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Meet the social justice hub team!

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Angela Maloney, Voting Intern Lead

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Year in school and major: 

Freshman; International Studies, Community and Nonprofit Leadership, with a certificate in Afro-American Studies

Why is Social Justice important to you?

Through the history classes I have taken, I have learned that the fight for social justice has been a constant struggle of determination and hope. I have a strong admiration for those who have fought for social justice before me and for those who continue many of the same fights today. For myself, social justice is a way in which I can advance equity. Decades from now I would like future students to look back at history and not ask “Why didn’t someone fight for justice?”, but instead feel a sense of pride for what we did fight for.

What do you hope to help achieve as part of the Social Justice Hub?

As a Voting Intern, I hope to engage students to be active citizens through registering to vote and casting informed ballots, whether during early voting or at the polls on election day. I also hope to engage other students in the voting process by offering opportunities for students to learn about the voting process and participate in helping other students to register to vote, learn about the candidates and their policies, and get to the polls to cast their ballot.

What is your go-to karaoke song?

I haven’t sung a lot of karaoke, but play any song from the musical “Les Miserables” and I will sing every word by heart.


 

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Ben Ross, Office Assistant

Year in school and major: 

Freshman; finance and risk management

Why is Social Justice important to you?

I believe social justice is a core principle anywhere you go in today’s society. It’s also growing to be an even more prevalent issue on college campuses across the country.

What do you hope to help achieve as part of the Social Justice Hub?

I hope to gain a better insight on social justice issues and then to pass that knowledge on to others.

What is your go-to karaoke song?

Flare Guns by Quinn XCII

 


 

Camilla Vellon, Core Intern

Camilla

Year in school and major: 

Junior; social work

Why is Social Justice important to you?

Social justice is important to me because beyond just a passion, this is an area of focus that was heavily influenced by my family who instilled a core principle of promoting change that values each person in society, especially those who face oppression. Also, as I continue to study social work and its profession, social justice is one of the common core domains within social work which I strive to exercise as a future clinical social worker.

What do you hope to help achieve as part of the Social Justice Hub?

I hope to gain a deeper understanding of other social justice issues I may not be as aware of, so that I can better be able to serve others. Additionally, I hope to achieve a greater sense of community here on campus where all feel welcomed, heard, and appreciated.

What is your go-to karaoke song?

Changes by 2Pac


 

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Carissa DeLain, Marketing Supervisor

Year in school and major: 

Junior; legal studies and certificate in criminal justice

Why is Social Justice important to you?

It's important to me that everyone feels valued and important in their community so that everyone wants to participate in and enjoy it. I experienced pushback in high school as a female in engineering classes, which was what really pushed me to explore opportunities to help others feel and be treated equally. 

What do you hope to help achieve as part of the Social Justice Hub?

I'm hoping to make an impact in the Madison community while also learning from the diverse members of our city. I'm particularly interested in criminal justice reform and voting rights. 

What is your go-to karaoke song?

My favorite song to do karaoke to is "Africa" by Toto, instrumental parts and all. 


Ellie Braun, Marketing Intern

Ellie

Year in school and major: 

Junior; art

Why is Social Justice important to you?

Social justice is important to me because it’s important that everyone has equal access and equal opportunities everywhere. Our system should be set up so that every citizen can be successful and live a happy and free life.

What do you hope to help achieve as part of the Social Justice Hub?

I hope to make the Social Justice Hub more well known to students on campus and engage a wide variety of individuals.

What is your go-to karaoke song?

Ain’t No Mountain High enough by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 

 


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Isabel Peterson, Event and Collaboration Coordinator

Year in school and major: 

Sophomore; economics and political science

Why is Social Justice important to you?

The way I see it, social justice is a core tenet of our society and everyone should do their part to help one another. 

What do you hope to help achieve as part of the Social Justice Hub?

A more just and aware campus!

What is your go-to karaoke song?

Any early 2000s throwback, except R. Kelly!

