August 8, 2018
Written by WFC Staff
For the last few months, we had the opportunity to work with six awesomely fierce, courageous, and dedicated students from UC Berkeley and Wellesley College. In their short time here, they have provided invaluable support on numerous WFC projects. They have researched the impact of 32 WPI bills signed into law over the last 14 years, attended committee hearings, analyzed community surveys, created compelling visuals and original content for our communications channels and led campaign efforts to secure access to medication abortion at UCs and CSUs student health centers. Pretty incredible, right? We cannot say enough how grateful we are for their time, commitment, and dedication to fighting for gender, economic, and racial justice. We’d also like to thank our partners at UC Berkeley and Wellesley College for generously supporting all of their work. Read on to get to know them a little better and check out their bios!
Adiba is a student at UC Berkeley studying Sociology and Public Health. She is the Director of Students United for Reproductive Justice (SURJ) at Berkeley, which she co-founded in 2015. During her sophomore year, she initiated the campaign to implement medication abortion at UC Berkeley’s student health center and is now working to make medication abortion available at campus health centers for all public universities in California. She serves as a Commissioner on the Status of Women for the City of Berkeley and is working to ensure all pharmacies in Berkeley are able to prescribe hormonal contraception. In 2016, Cal Berkeley Democrats awarded her as the Activist of the Year. In her free time, she likes to ride her bike, read historical fiction, and attend monthly midnight screenings of The Room.
Emylou is a rising senior at UC Berkeley and is majoring in Political Science with a minor in Public Policy. She’s lobbied for legislation regarding women’s issues ranging from mistreatment of incarcerated women and violence against girls in developing countries with the YWCA . As a devout believer in the importance of local government, Emylou is working with the Berkeley City Council to improve its internal efficiency. She also practices activism and advocacy regarding social injustices as a Communications and Development Intern for the Women’s Foundation of California.
Marandah Field-Elliot is a recent graduate of UC Berkeley, and is happy to serve as a Campus Organizer for the Women’s Foundation of California. This position builds on her experience on campus as a Co-Director of Students United for Reproductive Justice, a UC Berkeley student group that inspired the campaign for Senate Bill 320, which would provide access to medication abortion to California public university students. She is excited to be able to see this process through from idea to the hopeful passage of this bill. After her position as Campus Organizer is complete, Marandah will complete a year-long fellowship at the Center for Reproductive Rights in Washington, D.C.
Phoebe is a student and organizer at UC Berkeley studying Statistics and Music. She’s the External Director of Students United for Reproductive Justice at Berkeley, and has been working to get medication abortion in campus health centers since 2016. She’s a piano teacher who founded a free class at the Santa Monica YMCA and volunteers with the Music Connection. She has been a volunteer surfing teacher since she was fourteen and has worked at beach camps. Phoebe interned at BuzzFeed last summer, focusing her analysis on how video producers can most effectively create social justice content. While there, she created a program to protect producers who make content around sexism and racism from harassment.
Phung joined the Women’s Foundation this summer as a development intern. She is a rising junior at Wellesley College majoring in Sociology, with an interest in oral histories and migrant communities. This summer, she’s interested in learning about how to get people, from all backgrounds, to invest in the mission of racial, economic, and gender justice. In her free time, she likes to go swimming and listen to podcasts. She would love to write stories for radio one day!
Sama is a rising junior at Wellesley College, majoring in International Relations and working with the Programs team this summer. Though she is currently at Wellesley, she was born in Mumbai, India, and lived in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, for eleven years before moving back to Mumbai in 2011. Currently, she spends most of her time exploring the Bay Area, cooking new foods, reading, and hiking!