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Emma Grasso Levine (she/they) is the Manager of Know Your IX, a survivor- and youth-led project of Advocates for Youth that empowers students to end sexual and dating violence in their schools. She recently graduated from NYU, double-majoring in Social & Cultural Analysis and Dramatic Writing and focusing their thesis on transformative justice and community-based solutions to sexual violence. At NYU, they organized with Students for Sexual Respect (SSR), an organization advocating for survivor-centered policies, reproductive justice, and students’ right to an education free of gender-based violence. As a leader of both SSR and the Governance Council of Minority and Marginalized Students, Emma successfully organized to create survivor-centered policy change, improve Title IX trainings and processes to be inclusive of queer and trans students’ experiences, and provide free menstrual hygiene products to students. She is an organizer, advocate, and writer currently based in Oakland, CA.
Policy and Advocacy Organizers
Thalia Charles (she/her) is a junior at Lafayette College studying Government & Law and Pscyhology. She is passionate about sexual privacy, transformative justice, and the criminal legal system. As a member of Lafayette’s Speech and Debate team, she has written and performed award-winning speeches about using restorative justice to address sexual violence and using Truth and Reconciliation Commissions to heal communities affected by police violence. As Executive Secretary for the Lafayette Student Government, she is spearheading a collaboration between Student Government and a student survivor group on a Title IX workshop and a Consent Campaign to educate students about proper consent. She is also conducting research about Title IX, sex discrimination, and the Equal Rights Amendment. This is her first year on the KYIX policy team, and she is looking forward to create resources for K-12 survivors. In her spare time, you could find her biking, watching apartment tours on Youtube, listening to podcasts, and creating spreadsheets for literally everything.
Jemie Fofanah (she/her) is a second year law student at NYU School of Law, where she is a Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Scholar. She graduated from Temple University in 2017 with a B.A. in Political Science and Economics, and she spent time working with the Women’s Law Project and Planned Parenthood as a telephone counselor, research assistant, and volunteer educator. Between undergrad and law school, she worked in Washington, D.C. with a D.C. Circuit judge, then as a U.S. Senate staffer. At law school, Jemie focuses on the intersection of the criminal legal system, data and privacy rights, and domestic violence survivors. This is Jemie’s second year on KYIX policy team, and she looks forward to using her legal experience to assist the team’s new projects. In her free time, you can find her streaming HBO, curating Spotify playlists, or daydreaming about Zoë Kravitz.
Sonia Ghura (she/her) recently graduated with a master’s degree in English from the University of Oxford, where she researched contemporary women’s writing, texts of the African diaspora, and the intersections of literature and law. Sonia also holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Emory University. Sonia comes to KYIX with about six years of experience in the gender-based violence sector, including campus-based advocacy, organizing, research, and policy work in college and graduate school, as well as relevant professional placements, including an internship at the US Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women. In her free time, Sonia loves traveling to new places, being outdoors in nature, and making/viewing art. She is currently based in Washington, DC.
Sarah Nesbitt (She/Her) graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. While a student, she served as an advocate on local crisis lines and in domestic violence court, conducted IPV prevention trainings on campus, worked in activism and policy against police brutality, and regularly testified in support of abortion access before the Missouri state legislature. Most recently, she worked on the policy team at the Texas Council on Family Violence while volunteering with Jane’s Due Process, helping minors seeking abortions navigate the judicial bypass process. She is now a J.D. candidate at Georgetown University Law Center, committed to a life of lawyering for reproductive justice. Sarah is the co-author of Balancing the Scales: Student Survivors’ Interests and the Mathews Analysis, 43 Harv. J. L. & Gender 319 (2020). She is based in Washington D.C.
Naina Agrawal-Hardin (She/Her) is a high school senior based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She got involved with anti gender violence work through volunteering at a local domestic abuse shelter and serving as a peer educator in her community on issues of sexual assault and abusive teen relationships. She also works on climate justice on both a local and national level, and she is excited to apply her organizing experience to protecting and enforcing Title IX through her work with Know Your IX on the policy team. Find her on twitter @nainagradin
Clarissa Brooks (She/They) is a graduate of Spelman College, a movement journalist, and a community organizer. Originally from Charlotte, NC, Clarissa works to blend her love of community, ethical journalism and scholarship in a way that will create a better world. She has been an ONA HBCU Fellow, Equality For Her Intern and Summer Fellow for Students For Education Reform. She has also been engaged in community organizing work and journalism for nearly 3 years. From mobilizing communities, hosting teach-ins, leading direct actions, and developing policy her love of community always comes first. You can find her on twitter at @ClarissaMBrooks.
