Meet UNA-USA’s 2020-2021 Campus Fellows
UNA-USA Campus Fellows are peer leaders in their regions and support campus chapters at nearby universities. Campus Fellows applications open annually in the spring. Contact the Campus Fellow in your region for help with your chapter’s events, membership, or leadership planning!
To learn more about the UNA-USA Campus Fellows program contact Anna Mahalak, Youth Engagement Manager, UNA-USA at firstname.lastname@example.org. Only campus chapter leaders with prior campus leadership experience who are still enrolled in university are eligible to apply.
Southern Region – Nate Sansom
States: DC, Maryland, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas
Nathaniel Sansom is the UNA-USA Campus Fellow for the Southern Region. A rising Senior at Salisbury University, Nathaniel is a double major studying Conflict Analysis & Dispute Resolution and Political Science. In addition to serving as an undergraduate research fellow with Salisbury’s UN RCE location, Nate was recently appointed to lead Salisbury’s UNA Chapter for the 2020-21 academic year. Prior to returning back to campus in February 2020, he was overseas working as an intern at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris as Salisbury University’s 2019 Bosserman – UNESCO Fellow. Following his work in France, Nate studied in Poland as a Boren Awards Scholar learning Polish. Nate is proud to serve as the City of Salisbury’s Sister City Liaison, in which capacity he has represented the Mayor’s Office abroad in Tartu, Estonia and facilitated the signing of the City’s Memorandum of Understanding with Salinas, Ecuador. On campus, he has a passion for community engagement and enjoys serving on several local boards including service as the Chair of a local Party Central Committee. Upon graduation, Nate looks forward to attending law school to obtain his Juris Doctor. At home, he enjoys tending to his small goat farm and spending time with his family and friends. Nate looks forward to engaging with UNA-USA members and chapters.
Western Region – Jackson Schiefelbein
States: Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Hawaii, Alaska
Jackson Schiefelbein is the UNA-USA Campus Fellow for the Western region. Jackson is a junior studying Sustainability and Global Studies at Arizona State University. He would like to work for the UNDP to promote cross-cultural dialogue and the inclusion of non-Western perspectives for a more sustainable and culturally-sensitive approach to international development. He has served as the Vice President of Advocacy for the ASU campus chapter for two years, connecting students to opportunities to create social change through the UN and other outlets. Outside of the UNA, he works with Fair Trade Campaigns as a member of the regional leadership team, is involved in various on-campus social change organizations, and participates in the Millennium Fellowship through the UN Academic Impact. He is very excited for this new role and would love to connect with anyone interested in the UNA, social impact, or international development.
Northeast Region – Alyssa Pascoe
States: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware
Alyssa Pascoe is the UNA-USA Campus Fellow for the Northeast region. She is a senior at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, and is pursuing a B.A. in International Affairs and a B.S. in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics with a concentration in Public and Economic Policy. She also has minors in History, Global Health, and Law and Public Policy. Her studies closely tie to her interests in mental health policy and global human rights, and she enjoys deepening her learning through experiences with Northeastern’s United Nations Association chapter. She is also involved in the International Relations Council at Northeastern, which encompasses the university’s Model debate teams, and is also a Justice within the Student Government Association. Some of her past experiences include conducting independent research on international law at the United Nations in Geneva, supporting investigative efforts at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, and working as a paralegal at Warburg Pincus LLC. She hopes to pursue a law-related career after graduation. In her free time, she loves to read, discover new music, and keep active.
Midwest Region – Carolina Herrera
States: Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma, West Virginia
Carolina Herrera is the Campus Fellow for the Midwest Region. She will be a junior at the University of Iowa studying International Relations with an interest in International Law. Originally from Monterrey, Mexico, she has moved alternatively to and from Indiana when she was younger due to her father’s work relocation and spent a year in Italy for the same reason. She now permanently resides in Iowa since January of 2013. Carolina is fluent in English, Spanish and can comfortably speak German. At the University of Iowa, she was a fellow for a political campaign, is the president of the UNA-USA Campus Chapter and is a leader in an organization called Young Life which helps junior high and high school students advance in their faith. She is interested in refugee rights, equal opportunity and equal education for girls. If she is not working or doing school work, Carolina enjoys hanging out with friends, playing a quick game of soccer and watching an absurd amount of The Office. Her aspiration is to work for the United Nations one day, more specifically the UNHCR.
National Region – Saiarchana Darira
Areas of Focus: Social Media, Youth Members-at-Large
Saiarchana Darira is the UNA-USA Campus Fellow for the National Region. Saiarchana is a third-year student at Arizona State University triple majoring in Psychology, Global Management, and Social and Cultural Analysis: Peace Studies. The main goal of all her pursuits is to give hope and love to humanity. She is the current President of the United Nations Association Chapter of her university, and works to advance the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN from a university level. Saiarchana is making a short film about women empowerment called “Empower Her” to remind women throughout the world that their gender shouldn’t be a limitation to their potential. She is also a deeply passionate advocate for mental health and spends her free time teaching mindfulness to students in her university. She helped organize the National Summit for Mental Health and Mental Fitness in Denver, Colorado in 2019 to create awareness about the importance of mental health and how initiatives for mental health can lead to more peace in the world. She hopes to break down the stigma around mental health around the world, remind people of their worth, and help people cultivate self-love.