Staff

Campaign Coordinator

CEPA is hiring for a Campaign Coordinator, email kdenham@umass.edu w/ resume and cover letter to apply!

Education & Training Coordinators

Jacey Woods is a junior at UMass from Woburn, MA. She is a double major in BDIC for Humanistic Education Design and Social Thought and Political Economy (STPEC), intending a career in teacher union organizingor curriculum design in a community setting. She is an Education & Training Co-Coordinator at CEPA, and is part of the Debt Free Future and Food Justice campaigns. She loves finding ways to integrate important organizing lessons from what is taught (and more importantly, not taught) in classes into trainings for CEPA, especially around critical pedagogy, mutual aid, and environmental justice. Most of her time is spent studying, organizing, or watching documentaries about education & politics, but she also loves being on her phone, cooking and eating vegan food, and going for walks. She is excited to build community and collective power  through grassroots strategy with everyone!

 

Hasini Jayawardena is a senior pursuing a double major in sociology and political science with a certificate in Social Work. She was born and raised in Sri Lanka. Her interests lie in studying violence and it's forms and dismantling the systems that uphold them. She believes nobody is free until everybody is free. She interned as a Refugee and Immigration Policy Intern at Church World Service in DC and has worked as a social justice peer educator through the Advocacy,Inclusion and Support Programs at the University of Massachusetts. Her core belief is that if every one is to feel liberation and enjoy free will, everyone must have access to it.

 

Policy, Legislative, and Research Coordinator:

Aidan Mazagonwalla

External Communication & Outreach Coordinator

Gil Kim is a sophomore double major in Legal Studies and Psychology, and is pursuing a Spanish minor and an International Relations Certificate. As the External Communication & Outreach Coordinator at CEPA, she hopes to support the organization's mission of student advocacy and mobilization. She believes strongly in grassroots organizing and in working directly with, and as a part of, the community(ies) affected by social injustices. In her free time, she enjoys watching Youtube videos and movies, reading, playing puzzle games on her phone, and embroidering.

Media Coordinator

Jeanne Grutchfield is a Sophomore Social Thought & Poltical Economy (STPEC) and BDIC Film Studies double major at UMass Amherst. At CEPA, she is the Media Coordinator who is also involved in the Restorative Justice and Debt Free Future Campaign. She believes that storytelling is a powerful tool for change and uses this mindset to guide her through the work she does at CEPA and beyond. In her free time, she loves watching shows, theorizing film ideas in her head, and cooking!

Intern

Want to be an intern? Email kdenham@umass.edu! 

 

CEPA Director

Koni Denham has served as the director since 2014. She enjoys working with student organizers on campus as they strive to bring awareness to the issues impacting the campus community. Koni is inspired by students’ commitment to making the University a more socially just place to learn and work. Koni is an RPCV having served in Kazakhstan (1997-2000). She received her MA in Social Justice in Intercultural Relations from the School for International Training located in Brattleboro, VT. Her capstone explored the effects of interethnic mentoring on ethnic minority youth in Istanbul, Turkey. Koni also received a Master of Education with a concentration in higher education from the UMass Amherst in 2007. She has worked in the field of civic engagement, critical service-learning, and student organizing and activism for the last 10 years. She is currently working on her PhD at UMass. Her dissertation is exploring the topic of international critical service-learning. Koni loves to travel with her partner and spend time with their three dogs.