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WERK for Peace

Firas Nasr (they/them) is a queer, genderqueer, Arab activist and organizer. In the wake of the Pulse Nightclub shooting, Firas founded WERK for Peace, a queer and trans grassroots movement that uses all forms of dance to promote peace. You may have seen them twerking on a car in front of Mike Pence's house or Ivanka Trump's house. WERK has gone viral several times and has been featured in the Washington Post, BBC, CNN, Vice, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, Time, Reuters, AP, CSPAN, NowThis, NPR, Newsweek, and more.

Firas was an Independent Scholar in Human Rights at Middlebury College in Vermont and also studied at Columbia University in New York to complete their degree. Later, they completed a full-stack web development boot camp at The George Washington University. As a full-stack developer and graphic designer, they have worked as the principal web developer for organizations and movements across disciplines, from Women's March to the Community Justice Action Fund. They now serve as a founding member of Cultivate Strategies, a digital, field, and organizational strategy firm that provides strategy for progressive organizations, movements, and campaigns. They are based in Washington, DC.

Health Science Researcher

Alessandria Schumacher graduated from Middlebury in 2017 and works in environmental public health at ICF, a consulting firm in the Washington, DC area. Alessandria works on a broad range of projects from systematic literature reviews for potentially hazardous chemicals to providing technical and meeting support at scientific workshops to creating data visualizations to for epidemiology studies. One of the highlights of Alessandria's 14 months at ICF so far has been learning new data visualization tools for 'evidence mapping,' which helps researchers and policy-makers better understanding a body of literature. Before joining ICF, Alessandria interned in the Senate office of Sen. Bernie Sanders where she did a little bit of everything from answering phones, to attending hearings, to helping put on town hall events. Before moving to Washington DC, Alessandria spent her immediate post-grad months where she grew up in Northampton, MA applying for jobs, babysitting, and volunteering at a local regional planning organization. Alessandria graduated from Middlebury in 2017 as a Geography major and had minors in Global Health and Italian. When not studying at Bi Hall, you could often find her serving language tables in Proctor, tap dancing in McCullough, or spending a late Monday night writing and editing for the Campus in Hep basement.

Public Health Associate
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Klaudia Wojciechowska graduated from Middlebury College in 2017 with a degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and double minors in African Studies and Global Health. After graduation she was accepted into the Public Health Associate Program - a fellowship offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Through the fellowship she has spent two years working to reduce drug overdose-related morbidity and mortality within the State of Indiana. She is currently moving into a new role as the Drug Overdose Program Director, managing multi-million dollar grant funding to fight the opioid epidemic in the Hoosier state.