Kiara Batista joined Discovering Justice in July 2022. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she earned her B.A. in Legal Studies and Portuguese with a Certificate in Translating and Interpreting for Portuguese. Prior to joining Discovering Justice, Kiara was the Program Coordinator for the Nelson & Lindsay Fellowship Programs here at the Moakley Courthouse. Kiara is really passionate about civic education, language accessibility, and legal advocacy. She is really excited to lead tours at the Moakley Courthouse, facilitate field trips, as well as put on engaging Courthouse events for the public!
Megan is a recent graduate from Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont where she received her BA in Media Studies, Journalism, and Digital Arts with a minor in Gender Studies. During her time at school she worked as the photographer at the campus marketing department, was president of the Feminist Club, and was a coordinator for the Center for Women and Gender on campus. With her passion for social justice and love for telling stories through visual media, she is excited to delve into her role as the communications fellow this fall.
Victoria Suri is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, where she earned a B.A. in elementary education and is currently working towards her M.Ed. in Curriculum Design at the University of Virginia. She is a former elementary educator with experience in social-emotional learning and inquiry-based learning. As K-5 Curriculum Developer, she will support teachers in creating meaningful and valuable learning experiences that develop knowledgeable and effective student advocates. Victoria looks forward to developing a civics curriculum for K-5 learners and teachers that will promote justice ideals and foster the spirit of student change-makers.
Hassan graduated from UMass Boston with a Masters in International Relations degree. He has a background in data management and social research. Having experience in Worcester Public Schools administration and healthcare staffing data management, he went on to do work researching COVID-19 vaccine accessibility in the Middle East, as well as building a body of research for energy infrastructure reform in Massachusetts. As a Development and Administrative Associate, he works to support the Discovering Justice team by managing and improving systems while streamlining work processes.
Laura Brenner joined Discovering Justice in August 2019 after a seven year career as an elementary school teacher and instructional leader in Boston. She is a graduate of Simmons University, where she earned her Bachelors in Psychology and her Masters in Teaching. Most recently, she graduated from UPenn Graduate School of Education with her Masters in School Leadership and a principal certificate while spending a year as principal intern in Cambridge. While Laura has been a non profit leader for the last three years, central to everything she does are students and the belief that with authentic, collaborative relationships and a reflective, responsive, innovative approach to instruction and curriculum, public education is a pathway towards liberation for all students, and to a more just and equitable world. Laura enjoys problem solving with teachers and district leaders, facilitating professional development and designing engaging educational opportunities that build elementary students’ civic identities, critical skills, and global awareness.
Malia graduated from Whitman College with a Politics degree. She brings a varied background teaching and mentoring elementary school students in Walla Walla, WA, assisting behind the scenes of a Cambodia-based nonprofit, and guiding her peers through career advising. As an Outreach and Recruitment Senior Associate, she enjoys building connections across the Commonwealth and expanding access to Discovering Justice’s civic education programs.
Kate is currently a junior at Northeastern University pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science degree in psychology and criminal justice. She has always been interested in the justice system and the pursuit of her degree has only deepened this interest. Her passions lie in equitable education and opportunity. Kate is excited to gain experience working with volunteers and participants, as well as the Discovering Justice team.
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