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Student Advisory Board

Montage Initiative’s Youth Leadership Development Program

Meet our youth leaders and members of the Student Advisory Board:

Klevisa Kovaci, Co-founder and Chair of Student Advisory Board: Klevisa became involved with Montage Initiative since participating in its service learning partner project with Fairfield University, and has been an enthusiastic supporter of Montage Initiative ever since. Currently a graduate student at Columbia University and Sciences Po, she has also worked with UN Women, the Youth Assembly at the UN, and the Permanent Mission of Albania to the UN. Klevisa graduated from Fairfield University majoring in International Studies, Politics, and French. She has lived, studied and worked in the US, France, Albania, Canada, and Kosovo. Her specializations are sustainable development, gender equality, and democratization. Klevisa aspires to advance changes for inclusive and sustainable communities.

 

 

 

 

 

Sharon Pedrosa, Co-founder and Vice-Chair of Student Advisory Board: Sharon Pedrosa graduated from Fairfield University in 2013 with a Bachelor's degree in International Studies and a concentration in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and Sociology. In 2007 she traveled to Japan with the People to People Student Ambassador Program. This was where she discovered her passion for diversity and cultural learning experiences. Soon after she traveled to Colombia and South Africa for short periods of time to teach English to children and elderly people and she fell in love with teaching. Sharon began interning for Montage Initiative and quickly began taking leadership roles, including having spoken on their behalf alongside Klevisa Kovaci at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women conference for two years in a row. She is currently an Academic Advisor at Harding High School in Bridgeport for the Yale-Bridgeport GEAR UP Program.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enerida Ademi, Student Advisory Board Member: Enerida Ademi is a Fairfield University alumna, class of '13. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in International Studies and Politics, and with a minor in Religious Studies. She is currently working as an administrative assistant for Data-Mail, a printing company in the Hartford, CT area. Her passion is to help others in need grow while working with Montage Initiative to raise awareness about the challenges and difficulties that Indian widows experience. She is currently in the process of applying for a graduate program in Master of Public Administration and Non-Profit Management. Enerida plans on utilizing her master's degree to pursue her passion and work with non-profit organizations and agencies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dorina Ademi, Student Advisory Board Member: Dorina graduated from Post University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Business Administration. She is currently working as a Quotes Specialist at Data-Mail, and also attending school part-time. She was first introduced to Montage Initiative when she was invited to attend the UN Consultative Status of Women event on May 2015. This immediately sparked her passion to help others as part of the Montage Initiative Organization. Dorina is currently attending the Pre-Health Certificate Program at Central Connecticut State University in order to reach her goal of obtaining he doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine

 

 

Rheem Barazi, Student Advisory Board Member: Rheem Al Barazi is currently completing her bachelor’s degree in international business and marketing. She will be graduating in January 2017 and hopes to find a job that will allow her to combine her skills in commerce, such as problem-solving, with her passion for traveling and immersing herself in new and different cultures. She studied abroad in Madrid, Spain and is part of community service organizations such as Rotaract in Fairfield, CT and ILLY in Morocco. She speaks fluent French, and advanced Spanish and Arabic. Causes that she cares the most about are the war in Syria, education for women in developing country and climate change.

 

 

 

 

Gaelle Isazu, Student Advisory Board Member: Gaëlle is a graduate of Fairfield University's class of 2013. She majored in International Studies with a minor in Economics. She also studied International and Foreign Policy at the Washington Internship Institute. She joined Montage Initiative through a service learning project while still in college. She then worked at the Center for American Progress on a project to end crimes against humanities and genocides for the Enough Project. Gaëlle uses her experiences from living in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia and South Africa to fuel her passion for helping people around the world in any way she can. She is currently a paralegal at the Law Office of Juda J. Epstein, as well as a youth leader at her church. She will soon be attending graduate school with a concentration in International Political Economy.

 

 

 

Gohar Khan, Student Advisory Board Member: Gohar Khan is a senior from Seymour High School who has a passion for web development and computer science. Since 2010, he has learned over seven coding languages, including HTML, CSS, PHP, and Python. Wanting to give back to his community, he joined Montage Initiative in the fall of 2016. Using his experience from administrating a network of eight websites, Gohar contributes to Montage Initiative by updating the website and managing the social media pages. He is also a research assistant as Southern Connecticut State University, where he is working on a research project on sentiment classification and text summarization. Inspired by innovation, Gohar hopes to use technology to make a difference in his community.