 


Julia Gutman, Education Coordinator

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Year in school and major: 

Junior; social welfare and a certificate in studio art

Why is Social Justice important to you?

The contrasts of growing up in a very socioeconomically and racially diverse neighborhood, but attending a majority white and wealthy high school exposed me to the immense disparities in our country. My experiences have made me passionate about social justice, understanding privilege and breaking down systems of oppression.

What do you hope to help achieve as part of the Social Justice Hub?

I hope to work with community members, students, faculty, and staff to create a campus that is aware of privilege, collaboratively fights for social justice, uplifts the voices of marginalized folks and learns from one another.  

What is your go-to karaoke song?

My all-time favorite karaoke song is "No Scrubs" by Destiny's Child. 


 

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Kendall Newman, Community Outreach Coordinator

Year in school and major: 

Sophomore; legal studies and history

Why is Social Justice important to you?

Social Justice is important to me because speaking up for others, especially those in marginalized communities, is something that I'm deeply passionate about. I believe that every voice in the community should be uplifted and celebrated. Diversity makes us stronger and more enlightened about the world we live in. 

What do you hope to help achieve as part of the Social Justice Hub?

I hope to create an environment that is inclusive and supports the many cultures and backgrounds that make this campus great. I hope to work with organizations in and around Madison to form beneficial partnerships in order to bring awareness to a variety of social issues such as prison reform and women’s rights.

What is your go-to karaoke song?

This was hard because there are so many good ones! I’m going to have to go with "Doo Wop (That Thing)" by Lauryn Hill.


Makayla Pesch, Voting Intern

Makayla

Year in school and major: 

Sophomore; Human Development & Family Studies, Rhetoric and a certificate in public policy

Why is Social Justice important to you?

Throughout my life I have been given the privilege to pursue all of my goals, but I know that others are not always so lucky. I strongly believe that every single person should be given equal access to resources to create the life they strive for.
Nobody should have to be held back due to disparities in the way our society is structured.

What do you hope to help achieve as part of the Social Justice Hub?

My hope is to get a larger number of students and faculty involved in politics and civic engagement. I want to help others better understand why it is so important to care about politics and to vote as they both have a major impact on almost every aspect of our lives. 

What is your go-to karaoke song?

I’m a big fan of the movie Mamma Mia, so I think I would have to go with “Lay All Your Love On Me”  by ABBA. I’m always open to sing either part. 


Shreya2Shreya Bandyopadhyay, Core Intern

Year in school and major: 

Sophomore; Legal Studies and Political Science

Why is Social Justice important to you?

As a first generation Indian woman, I have grown up painfully aware of my differences from the rest of the majority in America. As a result, I have always been committed to increasing equity and inclusion in our society.

What do you hope to help achieve as part of the Social Justice Hub?

I have always believed that change happens through a group of people unifying together for a common cause. As a result, I hope to do the same through the Social Justice Hub. I hope to promote social justice and a more equitable mindset throughout our campus in order to give students of color a more safe space.

What is your go-to karaoke song?

My absolute favorite karaoke song is You Belong With Me by Taylor Swift.

 


Jim Rogers, Director

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Within the Wisconsin Union Jim has advised within Program and Leadership Development including with Alternative Breaks, Distinguished Lecture Series, Global Connections, Publications, Society and Politics, Hoofer Council, Hoofer Mountaineering, Hoofer Outing, Hoofer Ski and Snowboard, Hoofer Scuba, Hoofer Sailing, Wisconsin Basement and being Outdoor Programs Director.

Jim has developed and led the Social Justice Hub opening in 2019 having researched social justice-related programs on campus and beyond, setting up for equipment and facilities, working with staff putting together the mission and goals and structure, opening the office, hiring the Social Justice Hub staff, and facilitating the Social Justice Hub supporting students and campus members working towards social justice improving the quality of life for all. 

Biking, traveling and seeing new perspectives all excite Jim.