Steering Committee

The Student Global AIDS Campaign steering committee is comprised of students and alumni selected each year from across the U.S. through an open application process. Committee members connect on a biweekly basis to generate ideas, workshop problems, and provide feedback to one another. While our movement is far apart geographically, we know we can rely on each other for support. Each one of our SGAC chapters and members brings a diverse set of of interests, skills, talents, and personalities to the table which contribute to our success. 

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Christina Chandra

Christina is an SGAC alum from Yale University. Since graduating, Christina has worked in global health communications and advocacy in New York and India, conducted policy research as an amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research Allan Rosenfield Public Policy Fellow, and worked in social impact consulting in the education and health and wellness space. Most recently, Christina has worked as a consultant supporting the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on care coordination efforts. This fall, Christina will start as a graduate student at the Emory Rollins School of Public Health. She appreciates the interdisciplinary approach of HIV/AIDS advocacy, which emphasizes an understanding of science, policy, activism, public health, economics, and more.

Erik Patton-Sharpe

Erik is a third year student at the University of Virginia studying African-American Studies and Religious Studies. Originally from Wilson, North Carolina, Erik became passionate about the fight against HIV/AIDS at an early age and was eager to join SGAC coming into college. He plans to study the impact HIV/AIDS has when race, gender, sexuality, and class are all prominent factors in one's life.

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Jonah Hunt

Jonah is a rising junior attending Saint Michael's College and majoring in Political Science with a minor in Spanish. Jonah began to get involved in AIDS advocacy this past fall when, at the suggestion of a friend, he took a class on HIV/AIDS and politics. During the class, he joined SGAC and has not looked back, growing into a faithful and active member within his school's chapter and now the steering committee. Jonah is passionate about the fight for global health justice, and believes that only through presenting the HIV/AIDS pandemic as a postnational issue can we hope to solve it. Outside of SGAC Jonah is involved with Student Labor Action Movement (SLAM) and Juntos at Saint Michael's College.

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Lucas Mitchell

Lucas is a junior at Harvard majoring in Sociology, with a minor in Psychology. He became involved with the Harvard Global Health and AIDS Coalition (GHAC) his freshman year, and went from knowing almost nothing about global AIDS activism to joining GHAC's board as the vice president. He is excited to work on the steering committee to fight political apathy, and to clear up misconceptions about the global state of HIV/AIDS.

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Michelle O'Donnell

Michelle has been involved with SGAC since joining the St Michael's College chapter in 2012. She graduated in 2016, and is currently works at a housing non-profit in Burlington, Vermont. Her interest in advocacy was sparked when she joined SGAC, and began learning the role that power and privilege play in politics, and how public health intersects with other issues like racial inequality, housing, and criminal justice. She's excited to continue her involvement with SGAC on the steering committee.

Rachna Shah

Originally from the Chicago area, Rachna is a rising sophomore at Dartmouth College, majoring in Economics. Her interests in health policy began during the passage of the ACA. She delved more deeply into the topic through independent research in high school on comparative health care systems and during an ongoing undergraduate research experience on the process of FDA approval for promising drugs. Rachna is also passionate about political problem solving and cross-partisan civic engagement. In her free time, she enjoys creative writing, karate, and mycology.

 

   


Staff


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Emily SandersonSGAC National Organizer (Brooklyn, NY)

Emily graduated from Saint Michael’s College Political Science Department with a minor in global studies. As a student, she was a coordinator of Student Labor Action Movement (SLAM), organizing direct action and advocacy in Vermont and promoting worker empowerment. She was a member of SGAC at Saint Michael's, and became hooked when she attended her first SGAC national conference in winter 2015. As the national organizer, she works closely with students, youth, and people living with HIV/AIDS to create and maintain strong HIV/AIDS grassroots capacity across the country.