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Emily Worline - Founder, Executive Director

The plight of those experiencing displacement first became real to me after volunteering in refugee camps in Greece. Naive and misguided, I was transformed by the people I had travelled there to help. I came back to the states knowing I had to do more to alleviate global disparities and combat xenophobia in communities. From there I began working with an amazing team of people to create ROC. I have fallen in love with community activism and organizing, and have learned so many lessons from people all over the world. It is so thrilling to watch what a few people can accomplish out of compassion and a willingness to learn. 

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Sydney Fernandez - Director of Jordan Programming and the Global Leaders

I have worked closely with ROC since the organization’s founding in 2016. I have worked professionally in humanitarian contexts in Greece, Serbia, and Jordan. I manage programs I founded in 2018 focused on education for Syrian children. Currently, my primary focus is stateside, where he is preparing Western Michigan University students to travel to Greece to work with refugees as part of the ROC Global Leaders Program, which I founded in 2018. I speak English, Arabic, and Spanish, I am completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Global and International Studies with a focus on Migration and Security at Western Michigan University, and I enjoy writing for my online journal, Critical Conflict Analysis.

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Sari Saba-Sadiya - Director of Community Relations

I am a graduate student at Michigan State University from Palestine. I am passionate about democratizing knowledge and technology by maximizing the accessibility to resources and supporting grass-roots initiatives.

 

Michelle Thorpe - Collegiate Outreach Program Coordinator

When the opportunity to get involved with the global migration crisis came to me I couldn't pass it up. I believe in a global community where we all care for one another and as a citizen of the global community, I want to do my part. As Collegiate Outreach Program Coordinator I work hard to bring awareness, spread education, and connect those who have experienced displacement with the greater community. Without education and conversation we will never learn from each other and that everyone has something wonderful to share.

 

MacKenzie King - Leadership Consultant

I am a student of biology at Western Michigan University and run a political activism student organization. The global migration crisis is the largest human rights travesty of our time. Once aware of the magnitude, I knew that I had to use my skills as an activist and researcher to bring light to others about displacement. I am confident that after learning about this crisis, people from all backgrounds will join together to help solve this complex issue.

 

Raphaël Ndabaga - Director of Dzaleka Programming

I was born in the Southern Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, but I am currently a refugee in Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Malawi. I am the Executive Director and Chief Editor of Yetu Community Radio, the only radio station in the Southern African refugee camps. I am hosting a Youth Speaks Program renamed the Voice of the Voiceless Youth. I’m doing Diploma Studies at Regis University, doing Liberal Studies concentrating in Social Work and Education. I am also a script writer, story builder, director and movie actor. I like watching soccer and I’m a football reporter.

 

Benjamin Tan - Lead Strategist

When I joined what was then known as Refugee Outreach Kalamazoo in the summer of 2016, I was eager to join a fledgling group built on compassion and inclusivity. Since then, my journey has brought me on a path where I constantly strive to find new ways to advocate, befriend, and learn. As I further my studies in economics at the University of Michigan, I take pride knowing my college experience has been given purpose and relevance through the lives of those I meet in ROC. In my free time I enjoy cooking and practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

 

Allie Pail - Advocacy Chair

Conducting research on perceptions of refugees in the United States and the most effective ways to positively alter people’s views of refugees led me to first join MSU’s ROC chapter. Research was my main platform of interaction with the refugee crisis before volunteering locally in Lansing and globally in Lesvos, and this work has taken on a whole new meaning for me after connecting with people experiencing displacement. The importance of human connection and listening to voices that have previously not been given a platform on which to share their stories cannot be understated. While such a complex global issue seems daunting to tackle as a university student, I have found that everyone has the ability to become an advocate in their own communities and have been fortunate enough to partake in larger advocacy projects through ROC.

 

Brittany Newfer

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Maxwell Evans -Editor

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Shukrani Nsenga

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