Osahon Akpata-Tanious was born in Chicago, IL and was raised in Harlem, NY and London, England. She is a first-generation American and is the child of two immigrants, one from Nigeria and one from Egypt. She is double majoring in political science and international relations and minoring is psychology. She is also a CCNY SEEK Scholar. She is the treasurer of the Epsilon Tau Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and is an active member of various clubs and organizations on campus. Osahon is interested in developing an international law practice.
Anthony was raised in the Bronx and Yonkers by a single mother. He is pursuing a dual major in economics and history. His interests lie in civil and constitutional law. He has interned at his local legal services office in Yonkers. Anthony hopes to pursue a career in public interest to help underrepresented communities get the representation they need.
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Hadar Ester Baranes was born and raised in Israel and moved to the U.S. in 2014. At the age of 18, she served in the Israeli army. She is the first in her family to pursue a college education. She received an AA degree with honors from Borough of Manhattan Community College, where she was on the Dean’s List. At CCNY she is majoring in political science. She won the 2017 Beacon Conference award for Outstanding Paper and Presentation in the Multicultural platform. She plans to focus on international law.
Shakyra Brown is a Harlem native but currently lives in the Bronx. She juggles being a full-time student and full-time manager to help support her family. She is majoring in political science with a minor in Black Studies and hopes to be the first lawyer in her family. The Kalief Browder case ignited her passion for law which she aims to use to help the minority community through innovative programs that stimulate positive productivity and lower incarceration rates. Her goal is either to become a U.S. Supreme Court Justice or to establish her own practice dedicated to serving minority communities.
Sindi Cela is an English literature major and a Macaulay Honors Scholar. As a self-proclaimed bibliophile, she has always been fascinated by the power of words. That love has developed into a passion for the law and an appreciation for the structure and stability the law provides. Sindi aspires to make the law as accessible as possible for all, and she plans to pursue a career in public interest law.
Rokia Diabi was born and raised in the Ivory Coast. In 2012, she moved to New York City due to a political conflict. She speaks English, French, and Mandingo. Before coming to CCNY, Rokia earned an associates degree in liberal arts at Hostos Community College, where she served as a student government senator. She received a USA today Phi Theta Kappa All-New York Academic Award, was part of the honors program and participated in the leadership academy on her campus. At CCNY, she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in political science. She will pursue a career in international law or government relations.
Atim Ekpe was born and raised in Long Island and is a political science major in the CCNY Honors Program. She serves as a tutor in two CCNY writing programs and belongs to a new program at CCNY called the “Beyond Identity Program: A Platform for Gender Activists” through which she will develop her own identity-driven research projects, work with community experts and activists and conduct guided field research for publication. She hopes to continue this research in law school and study human rights law so that she can better advocate for vulnerable women and girls and help improve their quality of life.
Rose Escalante is majoring in international relations with a focus on US and Middle East relations, and minoring in Latin American Studies. She is also a Weston Public Service Scholar. She works as an immigration paralegal where she found her motivation to become an attorney. She is an advocate for immigration rights, civil rights, community engagement and public service. She interned for the Manhattan Borough President, Gale A Brewer, and for Councilman, Ydanis Rodriguez, in the district and legislative office. She is interested in pursuing immigration and corporate law. In her free time she enjoys boxing, dancing, playing Call of Duty, and listening to brown and black podcasts.
Lily Evans studies psychology and English literature as a part of the Macaulay Honors College. She works as a tutor with the CCNY Writing Center. Lily enjoys writing, sewing, and theater.
Aubbah Fatimah is a first generation Pakistani-American majoring in economics with minors in biology, chemistry, and psychology. Aubbah is a Colin Powell fellow; a Success Networking Team Coordinator for the National Society of Leadership and Success; and on campus, she teaches chemistry recitation to about 90 undergraduate students a semester. She hopes to pursue a career in environmental law.