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Sage Carson (She/Her/Hers) is the Manager of Know Your IX. She began working with KYIX in 2015 to successfully defeat a mandatory police referral bill in Delaware. Sage has worked and volunteered as an advocate for survivors of gender violence in the criminal legal system, on campus, and in her community. She previously worked as the campaign coordinator for She Decide Delaware, where she successfully passed a bill that codified Roe v. Wade into the Delaware state code. As a student activist, Sage created the #UDoBetter campaign– which lead to the creation of new Title IX policies and procedures, as well as prevention education and survivor services. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies with a concentration in Domestic Violence Prevention and Services from the University of Delaware. She is based in Washington D.C. and you can find her on twitter at @Sage_Gaea.
Elizabeth Boyle is a junior at the University of Notre Dame where she studies Political Science and Peace Studies. Elizabeth serves as the Director of Gender Relations in Notre Dame Student Government, sits on the Committee on Sexual Assault Prevention, and is the co-founder of the StaND 4 IX campaign. She is also a seminar leader at the Center for Social Concerns, volunteers at the Family Justice Center to support survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and researches the intersection of religion and peacebuilding through the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Elizabeth’s work focuses on promoting activism at religious institutions, specifically surrounding Title IX and the rights of LGBTQIA+ students. She is based in Indiana and you can find her on twitter at @EABoyle7
Alyssa Peterson is an alumna of Georgetown University where she served in student government, as a Sexual Assault Peer Educator, and as a member of the university-run Sexual Assault Working Group. Prior to graduation, she served as a policy analyst in the Office of Vice President Biden. Today she’s a student at Yale Law School, interested in the intersections of violence and poverty.
Jaslin Kaur (She/Her/Hers) is a senior at CUNY Hunter College studying Women & Gender Studies and Human Rights. She holds an Associate’s degree from Nassau Community College. She currently works with the Hunter College Roosevelt House of Public Policy, curating events for the Phenomenal Women series, where she joins folks working with women im/migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. Jaslin also recently launched Stories Not Silence, an initiative mobilizing youth to uplift stories of gender-based violence. She also recently completed policy work with National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) where she worked on the intersections of immigrant, economic, and reproductive justice for AAPI women. Jaslin’s academic research on sexual violence in Kenya and Syria was also featured at the United Nations 62nd Commission on the Status of Women. Her work has been featured in make/Shift Magazine, Glimpse Magazine, WBAI 99.5 FM Pacifica Radio, and ITV Gold. She is based in New York City.
Sarah Nesbitt (She/Her/Hers) 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. She is based in Washington D.C.
Faith Ferber (She/Her/Hers) graduated from American University in 2017 with degrees in Psychology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. While at AU, Faith founded the Students Against Sexual Violence club, created AU’s mandatory sexual assault prevention education program, and spoke out frequently about AU’s shortcomings in addressing sexual and domestic violence. Currently, Faith works as a Brain Coach at Neurogrow Brain Fitness Center, where she helps many survivors move forward and heal after violence. Faith also led a presentation on trauma-informed care to help her coworkers better address people’s needs. When she’s not working, you can find Faith narrating the thoughts of any dog she comes across. She is based in Washington D.C.
Andy Turner (They/ Them/ Theirs) is a current junior at Georgetown University studying Science, Technology, and International Affairs. As a Hoya, Andy focuses their work around the sexual violence in the queer community as a Student Advisory Board member for Georgetown’s Sexual Assault Peer Educators. Additionally, Andy is among a group of students who planned the inaugural WERC (Working to End Rape Culture) Summit which seeks to bring members of the DC community together in dialogue around interpersonal violence. Andy’s commitment to anti-violence continues to shape their work as an undergraduate as they have also organized with One DC to stop the war on affordable housing in DC. In their free time, Andy is ideally cooking with friends or ranting about literally any minor inconvenience. And is based in Washington D.C.
Clarissa Brooks is a senior at Spelman College, a 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 .
