and curious about difference. At the Compton Center, I have been working with this passion through my project called “Exploring Difference through Dialogue” where we get a group together to eat food and talk about different conflicts. Last year, we discussed the Israeli-Palestine conflict while eating food from both cultures, and this year I hope to have two sessions, one where we talk about the recent Dominican-Haitian conflict, and another where we discuss another issue I am passionate about: the class divide in America. After DePauw, I hope to either go to France to teach English or jump right into the Human Resources career somewhere in the West Coast. 
Jacqueline Rueda, Junior, Education Major
Latin America/Caribbean Studies and Spanish Language double minor

I am working on projects in allyship and how it benefits all identities and how important is for all of us to be allies with marginalized identities we are close with or do not identify with. I am passionate about Chicano studies and movements as well as ethnic studies in general. My lifetime goal is go back to communities in my hometown, Chicago, and work with low resourced schools to inspire, understand, and help youth through their experiences as a student of color. My second life goal is to live abroad in the country where my roots come from: Mexico. I want to engage in social justice that occur in Mexico and work with communities in Mexico. I want to become globally aware of issues that are invisible here in the United States and how I can contribute to making a change for future generations of youth.
Miranda Dafoe is a sophomore student here studying Economics & Management. She is an aspiring business woman with a passion for global and cultural equality. She is hoping to work on projects to teach the public about various world cultures in order to help students to understand and communicate with those of different backgrounds. In the future, Miranda hopes to work in a company with a mission of diversity and cultural awareness. One of her biggest dreams would be working for the Peace Corps in economic research or United Nations as a diplomat.
My name is Kate Porfilio; I am a senior majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies with specializations in racial and ethnic conflict and how conflict is portrayed in media.  This semester I am working on planning a panel to talk about the impacts of GMOs in conjunction with my Honor Scholar thesis.  I am interested in pursuing a career in politics or working with a think tank researching agricultural policy.
Mary Xiao
I am a Senior Urban Studies major from Fishers, Indiana. I became a Compton Intern with the goal of learning how to be a better advocate for the social justice issues that interests me. Currently my work at Compton has focused on mental health issues and immigration; additionally, I am a content creator and host of the Compton Connection on WGRE. My goals for the rest of the year with Compton, in addition to focusing on mental health and immigration, is to talk about the model minority myth and Asian America.
   My name is Jacquelyn Sieck, but I go by JP. I am a sophomore Conflict Studies Major with a passion for improving basic human rights around the world. At the Compton Center, most of my work center around refugees, most recently being the Syrian Refugee Crisis. I am also very passionate about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and gender based violence. I want to use the skills I learn through Compton to work in a refugee camp teaching basic education, providing basic medical care, and helping to develop an economy and an infrastructure in the camps themselves.
Elizabeth (Liz) Aguilar is a sophomore student majoring in Biochemistry with a minor in Spanish from Los Angeles, California. She enjoys writing, drawing, traveling, and is a photographer by hobby. She’s passionate about LGBTQ advocacy and she serves as an executive leadership member of United DePauw. She has also previously worked on projects regarding women’s empowerment, mental wellness, and has attended the GLCA student of color leadership conference to represent DePauw. She plans to use photography as a potential medium to provoke an interest on campus environmental sustainability in the future. Liz is interested in obtaining a career in medical research to aid developing countries abroad. As a Compton Center Intern, she hopes to raise awareness on differences across cultures, identities, and affinities to promote a better understanding of diversity on campus and throughout the world.
Name: Gesenia Viviescas
Year: Junior
Hometown: Chicago
Major: Religious Studies
Minor: Women Studies/Asian Studies
Passion: My passions stems from injustices I have had to struggle with throughout my life. As a daughter of undocumented parents I have grown to become an advocate for immigration and rights of all individuals. Some of the work I wish to continue to raise awareness is: School to Prison Pipeline, Art and Activism, Community Healing, and Youth Homelessness.Current Projects/Work Compton: Positive Body Image Campaign, Alumni Solidarity Day, and Able-Bodied Privilege Awareness Campaign.
Giramata Inès, Junior
Economics Major, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor
From Kigali, Rwanda
I am a very proud Afrikan. I love our cultures and their contribution to global advancement. I am involved in numerous activist works on campus but also extend it outside DePauw. I am a Artivist; having represented Afrika in the Rwanda and the United States. It is interesting because I grew up listening to different stereotypes of Afrika whether by the foreign community or the Afrikan diaspora. All the media showed was the hungry, sad and dirty Afrikan children, the AIDS epidemic, the child soldiers and the wars. I always pushed people to think further and ask themselves as to why these things exist. My work as a Compton intern deals with highlighting the positive, developed and successful Afrika as well as analyzing the negative wars, violences and corruption. I believe it is important to understand the identity politics that govern Afrikan communities. By discussing how colonization and the present day white supremacist, capitalist, sexist West contributes to the chaos in Afrikan as well as what Afrikans can do to free themselves. I also aim to create dialogue between Afrikans, African Americans and those who identify as Afro-descendants so they can share experiences and help each other with the process of emancipation throughout my programing.
Amarilis Roman is a Senior Biology and English Writing double major from Brooklyn, New York that loves to write and considers to herself to be a dog person. She is passionate about urban educational reform and identity politics. She has led several projects that range from hair politics, to violence and healing. She aims to continue initiating conversations on campus that focus around the importance of self-love and ways to empower the LGBTQA community.
Madison Hartman
I am a senior majoring in Political Science with a focus in international politics, specifically relating to women. My current work with the Compton Center involves education on feminism and intersectionality. Next semester I plan to develop an education event entitled “Know your Title IX” that will educate the campus on their Title IX policies for cases of sexual assault.