2015 Fellows


Amulya Cherala  Amulya Cherala is a Political Science and Chinese major at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She was born in Bellevue, Washington and moved to Hyderabad, India, living there for seven years before moving back to the Pacific Northwest in 2005.  Experiencing Indian culture first hand, living in the U.S., and traveling in Europe, South America, Asia, and the Middle East has given her a better understanding of global issues and challenges. Amulya was an intern with the Bus last summer and the skills she gained over the summer allowed her to hold the largest voter registration effort at her school (20% of the student body was registered). In San Antonio, she is involved with MOVE (Mobilize Organize Vote Empower), an affiliate of the Bus Federation Civic Fund. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, volunteering at animal shelters and spending time with family and friends.

Annie WantAnnie Want was born in raised in Denver, Colorado and now attends Whitman College, where she is a sophomore majoring in Gender Studies. She is active with the feminist club on campus, and enjoys speaking Spanish in La Casa Hispana where she is a resident assistant. Additionally she plays for the Whitman Ultimate Frisbee team, and enjoys dancing, cooking, eating, and watching Broad City.

Armando Ortiz Armando Ortiz is a sophomore transfer student at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA. He attended Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR. He is pursuing a major in English Secondary Education and is a program coordinator for the Center for Diversity & Social Justice at CWU. He is an aspiring poet/music composer, so have him speak a few lines and bars for you when you meet him!

Chinna Garza Chinna Garza grew up in Pasco, Washington and is currently a rising sophomore at Seattle University where she is majoring in Creative Writing and minoring in Film Studies. Since coming to Seattle U, she has become passionate about environmental and social justice, particularly due to her involvement in Sustainable Student Action. In her free time she is likely watching films, listening to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, painting, writing, reading, and/or attempting to garden -all while drinking copious amounts of coffee and tea.

Cinthia VazquezCinthia Illan-Vazquez was born in Guerrero, Mexico, but was raised in Lakewood, Washington. She is an undocumented and unafraid Latina, womyn activist, currently attending Whitworth University. Cinthia is majoring in political science, and has a strong passion for law and social justice. She enjoys long hikes, dismantling oppressive systems, and empowering underrepresented communities.

Kathran Dean Kathran Dean grew up in Vancouver and is currently in her third year attending Washington State University studying pre-law Political Science over in Pullman. Katie (as she goes by) long jumps on the Track and Field team and absolutely adores it. As a member of the WSU student body Election Board she strongly believes in becoming involved and voting for anything and everything possible. In the little free time she does have, Katie enjoys playing the piano, reading Stephen King books, and discovering new awesome places to hike to the top of.

Lucero Heredia

Lucero Heredia is currently a Running Start student at Yakima Valley Community College. She was born in the Yakima Valley where she spends most of her time enjoying the company of my family and friends. Lucero enjoys working with anyone who crosses her path. In her spare time she enjoys watching action films, cooking, and snap chatting friends. She is really looking forward to exploring Seattle while developing new skills that she can bring back to the Yakima Valley.

Mason Bennett Mason Bennett hails from Olympia, Washington. They are currently studying Sociology at The Evergreen State College. Mason has worked extensively with Planned Parenthood, as a youth peer-educator for Thurston County’s Teen Council and on the Movement Building Committee of PPFA’s Young Leader’s Advisory Committee, with which they went to the Planned Parenthood National Conference where they sang Happy Birthday to Nancy Pelosi. They have also worked with local organizations such as SafePlace’s SPEAK Group and Stonewall Youth Group, and were a keynote speaker at the Adolescent Sexuality Conference in Seaside, Oregon. They enjoy cartoons, science fiction and horror movies.

NoahNoah Gokul is from the home of the thizz face and Tupac, Oakland California. He is currently a Junior studying Social Work and Ethnic studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. He is an Olympia chapter coordinator of a national organization called Hip Hop Congress, a college writing tutor, and an advisor at the multicultural center on campus. He Also goes by Bindi G, his artist name, and creates Hip Hop combining his Guyanese-Indian heritage, passion for social justice, and Bay Area hyphy tendencies. Apart from making music and performing, Noah likes to cook, run, have potlucks, write, and kick it with homies.

Rory Wong JacobsRory Wong Jacobs grew up in Redwood City, California and is currently a rising junior at the University of Puget Sound who is double majoring in English and Studio Art. When they’re not spending hours cooped up in the art building, you can find them leading a Queer Alliance club meeting or coordinating social justice-themed events for their job. In their down time, they enjoy watching TV with friends, painting watercolors, and getting emotional over slam poetry.

SophiaSophia Trinh was born in Seattle. She will receive her degree in Public Health with a minor in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Washington (UW) this June. Last summer, Sophia worked as a research assistant for the UW Center for Public Health Nutrition finding ways to make fresh produce more accessible to low-income families. As a running-start student at Bellevue College (BC), she campaigned and won two consecutive positions in Student Government introducing her to the power of politics as a vehicle for social justice. Two fun facts about Sophia are she started a community garden and a composting program at BC, and has collected over 358 postcards from around the world.

Theo HofrenningTheo Hofrenning is a 20 year old, working on Political Science and Hispanic Studies majors at Pacific Lutheran University. He’s a singer in the a cappella group Plutonic and the University Chorale. Raised in Northfield, Minnesota he has traveled abroad, most notably, as a Rotary exchange student in Ecuador. In his free time Theo enjoys watching Kung Fu movies and listening to reggae.

Theo Savini  Theo Savini is a rising senior at Occidental College double majoring in Critical Theory and Social Justice and Spanish Studies. He was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. His favorite activity in the whole world is sleeping. But when he’s not doing that, he likes to eat, hang out with friends, and sing (really badly). he is involved in many organizations at school including: Senate, Peer Health Exchange, and the Queer Student Alliance. And a fun fact about him is he has three tattoos that he’s gotten spontaneously, but they all mean a lot to him.

WillaWilla Hevly is from Northeast Seattle and Trondheim, Norway. She is going into her third year at Pomona College majoring in Public Policy Analysis with a concentration in Politics and minoring in Dance. When not in ballet class, she can be found interning at the Housing Rights Center in Los Angeles, working with the college administration on sexual assault policy reform, napping in the Southern California sun, and reading Willa Cather (of course) and Ivan Doig.

Yael Tellez-RodriguezYael TellezRodriguez is a 19 year old Seattleite originally from Guerrero, Mexico. In the past Yael has worked with Seattle Young People’s Project (SYPP). She is currently a freshman at Seattle University where she is studying Humanities and Psychology and hopes to travel abroad next year to a French speaking country. Yael loves being outside, trying new things and having fun and although she is not currently practicing any sports, she always enjoys a healthy competition and will never turn down a soccer match!