Alumni

Charles Coleman

All images on this page are headshots of individual staff members.

Charles graduated from UAB in May 2017 with a BA in International Studies with a concentration in Middle Eastern Studies. He was selected for a Fulbright Award and will spend 2017-18 in Israel teaching English and studying the Israeli-Palestinian conflict before heading off to graduate school at Dartmouth University. Charles’ future goal is to create films related to conflict resolution around the world and to pursue a career with the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Service Officer.

Indu Gandikota

Indu Gandikota is a sophomore majoring in International Studies with a minor in French. She is from Madison, Alabama. Indu aspires to work in the women's health care field in the future. She is passionate about disabilities and women’s rights.

“There are so many human rights issues happening around the globe that impact people's lives in very serious ways. I feel that it is key for people to understand the layers and complexities of these issues. This position allows me to educate myself while educating others on global issues while developing skills for the future. I am eager to learn more about issues I am so passionate about!”

Rozhan Ghanbari

Rozhan Ghanbari is a senior majoring in Public Health with a concentration in Global Health and a minor in Psychology and Spanish. Rozhan is interning at the 1917 Clinic and volunteering at Blazer Kitchen. On campus, she is involved with Rangeela, a non-profit dance organization, and International Mentors, an organization that provides international students with resources to help them with their transition to American and UAB culture. She plans to go to graduate school and study epidemiology.

"Working at the Institute has provided me with the chance to create conversations about social injustices that often go unheard or are misconceived."

Tyler Goodwin

Tyler is a senior majoring in political science and minoring in economics. Tyler handles the IHR's communications, social media, and contributes to the blog. He is from McCalla, Alabama. Tyler is involved with volunteering for the Human Rights Campaign and working with the Magic City Acceptance Center. On campus, he serves as a part of the Leadership Team for TrailBlazers and holds a position on the Honors College Leadership Council. He plans to become a lawyer who focuses on human rights.

“I have wanted to fight for equality ever since I can remember. I wanted to be involved with the Institute because human rights is something I am incredibly passionate about, and I cannot wait to absorb everything the Institute can offer. Becoming involved with the Institute is the most exciting thing that has happened to me!”

Miranda Gray

Miranda Gray is a graduate student in UAB’s Anthropology of Peace and Human Rights program. She graduated from UAB in 2015 with a degree in English. Her interests include biophilic design and peacebuilding, as well as the impact of urban development and architecture on human rights and peace in post-conflict communities. She worked on Project Hope, a project focusing on developing a curriculum that gives elementary school children the resources to combat bullying and other types of abuse through the use of positive, prosocial behaviors.

Aseel Hajazin

Aseel is a senior Public Health major with a concentration in Global Health Studies and Environmental Health Sciences. Aseel is Jordanian/American and grew up in Saudi Arabia. Aseel is a RESULTS advocate and a 1917 Clinic volunteer.

"I am really passionate about public health, human rights, and using my voice to create an impact on people. I can't wait to learn more about human rights and public health issues, and to enhance my advocacy skills. I am extremely excited about this opportunity!

Allie Haynes

Allie is a junior Mathematical Economics major with a Spanish minor. She is from Memphis, Tennessee. She is involved with the American Marketing Association campus and is a member of the Global and Community Leadership honors program. Additionally, she work in communications for REV Birmingham, an economic development nonprofit, and in advocacy for World Relief, an international refugee resettlement organization. She is currently researching how nonprofit organizations can work more effectively with public school systems to benefit refugee students in the United States.

Lilli Harhash

Lilli is a senior at UAB majoring in International Studies and in Political Science with a Japanese minor.

"I'm excited to be able to work at the IHR to expand and encourage my research while developing skills to facilitate an exchange of interdependent human rights narratives."

Mary Kalusche

Mary Kalusche is a senior at UAB majoring in studio art with a focus in graphic design. She is from Vicksburg, MS and currently serves as the graphic design intern. Mary creates IHR’s print and web advertisements making sure events and human rights issues receive attention. She is involved in Medium, UAB’s art club, which provides students with an opportunity to host demonstrations, lectures, and critiques of peers’ work.

“I am thrilled to be a part of an environment that embraces human rights and advocates current issues. This is a great opportunity to design meaningful and informed work.”

Cima Khademi

My name is Cima Khademi and I am a senior at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and an intern at the UAB Institute of Human Rights. I am originally from Esfahan, Iran and currently living in Birmingham Al. I am a Studio Art major with a primary concentration in painting and a secondary concentration in graphic design.

Tayyaba Khan

Tayyaba is a junior in International Health and Human Rights with a Minor in Chemistry. She also engages in the College of Arts and Sciences Student Council, inCourage UAB, and is a 2019 Sparkman Fellow.

