BLOG TEAM

Sarah Amandolare

Blog Manager & Chief Editor

As a reporter, Sarah has felt inspired by her encounters with immigrant mothers and students, and feels strongly that their voices and stories must be represented genuinely and often.

Sarah has a background in travel writing and holds a Master of Arts from the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, where she focused on health and science reporting. She is a freelance writer covering science and culture, and her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, the Financial Times and various other publications.

Sarah loves traveling, films set in Los Angeles, and reading fiction.

 

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Ludmila Leiva

Blog Editor & Contributor

Ludmila is a mixed-race Latina writer based in Brooklyn. Born in Toronto, Canada to a Guatemalan mother and Slovak father, she came to the United States as a child.

Ludmila studied political science and gender & sexuality during her undergrad at the University of British Columbia, and has worked with several social justice non-profits in the US and Canada. She is currently exploring new ventures as she settles into her new home in New York City.

Ludmila is passionate about anything social-justice related, particularly intersectional feminism and combatting oppressive systems such as homophobia, racism, and gender inequity. She currently works as a freelance writer and likes telling stories that matter.

When she’s not reading or writing, her hobbies include watching Netflix documentaries, eating vegan junk food, and playing the ukulele.

Follow Ludmila on Twitter here.

 

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Divya Ramesh

Blog Contributor

Divya is from Chennai, India, and moved to the US in early 2015. She is passionate about social justice, particularly women’s empowerment and children’s welfare, and likes to write about these issues.

Divya holds a Master’s Degree in Historical Studies from the University of Madras, India, and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Journalism at New York University. Before she moved to the US, she was a Senior Editor at Oxford University Press, India. In New York, she has volunteered and interned at various nonprofits including Columbia University’s Community Impact, and the World Policy Journal.

Divya loves reading, wildlife, Indian classical music, chocolates, and cheese. In her free time, she excitedly watches videos of Insider Dessert, and of Labradors and giant pandas.

 

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Edil Cuepo

Blog Contributor

Edil was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. She completed in 2007 her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing Management at De La Salle University, and shortly after immigrated to New York with her family.

Her first-hand experience of being “Fresh off the boat” greatly humbled her and taught her a lot about hard work, dedication, and persistence.  “There is a huge pool of young, talented and accomplished people here in New York and it was hard to picture myself in that circle. It was very easy to lose your confidence in yourself.” After working tirelessly, eagerly learning from her mentors, and successfully finding her strength in real estate sales and marketing, Edil has now committed herself to helping empower women immigrants in their pursuit of a promising future in New York.

Edil loves mango shakes and Thai bubble teas; going on nature trips; snowboarding; binge watching on Netflix; and TED talks. She also thinks everyone should follow @NatGeo on Instagram!

 

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Emily Barnard

Emily is an adopted Korean American, born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in Rochester, New York. She is passionate about women using their unique voices and experiences to empower one another in their professional and artistic endeavors.

Emily holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and French Studies from New York University. During her studies, she was able to spend a semester living, studying, and working in Accra, Ghana where she interned for an all women-led organization called the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF).

Emily has also worked for several fashion retail companies, most recently for rag & bone, and she currently works for the Graduate Admissions department at New York University. A very social person by nature and coming from a strong customer service background, Emily is excited to be able to work on the outreach team at NWNY.

Emily enjoys trying new Korean restaurants in the city, can be found at the cinema (with a bag of truffle popcorn) or looking through a vintage shop, and is an avid reader of nonfiction especially anything by Joan Didion or Anthony Bourdain.

 

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Khatia Mikadze

Blog Contributor

Khatia immigrated to the United States four years ago. Brought up by a single mother in the post-Soviet country of Georgia, she has grown very passionate about human rights, especially the rights of immigrants and women.

Khatia received a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations & Sociology from the City University of New York (CUNY) in 2014. As part of her studies and since graduation, she has interned at several non-profit advocacy organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and conducted academic research on immigrants.

Currently, Khatia works as a part-time Program Assistant for HealthRight International at NYU Human Rights Clinic; she focuses in particular on cases of immigrants who were victims of human rights violations.

In her spare time Khatia enjoys playing classical music on the piano and doing yoga or embroidery.

 

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