Emma Grasso Levine (she/her) recently graduated from NYU with Bachelor’s degrees in Social & Cultural Analysis and Dramatic Writing, and wrote her honors thesis on legal and community-based solutions to sexual violence. At NYU, she was a leader of Students for Sexual Respect (SSR), an organization advocating for survivor-centered policies, reproductive justice, and students’ right to an education free of gender-based violence. With SSR and as the Gender and Sexuality Committee Chair for the Governance Council of Minority and Marginalized Students, Emma successfully organized to provide free menstrual hygiene products to students and improve trainings on consent and Title IX. To amplify the voices of survivors to the administration, she co-chaired NYU’s Sexual Misconduct Committee. This is Emma’s first year with Know Your IX, and she is excited to build on her organizing skills and advocate for anti-carceral, transformative justice and community accountability solutions to gender-based violence. In her free time, Emma can be found writing and directing plays, screenplays, and fiction podcasts, and cuddling with her dog (often at the same time). She is currently based in Oakland, CA.
Faith Ferber (She/Her) is a graduate student at Rutgers University School of Social Work, where she specializes in violence against women and children. She also holds Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from American University. While at AU, Faith founded the Students Against Sexual Violence club and created AU’s mandatory sexual assault prevention education program. As a social worker, she has experience working at a domestic violence shelter and in a private practice. This is Faith’s fourth year on the KYIX team, and she’s excited to meld her social work knowledge with student organizing. In her free time, Faith can be seen gushing over her cats or the closest animal she can find. She is based in New Jersey.
Andy Turner (He/They) is a recent graduate of Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service with a B.S. in Science, Technology, and International Affairs. Their academic and advocacy work centers on health networks and communal attempts to heal from trauma. As a Hoya, Andy engaged in the fight against gender-based violence both on a local, campus level through their work as a Peer Educator, and at an international level through their position as United Nations HeForShe Fellow. Additionally, Andy is among a group of students who planned the inaugural WERC (Working to End Rape Culture) Summit, the first gender-based violence summit to be designed and led by students. Academically, they engaged in a number of research projects including research within Soweto, South Africa on the lived experiences of women with co-morbid breast cancer and diabetes as well as broader studies investigating the state of the country’s mental healthcare resources. In their free time, Andy is ideally cooking with friends or ranting about literally any minor inconvenience. They also just moved to Madison, Wisconsin where they work as a Project Manager at Epic Systems helping to implement better, more patient-friendly healthcare software and attempting to not freeze completely.
Katarina Watson (She/Her) is a senior at Georgetown University majoring in Women’s and Gender Studies and minoring in Biology. She is pre-med, and hopes to be a comprehensive & inclusive ob/gyn one day! At Georgetown, she is a peer mentor for the course “Title IX for a New Generation”, and serves as Organizing Director on the H*yas for Choice board. H*yas for Choice is a reproductive justice org that provides contraception to Georgetown students. Katarina loves coffee, talking about her abroad experience in Sweden, and trash TV (yes, Love Island). You can find her on Instagram at @katarinaqueen_
Celia Ziliak (She/Her) is a freshman at Barnard College of Columbia University planning on majoring in gender & sexuality studies. She is from Lexington, KY and in high school she did research on peer-to-peer sexual harassment in high schools. Her work was featured in local newspapers as well as Girls’ Life Mag, Teen Vogue, and Ms. Magazine. In her spare time, she enjoys painting, bullet journaling, listening to Frank Ocean, and adventuring outside. You can find her on instagram at @celiarosez
Zoey Brewer (She/Her) is a freshman studying Political Science, Pre-Law at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She began her work on gender based violence by founding a local chapter of Girls Learn International in Memphis,TN. Since the founding of the Memphis GLI chapter, Zoey has done student organizing for racial justice, abortion rights, and gun violence in her community. She has worked with local advocates to organize teach-ins, protests, and sit-ins. Most recently, she has collaborated with UN Women to include the youth in the conversation on gender based violence around the world. Now, as a freshman at the University of Tennessee, Zoey works to maintain support for survivors and further abolitionist conversations with social justice organizations on campus. She has been featured in Chalkbeat, the Commercial Appeal, ReWire News, and Ms. Magazine. In her free time, you can find her kickboxing, reading, or spending too much time on Twitter @zoeylbrewer.
