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TANYA BHARGAVA

Executive Director 

Vernon Hills, IL | Neuroscience & Global Health

I am a junior from Vernon Hills, Illinois studying Neuroscience and Global Health on the premed track. Outside of TEDx Northwestern, you can find me working as a tour guide, doing research in a Neurology lab, or serving as a research mentor for high schoolers. In my free time, I love to travel, go on runs, and try out new recipes!

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TOM QUINN

Associate Director

Summit, NJ | Legal Studies & BIP

I’m Tom Quinn and I’m a senior majoring in journalism with minors in legal studies and business institutions. Outside of TEDxNorthwesternU I am the treasurer of the sailing team. If I’m not sailing on Lake Michigan or watching TED Talks, you can find me discovering new music, running to a podcast or reading the news.

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BELLA GIBB

Curation Chair

Boulder, CO | English Literature and History 

This is my second year in TEDx and first year as curation chair! On campus, I'm also involved in Niteskool Productions and Helicon Art & Literature Magazine, and in my free time you can find me caffeinating the public as a barista at Evanston's Coffee Lab.

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ALAN SENKUS
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Treasurer

St. Lucie, FL | Computer Science & Economics 

I'm a second year student studying Computer Science living in Florida, though born in Lithuania. I'm interested in all things technology, entertainment, and design, and specifically how technology can be used in unusual ways to make unique experiences. On the rare occasion that I'm not working or studying, I love to take long random walks to nowhere and play the piano.

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ANGIE JANG

Logistics Chair

Scarsdale, NY | Biology & Data Science & Science in Human Culture

I am a junior from Scarsdale, NY studying Biology, Data Science, and Science in Human Culture. I have always cultured a wild curiosity for the unknown, so I am constantly picking up new hobbies like food blogging, upcycling clothing, or hiking. I am especially passionate about using trend analysis to deepen my understanding of the intersection between health and social determinants in a global context. Besides TEDxNorthwesternU, I am also involved in Peer Health Exchange and Model United Nations.

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YOSHI D'SOUZA

Curation 

Nashville, TN | Economics & LOC

​I’m Yoshi, a current Sophomore from Nashville, Tennessee studying Economics and LOC. I am passionate about consulting, marketing and using business as a driver to promote social change. I’m also interested in psychology and understanding the intersection between business and human behavior. Aside from TEDx, I am involved in consulting at ISBE Analytics (Institute for Students in Business Education) and a member of a business fraternity on campus Beyond academics, I am also an amateur cook and love to try new recipes!

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Sara Yen 

Media/Marketing 

 Bay Area, CA | Environmental Studies & Legal Studies

I'm Sara, a freshman from the Bay Area, California double majoring in Environmental Sciences and Legal Studies. I hope to study abroad and later pursue a career in environmental law and justice. Outside of TEDx, I edit for the Northwestern Undergraduate Law Journal and design for the NU Asian Magazine. In my free time, you can find me brush lettering, watching Asian TV shows, or reading science fiction!

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Hannah Ma

Logistics 

Portland, OR | Biological Sciences & Asian Humanities 

I am a first year from Portland, Oregon studying Biology and Asian Humanities. As a huge fan of how TED has the power to bring together and uplift the stories of people from all backgrounds and experiences, I'm excited to explore the intersections of these in my first year with TEDxNU! Away from school, I'm a tea fanatic, so you can find me settling in with a good book and hot cup of tea or exploring tea shops around Evanston and Chicago.

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Sari Dashefsky 

Logistics 

New York City, NY | Journalism & International Studies

I am a first-year from New York City studying Journalism and International Studies, and I am so excited to be on TEDx! Aside from TEDx, I am involved with Hillel, Women in Business, and The Deep End. In my free time, you can find me trying new restaurants in Evanston, religiously following politics, or watching the latest SNL Weekend Update. 

