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Our Three Winners Foundation (OTW) is a social justice organization based in Oakland, CA working to reduce prejudice towards American Muslims and marginalized communities by addressing implicit biases in individuals and institutions. The Foundation was founded after Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha (Our Three Winners) were killed in their Chapel Hill…

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Remembering Razan

Razan was hard-working, dedicated, compassionate, and comforting. Whether it be a painting of a dove on the Palestinian flag or her active involvement in her friendships, she always put her best effort in. Like Razan, we should put our best effort in the things important to us.

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Remembering Yusor

Yusor always put others’ needs above her own. She went to great lengths to help, traveling to Turkey to provide dental care to Syrian refugees and preparing meals for the homeless in Chapel Hill. Her name, derived from a verse in the Qur’an, means to bring about ease, and that is exactly what she did…

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Remembering Deah

When remembering Deah, we recall how kind, dedicated, and friendly he was. From his love of basketball to his commitment to friends, family, and religion, we understand how he always put others above himself. He was, above all else, a team player. We should also strive to be team players.

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Christina Syriani

Position: Research Assistant, Pepperdine UniversityHometown: Hayward, CA Christina’s academic areas of interest include political economy, international relations, and fair policy practices. With nearly 10 years of working experience as a technology development Project/Program Manager, she is leveraging her industry expertise into a research-based approach that examines the widespread socioeconomic impacts of certain technological advancements with a particular…

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Eric Henson

Position: Policy Advisor, City of San Diego, Council District 4Hometown: San Diego, CA Eric Henson developed his passion for community development and city planning after learning land use policies that have environmentally discriminated against historically overlooked communities. Since attending his first community planning group at the age of 19, his interest in planning has led…

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Amer Rashid

Position: Legislative Aide, Office of Assemblymember Eloise Gómez ReyesHometown: Sacramento, CA Amer Rashid is a Legislative Aide in the Office of California State Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes where he analyzes, advises, and leads the Assemblymember on salient policy issues that focus on The California Budget, early childhood education, and health, and human services. Prior to…

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Russell Lee

Position: Staff Member CA Assemblymember Phil TingHometown: South San Francisco, CA My name is Russell, and I’m a wilderness explorer- just joking. I’m Russell and currently I’m a rising third year student at UC Berkeley majoring in Political Science. I applied for this fellowship since the city council member I work with recommended it to…

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Lesley Milton

Position: Public Affairs Officer and City Clerk, City of SeasideHometown: Seaside, CA Lesley Milton-Rerig enjoys her work as the Public Affairs Officer and City Clerk for the City of Seaside, California where she actively works to create an inclusive relationship between government and her diverse community through the implementation of programs, communications and policies. She is…

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Shaniqua Williams

Position: Auburn University Public Administration and Public Policy Doctoral StudentHometown: San Diego, CA Shaniqua Williams is a student in the Public Administration and Public Policy doctoral program at Auburn University. Her research interests include social justice and equity, election administration, as well as traditional and non-traditional forms of political participation amongst minorities. Her main research…

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