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Sheena Liang

Sheena Liang

Academic Chair

Majors: International Affairs, Finance
Concentration: International Development

Sheena is a sophomore and an international student from Guangzhou, China. She came to the United States for an exchange experience in her junior year of high school in Green Bay, WI, and she decided to stay to finish her education. In addition to being an academic chair in SIR, Sheena is also a member of the research department of the Chinese Development Student Think Tank, and a project manager in AIESEC. Outside of academics, she loves dancing, especially Chinese Traditional Dance, Jazz, and K-Pop dances. She also enjoys baking (a hobby she picked up during quarantine), learning Spanish, and traveling.

Vinithra Sudhakar

Vinithra Sudhakar

Academic Chair

Major: International Affairs
Minor: Applied Ethics
Concentration: International Development
Personal pronouns: she/her/hers

V is a sophomore from North Carolina, which is why she will often complain vaguely about “yankees” and the lack of good southern food in Foggy Bottom. Her academic interests lie in sustainable development and the role of ethics in conducting development work. Beyond serving as an academic chair for SIR, V is also involved with the Elliott School through her work with the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and as a student advisor to the LEAP Initiative. In her free time, V plays the violin and enjoys spontaneous trips to the various museums in DC.

Maisa Munawara

Maisa Munawara

New Member Representative

Major: International Affairs
Minor: Psychology
Concentration: Conflict Resolution

On campus, Maisa is actively involved with the Dean’s Scholars Program and the Muslim Students’ Association. She is currently working on a research project examining the development of Mental Health and Psychosocial Services (MHPSS) for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. In her free time, she spends her time baking, painting, late-night walking, and watching every British mystery show in existence.

Maddie Vincent

Maddie Vincent

Recruitment Chair

Major: International Affairs
Concentration: Security Policy

Maddie is a junior from Massachusetts. Her interests within IA include natural resource and environmental policy, transnational crime, and geopolitics. On campus, she currently serves as co-president of GW Youth Diplomacy and Language Institute, a community service organization that brings free after-school foreign language education to DC public elementary schools. Outside of school, you can usually find Maddie scootering around on her quest to find the best desserts in DC!

Emma Solomon

Emma Solomon

Recruitment Chair

Majors: International Affairs                                                                                                    Minor: Sustainability
Concentration: International Development, Global Public Health

Emma is a sophomore from the suburbs of NYC. Born in El Paso, TX, she is adopted, which explains her distinctive but proud Jewish, Indigenous Latinx identity. Beyond SIR, she currently serves on the JEAO (Justice, Equity, Anti-Oppression) Committee with Sunrise GW. She is also a member of No Lost Generation. Her interests include playing and watching tennis, running, cooking, traveling the world, and binge-watching shows while indulging in Flamin’ Hot Cheetos or Nutella. When in DC, you can find her running up and down the national mall at sunrise and exploring every restaurant there is.

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Matt Staff

Matt Staff

Alternative Greek Representative

Major: International Affairs, Political Science
Concentration: International Politics
Minor: Public Health

Matt is a sophomore and is originally from Wisconsin, but moved to Michigan this past winter. In addition to his involvement with SIR, he volunteers for various environmental conservation groups in the DMV area and participates in GW’s intramural basketball. He is currently an intern at The Borgen Project as a part of their Political Affairs team. In his free time, he enjoys sightseeing, hiking, and playing basketball.

Lily LaMattina

Lily LaMattina

Social Chair

Major: International Affairs
Concentrations: Asia, Global Public Health

Lily is a junior from Buffalo, NY, but she loves living in DC. In addition to Sigma Iota Rho, she is a GW TRAILS guide, where she leads students on weekend and adventure break trips outdoors and serves on their Diversity, Inclusion, & Accessibility Committee. Lily is currently interning at The Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization, where she works in two policy programs: International Partners, which oversees the Institute’s 11 international partners in Europe, India, New Zealand, Mexico, and Japan, and Ascend, which focuses on ideas and collaborations that move children and their parents toward educational success and economic security. Last summer, Lily volunteered as an English Foreign Language Teacher for third grade students in the rural province of Nantong, Jiangsu, China, where she lived with a host family and developed her Mandarin Chinese. In her free time, she enjoys backpacking, swimming, traveling, and anything outdoors!

Avantika Ramanathan

Avantika Ramanathan

Webmaster

Majors: International Affairs
Concentration: Security Policy

Avanti is a sophomore from Georgia. She’s also lived in India and Brazil (and most recently, the Vern). She’s also a part of the Global Bachelor’s Program Belfast cohort and formerly, the Women’s Leadership Program International Arts and Culture cohort. This past Fall, Avanti was SIR’s VP of Marketing, and this year, she is the Under-Secretary General for regional bodies and councils at the annual WAMUNC XXIII. In her free time, Avanti loves watching films, painting, and karaoke.

Joseph Izumi

Joseph Izumi

Professional Development Chair

Majors: International Affairs, Economics
Concentration: East Asia

Joseph is a sophomore at George Washington University, currently located in Japan. His study of focus is on international affairs and economics. He has a strong passion for the economic and cultural dimensions of international affairs, particularly in East Asia. On (virtual) campus, he also serves as the co-programming chair for the Japanese Cultural Association. He also teaches part-time at a local test-prep academy. He is a huge fan of soccer, both as a player and a watcher, and enjoys exploring Japanese hot springs during the holiday seasons. He spent six years in China as a child and can speak Japanese and Mandarin.

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Sahar Tariq

Sahar Tariq

Social Media Chair

Major: International Affairs
Concentrations: International Politics, Comparative Political, Economic, and Social Systems
Minors: Psychology, Political Science

Sahar is a junior in the Elliott School who is involved in several organizations such as Allied In Pride, Anything but Colonial Coalition, and GW Chamak. She is also in the Deans’ Scholars Program. You can usually find her editing videos, drinking way too much cold brew and bubble tea, and virtually working on her internship for a social justice nonprofit organization.