Karla Perez (She/Her/Hers) is a Senior at the University of Delaware carrying out a double major in Philosophy and Political Science and a minor in Women’s Studies. At UD, Karla is a student advocate for Sexual Offense Support (SOS). Through SOS, Karla works with other UD advocates to support survivors by providing resources, information, and implementing proactive programs to combat gender-based violence and sexual assault. In 2017, Karla was a part of the inception of the No Blue Hen is Illegal Collective, an immigrant rights group urging the University of Delaware to implement policy and culture changes that would recognize the long-ignored needs of undocumented, DACA, and TPS students on campus. She is based in Delaware and you can find her *attempting* to tweet at @_PerezOrtiz
Development and Communications Organizers
Venkayla Haynes (She/Her/Hers) is a graduate of Spelman College, a member of the Regional Advisory Board for It’s On Us, and a member for the Biden Foundation Advisory Council to End Violence Against Women. Her work around sexual violence began by working with the ItsOnUs campaign in 2015 by serving on their inaugural ItsOnUs Student Advisory Committee where she had the opportunity to meet and introduce Vice President Joe Biden. Throughout her work, Venkayla educates students on their Title IX rights and consent, public speaking, working with school administration and state politicians, and directly working with survivors. In 2017, Venkayla and other student organizers defeated a mandatory reporting bill in Georgia known as House Bill 51. Venkayla’s work focuses on centering the experiences of marginalized groups who are impacted by sexual violence such as Black women, trans folks, undocumented survivors, queer survivors, and those with disabilities. She is based in Georgia and you can find her on twitter at @VenkaylaHaynes
Mina Aria (They/Them/Theirs) graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2016, with a degree in Islamic Studies, History, and Political Science. As a student, Mina was politicized by the movement for Palestinian liberation, thus founding a Students for Justice in Palestine chapter on their campus. Since graduating, they have continued to organize locally with the St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee and Jewish Voice for Peace. Mina also works full time as a Grassroots organizer with Planned Parenthood, focusing on racial equity and economic justice. Much of their work centers around building relationships and solidarities across movements and supporting survivors within movement spaces. In their free time, they work at their neighborhood bookstore, take beginner ballet courses, and enjoy watching horror movies. Mina is based in Missouri and tweets @mina4bds
Isabel Rooper (She/Her/Hers) is a junior at Yale University studying Political Science and Journalism. She previously attended the University of Notre Dame where she worked against sexual violence through advocacy campaigns, policy proposals, and engagement with anti-violence organizations in South Bend, IN. Isabel cares about good writing, making education more accessible, and curbing climate change. In her free time, she loves running, podcasting, and writing snarky op-eds. She is based in Connecticut.
Bridget Lavin (She/Her/Hers) is a recent graduate of Hamilton College, where she double majored Women’s and Gender Studies and Theatre. In college, she served as a Policy Chair of the Sexual Misconduct and Assault Reform Taskforce (SMART), a grassroots activist organization dedicated to ending the culture of sexual violence at Hamilton, ran the Policy Advisors for Sexual Assault program, and worked as a Peer Advocate. In 2017, she pursued a fellowship in which she developed a verbatim theatre play about experiences of sexual assault at small, liberal arts colleges, presenting anonymous stories of survivors on stage as they were told in personal interviews. In addition to gender violence, she focuses on education policy and increasing access to education. She is based in New York City and you can find her on twitter at @bridgetclavs
Dana Bolger, Board President, is a co-founder of Know Your IX, senior editor at Feministing.com, and student at Yale Law School. She’s testified twice before the U.S. Senate and her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Nation, MSNBC, and Al Jazeera. You can find her on Twitter at @danabolger.
Alexandra Brodsky, Board Chair, is a co-founder of Know Your IX, for which she served as co-director for over two years. She got involved with Title IX work as an undergraduate at Yale when she and 15 friends filed a complaint against the university. Now, Alexandra is an editor at Feministing.com and a Skadden fellow at a D.C. nonprofit. Her writing has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, POLITICO Magazine, The Nation, the Atlantic, and Dissent. She tweets as @azbrodsky.
Know Your IX Board
Dana Bolger (see Co-Founder)
Alexandra Brodsky (see Co-Founder)
Suzanna Bobadilla graduated from Harvard University in May 2013, where she majored in American History and Literature and worked at Harvard’s Women Center. She’s Interviews Contributor at Feministing.com, a KYIX ED ACT NOW alum, and is learning how to be an adult in San Francisco!
Shelby Knox is nationally known as the subject of the Sundance award-winning film, The Education of Shelby Knox, a 2005 documentary chronicling her teenage activism for comprehensive sex education and gay rights in her Southern Baptist community. She travels across the country as an itinerant feminist organizer, doing trainings, workshops and civil disobedience in the name of reproductive justice and sexual health.
Kate Jae Sun Sim became involved with Title IX as an undergraduate at Harvard when she founded and led the Our Harvard Can Do Better campaign to change its sexual assault policy and increase campus resources for survivors. After graduating in 2014, she spent a year overseeing a campus sexual violence awareness project at a rape crisis center in Seoul, South Korea. She is now a master’s student researching the intersections of big data, child abuse, and policy at the University of Oxford. Formerly an ED ACT NOW organizer, she now serves Know Your IX as a board member. She tweets as @katejsim.
Cari Simon is a victims’ rights attorney with the Fierberg National Law Group, PLLC. She graduated from Harvard Law School, cum laude and was the President of the Harvard Women’s Law Association and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Journal on Law & Gender.
Wagatwe Wanjuki is a survivor, writer, and activist who began doing anti-violence work when she co-lead the start of the movement to improve the sexual assault policy at Tufts University. Her writing on campus sexual violence has appeared on various sites and publications, including Feministing, Campus Progress, RH Reality Check, and The American Prospect.