What would a world without nuclear weapons look like to you? The #FutureFirst fellowship asks you to imagine what it would be like if we centered people and the planet above war, and puts nuclear weapons at the intersection of racial, social, and climate justice. Join us.
Over six months fellows join other young, intersectional activists to hone their skills as an organizer and become an expert on the injustices inherent in our nuclear weapons system (along with how we can fix them!) At Beyond the Bomb, we believe nuclear weapons are issue zero – from the undemocratic launch process to the billions spent every year, to the aftermath of testing that still impacts the health of indigenous and marginalized communities, nuclear weapons intersect with the issues progressive activists already care about, and we need you in this fight!
Meet our current fellows and alumni below!
Kai is a second year student attending the George Washington University studying international affairs and geography. Born in Hawai’i and raised in Japan, he moved to the mainland U.S. in 2017 to finish high school and later attend university. He enjoys backpacking, cooking, and advocating for queer issues. He is proud to be part of the Beyond the Bomb team to bring awareness to and organize against the dangers of nuclear weapons.
Kathan is a freshman at Columbia University majoring in Political Science and Economics, and has long been drawn to sociopolitical issues both near and far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio. He's worked for resettlement agencies, student governments, and congressional campaigns in an effort to understand how institutions function and change, and is thrilled at the opportunity to affect the nuclear system with Beyond the Bomb. When he's not planning a school event or wishing he had better taste in music, he's probably sating his terrible news junkie cravings.
Mwandeyi is a junior at Columbia University studying Political Science and Visual Art. Originally from the multi-cultural city of Lilongwe, Malawi, she grew up in and expects nothing less than a room full of varied voices when discussing issues of both local and global consequence. When she isn't in the art studio, she can often be found either engaging in quiet discussions with friends and family or drawing pictures on any and every surface available.
Jacklyn Waight is an advocate, artist, musician, and knowledge-seeker based in Montebello, California, who is interested in how other people view and interact with the world. She is currently a Co-Chair of the Human Rights Working Group at WCAPS and is undergoing a UX/UI design mentorship. She advocates for collective restorative justice and liberation, and strives to spotlight the interconnections between social impact and the arts as a way to reach people on crucial issues.
Fiona is a junior at George Washington University studying International Development and Human Services & Social Justice. As the daughter of two Haitian immigrants, her experiences have molded her passions for policy advocacy and justice. Fiona has plans to study international law and hopes to learn closely from Beyond the Bomb's work.
Aqua is a senior at a progressive Quaker high school in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She found her passion for nuclear abolition after visiting Hiroshima and Nagasaki on an academic service trip through American University’s Nuclear Studies program. She worked to enfranchise youth voters as an ambassador for When We All Vote in preparation for the 2020 presidential election in Philadelphia and Bucks County, PA. She is inspired by the intersection of visual arts and activism and loves to be part of a group affecting positive social change!
Haajrah is a sophomore journalism major at Temple University with an affinity for fashion and politics. As the daughter of two Pakistani immigrants, much of her writing is centered around international issues and features anti-imperialist themes. Haajrah knows she has a long way to go and is excited to continue educating herself on social and global issues.
Calvin is a sophomore at the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at the New School in NYC, majoring in Screen Studies and minoring in History and Film Production, but grew up in Springdale, Arkansas. It was there where he began producing historical documentaries and became the Editor-in-Chief of the online magazine DearAdultWorld.com, which publishes art pieces from teens across the globe and runs scholarship competitions. When he's not reading, writing, researching, shooting, or going on national bus tours to oppose the current occupant of the White House, you can find him in the woods, romping around in a creek, and listening to George Harrison's All Things Must Pass.
Daniela is a junior at University of Texas at Dallas studying political science and sociology. She became interested in advocacy and organizational communications when she participated in her high school speech and debate team. In college, she has used her platform and skills to bring awareness to the autism community, undocumented immigrants and reproductive justice. Being an immigrant from Mexico, her ultimate goal is to change the narrative that society has towards immigrants. Working with Beyond the Bomb, she plans on bringing awareness to how marginalized communities have been impacted by nuclear weapons.
