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Pam Bruns, STF Executive Director [Email]

Pam created the vision for the Student Task Force and organized its co-founders in 1999. Early in her career during the Vietnam War, she traveled to Thailand to research the extent of the communist insurgency in northern border areas; she also was a freelance journalist and wrote about Eastern Europe, the Munich Olympics in 1972, holocaust survivors and other subjects. Pam became a public education reform activist and teacher (third grade through high school) before joining the Milken Family Foundation as a Public Affairs Specialist, working to promote excellence in teaching in the U.S.

From 1996-2002 Pam served as Director of Human Rights Watch in Southern California. She broadened support for HRW in Los Angeles by establishing the Young Advocates, Women’s Rights Committee, HRW University Project and the Student Task Force. As adjunct professor teaching human rights at Mount St. Mary’s College, she founded the Human Rights Film Festival in 2003. Volunteering to direct STF and developing human rights education as part of STF has been Pam’s primary focus since 2005.

Kristin Ghazarians, STF Project Liaison [Email]

Kristin is a graduate from Syracuse University’s Public Diplomacy program and University of California, San Diego’s International Studies department.  Her background is in international relations, conflict resolution and public relations.  She has worked for Amnesty International as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Office Administrator in Washington, DC, interned with the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland and taught English in Cambodia and Los Angeles.  Kristin loves to travel and has spent a lot of time focusing on human rights while abroad.  She has dedicated her academic and professional careers to human rights and enjoys working with the STF community.

Nancy Nazarian-Medina, STF Program Advisor [Email]

Nancy is a co-founder of STF and has been an essential member of the STF leadership team since 1999. She currently volunteers as the STF Program Advisor in the Santa Clarita Valley mentoring several STF high school chapters and coordinating STF activities with the William S. Hart District School District administrators. Nancy established a partnership between STF SCV and the public libraries of the City of Santa Clarita. Additionally, Nancy is Director of Religious Education at St. Clare of Assisi Church where she integrates human rights education into the curriculum and service-learning projects for students in grades K-8th. She is facilitator for the national Virtus-Safe Guard the Children Program training teachers, parents and volunteers about the risk of child abuse and how a community can take preventative measures to protect children from abuse. Previously Nancy served as Dean of Students at Immaculate Heart High School and taught AP Government, AP U.S. History and Economics and developed curriculum for a senior year elective, International Relations, which she taught for seven years. She was also a Curriculum Developer and Trainer for the online education program, One Global Tribe, focusing on service-learning projects with an emphasis on human rights issues. Nancy holds a M.A. in Conflict Resolution.

Ella Ransom, Fall 2017 STF Intern

Ella is a junior at USC studying NGOs and Social Change and Contemporary Latino and Latin American Studies. She became interested in Human Rights and Latin American culture in middle school, and has spent her time helping that population minimize the injustices and inequalities they face. In high school, she volunteered with Montaña de Luz, an organization that maintains a home for children affected by HIV/AIDS in Honduras. In summer 2017, she interned for Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project, helping with the community education program in order to educate unaccompanied, undocumented minors and their custodians on the legal processes and rights involved with the immigration process. She is also a guide for and in charge of membership for USC’s hiking club, SC Outfitters, where she gets to lead students on hiking and backpacking trips around California.

Sydney Redmond, Fall 2017 STF Intern

Sydney is a junior at the University of Southern California majoring in Political Science, and minoring in Business Law and Human Rights. In high school, she volunteered at the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of the South Coast Area where she tutored and mentored middle schoolers. This summer, she studied French in Dijon, France. She is also an associate editor for USC Journal of Law and Society, and last year she helped to select outstanding papers written by students from USC and all around the world to be published by the journal. 

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