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Riva Lakkadi

Logisitics

Hoffman States, IL | Computer Science & Business Institutions 

I am a freshman from Hoffman Estates, Illinois, and I am beyond excited for my first year with the TEDx team! I am currently studying Computer Science and minoring in Business Institutions, with a special interest in studying Human Computer Interaction. Outside of TEDx, I am on the outreach committee for SWE which focuses on empowering young girls in STEM. In my free time, I love exploring new restaurants/coffee shops, taking long walks by Lake Michigan, and watching movies!

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Janya Sundar

Curation 

Bay Area, CA | Journalism & Economics 

i! I'm Janya, and I'm from the Bay Area. I'm studying journalism and economics. In addition to TedX Northwestern, I am a staff writer for the Daily Northwestern. In my free time, I enjoy running by the lake, drinking too much Philz coffee, and thrifting. 

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Julia Braham 

Media / Marketing

Winnetka, IL | RTVF & Sociology 

I'm a second-year from Winnetka, IL studying RTVF and Sociology. I strongly believe that media (or educational events such as TED Talks) can be powerful tools to affect social change, which is why I'm thrilled to be on the TEDxNorthwesternU team this year. Outside of TEDxNorthwesternU, you can find me sailing, playing guitar, or watching a good movie! 

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DALIA SEGAL-MILLER

Logistics

Chapel Hill, NC | Social Policy & Legal Studies 

I am a second-year from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and I am so excited to spend another year with TEDxNorthwesternU! I am studying social policy and legal studies, with a focus in education law and policy, and completing a Civic Engagement Certificate. Aside from TEDx, I am involved with ASG (Student Government), Hillel, and NU College Democrats.  In my free time, I can be found hiking, camping, or at a local coffee shop drinking anything but coffee.

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Cami Layden 

Curation 

Evanston, IL | Material Science and Engineering 

I’m a first year student currently studying Material Science and Engineering. I’m actually from Evanston- actually fairly near campus! I’m very excited for my first year on the curation committee and the opportunity to help people share their unique stories. In my free time I love drawing, painting, writing poetry, and playing tennis!

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Josue Idani 

Media/Marketing 

Coral Springs, FL | Neuroscience & Global Health 

I'm a Sophomore from Coral Springs, Florida. I'm studying Neuroscience and Global Health on the pre-med track. Outside of TEDx, you'll find me doing research, writing music, and playing my ukulele. I love talking and engaging in new foods, musics, and cultures.

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Ari Bernick 

Curation 

Boca Raton, FL | Journalism 

I am a freshman studying journalism from south Florida, and my involvement with TEDx began in high school. Fun fact, I presented two speeches for my high school’s TEDx portion! My favorite aspect about TEDx is being able to connect with people via storytelling. Aside from TEDx, I am involved with the Daily Northwestern where I enjoy creating podcasts. I am beyond excited to hear more stories, meet new people, and work on the curation team this year!

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Eva Offutt

Media/Marketing

Wauwatosa, WI | Psychology & CSD

I am a second year studying Human Communication Sciences and Disorders and Psychology.  Outside of TedxNorthwestern, you can find me giving tours for the admissions office, working as a research mentor for the Office of Undergraduate Research, and serving on the community engagement committee of NUDM. I am so excited to be a part of TedxNU and begin working towards a successful confrence this year!

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Yejin Sohn

Logistics 

Chandler, AZ | Economics 

I'm Yejin, a freshman Economics major from Arizona. This is my first year with TEDx and I am excited to learn how to apply creativity to the technical aspects of event planning by being a part of organizing such a big event on campus. Other than TEDx, I am also involved with KASA. In my free time, you can find me trying new restaurants and taking walks along the lake. 

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Hannah Sauls 

Logistics 

Durham, NC | Anthropology & Biology  

I am a second year student from Durham, North Carolina studying anthropology and biology. Outside of TEDxNorthwesternU, I work with a qualitative research lab and am an RA on campus! In my free time, I love watching movies, hanging out at local coffee shops, and baking.