Anika is a sophomore at the University of Delaware studying Criminal Justice and Sociology. Guided by her passion for the environment, Anika is committed to living a more sustainable lifestyle and hopes to create a safer world for future generations. In her spare time if she's not adding to her zero-waste kit she's painting, writing, or planning her next travel.
Hannah is a junior at the University of Michigan studying Law, Justice, and Social Change under a Sociology major. Driven by hope for a better world, she plans lifetime work in activism and human rights law. In quiet moments, she is often found writing poetry, reading, or sculpting.
Maria Diaz-Islas is a student at the University of Connecticut majoring in Psychological Sciences and minoring in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with plans of becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor. In working with Beyond the Bomb, she is specifically focused on how certain communities are impacted by the consequences of nuclear violence more than others, keeping intersectionality in mind at all times. Some of her passions include writing, music, social activism, and environmental justice.
Jasmine is a sophomore at Stanford University majoring in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity with a concentration in Politics, Public Policy, and Equity. She is a proud first-generation student and daughter of Vietnamese refugees. She joined this campaign because she wants to help uplift marginalized communities of color through fighting for a safer world.
Matt is a life long organizer from Niagara Falls, New York! A place that has been home to huge amount of social change from the Underground Railroad and Love Canal. He focuses his work on practical projects, working address the actual physical conditions of people as well as building long term praxis based solutions. He is planning to build career in international law and policy making as well as on ground international humanitarian aid. Then eventually end up as lecturer and college professor.
Janine is an international student from the Netherlands, pursuing a master’s degree in International Relations / Comparative Politics at Appalachian State University. She is very enthusiastic to be on the Beyond the Bomb fellowship team and contribute together to a safer and more inclusive world for future generations.
Netra (she/her) is an undergraduate at Vanderbilt University studying Global Health, Political Science, Spanish, and Arabic. She plans on attending law school in order to work in immigration.
Nathan is a senior corporate communications major at Penn State Greater Allegheny and Air Force veteran. As an airman, he worked in the nuclear missile field as a maintenance technician. After separating from the military, he began to pursue his education and wants to make himself an ally to activists fighting for peace, equality, and nuclear disarmament. When pandemics aren't around, he enjoys destroying his eardrums at punk and metal concerts around Pittsburgh.
Maggi Chambers is a senior international business major, political science minor with a concentration in middle eastern culture and studies at Howard University. Her passion and drive for international affairs has allowed Maggi to work in various parts of the federal government, non-profit organizations, and even in the private sector since she started her matriculation at Howard. She hopes that work with Beyond the Bomb will allow her to continue her discover her career with peace and conflict resolution in the world through policy writing and economic growth.
Chris is a second year graduate student at George Washington University in the Elliot School of International Affairs' Middle East Studies Master's Program. He is extremely interested in International Affairs, Development, Anthropology and State Building, and speaks both Spanish and Arabic at a conversational level.
Isabella Lloyd-Damnjanovic is a second year MA candidate at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey specializing in international migration policy, with a focus on human security issues such as human trafficking. She graduated with a BA in Sociology in 2017 from Princeton University and since has worked at nonprofits including the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research, the Pacific Council on International Policy, the National Immigration Forum and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). In her free time, she enjoys biking, reading/watching science fiction, cooking and enjoying Monterey's beautiful coastal scenery.
Laís Santoro is a 19-year old rising sophomore at Johns Hopkins University studying Public Health and Environmental Studies. She enters this work as an intersectional climate justice activist with Sunrise, Uprooted and Rising, and other movements for change. As a first-generation immigrant from Brazil (now living in Baltimore, MD on Piscataway land), she realizes that nuclear justice fights are global and intersect with the work she's already doing for climate and immigrant rights. She hopes to engage in a new field, to be curious and open-minded, and work with others to fight for a more just and equitable future- one that is nuclear free.
