Student Staff

Julie Tran

Julie Tran

Core Skills for Success Manager

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Born and raised in San Diego, California, Julie grew up in a loving family and has one little brother who she both loves and hates on a daily basis. She is a rising junior at Claremont McKenna College and is majoring in government and literature. At CMC, she works with peers to prepare oral and written works at the Center for Writing and Public Discourse and plans, supports, and leads events at Kravis Lab. She is currently working at a Vietnamese pho restaurant in San Diego and interning at the Immigration Justice Project, a non-profit organization with the American Bar Association that helps detained individuals in removal proceedings acquire citizenship status in the United States. Julie loves to enjoy food, drink boba, sing in the shower, dance in her room, read, write, host social gatherings, plan every second of her day, and travel. She hopes to be able to do one good pull up one day… someday…  After graduating from CMC, she hopes to attend law school, pursue a career in law, and to be someone that can contribute something both positive and unique to society.
Dini Mittal

Dini Mittal

Social Innovation Manager

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“If you asked my five year-old self about her dream career, the answer would’ve been some odd combination of a teacher, nurse, Broadway actress, among a myriad of other professions. I was a firm believer in the fact that I could learn to do anything and everything, unable to answer the question of “what’s your thing?” From elementary through to high school, my involvements ranged from swimming on the swim team to acting in plays to debating with Model UN to playing classical piano to community service work. When it came time for college applications, I struggled to find a concrete “theme” to present, but quickly learned this wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Being at CMC has taught me the value of diversified interests and Kravis Lab has provided me with an avenue to apply them. Working with Kravis Lab has allowed me to apply myself in roles as a leader, mentor, event-organizer, and at its root: a team member. K-Lab not only conducts a huge variety of social impact programming, but promotes individual impact for members of the team, in and outside the office. It is incredible to be part of something where every new interaction or event leaves you inspired and motivated to do more towards making an impact.

It is important for us to recognize that social impact comes in a variety of forms, and I am so grateful to have had the experiences Kravis Lab has given me to explore that so far!”

Lesley Chavarria

Lesley Chavarria

HR Co-Manager

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“Growing up, my parents made sure to teach me the value of hard work, whether that be academically or in any other aspect in life. When I transferred to a predominantly white high school, I started attending a number of diversity conferences which taught me the importance of social justice. The one saying that has stuck with me from my favorite conference is ‘Love itself is a revolutionary act.’

Getting to CMC and working for Kravis Lab for Social Change has given me the opportunity to combine the work ethic my parents instilled in me and my own passion for social justice. I love being able to mentor local high schoolers in Social Entrepreneurship and truly feel like I am directly impacting the lives of others. Kravis Lab has also pushed me to see what more I can do for the overall community. This work always leaves me wanting to do more and finding new ways to spread the love, since that is what is going to change the world after all.”

Ellen Broaddus

Ellen Broaddus

Success Strategist

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“In middle school I set the “record” for the lowest cookie sales in my entire Girl Scout troop, and I’ve continued to think that business wasn’t for me ever since. That is, however, until I learned about the intention behind “social innovation”: using the power of business to make a positive impact in the world. I realized that although doing your part to better the world is important, real change is when you can motivate your community to do the same. At Kravis Lab, I’ve had the opportunity to see first-hand that change is possible and develop the skills and confidence to make changes of my own.

What I love about Kravis Lab is that the answer is always “yes”. Not only are there countless workshops and opportunities to learn, but we are always pushed to create programs of our own. Through interactive dinners with top social entrepreneurs, case competitions, and one-on-one support from world-renowned entrepreneurs Gemma and Scott, students have the freedom to explore and cultivate their own groundbreaking ideas. Every day at Kravis Lab is an exciting adventure, and I’m so thankful to be part of such a dynamic, supportive, and inspiring team of change-makers.”

