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Nikhil Dhingra

Nikhil is a senior in the school of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. He is a member of the Rawlings Presidential Scholars program, using grant money to conduct research on sanctuary city policies with Professor Shannon Gleeson within ILR. Outside of the classroom, Nikhil is currently serving as a Policy Extern for the American Council on Renewable Energy, where he conducts policy research and analysis to assist the organization's advocacy efforts. Nikhil also serves as the External Affairs Advisor for the Roosevelt Institute, a student think tank that writes and advocates for policies on Cornell campus. Nikhil has previously worked as a Public Policy & Regulation Intern at Holland & Knight as well as a Legislative Intern for Congressman Mike Quigley, who sits on both the House Intelligence and House Appropriations Committees. In his free time, Nikhil enjoys to read and play basketball. You can reach Nikhil at nd327@cornell.edu.

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Ryan Lawrence

Ryan Lawrence is a senior at Cornell University in the S.C. Johnson College of Business. He is pursuing the college’s law concentration as well as a minor in Policy Analysis and Management. The past two summers Ryan interned in the research department for The Agora Companies in Baltimore, Maryland where he was tasked with developing reports on emerging markets and trends. After graduation this spring, Ryan intends to work for a political consulting or lobbying firm that would combine his interests in business and government he developed over his time at Cornell. Yet, Ryan’s long-term aspirations are to attend law school which an emphasis on financial law. With previous experience in finance, Ryan finds himself drawn to the intricacies of financial law that keeps such a forceful industry in check.

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Alexandra Bixler

Alexandra is from Carmel, Indiana and is a sophomore at Cornell University pursuing a degree in Industrial and Labor Relations with minors in demography and law & society. She has interned for 3 different political candidates, is a community organizer for the Cornell Women's Health initiative, a brother of Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity as well as a sister at Alpha Xi Delta.

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Sarah Rogers

Sarah Rogers is a sophomore at Cornell University pursuing a degree in Development Sociology with minors in Inequalities Studies and Crime, Prison, Education & Justice. At Cornell, she is also involved in Students for Students, Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority, and assists in research on Progressive Prosecution as part of an initiative by the Vera Institute of Justice. This past summer she interned at a law firm in New York, New York, in addition to working on a report about re-imaging violent offenders and their treatment in the criminal justice system.

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Gillian Hand

Gillian is a sophomore at Cornell University pursuing a degree in Government with a minor in Creative Writing. She is interested in public policy, law, and international relations. From Chappaqua, New York, Gillian is also involved in Cornell Hillel, Big Red Sports Network, Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority, and Cornell University’s chapter of Platform, a national lobbying and training organization for young women.

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Adelina Branescu

Adelina Branescu is a sophomore at Cornell majoring in Information Science with a minor in Law and Society. She conducts research on educational outcomes of child abuse in New York state. She's interested in software development, copyright law, and the crossover between education, policy, and technology. She hopes to explore that in her time at Cornell and through writing for The Advocate.

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Josette Barrans

Josette Barrans is majoring in Government and minoring in Law & Society and Psychology at Cornell University. Growing up right outside of DC in Arlington, VA, she has always had a passion for politics and advocacy. At Cornell, she is a member of the pre-professional government society Pi Lambda Sigma, a research assistant for the South Carolina Capital Jury Project, and the VP of Communications for Pi Beta Phi. This past summer she interned at the Wilson Center in DC.

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Alexander Kucherina

Alexander Kucherina is a sophomore at Cornell University and pursuing a degree in Health Care Policy as well as minors in Business Administration and Nutrition and Health. He is from Brooklyn, New York and is interested in a career in medicine, public health, and health care management. Alex is a member of Alpha Iotta Gamma, Cornell's Pre Professional Health Care Fraternity, and also conducts research with the Department of Nutritional Sciences on campus.

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Zoe Hauser

Zoe Hauser is a junior at Cornell University in the College of Arts and Sciences pursuing degrees in both French and history with a minor in business. From San Rafael, California, she is interested in a career in foreign policy working for the State Department or United Nations. She is the Productions Director of Cornell Concert Commission, the Content Director for Guac Magazine, and a sister of Alpha Xi Delta. Currently interning for the State Department, Office of the Historian, she is furthering her passion for studying U.S. foreign policy. This past summer, she worked at a nonprofit legal aid firm helping implement change in her local community.