Veronicah Kiende

Veronicah is a senior at UAB and studies Medical Sociology and Chemistry. She is also a student in the Honors College and involved in Honors College Ambassador, Blazer Spirit Council, Free Food For Thought, College of Arts and Sciences Council, and the American Association of University Women.

“One of the reasons I joined the UAB Institute of Human Rights was to educate myself on issues that were affecting others in the society as well as serve the community by sharing my passions in women’s rights and mental health inequalities.”

Michelle Lowe

Michelle Lowe is a student in the Early Childhood and Elementary Education master’s program at UAB. She graduated from UAB with a bachelor's of science, in Psychology, in April 2015. Her passions are racial equality, women's right's, and equal learning opportunities for inner city schools.

"It is a privilege and an honor to be a part of the Institute for Human Rights at UAB. My passion for racial and social inequalities has fueled my desire for advocacy in my classroom. I want to be a voice children who aren't quite sure of how to be that for themselves. Go Blazers!"

Whit Miller

Whit is a senior from Enterprise, Alabama, majoring in political science with a minor in history. He is a member of the University Honors Program and is a 2020 Truman Scholar.

Taylor Richardson

Taylor is a native of Montgomery, Alabama, and is a senior double majoring in International Studies and Political Science. In the past, he has interned with Representative Mike Rogers (AL-07) in Washington, D.C., the Atlantic Institute, and Jonathan McConnell’s campaign for the United States Senate in 2016. Taylor has also been active on campus, serving as the Vice-Chairman of the College Republicans, as well as the Chairman of the Gatling Initiative, an organization that seeks to combat the stigma placed on mental illness in the Korean population of Alabama.

“I’m very excited to intern at the UAB Institute of Human Rights. I’ve always been very passionate about human rights in the Middle East and North Africa, and this opportunity will provide me with a great platform through which to advocate for change in the region. I’m very grateful and excited to get started!”

Thomas Rooney

Thomas is a freshman Anthropology major hoping to pursue a career in Linguistic Anthropology in the future. Born and raised in Birmingham, Thomas hopes to travel the world aiding in translation for those in need through Arabic and French while advocating for environmental justice throughout developing countries.

"The dream is to travel while helping those in need who have difficulty taking advantage of humanitarian aid due to language barriers. I'm enthralled by this new opportunity at the IHR because I know I'll become more aware of the people around the world in need and hopefully make my dream a reality."

Ajanet Rountree

Ajanet Rountree is a student in the Anthropology of Peace and Human Rights master’s program at UAB. She graduated from UAB with a Liberal Arts interdisciplinary BA focused on Women, Social Change, and Globalization in December 2016. Her passion are civil rights, women’s rights, and writing. Ajanet is the IHR’s blog coordinator.

"I am honored to be a part of the Institute for Human Rights at UAB. Our city played a pivotal role in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, and now it is time for a new era of social justice to arise, impacting the city, state, nation, and world. I believe human rights are individualized not communal. Within a collective society is an individual with the dream to have their rights respected; therefore, when the rights of one are honored, the rights of all should follow."

Nicholas Sherwood

Nicholas Sherwood is pursuing his master’s degree in the Anthropology of Peace and Human Rights at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Nick completed his undergraduate education at Christopher Newport University with degrees in Psychology and Political Science. He has piloted original research in human trafficking, clinical trauma theory, and societal reintegration in survivors of human rights violations. Nick has presented his findings to INGOs, colleges and universities, and at international research conferences. Nick is responsible for the IHR website and newsletter updates.

“My main interest in human rights research is simple: Understanding the power of an individual’s socio-cultural context to facilitate peace over the course of a lifetime.”

Kameryn Thigpen

Kameryn is a Junior studying Political Science with a double minor in African American Studies and Human Rights. Her passions are Black feminism and the rights of minority groups. She is engaged on campus in various roles, include as one of the Lead Organizers for Woke Vote at UAB.

"I am happy to be a part of this team because I love to write about social justice and human rights topics that are happening in our country and in our world. I think that it is very important to have the campus engaging in conversations about human rights and how we can help advocate for human rights."

Marlee Townsend

Marlee is a senior political science major. She aspires to be a lawyer focusing on advocating for human rights.

“Being able to work for UAB's brand new IHR is an incredible opportunity for me. I am proud to be a part of the Institute whose presence is long overdue in our activism-rooted city.”

Hannah Yingst

Hannah is a senior studying International Economics and Policy and Political Science. She is a member of the Global Community Leadership program within the Honors College and has been involved with student organizations such as Global Citizenship 101, the American Association of University Women, and Students for Human Rights. She is currently doing research on conflict and peace.