Hannah is a senior at American University in Washington, D.C. pursuing a degree in International Studies with a minor in Communications. Hannah is focusing her studies for her major on international development and peace, global security and conflict resolution.
Hannah is a board member for the Northeast Maritime Institute Foundation - a non-profit which seeks to provide scholarship funding for students to further their maritime education and offer community maritime programming. She is currently the president of her university’s chapter of “Nourish International,” which is a nonprofit which partners with international organizations working on sustainable development projects.
Hannah just returned from Brussels, where she spent two months interning for the Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA) - an umbrella organization which draws together political leaders, academics, military officials, and diplomats to support NATO. During her time at the ATA, Hannah worked on a project focused on NATO’s Women, Peace and Security Task Force, and had the opportunity to interview NATO’s Special Representative for this Task Force - Clare Hutchinson.
Hannah has a strong passion for helping people within her interpersonal relationships, her community, and on the global scale. She is very excited to help bring Rockflower to Washington, D.C. with the goal of empowering both men and women on American University’s campus.
Dhara graduated from the University of Gujarat with a degree in journalism and communication. She also completed an internship with the media group, Times of India. During her studies, she spent time at web-based, Radio Asia Live, which works for the unity of Asian countries.
Dhara runs Mental Health Awareness campaigns. Mental health is still a taboo subject and she wants to create a platform for others to talk about it. It has had promising results.
Isabella is a Junior at Eagle Hill School in Hardwick MA, a school that specializes in students who learn differently than the mainstream. Originally from New York, her favorite team is the New York Rangers and she makes sure to never miss a game.
Isabella is interested in all aspects of sport. She plays soccer, squash, and tennis and also sails. She hopes to study Sports Medicine at college. Isabella is looking forward to contributing her time and energy to Rockflower having always believed in the power of young girls and women to make positive change in their communities
Rex is a sophomore at Tabor Academy, Marion, MA. Having grown up with three older sisters, he was raised to appreciate the importance of gender equality.
Rex is enthusiastic and a team player, who loves and appreciates the connections made through sport. He plays soccer, basketball, tennis and golf. He also likes to sing and enjoys being involved in anything that is creative and fun. He has a special love of small children and loves to babysit all ages. He is looking forward to contributing whatever he can to improve the lives of women and girls globally through the Youth Advisory Board.
Connor is a recent graduate of The George Washington University with a degree in mechanical engineering. He is interested in working with sustainable energy systems and does research in tissue engineering and biomaterials. Connor has a keen understanding and appreciation of the need for gender equality and, indeed, during his time as Class Vice President at Tabor Academy, Marion, MA, he consistently strove to foster a more inclusive environment.
Connor is a skier, sailor, and avid outdoorsman. He has enjoyed volunteering for local youth groups as a chaperone on several outdoor expeditions. Connor is looking forward to taking advantage of the unique opportunity of living and studying in Washington DC to promote and spread the message and work of Rockflower.
Rachel Bernardo is a third-year student at American University, where she will graduate in 2020 with a B.S. in Public Health and a minor in Biology. She is involved in the Honors in Health Studies Program and hopes to attend medical school after college. She is currently studying abroad in Nairobi, Kenya, where she is taking public health courses through a partnership with the University of Nairobi. She is also interning at a local organization called Lea Toto that serves HIV+ children in Nairobi’s slums through providing medical care, prevention education, counseling, and economic empowerment.
Last summer, Rachel interned for Housing Works, a New York City based non-profit fighting AIDS and homelessness. She worked specifically with the PrEP program, striving to increase adherence and retention for the once-daily medication to prevent HIV. Rachel has also volunteered in her local community mentoring middle school students through DC Reads, a program that aims to close the achievement gap in DC Public Schools. Relating to decreasing inequity, Rachel has served as the President for the American University Chapter of United Against Inequities in Disease, where she worked on developing a program to teach health literacy classes to low-income areas in DC.