Devan is a recent graduate from Marymount Manhattan College with a Bachelor’s degree in Politics & Human Rights and a minor in Religious Studies. During her senior year, she was an intern with NGO CSW/NY where she helped plan for the NGO CSW64 Forum and managed social media. She worked in a large law firm as a receptionist and file clerk for various practice areas. She was also a Casework Intern at Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s NYC office. In this position, she worked directly with federal agencies and other governmental representatives to respond to constituents’ requests for assistance. Devan spent a semester abroad in Chile, where she studied Latin American politics and the Spanish language, and travelled throughout South America. Devan’s main interests are women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights, criminal justice reform, environmental issues, and the relationship between human rights and religion.
Tanitra has ten years of experience working with various non-profits, implementing online marketing campaigns, as well as managing social media and website content. Her professional experience includes working with various non-profits including Friends of UNFPA, Advancing Human Rights, and HIAS. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations with a concentration in Foreign Policy, Diplomacy, and Security of East Asia. She is a native Queens New Yorker with a lot of pride in her community. She still lives on the same block she grew up on. Additionally, Tanitra is a classically trained chef and a graduate of the International Culinary Institute.
Alisha is currently a graduate student at Teachers College, Columbia University studying International Education Development. Born and raised in New York, with strong roots to her Indian heritage, Alisha has grown up in a bicultural and multilingual world. Prior to beginning her work at NGO CSW, she graduated from Boston University and taught at P.S. 180 Hugo Newman College Preparatory School in West Harlem. Alisha has also worked in schools in Mumbai, India teaching students from Mumbai’s slums, and has taught the Indian National Anthem in Indian Sign Language at a school for the Deaf in Navsari, a remote village in India. She is eager to work with individuals and communities to promote gender equality and women’s rights. Alisha also enjoys dance, playing the piano, and reading.
Gallant Zhuangli is a senior at Barnard College of Columbia University, majoring in history and minoring in French. Her senior “oral history”-focused thesis aims to unearth the marginalized voices of Indonesian Pacific War comfort women. Gallant is a Barnard College “Speaking Fellow,” a “Camp Kesem” counselor/advocate/fundraiser and an Ultimate Frisbee enthusiast. She is also an aspiring trilingual: she studied Advanced Bahasa Indonesia at Universitas Negeri Malang as a 2018 recipient of the Department of State’s “Critical Language Scholarship;” she then spent five months, in 2019, memorizing verb conjugations while sampling endless types of cheese at Columbia’s “Reid Hall” school in Paris, France. Gallant hopes to work in one of three fields: investigative journalism, nonprofit philanthropy or education. Gallant gained marketing expertise, this past summer, as a DUMBO “Business Improvement District” intern. She is now thrilled to assist the NGO CSW/NY office in its preparation for the upcoming NGO CSW forum. Combatting global gender inequality is at the root of her studies and future human rights-oriented career goals.
Maftuna is a recent graduate of CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center where she studied International Relations and Human Rights. She is passionate about the nexus between women’s rights and international security. Prior to joining NGO CSW, Maftuna spent a semester in Washington D.C. interning with Center for International Policy, a think thank which focuses on security and U.S foreign policy. She also worked with the Global Justice Center, a non profit international law organization focusing on protecting women in armed conflict. In the past, she has traveled to Cambodia to conduct research focusing on the effectiveness of transitional justice processes for genocide survivors. Her research interests include the former Soviet Union states, U.S military and foreign policy, women’s issues and democratic development.