Haruka is a senior studying International Relations and Psychology to understand threat perception in decision of global consequence. She hails from Japan with roots in Jersey and California. On campus, when not brainstorming for Women in IR, she can be found editing for Hemispheres, an international affairs journal; tutoring as Writing Fellow; or serving as peer leader with CAFE, a pre-orientation program. She kicked off the 19-20 academic year with a Summer in DC, Fall in Boston chased with a Spring in Paris and is looking forward to going back to all three homes, old and new. This summer, she served as Program Assistant with the US-Asia Institute based in DC and Fellow with Beyond the Bomb. She is conducting her senior honors thesis on cartographical influences on strategic decision making in East Asia. Her areas of interest include East Asia, East Europe, nuclear non-proliferation, and psychological analysis in international affairs. She speaks Japanese, English and French.
Lily is a rising senior at Saint Louis University where she studies Political Science with minors in International Business and Local and Global Social Justice. She is extremely excited to be a part of the Beyond the Bomb Summer Fellowship and cannot wait to help improve the world we live in!
Giorgia is a recent first generation college graduate, eager to start navigating the world outside of academia. She is immensely dedicated to the work of building peace at all social levels, and has always been strongly opposed to violence. In her future work, she hopes to help build an inclusive, welcoming society which shuns hatred and violence as a reaction to conflict.
AV is a senior at Swarthmore College, majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies and minoring in Psychology and Gender & Sexuality Studies. Ze is committed to LGBT activism, demystifying intractable conflict, and working with youth to inspire them in their own advocacy. AV has worked closely with LGBT youth in Northern Ireland to advocate for trans healthcare, with and for resettled people to use art to tell their stories, and on creating a database tracking gun violence in hir College county. Currently, ze is also working on the Global Nonviolent Action Database Advisory Committee, in hopes of maintaining an online database of nonviolent action campaigns for use by activists across the globe. In hir downtime, AV likes to act in plays, but only takes roles where ze gets to wear a beard, including “Antonio” in The Tempest, and “Max” in HIR. Beyond the Bomb was thrilled to bring AV on a fellowship associate for the Fall class of 2020.
Morgan is a natural born leader, who has held multiple leadership titles of three different organizations for over two years each, High School Speech Team, Clarke LGBTQIA+ Alliance and Clarke Culinary Club. Morgan is working towards her degree of Communication with a minor in Philosophy and Social Welfare at Clarke University in Dubuque Iowa. Morgan is highly organized; she has stated more than once that if she was a supply she would be a daily planner for how much detail and schedule opportunities she can hold. Morgan believes that no matter the age or education anyone can change another life, all it takes is a bit of passion.
Saima is a Sophomore studying International Relations and Religious Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. As an individual with global perspectives, having lived in Poland, Senegal, Argentina, Algeria, Pakistan, and the US, she understands the interdependence that states have on one another and how nuclear proliferation only adds to greater security dilemmas. After graduation, she would like to pursue a graduate degree to learn more about Global Security and Diplomacy.
Anusha Chinthalapale began organizing by serving as the field director for Montgomery County Students for Change, a grassroots organization started by and for high school students with a mission of serving the surrounding community. Since then, she's shifted her focused to education and racial equity, with a specific focus on public school reform. She hopes to contribute largely to education about nuclear awareness with a focus on marginalized communities.
Erin Lee Carman is an illustrator and visual designer from Florida, currently living and working in New York City. She is the Junior Designer for WE-DESIGNS, LLC, currently working in communications and creating graphic material for cultural projects, such as the London Design Biennale’s Hong Kong Pavilion, as well as installations and experiential collaborations. Her recent speculative biodesign project, Betting on Baby, could be seen presented and exhibited with the Museum of Modern Art in the BioDesign Challenge, in presentation at the World Economic Forum, and in exhibition at MIT Media Lab’s Global Bio Summit. She is currently in her final year of BFA Integrated Design and her first year of MS Strategic Design & Management at Parsons School of Design in New York City, where she is working on designing a new communication model for science communication.
Writer, student, and hospitality professional, Raeghn Draper studies at Northeastern University Illinois. Based in Chicago, her activism centers around blackness and other marginalized identities. She enjoys advocating for and around people and sharing their stories.
