Yara Almeida: President

Yara Almeida is a junior Communication major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She joined the SASSY Board as Chair of Public Relations her Freshman year after being inspired by SASSY's "More Than a Survivor" exhibit, which was brought to campus in the Fall of 2015. Her sophomore year, she went on the Alternative Spring Breaks GEMS trip to learn more about CSEC in the United States. GEMS (Girls Educational & Mentoring Services) provides services for girls and young women aged 12 to 24 who are survivors of CSEC and works to educate people about CSEC in the United States. Yara's experience at GEMS has taught her the importance of learning the root causes of CSEC in order to help prevent it. As President, she is continuously learning about CSEC and how to better educate the community about its root causes. Apart from SASSY, she is the co-trip leader of Alternative Spring Breaks' New Settlement team.

 

Darshna Anigol: Co-Chair of Education

Darshna Anigol is a Biology major in the College of Arts and Sciences, and originally from Walnut Creek, CA. She joined Alternative Spring Breaks as a trip participant for GEMS in her freshman year, which inspired her to join Students Against Sexual Solicitation of Youth (SASSY). After learning about CSEC through the GEMS trip, she wanted to continue to learn about the complexities of the issue and continue her involvement in raising awareness about CSEC throughout the year, prompting her to join SASSY. This year, she is very excited to be the Co-Chair of Education for SASSY as a junior and continue to learn about the issue. Outside of SASSY, she is the trip leader for the Alternative Spring Breaks GEMS trip and conducts research on fruit flies.

 

Shruti Juneja: Co-Chair of Education

Shruti Juneja is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. She got involved with SASSY after participating in the Alternative Spring Breaks program's GEMS trip. This transformative experience really opened her eyes to the complexities and the prevalence of the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) in the United States and inspired her to get more involved. As Co-Chair of Education, she is looking forward to working with her fellow e-Board members to learn more about the issue and raise awareness about it by leading a research project for an impact study for GEMS. Shruti is also involved with the Cornell Daily Sun news department, Cornell Strategic Consulting, and the Cornell International Business Association.

 

Ruojia Sun: Chair of Records

Ruojia Sun is a sophomore studying Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering. When Ruojia was learning about CSEC during her participation in the 2017 Alternative Spring Breaks trip to GEMS, she realized that not enough people around her knew about the issue, so she joined SASSY to raise awareness about CSEC in the Cornell community. As Chair of Records of SASSY, she is looking forward to having discussions about CSEC with other students, particularly to challenge stereotypes surrounding the issue, and to continue working with GEMS through SASSY. Outside of SASSY, Ruojia is also involved in research on campus and dances on Cornell’s competitive ballroom team.

 

 

Zara Schreiber: Chair of Public Relations 

Zara Schreiber is a freshman studying Computer Science in the College of Engineering.  She started working with GEMS in high school and is excited to continue fighting CSEC with SASSY.  As co-Public Relations/Outreach chair, Zara is looking forward to spreading the message of SASSY across Cornell and the greater Ithaca community in order to raise awareness of and combat the atrocity that is CSEC.  Outside of SASSY, Zara is involved with Cornell Cosmic, SWE, and TPEG.

 

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