Agnieszka Karoluk – Chief Editor
Agnieszka is the Senior Communications Coordinator at CAIR Chicago. Agnieszka Karoluk graduated from DePaul University with a B.A. in Geography and spent one year studying at the New School University in New York. She previously has worked in the Islamic World Studies department at DePaul as an administrative assistant and interned at CAIR Chicago’s Communications department. Agnieszka has been a regular contributor and editor for the New School Free Press, DePaulia and more recently The Chicago Monitor. In 2011 Agnieszka traveled to India to conduct research on people’s movements in Mumbai and has taken this research to various conference presentations in Chicago and abroad. In her free time she enjoys attending lectures, concerts and movies.
Rhys Leahy is a rising freshman at American University in Washington D.C. There, she will be studying global security as well as Russian and Persian language. Rhys has previously studied at York Community High School in Elmhurst Illinois, and Kazan National Research Technological University in Tatarstan, Russia. She hopes to one day become a foreign correspondent in the Caucasus and Central Asia, and use media as a tool to bridge cultural divides and raise the international level of political efficacy. In her free time, she enjoys studying languages and playing jazz and blues guitar.
Dartunorro earned his B.A. in political science from the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) while also minoring in Communication, focusing his interests on new media, social movements, American and comparative politics. He was also the Editor-in-Chief of an independent student newsblog called The Chicago Bloc[k], which he helped found. In the fall, Dartunorro will be pursuing a Master’s in Journalism at Columbia University in New York. He is interested in storytelling and national and international reporting with a focus on politics, public policy, and civil and human rights. As a future journalist, he wants to raise the consciousness of society about vitally important global issues and stories, especially those that do not always make the headlines. He is passionate about the intersection of politics and media as well as race and media. He hopes to one day transition from being a journalist to work in government and public service. He enjoys discussing social and political issues. In his free time, he enjoys reading historical non-fiction, listening to hip-hip and neo-soul, and watching all types of films, especially documentaries.
Nadia is currently a rising junior at Valparaiso University majoring in English with a minor in International Relations, concentrating on social issues within the world of fiction. She hopes to attend law school and work in civil rights. As a Syrian American, Nadia works to advocate social justice in Syria, America, and beyond, by attending protests, raising awareness, and writing. As someone who greatly believes in the strength of the written word, Nadia writes about topics prevalent in her life, such as Islamophobia and gender equality. In her free time, Nadia enjoys reading fiction novels, taking pictures, travelling, and spending time with family and friends.