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Peace and Justice Alum Doing Great Work

by Gettysburg College

*Remote Engagement -Virtual Calendar

Thu, Jan 14, 2021

6 PM – 7:15 PM EST (GMT-5)

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Event Title: A Call to College Students: Political and Community Engagement: Peace and Justice Alumni Doing Great Work
Organization: Break Term

Alumni of the Peace and Justice Studies Program will talk about their current careers, how their peace and justice interests led them there, and what internship opportunities exist for Gettysburg College students.


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Christina Noto

Science Teacher

KIPP DC, Promise Academy

Christina Noto ’19 currently teaches 2nd - 4th grade Science for KIPP DC: Promise Academy in Washington, D.C. While at Gettysburg, Noto studied History and minored in Peace and Justice Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Noto is very passionate about restorative justice and peace education.

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Rachael Ward

Development Project Associate

The Community Builders, Inc.

Rachael Ward ’12 graduated from Gettysburg College in 2012 with a B.A. in Psychology and minors in Peace and Justice Studies and Music. She serves as a Development Associate for The Community Builders (TCB), one of the nation’s leading nonprofit urban, affordable, and mixed-income housing developers. Prior to joining TCB, she worked in the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ Housing Division and received a Master’s in Public Policy from Georgetown University.

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Richard Aime

Assistant District Attorney

Northumberland County in the District Attorney’s Office

Richard Aime '12 has been an Assistant District Attorney for Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, since August of 2019. Prior to his time in Northumberland County, he worked in juvenile courts in Massachusetts, representing children and parents in child abuse cases. Aime graduated from the University of Massachusetts School of Law in 2016.

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Rhiannon Winner

Program and Grants Assistant

USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance

Rhiannon Winner ’19 works in USAID's Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance supporting the grantmaking process and award management for NGOs and United Nations programs. She graduated from Gettysburg in 2019 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Peace and Justice Studies, and is currently pursuing her M.P.H. in Community Health Sciences part-time at Tulane University.

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Noor Oweis

U.S. Diplomat

Consular Section at the American Institute in Taiwan

Noor Oweis ’11 graduated from Gettysburg College in 2011 with a B.A. in Globalization Studies and a minor in Peace and Justice Studies. She is currently serving as a U.S. Diplomat in the Consular Section at the American Institute in Taiwan. 

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David Byerley

Trial Attorney

Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice

David J. Byerley ’15 graduated from Gettysburg College in the Class of 2015 with an Individual major and a Peace and Justice Studies minor, and earned his J.D., cum laude, from The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in 2018. He currently serves as a Trial Attorney with the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and his resume includes a Legal Fellowship in the Chambers of the Honorable Loren A. Smith on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and employment as an Attorney Advisor at the U.S. Department of Labor. Byerley appears on the panel in his personal capacity only.

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Emma Dorsheimer

Graduate Student

Georgetown University

Emma Dorshimer ’19 is a second-year graduate student at Georgetown University in the Conflict Resolution program, where her research and work has focused on human rights and gender, peace and security, with a concentration on youth advocacy and programming. Dorshimer received her B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Gettysburg College in 2019, minoring in Spanish and Peace and Justice Studies and focusing on human rights and applied anthropology in conflict resolution.

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Jenna Thoretz


Peace and Justice Student Council

Jenna Thoretz ’21 is a senior Political Science and Public Policy dual major with a minor in Peace and Justice Studies. She is passionate about gender justice and hopes to work in the field of policy advocacy post-graduation to help build a more just world. 

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Owen Keenan

Co-Vice President

Peace and Justice Student Council

Owen Keenan ’21 is a senior Political Science and Public Policy dual major with a minor in Peace and Justice Studies. He is from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and hopes to work in government after he graduates. 

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Brynn Griffith

Co-Vice President

Peace and Justice Student Council

Brynn Griffith ’21 (she/her) is a senior Health Sciences major and Peace and Justice Studies minor. Her main interests are in public health and social justice within our healthcare system. 

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Dr. Hakim Mohandas Amani Williams

Associate Professor of Africana Studies

Gettysburg College

Dr. Hakim Mohandas Amani Williams, native of Laventille, Trinidad and Tobago, is an Associate Professor of Africana Studies, and a faculty affiliate in Education, Globalization Studies, and Public Policy. He currently serves as the College’s Director of Peace and Justice Studies.  Prof. Williams teaches classes on human rights; post colonialism; race, gender and identity; education for social change; Caribbean studies; globalization.

He completed his B.A. (Honors) in Psychology at St. Francis College, Brooklyn; a Master of Education in Comparative and International Education with a concentration in philosophy of education, and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Education in International Educational Development, with a concentration in peace education, at Teachers College, Columbia University. His research centers on school/structural violence, educational inequities, and youth and community empowerment.

He is the recipient of the Early Career Alumni Award from Teachers College, Columbia University (2019), the inaugural Emerging Scholars Award from the African Diaspora SIG of the Comparative and International Education Society (2017), and the Dr. Ralph Cavaliere Award for Excellence in Teaching from Gettysburg College (2013).

Prof. Williams was a Visiting Scholar (15-16) at the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, & Complexity (AC4), Earth Institute (Columbia University) and during the summer of 2017 at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, where he taught a week long class for high school students on human rights. Prof. Williams is an Associate Editor of the academic journal Anthropology and Education Quarterly, serves on the Editorial boards of InFactisPax, and the International Journal of Human Rights Education, and reviews for several other academic journals.  He is the founder of the Global Working Group on Decolonial Human Rights and Peace Education. He travels the world conducting restorative circles, workshops on peer mediation /conflict resolution and leadership development with parents, youth, teachers, political leaders, and varied NGOs.  Prof. Williams is also a theater actor.  He is currently working on a book manuscript:

"An Educational Neocolonial Warp and Douen Liberation"

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