Our Team

Our talented staff and volunteers work hard to fight against gender violence by creating curricula, writing weekly blogs, publishing an annual policy report, leading school chapters, and conducting educational workshop. These individuals form the backbone of our organization, and we would not be able to function without them.

Leadership

samraExecutive Director: Samra Kanwal is a junior at Maggie Walker Governor’s School and the executive director of Silence Hurts: Students Against Gender Violence. An outspoken women’s rights advocate, Samra founded Silence Hurts to encourage student awareness and advocacy against gender violence. In her limited spare time, Samra enjoys reading Victorian novels, spending time with her family, and competitive debating.

 

downloadAssistant Executive Director: Tara Ram Mohan is a junior at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School. Tara’s interest in politics and social justice was sparked in her activism in Model Congress and the Walker Debate Team. As the Director of Development for both Walker Model Congress and Silence Hurts, Tara hopes to utilize the power of modern technology and the expanse of social media to spread the word and advocate against social injustice and gender violence. 

 

image1Director of Curriculum: Nora Reavey-Gilbert is a senior at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School. She is involved in social activism and participates in the Young Dems, GSA, and Gen Action clubs at Maggie Walker. Nora is also interested in English and Government, as well as foreign languages and sociology. She has lived in Richmond all of her life and hopes to bring Silence Hurts’ education to the Richmond community.

 

IMG_3493Director of Outreach: Dani Chowen is a senior at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School. She is passionate about advocacy and community outreach, and is the outreach director for both Silence Hurts and the school’s robotics team. She plans to go on to college to major in business administration where she can learn skills in management that she can apply to the nonprofit sector once she enters the workforce.

 

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Director of Advocacy: Kate Farmer, from Richmond, Virginia, is a  sophomore at Maggie Walker Governor’s School. Passionate about politics and international human rights, she hopes to aid those who are impoverished and oppressed throughout the world. In addition, she is an avid reader and writer, and can often be found playing the guitar, swimming, engaging in political debate, or napping.

 

blaine-e1508078262127.jpgDirector of Education: Blaine Middleton is a junior at Maggie Walker and works with LGBTQ+ matters within Silence Hurts as the Co-Director of Education. He believes that women around the world deserve equal opportunities like men do and advocates against gender violence.  As a man, he feels it’s extremely important to speak up on these issues to show others that not just women should care about women’s rights.
IMG_2750Director of Advocacy: Kate Farmer, from Richmond, Virginia, is a  sophomore at Maggie Walker Governor’s School. Passionate about politics and international human rights, she hopes to aid those who are impoverished and oppressed throughout the world. In addition, she is an avid reader and writer, and can often be found playing the guitar, swimming, engaging in political debate, or napping.

Staff and Volunteers

Sylvia Sims: Press and Social Media Officer

Samantha Grossman: Liaison Officer

Siri Kodu: Media Coordinator

Lydia Galvin: Policy Analyst

Ivan Marshall: Political Officer

Raquel Turner: Curriculum Developer

Clara Studdard: Curriculum Developer

Corbette Condit-Fox: Tutor