THE POWER OF VOICE: KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Founder and Executive Director of PERIOD & Student Activist
Nadya Okamoto, who grew up in Portland, OR, is 19-years-old and a Harvard sophomore. She is the Founder and Executive Director of PERIOD (period.org), an organization she founded at the age of 16. She is also the Co-founder and spokesperson of E Pluribus (eplur.org). PERIOD is now the largest youth-run NGO in women’s health, and one of the fastest growing ones here in the United States. In 2017, Nadya ran for office in Cambridge, MA. While she did not win, her campaign team made historic waves in mobilizing young people on the ground and at polls. Nadya recently signed with publisher Simon and Schuster to write a book to mobilize the Menstrual Movement, and is currently writing her manuscript. Nadya loves to dance, whether that be for fun with friends or on Harvard’s competitive hip hop team.
PERIOD is a global youth-run nonprofit that strives to provide and celebrate menstrual hygiene through advocacy, education, and service---through the global distribution of menstrual hygiene products and engagement of youth leadership through a nationwide network of campus chapters. In the last two years, we have addressed over 150,000 periods through 80 partners in 33 states and 20 countries, and we have registered over 100 campus chapter at universities and high schools around the United States.
Organizing Director, National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance
Sasha W. is a queer, gender non-conforming Sri Lankan born in the suburbs of Los Angeles, with organizing roots in Philadelphia, Madison and DC. Sasha is the Organizing Director of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, working to build the power of LGBTQ API communities and visioning a world where all queer and trans people can thrive.
Sasha has been part of a variety of organizing and political education projects including: Asians for Black Lives, LASSI: Los Angeles Solidarity Summer Institute, No Dane County Jail Coalition, Queer South Asian National Network, Summer Activist Training and more.
You can read Sasha's writing at: www.tospeakasong.com
Olivia Poulin & Corey Cooper
During the 2017-18 school year, Olivia and Corey worked together at Millbrook School in Millbrook, NY.
Prior to Millbrook, Olivia studied English, Creative Writing, and Italian at Dickinson College. Her thesis analyzed the work of Alice Munro in relation to the development of second wave feminism and the experiences of intellectual women. During her time in college she also researched the intersection between Africana and Gender Studies.
Before Millbrook, Corey completed an undergraduate degree in English and minored in American Studies and Sociology at Middlebury College, which she followed with four summers of study at the Bread Loaf School of English. She then worked at Proctor Academy in Andover, NH, and has long been interested in the sociology of gender and LGBTQA+ studies.
Next year, Olivia will be working at Pingree School in Hamilton, MA, and Corey will be working at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT.