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About the Authors

Jai Bollan is a freshman at Webster University – Saint Louis, where he is earning his undergraduate degree in Accounting and Philosophy with an emphasis in Ethics and Social Justice. His main academic interests include analyzing society’s moral issues through a philosophical lens. Specifically, he focuses on the governmental and societal oppression of LGBTQ+ individuals. After graduation, Bollan plans to pursue a PhD in Philosophy and hopes to work with the National Center for Transgender Equality.

Esma M. N. Karakas, an international student from Turkey, attends Webster University – Saint Louis as a Distinguished Achievement Scholar. She is a junior earning a major in International Human Rights, with a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Following graduation, Karakas wants to attend law school and eventually start her own organization aimed at ensuring better legal protections and social services for refugee and immigrant women.

Lexie Salamone studies International Human Rights and International Relations with an emphasis in Migration and Refugee Studies. Her strongest academic interests are migration and indigenous/cultural rights. She is passionate about the Saint Louis food scene, environmental sustainability, and her cat Skippy Mojo.