Interns

Logan Cobb

Logan Cobb

Logan is a junior at UAB double majoring in Anthropology and Political Science, as well as pursuing a minor in Applied Music. He is heavily involved with Birmingham environmental organization GASP, UAB's Beyond Measures A Cappella team, and the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity on campus.

"I am so excited to learn from and listen to a diverse group of people and perspectives at the Institute of Human Rights. It is an absolute honor and privilege to be able to work with so many talented and passionate minds. I hope to be able to use my platform to serve my community and amplify the voices of those speaking out on human rights issues worldwide."

Email: logan401@uab.edu


Hannah Comstock

Hannah Comstock

Hannah is a senior majoring in Public Health with a minor in International Studies. She is a member of the University Honors Program and a 2020 Sparkman Fellow.

“The IHR has given me the opportunity to learn more about social justice issues that I am passionate about. I am interested in working with refugees and finding ways to protect their health, and the Institute has provided ways to be involved in this field. I am grateful to be a part of this organization and meet people who are making a difference in so many different communities.”

Email: hcom1019@uab.edu


Allie Haynes

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.

“I am passionate about providing a space for people to express their voice. As an intern for the Institute, I am excited to meet people from a variety of backgrounds with unique perspectives on creating more inclusive and supportive communities."

Email: arhaynes@uab.edu


Tayyaba Khan

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.

“IHR has given me the chance to pursue my passion for human rights and serving marginalized communities throughout the world by providing a platform to voice my opinions. It is a unique growth opportunity that will help me gain necessary skills and experiences bringing me closer to my dream of human rights advocacy.”

Email: khan14@uab.edu


Faiza Mawani

Faiza Mawani

Faiza Mawani is a freshman studying Political Science and History. She is from Hoover, Alabama.

“I hope that I am able to further educate people about the injustices that are unfortunately a part of our world. All I can hope is that our blog is able to succeed in its mission.”

Email: fmawani@uab.edu


Shriya Meesala

Shriya Meesala

My name is Shriya, and I am a senior at UAB studying Neuroscience with a minor in Anthropology. I was a Presidential Research Fellow for the Summer of 2019, and I am currently a Neuroscience Ambassador for the Undergraduate division. In the future, I aim to work to redefine and reshape access to reproductive healthcare specifically among immigrant populations.

“Since an early age, various human rights issues have either directly or indirectly affected me. Recently, I found myself initiating these conversations among my friends and family and realized that I can do this on a much broader scale with the Institute. Working with IHR will provide me with the platform and resources to continue educating myself and others about both local and global human rights violations.”

Email: smeesala@uab.edu


Whit Miller

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.

“IHR is an amazing space dedicated to educating on the importance of human rights both here and abroad. The team here is brilliant, and I am incredibly excited to be joining them.”

Email: wlmiller@uab.edu


Grace Ndanu

Grace Ndanu

Grace is a third year student in Gender, Women’s And Development Studies at Egerton University in Kenya.

“I have always dreamt of me tackling the daily human issues around the world. This chance to work for the IHR draws me closer to my dream also feeling like it’s my responsibility to make each individual know their rights and also make them know the capabilities that are in them.”

Email: jkgrace@uab.edu


Anna Kuntz Presnall

Anna Kuntz Presnall

Anna is a junior at UAB studying International Studies with a minor in Spanish.

“I have since an early age found myself drawn to helping others and participating in conversations that fuel change. Working with the Institute will help me be proactive in continuing those conversations as well as educating people in my community and beyond about human rights. I know that the IHR will help guide me in becoming an active change agent in the world.”

Email: akp1704@uab.edu


Aahil Rajpari

Aahil Rajpari

Aahil is a Freshman Political Science major hoping to pursue a career in foreign service with the United Nations or with the United States Department of State in the future. Born and raised in Hoover, Alabama, Aahil hopes to be able to speak a variety of languages, notably Arabic and Spanish, while working as an Ambassador or a Diplomat. Aahil is currently a member of Good Games UAB and the UAB Green Team, aiming to connect with many students and help them during their time of need.

“Why did I choose the UAB Institute for Human Rights? Simply because I wish to bring into light the news that is often overlooked and misunderstood.”

Email: aahil786@uab.edu


Lindsey Reid

Lindsey Reid

Lindsey is a sophomore Social Work major and is working towards either a second major or a minor in Spanish. She is from Elberta, Alabama. She is involved with Camions of Care and Palomitas on campus and is a member of the Global and Community Leadership honors program.

“My biggest goal in life is to do as much as I can to help others have the resources and the opportunities necessary to flourish. I see working with the Institute as an amazing chance to learn more about advocating for human rights and to gain skills that will allow me to help others in the future."

Email: lereid@uab.edu


Carmen Ross

Carmen Ross

Carmen is a junior public health major with a concentration in Global Health Studies and a minor in Spanish. She is from Chattanooga, Tennessee, and is also on UAB's Track on Field team. Carmen plans on being an Epidemiologist and is very passionate about the issue of access to health care.

"I am excited to be a part of IHR this year, and to be able to research and write about human rights issues that may not be well known."

Email: cross599@uab.edu


Hannah Yingst

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..

"As an intern for the Institute for Human Rights, I look forward to working with a diverse team as we all explore what it means to support and encourage the dignity and value of life regardless of background."

Email: hyingst@uab.edu