Kristen Gayagoy is majoring in international studies and minoring in legal studies and Asian studies. She is also the president and founder of the school’s United Nations Association chapter. Her role consists of representing the chapter at events hosted by the United Nations and NGOs and planning and hosting events for the CCNY chapter. Kristen is an enthusiastic traveler, having done home stays in Normandy and participated in a conflict management program in South Africa. While in South Africa, she volunteered at Walmer Township and worked with underprivileged middle school students. She has also helped fund raise for refugee camp schools in Kenya. Her work in South Africa has further developed her passion for humanitarian work. In the future, she plans to become a human rights lawyer.
Haris Khan is a rising junior at City College majoring in Political Science. He served as the programming vice-president for Queensborough Community College’s Student Government and interned for Congresswoman Grace Meng and New York Assembly member Ron Kim. Haris registered hundreds of college students to vote in the 2016 elections and lobbied Albany to be more responsive to student needs. He intends to become a community organizer and a public interest lawyer.
Jagriti Khurana was born and raised in India. She speaks English, Hindi, Punjabi, and Urdu. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in economics and hopes to become the first lawyer in her engineering-oriented family. Jagriti is currently the treasurer of the United Nations Association at City College. Last semester, as an intern for NYPIRG, she advocated for higher education affordability and affordable mass transit. She is interested in exploring international human rights law and corporate law.
Lucia Lopez is a first generation college student raised in Brooklyn by Peruvian and Argentine parents. She is in the Macaulay Honors Program at CCNY and is pursuing degrees in both political science and history. She hopes to practice law in either the human rights or public interest sector and possibly run for office. Outside of academics, Lucia likes to exercise, read historical and political books, and care for her dog, Toby.
Julia Palmigiano was born and raised in Queens. Majoring in English Literature, she hopes to incorporate her love for analyzing texts into her law career. Julia is a member of the Isaacs Scholarship Program, as well as the National Society of Leadership and Success and United Nations Association chapters at City College.
Jenny Perez was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. She graduated with honors from LaGuardia Community College with a major in paralegal studies. Jenny is majoring in political science with a minor in community change. Passionate about helping others, she hopes to become the first lawyer in her family and plans to pursue a career in public interest law.
Lucky Podder was born in Bangladesh and grew up in Queens. She became interested in being a lawyer after reading Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and chose Atticus Finch to be her role model. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in political science at CCNY. Lucky hopes to assist immigrants in asserting their rights and to help women gain equal rights and equal pay.
Ana Puente Flores
Ana Puente Flores is a student and activist from Mexico City. Her activism revolves around immigrant rights, and women of color feminist movements. At City College, she majors in political science and is the secretary of the CCNY Dream Team. Her experience as an interpreter in court for the Unaccompanied Minors Immigration Docket enabled her to see her place in the legal filed. After law school, she plans to represent families at risk of deportation. She works for the Politics of Sexual Violence Initiative, at CCNY, where she has been able to research femicide narratives in Mexico City and develop a new academic program for WoC scholar-activists called Beyond Identity. Ana would ultimately like to go back to Mexico City and represent low-income women with domestic violence cases. She also plans to merge her work and research in immigration and femicide to become a policy-maker in Mexico.
Erika Rivera-Osorio was born in Yonkers, but has lived in many states and countries throughout most of her life. Spending time in different parts of the world has given her a unique perspective, and she hopes to use this understanding of diversity to become an immigration lawyer. She is studying Romance Languages and Portuguese for her bachelor’s degree.
Grace Rosado is a first-generation college student who was raised by Ecuadoran parents in Queens. She majors in political science and minors in English and Italian. As a SEEK student, Grace receives the benefits of a program which gives academic resources to low-income students. Currently, she serves as co-president for City College’s Circle K, an international student-run service organization. Grace has a strong interest in the law because of its monumental influence on citizens’ everyday life. As a lawyer, she wants to actively protect people’s constitutional rights.