Photos by Alique Berberian
June 2, 2013: STF Alumni, representing 14 years of student activism, attended the first-ever Alumni Reunion Party held at Pam Bruns’ home.
“It was a wonderful event and it was great to connect with other current and former STF interns and students,” said recent Tufts graduate Amy Calfas, STF 2008-2009, now preparing to work with women in Mandhya Pradesh, India.
“To see familiar faces as well as new ones…it made me further appreciate my time in STF, and reminded me of the impact STF has had on my own development as a student and leader,” said Steven Gordon, STF 2010-2011.
Participants shared academic, travel and career experiences, and encouraged the continuation of human rights work beyond STF. Everyone was given an opportunity to take part in current activism to support California Senate Bill 260. Max Gumbel, STF Vice-President at Santa Monica HS and veteran of the successful passage of earlier juvenile justice legislation, explained, “The bill would give a second chance to people who were under the age of 18 at the time of their crime, and were tried as an adult and sentenced to an adult prison sentence of more than 10 years.”
The reunion was co-hosted by alumni Jasmina Repak, a co-founder of STF in 1999, and Deepti Immaraju, intern 2010-11. Both have recently returned from human rights work in Bosnia and India, respectively.