President: Oya Darici
Oya (she/her) is a fourth-year student at the University of Toronto, double majoring in International Relations and Political Science, with a minor in European Studies. She is a researcher in the Munk School of Global Affairs and her current project focuses on COVID-19 vaccine accessibility for refugee populations. She is also an experienced grassroot non-profit organizer in her community – both in Toronto and her hometown, Antalya. By combining her academic, professional, and lived experiences, she advocates for health equity, environmental justice, eradicating gender-based violence, and the rights of migrants.
Vice-President Operations: Fiona McCrow
Fiona (she/her) is a fourth year student at the University of Toronto studying History with minors in political science and environmental studies. She is the President of the History Students Association and is also involved in creative and communications leadership positions across the campus. Fiona is passionate about the history of immigration and diaspora studies. Her academic interests are reflected in her passion to advocate for refugees and minorities. Her lived experience as a BIPOC woman also motivates her to create opportunities and resources to raise awareness about and limit the marginalization experienced by women of colour.
Vice-President Internal: Maryanna C. Sierra Diab
Maryanna (she/her) is a third-year undergraduate student attending the University of Toronto. She is pursuing a double major in Political Science and Health Studies with an additional minor in Equity Studies as she has a great passion for human rights, gender equality, and geopolitical stability. She is Canadian-born and grew up in Dubai. She has been involved in humanitarian activities throughout her life, having volunteered as a medical care support specialist during the refugee crisis in Lebanon, to building schools for the underprivileged in Kenya, and providing educational support in Tanzania. In addition to her role as VP with Amnesty International, Maryanna works with CCR2P, the G7 Research Group, and FERA.
Secretary: Maleeha Haq
Maleeha (she/her) is a second year student Majoring in Political Science and Islamic Studies. She has been involved with Amnesty International, serving as a youth chapter president and as both a Human Rights College attendee and planning committee member. She will be serving as secretary for the AI UofT 2021-2022 school year. Maleeha is particularly passionate about International Justice, researching and sharing issues affecting the global community, and advocating for accountability and Justice. In her free time, she likes to spend time outside as well as utilize her passion for photography to share her activism with the world. She is very excited to be joining the AI UofT team this year.
co-Director of Events: Shinyoung ‘SY’ Kim
Shinyoung,’SY’, (she/her) is a second year student pursuing a double major in political science and criminology & sociolegal studies. She is most interested in seeing improved standards of living and equal rights for underrepresented and marginalized communities and individuals across Asia, and hopes to pursue a career in family law or international crimes against women and children. SY loves literature and film (a huge DFW and Kubrick fan!) and loves listening to and creating music. She is thrilled to serve as AI UofT’s co-director of events for the 2021-2022 academic year.
co-Director of Events: Alexandra Zini
Alexandra (she/her) is a fourth year student pursuing a double major in Global Health and Bioethics. Her specific interests relating to human rights range from environmental justice, gender equality and access to health care. As the child of a Ukrainian immigrant, Alexandra also has a geopolitical interest in the former Soviet Union republics. In her free time she enjoys playing tennis and painting.
co-Director of Media: Nneka Uwefoh
Nneka (she/her) is a third year Socio-Cultural Anthropology Student who is minoring in Environmental Studies and Religion. Her key study field of interest is culture and how it shapes our world and society. She was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria but moved to Canada in 2017. Nneka has been a human rights activist all her life and has taken a part of multiple volunteer opportunities and hopes to gain even more activism experience with Amnesty International this year.
co-Director of Media: Zindziswa Malanca
Zindziswa (she/her) is a second-year student pursuing a double major in Criminology & sociolegal studies and Political Science. This year, Zindziswa is serving as one of our Co-media Coordinators. She is interested in issues involving gender and racial equality. In her free time, she enjoys running, reading, and playing music. She is passionate about spreading the values of international social justice, respect for human rights, and solidarity through social media. Social media has changed the lenses through which we view international conflict, it allows stories to be shared at unprecedented speeds, understanding how to use this tool is vital. Zindziswa cannot wait to see what this year has in store for the AIUofT team.
co-Director of Publications: Shiva Ivaturi
Shiva (he/him) is a second year student pursuing a double major in Neuroscience and Immunology. With publications, Shiva is interested in how humanitarian injustices and foreign policy intersect with the way minority groups are internalized and perceived across societies. His goals are to discuss, explore, and reflect in a collaborative setting where content creators are supported at all stages of the creation process. Having attended 7 schools across 3 countries, Shiva has witnessed first-hand the importance of enacting change through channeling awareness of human rights issues into platforms for advocacy.
co-Director of Publications: Ghazaleh Darini
Ghazaleh (she/her) is a fourth year student at UofT, majoring in Political Science, with a double minor in Philosophy and History. As co-director of publications, she will be focusing on different humanitarian issues across the world. Specifically, Ghazaleh looks forward to addressing pressing topics like climate change and corporate accountability. She is currently a compliance analyst for the G20 Research Group, and her current research focuses on transparent and standardized health information. In her free time, Ghazaleh likes to read and nap. She is thrilled to be a member of AI UofT and cannot wait to get started.
co-Director of Outreach: Alex McLean
Alex McLean (they/she) is a third-year student at UofT studying Global Health, Health Studies & Bioethics with a passion for health equity and accessibility. In their free time, Alex writes science fiction short stories and is currently working on a draft of a dystopian fiction novel exploring the future implications of prominent issues in bioethics.
co-Director of Outreach: Miu Hu
Miu (she/ her) is a third- year student at the University of Toronto, double majoring in International Relations and Political Science with a minor is Diaspora and Transnational Studies. She is passionate about international human rights, especially regarding immigrants and refugees and how global politics impact people most at need of support. Outside AI U of T, Miu can be found advocating for youth presence in politics at Cogenzy and U of T Policython.