Jaslin Kaur (She/Her) is an assistant at New American Leaders where she supports projects for a national network of first-time, immigrant elected officials. She is based in Queens, New York where she has worked on local progressive campaigns. Prior, Jaslin worked in policy and communications for the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum on a range of national immigration and reproductive justice issues including healthcare access and detention and deportation. She is most interested in anti-carceral political education on state-sanctioned violence and gender-based violence. Jaslin holds a B.A. in Women & Gender Studies and Human Rights from CUNY Hunter College and an A.A. in Liberal Arts from Nassau Community College. In her free time, Jaslin is often experimenting in the kitchen or training in karate and yoga.
Sunny Lu (She/Her) is a high school senior in St. Louis, Missouri. She been doing student organizing work for several years now, first around the intersections of gun violence, then with Youth Climate Strike, local abortion rights, immigration, and racial justice. She has organized and spearheaded rallies, teach-ins, protests, walk-outs, and student organizations. In her work she attempts to further conversation beyond liberal outcry and towards abolition of borders, prisons/cages, white supremacy and colonization and imperialism, and community building. She has been featured in WaPo, StLMag, St. Louis public radio, refinery29’s YouTube, and St. Louis Post-Dispatch for her activism. She is also a photographer and artist (@sunnywithacamera on Instagram), amateur film geek, and constantly pisses off conservatives, liberals, and administrators alike at school.
Lan Anh Dinh (She/They) is an international student from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. She is currently a senior at the University of Notre Dame majoring in Music with a concentration in Music Theory, History, and Composition, and a minor in Education, Schooling, and Society. Lan Anh began her organizing work during her sophomore year by joining her school’s Gender Relations Center, where she and her team developed a student-led, active allyship training that is now mandatory for all incoming first-year students. Lan Anh is passionate about advocating for safe, equitable, and compassionate school environments, and she is excited to work with Know Your IX to advocate for anti-carceral and restorative measures of protecting and empowering youth in schools. In her free time, you can find Lan Anh working hard to promote herself from a beginner to an intermediate harp player, trying to learn Spanish, making funny videos on twitter (@dinhtlananh), and dressing up for instagram (@lananh.dinh).
Ashka Dighe (She/Her) is a fourth year Neuroscience, Health & Society, and Plan II triple major at the University of Texas at Austin. She is interested in healthcare law and policy, nonprofit and volunteer work, and women’s health. She’s been passionate about human rights and social justice since she was in primary school and has always known that her career will involve promotion of human rights in some way. Ashka has done a lot of work with Texas state legislatures to advocate for better Title IX procedures and access to more comprehensive resources for survivors. She’s also a member of Texas 4000 for Cancer and does research about preventive treatment for infectious diseases. In her free time, you can find her biking, doing yoga, or watching movies.
Jenny Larios (She/Her) is a current senior studying Environmental Science and Politics at Ithaca college in addition to being an undergraduate research assistant at Cornell University. She is originally from Dallas, TX so she has a love-hate relationship with the south. Jenny has worked as an immigration intern at the International Rescue Committee where she helped with the relocation and filing of USCIS applications for hundreds of refugees, migrants and immigrants. As a first-generation Mexican immigrant herself, Jenny has centered her organizing around immigrant justice after seeing the daily struggles her own family and community undergo. She is a member of the Tompkins County Immigrant Rights Coalition where she works as a Rapid Response Operator that responds to calls regarding the suspected presence of ICE officials. Jenny has a passion for graphic design and through creative fundraising— has raised hundreds of dollars for non-profits fighting to end gender-based violence. She hopes to one day become a victim right’s advocate to support student survivors. In her spare time, you can find Jenny attempting to identify the species of every tree she walks by and learning how to embroider.
Dana Bolger (she/her) is a co-founder and former Executive Director of Know Your IX. After KYIX, Dana attended Yale Law School and clerked for the Honorable Richard A. Paez on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Today, she is an Equal Justice Works fellow at A Better Balance, where she fights for workers to be able to care for themselves and their loved ones without jeopardizing their economic security. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Nation, and she is on Twitter at @danabolger.
Alexandra Brodsky, Know Your IX co-founder and former co-director, is a staff attorney at Public Justice. She litigates civil rights cases, including Title IX matters, and continues to work closely with Know Your IX. Before joining Public Justice, Alexandra clerked for the Honorable Marsha S. Berzon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and worked to end discriminatory school push out at the National Women’s Law Center, where she was a Skadden Fellow. Alexandra is the author of Sexual Justice (Metropolitan Books 2021).