Luis Salazar

Luis Salazar

Success Strategist

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Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Luis grew up exploring every cozy nook in the museum campus. He is the youngest of three and thoroughly enjoys playing and watching competitive baseball with his brother and sister. He is a junior at Claremont McKenna College and is majoring in government and history. At CMC, you can find him giving tours for the Admissions Office, or planning and leading events at Kravis Lab. He spent the past three months interning for AME Asistencia Médica, a private health insurance company in Barcelona, Spain which focuses on providing satisfactory health coverage for VISA-approval. With his free time, Luis creates playlists, reads some David Sedaris, and travels (fun fact: he has spent more time on airplanes than at home in the past year). After CMC, he hopes to continue his journey on making a positive multigenerational change by pursuing a career at an international U.S. embassy.
Kendall Hollimon

Kendall Hollimon

Success Strategist

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“I always thought that amazing retreat experiences were something that happened to other people until my first interaction with Kravis Lab. From the first moonshot house, the Sophomore Leadership Experience to the numerous dinners with world changers, I have felt empowered by the KLab staff every step of the way. Working at Kravis Lab has forced me to stretch my perspectives, challenge myself, and grow in ways I never knew I could. I am in contact with amazing social entrepreneurs and doing work the impacts of which I can really see. Working at Kravis Lab has really shaped my college experience for the better.”
Sally Carlson

Sally Carlson

Success Strategist

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Born and raised in Portola Valley, California, Sally Carlson is a junior at Claremont McKenna College. She grew up with her parents, Mark and Cathy, two sisters, Emily and Grace, and a Labradoodle named Michael.

Sally is majoring in Computer Science through Harvey Mudd College. She just completed a semester of study abroad in Copenhagen, where she studied Video Game Development while living with a host family just outside Copenhagen in Charlottenlund. Last summer, she worked at StreetCode Academy teaching Computer Science classes for 8-12 year olds.

On campus, Sally is also a Computer Science tutor and bakes for the Atheneum tea. Usually, she can be found walking to and from Harvey Mudd or behind her computer screen at the Hub completing homework while drinking a yerba mate.

Tori Johnson

Tori Johnson

HR Co-Manager

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Since childhood, Tori Johnson’s interests have been bizarre. Her parents struggled to keep up as she moved from her bagpipe phase to her exotic reptile, rhythmic gymnastics, and amateur hydraulics phases. Her upbringing in the mountains of Colorado have shaped her into a full-fledged tree hugger/climber. In high school, Tori pursued clothing design and professional sewing. Her experience with the design process in the realm of sewing has translated over to her recent interest in product prototyping. She is currently collaborating with the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator to develop a sustainable consumer product. Tori hopes to further exercise her creative problem-solving skills in a business setting and is interested in market-sustainable social enterprises that alleviate poverty.
Shanil Verjee

Shanil Verjee

Program Assistant and Staff Writer

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My name is Shanil, and I am a sophomore at Claremont McKenna College. If I had to describe myself in just a few words, I would say that I am ambitious, witty, and (if I manage enough sleep the night before) energetic! I love making my friends and family laugh and smile. I immensely enjoy performing arts, debate, public speaking, and writing. At Claremont McKenna, I work at the Kravis Lab, write for the CMC Forum, and participate in Under The Lights (the CMC theatre group). I am also in Mock Trial and am on the Alumni Relations Committee of CMC’s Senate. As a possible career path, I would be interested in pursuing international relations, through international law, but at this stage I am not really sure. Another thing I love to do is travel. My favourite place to travel is Europe, but I would also love to visit Japan one day!

Vedika Vishweshar

Vedika Vishweshar

Social Innovation Research Assistant

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Vedika was born in Mumbai, but spent most of her life in Hong Kong, and these international experiences have been instrumental in shaping her perspectives and interests today. Having grown up in extremely unequal societies, she hopes to devise solutions for the pressing social issues back home, ranging from inadequate public housing to the inefficient distribution of social services. She plans on dual-majoring in Economics and Applied Mathematics to ultimately employ quantitative, data-based strategies to generate social change.