"André is a junior at Boise High School in Boise, Idaho. He was born in Humboldt County, California, and grew up in the island nation of Barbados, where he lived until 2015. In college, he hopes to study Environmental Policy or Journalism. In school, he writes for the school newspaper, runs cross country and track, and loves history and science. Outside of school, he enjoys reading, surfing, and playing pickup soccer.
Wislande is outspoken and attentive. She try to see the good in others at all time and her goal is to distribute this ideology.
Hawi is a sophomore at The University of Michigan studying Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience. Born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, she moved to the US in 2008. She is passionate about research focused on mental justice, drugs of abuse, and human rights.
Owen is a senior from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He attends North Carolina State University on a Park Scholarship, where he triple-majors in Mechanical Engineering, Economics, and Foreign Languages and Literatures with an Asian Languages concentration. He spent 2018 improving his Mandarin at Tsinghua University on a Boren Scholarship and has recently performed Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) research at an observatory in Panama. He currently plans to pursue a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering at North Carolina State University focusing on environmental remediation, non-proliferation, and more.
Brittanie is a committed wife, mother, and student. Her ultimate commitment is to leave the planet a safer, cleaner place for the generations to come. She is an active member of her community, and enjoys spending quality time with her family. Her favorite quote is “If you wish to go fast, go alone; If you wish to go far, go together.”
Chase is a recent graduate of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He first became interested in nuclear policy while in high school, since then his passion for nuclear issues has only grown. He enjoys researching early nuclear history and conducting geospatial analyses. Chase hopes to innovate nuclear discourse while opening it to more audiences. Outside of the nuclear realm, he enjoys sailing, skiing, alpine climbing, and making memes. You can find him on twitter as @chalexthegreat
Sarah is a junior studying English, History, and LGBTQ Studies at Michigan State University. She's passionate about the environment, human rights, and small diners that serve baklava.
Jasmine Wofford is a senior majoring in political science at Appalachian State University. She has worked with nonprofits, as well as her local and state officials, on issues regarding homelessness, food insecurity and women’s rights. In her free time Jasmine enjoys kayaking, hiking, and experiencing what beauty the Appalachian Mountains have to offer!
Hope is an energetic, empathetic, physics-loving goof who loves to try new things. If you can’t reach her by phone or email, she's likely napping or working in the woodshop.
Tynetta is a pre-medicine and pre-law student at the University of Illinois in Chicago. She is extremely passionate about intersectional justice for all people. She has a very diverse background and is unafraid to speak about how to improve our world!
Molly graduated high school as a pre-med, graduated from Rice University as a chem major, but ultimately decided “nah” to both in lieu of pursuing social justice with regard to nuclear weapons issues. Her greatest influence in pursuing activism is the idea that to be politically involved is itself a privilege. Thus, she is proud to have the opportunity to use her privilege productively through Beyond the Bomb by helping others replace the cycles of poverty and violence with a cycle of love. Dogs over cats, waffles over pancakes, forests over beaches, and BTS over nukes. Molly continues to work with Beyond the Bomb as a fellowship associate. After her time with Beyond the Bomb, Molly with be traveling to Japan on a Waggoner Fellowship to further study the impacts of nuclear weapons.
Rachel is a fierce, innovative, and creative college graduate with a BA in Sociology from New Mexico State University. She jumped right into nonprofit work and organizing straight out of college. Leading local grassroots activism efforts through engaging frontline community groups, she worked as a Fellowship Field Associate for Beyond the Bomb and found her true passion for helping others. She has an insatiable desire to work tirelessly towards helping her community and country. She is passionate about the environment, intersectionality, human rights, and playing an excessive amount of board games. Rachel continued to work with Beyond the Bomb as a fellowship associate throughout 2020.
Victoria was raised in Texas and is currently attending Loyola University Chicago as a Political Science and Communications major. She loves new experiences and hopes to travel the world.
Gabrielle is a student at Drake University who's passionate about her majors in Law, Politics, & Society and Rhetoric, Media, & Social Change. She's stoked to be a part of this team and make a difference. When she's not writing or studying, you can find her belting showtunes, exploring Des Moines, or scrolling through Twitter.