2017-18 Fellows

Rekhia Adams

Rekhia is a sophomore from Trinidad and Tobago, pursuing a major in theatre with a certificate in musical theatre. She joined the Buffett Institute after participating in GESI in the Dominican Republic in 2017. Rekhia hopes to pursue a minor in international studies to focus on work in social justice and human rights and activism. Rekhia is also a member of CaribNation and Soul4Real a cappella group on campus. When she isn't doing one of these, you can find Rekhia spending time with friends and catching up on every Netflix series available.

Elijah Beal

Born and raised in Marion, Indiana, Elijah is a second-year with majors in political science and international studies and a minor in Spanish. He is passionate about education equity, voting rights, and civic engagement. He participated in GESI Nicaragua 2017. Outside of academics, Elijah is the president of the Chapin Humanities Residential College and is involved in Associated Student Government and the QuestBridge Scholars Chapter on campus. He loves to play piano, swim, explore Chicago, and watch political TV dramas. When he’s not trying to become fluent in Spanish, he can found on Twitter staying up-to-date on the freshest memes. 

Monica Garcia

Monica is a junior majoring in economics with a minor in global health studies. She participated in GESI Dominican Republic in summer 2016 where she worked for Social Entrepreneurship Corps on a microsavings project. She is also involved on campus as the Multicultural Greek Council delegate for her Latina service sorority, Kappa Delta Chi, and the treasurer for I Am That Girl, a women’s empowerment group. In her free time, Monica enjoys exploring Chicago, trying new foods (especially desserts), and shopping for the coolest vintage pieces.

Parker Levinson

Parker is a senior double majoring in environmental sciences and African studies with the career goal of working in wildlife conservation. She first became involved with the Buffett Institute by participating in GESI Kenya in the fall of 2015 when she worked with at NEHCIP, an environmental NGO, and became quite familiar with ugali and goats. For the summer of 2016, she received a grant from Buffett to intern at an ecotourism hotel in Brazil. Outside of Buffett, she is involved with the club Equestrian team, Alternative Student Breaks, and the Panhellenic Association, but Parker's true passions are jigsaw puzzles, chocolate, and exploring new places.

Kira Riley

Kira is an enthusiastic undergraduate student studying psychology and international studies. Kira is a Chicago native from the South Side, where she developed her interests in communal mental health from her experiences with Chicago's structural and local violence. Kira became more interested in the global impact of mental health and health systems through taking global health courses and courses that discuss the impact of race, class and gender. Kira is currently serving the Northwestern community through mentorship opportunities and as the president of the Bio&ChemEXCEL Leadership Council that supports minority, first-generation, and low-income undergraduate students in STEM.

Jocelyn Vargas

Jocelyn is a fourth-year student majoring in sociology with a minor in Latinx studies. On campus, Jocelyn can be seen doing community service with her multicultural sorority, Kappa Delta Chi, or for organizations like NU Gives Back, Relay for Life, and Phi Sigma Pi. Born and raised in Chicago, Jocelyn enjoys the fun that each season brings to the Windy City, such as pumpkin carving, ice-skating, planting flowers, and swimming at the beach. If she is not found in the kitchen preparing a home cooked meal or walking her dogs, Snoopy and Oscar, she is looking for new restaurants to try and neighborhoods to explore in her lovely city.