In Vedika’s first year at Kravis Lab, she worked as part of the Social Innovations Research team, and devoted herself to investigating social impact and community engagement initiatives across universities in the United States. Ultimately, this research will help tailor Kravis Lab’s initiatives to incorporate best-practices in the field and become more impactful for both students and the community.

In her spare time, Vedika can often be found playing Ultimate Frisbee, lounging in a dorm with her friends, or browsing 5C dining hall menus to decide where to eat. She loves to travel and hopes to study abroad in London in her junior year.

Adam Wilkinson

Adam Wilkinson

Social Innovation Research Assistant

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Adam is a freshman at Claremont McKenna College, hailing from the frozen tundra of Minnetonka, Minnesota. One of the reasons he chose CMC was the radical shift in culture and extravagant diversity, something that was less evident back home. This has inspired him to become a global thinker, critically analyzing the problems of today and brainstorming plausible solutions. In high school he participated in VANTAGE, a business enrichment program at Minnetonka High School, as well as DECA, which challenged him to think creatively in a high-paced environment.

He is currently a dual major in Economics and Psychology, pursuing an interest in the cross-section of how we as humans think and act, and the relationships between the two. However, his passions broaden to entrepreneurship, government, and literature, all fields he plans to explore during his time at CMC.

Outside of Kravis Lab, he competes for the CMS cross country and track and field teams, sports he has been involved in since freshman year of high school, as well as working at the Athenaeum.

Flor Canales-Morones

Flor Canales-Morones

Community Impact Manager

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I am a Freshman at Claremont McKenna College. I was born in Baja California, Mexico, but I have lived in Denver, Colorado for most of my life. I am majoring in International Relations and Media Studies. As a Community Impact Research Assistant, I am able to pursue my passion for social advocacy, activism, and community outreach through direct community involvement. One of my favorite quotes comes from Dolores Huerta: “Every minute is a chance to change the world.” I try to live by this every single day, and I know that CMC and Kravis Lab will allow me to use my education as a way to make the world a better place for underrepresented communities. Kravis Lab has given me the chance to apply this quote by helping community leaders and non-profit organizations leave a lasting impact on the world.

Outside of Kravis Lab, I am also part of Claremont for Refugee rights, which is a group aimed at spreading awareness about refugee rights and helping Latin American refugees. Furthermore, I work for Organeyez, an organization aimed at creating online tools and resources to empower and help activists and social justice movements. Furthermore, I also love learning new things, reading, listening to music, and photography.

Carley Barnhart

Carley Barnhart

Community Impact Research Assistant

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Carley Barnhart is a current freshman pursuing a degree in International Relations with a sequence in Human Rights, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies. Carley grew up in the Bay Area, but moved to Basel, Switzerland after her sophomore year of high school. She values her international experience immensely, and will happily rave about how good fondue is. Carley is a Community Impact Research Assistant at Kravis Lab, and is currently partnered with a for-profit social enterprise called Social Cipher.
Outside of Kravis Lab, Carley is involved in both the Amnesty International and Power of Women campus clubs. Carley is deeply passionate about human rights work, gender equality, and politics. She is also a member of the Claremont Women in Business Innovations team, currently incubating her own business targeting the empowerment of women in the workplace. Carley feels incredibly lucky to be studying at CMC, and is excited to further pursue her interests at such an amazing school.
Lintong Lyu

Lintong Lyu

Community Impact Research Assistant

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Born and raised in Chengdu, China, Lintong grew up as a passionate Latin dancer and drummer. He was also an activist who promoted gender equality through the lenses of arts. He is a first-year student at Claremont McKenna College, majoring in International Relations and Economics. At CMC, he is involved with the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights and worked as the director for the Lunar New Year Celebration hosted by the Claremont Chinese Student Association. Working as a community impact research assistant at the Kravis Lab, he hopes to understand more about the operation and impact measurement of NGOs.