Who We Are
YAIR / Outreach / Podcast Coordinator / School Chapter Leader
Nayantara is a senior at St. Mary’s Academy. As a first-generation Indian-American, she is passionate about social justice, equity, and inclusion. She is involved in leadership as a core leader of her school's Student Equity Team, leader of her school’s Asian and Pacific Islander Club, a workshop leader of UNITE day (a day designated for equity/inclusion workshops), a Young Leader in Action (through World Oregon), and IRCO volunteer. Outside of school, Nayantara enjoys spending time with her family, playing the violin, swimming, and dancing Bharatnatyam. Fluent in five languages, Nayantara is a proud glossophile.
Media & Outreach:
Outreach Coordinator / School Chapter Leader
Meeting & Podcast Coordinators:
Meeting Coordinator / School Chapter Leader
YAIR / Meeting Coordinator / School Chapter Leader / Outreach Coordinator
Olivia Cull is a senior at St. Mary’s Academy. She speaks Spanish and participates in her school’s cross country team, drama, and choir program. She is also an Outdoor School leader and a mentor for refugee and immigrant youth at Kateri Park. Olivia is interested in developing ways to improve cross cultural communication among youth in order to create social change. In her free time, Olivia likes to play guitar and go on runs with friends (and her dog). She has recently led a workshop for UNITE day (a day designated for equity and inclusion workshops), and was an Amigos International volunteer in Panama during the summer of 2019.
Allison is currently a junior at St. Mary’s Academy. She is passionate about social justice, international relations, and learning foreign languages (fluent in Mandarin and intermediate in French). Allison is a tennis player, an active participant in Model United Nations, a leader of Asian/Pacific Islander Club, alumna of World Oregon’s Young Leaders in Action, and a dedicated member of YAIR. In the future, Allison wants to work for the State Department and become a foreign service officer.
Meeting / Podcast Coordinator / School Chapter Leader
Kiley Hearst attends Lincoln High School as a junior. Kiley's family is from German-speaking countries and parts of Eastern Europe. She can speak German conversationally. She hopes to ensure that everyone is given an opportunity to speak their minds as well as cultivate a deeper understanding and sense of respect between different groups. Kiley became a part of YAIR because she wants to instill a sense of caring in others through civil conversations. When not cooking, dancing or hanging out with friends, you can search for her in the great outdoors.
Natalie Wang is a junior at Lincoln High School. Her family is from Taiwan, and she can speak Spanish and Mandarin conversationally. Natalie strives to provide a platform for voices that have been silenced, bridge the divide between separate groups, and smash the patriarchy. She joined YAIR because she hopes to foster a generation that can be one of peaceful dialogue in an increasingly polarized world. When not reading, dancing, or watching figure skating videos on Youtube, she can be found checking closets for Narnia.
Nuzhat Maisha Hoque
Meeting Coordinator / Community Representative / School Chapter Leader
Nuzhat Maisha Hoque is a junior at Oregon Islamic Academy. Her family is ethnically from Bangladesh. She can speak Bengali and some Arabic conversationally. Maisha works to show that being quiet doesn't make anyone weaker and everyone's feelings matter and should be heard. She joined YAIR in order to be an active listener, bring a different perspective to the table, and build unforgettable bonds with other youth around the Portland area and (in the future) from all over the world. When not volunteering in her community, spending time with family and friends, or studying, she can be found with her nose deep in a book.
Podcast Coordinator / School Chapter Leader
Shimon Dasgupta is a junior at Evergreen High School. He plays the Viola in Evergreen's Chamber Orchestra and is on his high school's tennis team. Outside of school he is passionate about politics, social engineering, and cross-cultural immersion. He joined YAIR because he believes that through cross-cultural connections, we can build world peace and improve our overall quality of life. When he's not spending time with family or relaxing with his friends, you can find him in his room jamming out to music.