Alicia Zhou, class of 2023, currently attends the Bishop’s School in La Jolla. Alicia is passionate about awareness on various topics such as mental health, race, gender, and sexual identity. When free, she can be found reading or ice skating. Alicia participated in RSDS to create a supportive environment in learning about emerging issues of our world. She hopes that Summit participants will become stronger leaders in their local community to share their enthusiasm and knowledge on supporting minorities and other communities.
Ariadne Georgiou is in the class of 2026 at The Bishop’s School. Last year she led her school’s FEM (gender equality) club, and this year, she leads the Sustainable Food Security club. She loves her English and Spanish classes, and in her free time, you’ll find her reading (or writing) poetry, ice skating, or spending time with her friends. She’s an avid cavetown fan and dark chocolate enthusiast. She believes that the most important thing she can spend her time on is striving for a better world, and that’s why she’s so excited to be involved in RSDS this year. <3
Ben Vu (he/him)
Ben Vu is a junior at Pacific Ridge School and is a part of the Logistics team for RSDS. He is a member of the Asian Student Union (ASU), First Generation Student Alliance, Finance Club, player on his schools varsity basketball team, as well as a member in Visions of Change, a service learning that promotes civic engagement.Ben attended the first and second RSDS conference. He hopes that RSDS can help him become a role model to others. Ben wants to help out his community by promoting safe places for all people. His older brother, Scott Vu, was one of the founding members of RSDS.
Cristina Marban (she/her)
Cristina Marban is a senior at La Jolla Country Day School (LJCDS). This is her first year as a member of the RSDS planning team on the outreach/marketing committee. Cristina is a strong advocate for social justice and equality. She is on the leadership team for her school’s Student Diversity Leadership Committee (SDLC), serves as the Co-President of the Hispanic/Latin X Affinity Group, and is an active member of Model United Nations (MUN). In her free time, Cristina enjoys singing, performing, and getting boba with friends. She hopes that this conference allows participants to share perspectives and experiences openly.
Evie MacGregor (she/her)
Evelyn MacGregor is a junior at Francis Parker School. As a first-year RSDS Committee member, Evelyn is excited to engage with her peers in regards to pressing issues surrounding today’s society. Additionally, she is also a board member of both the Francis Parker Feminist Club and Green Team (an environmental policy club). Evelyn also serves as the co-president of the Francis Parker Hiking Club and is always looking for new ways to get involved in nature and activism. When not pursuing academics, Evelyn loves the outdoors as well as spending ample time with her dog Clover.
Jack Wilson (he/him)
Jack is a sophomore at Francis Parker School. He is on the logistics committee which sets up registration and scheduling. He’s super excited to be a part of RSDS for the first time this year because he wanted to have a behind-the-scenes role in the process. He runs cross country and track and in his free time he likes to go to the beach, watch movies with friends, and do ceramics.
Jialin Li is a senior at LJCDS. She is part of the Logistics Committee in RSDS. She represented LJCDS in the Student Diversity Leadership Conference in December 2021and is one of the leaders of the Student Diversity Leadership Club of LJCDS. As a first-generation immigrant, Jialin is fluent in Mandarin and has close relationships with her grandparents. She also leads the Peer Tutoring Program. Additionally, she plays the piano and flute and enjoys music composition. Lastly, Jialin hopes to contribute to respectful conversations and advocate for better understanding of different perspectives.
Juni Raisinghani, class of 2023, currently attends The Bishop’s School in La Jolla. He currently is a leader for the Learning for a Cause service club and serves on his class council. In his free time, Juni likes to swim, golf, and watch movies and tv. Juni loves being a part of RSDS as he can make connections with people and learn how to become an activist within his community!
Katelyn Wang is a Senior at The Bishop's School. Within the school community, she leads the East-Asian Student Association by organizing activities such as Lunar New Year festivities and involvement with empowerment district campaigns. Outside of school, Katelyn works as the Youth Advocate for the SD Asian Pacific Islander Coalition, where she engages in numerous community events to advance AAPI leadership. Katelyn loves being a part of RSDS to extend her passion for cultivating affinity spaces. She looks forward to nurturing connections between the mindful and curious youth that will define our future generation of leaders!
Naia Riggenbach (she/her)
Naia Riggenbach is a Senior at Pacific Ridge School. She leads the Student Equity Advisory (SEA) and Black Student Union. She is also a member of the Student Council. She is passionate about leadership and public speaking. Additionally, she is the stage manager and student director for the annual musical, which is “Chicago” this year. Diversity and equity work are critical to her and she hopes to implement them in all work she does in the future. She appreciates learning about others' perspectives to gain a deeper outlook on life. She attended the first RSDS conference in 2021 and was inspired to join the planning committee. This is her second year being a part of the planning and she leads the Affinity & Alliance Committee. She hopes this conference will provide the resources and a spark for students to make change and become stronger activists. Additionally, she hopes attendees will find community and build relationships that will last long after the conference.
Neelan Patel (he/him)
Neelan Patel, class of 2024, is a junior at Pacific Ridge School and a part of the Workshop Team for RSDS. Neelan, a second generation Indian-American, hopes to expand the inclusive environment at his school and frequently volunteers his time outside of school in a fight for social justice. Neelan is also captain of Pacific Ridge’s hockey team and leader of the Finance and Architecture Club at the school. As a committee member of RSDS, Neelan is excited to create a supportive environment and foster a learning of contemporary issues during the convention.
Sarah Lieu is a Junior at Pacific Ridge School and a part of the Media team for RSDS. She is a leader of the Asian Student Union (ASU) and Student Equity Advisory (SEA), as well as the Junior Class President. Leading by example is an important motto in her life, so she hopes that RSDS can help her become a role model in her community. In her spare time, she loves to read and write, and her favorite genres are thrillers, fiction, and young adult. As her first year in RSDS, Sarah hopes to surround herself with open-minded peers with a passion for diversity in schools. As an avid advocate for change, she hopes to nurture the RSDS community and increase its popularity by participating in the Outreach Committee.
Sophie White is a Senior at Francis Parker School and has been working with RSDS since its foundation in 2020. Sophie has an immense passion for social justice and spends her time on campus striving to create an inclusive and equitable community. Sophie is a part of her school’s Equity Council, and president of her Asian Student Union. In her free time, Sophie likes to grab coffee with her friends, watch movies, and visit different museums around San Diego. Over the past three years, Sophie has enjoyed connecting with different participants from last year's conference and can’t wait to create a memorable experience for this year. As the lead of the Outreach committee, Sophie hopes to create an experience for delegates that fosters tangible change and thoughtful reflection.
Vanessa Galindo is in the class of 2024 at Francis Parker School. She is the Vice President of LASO, the Latin American Student Organization, at Parker. She is involved in the Robotics team and is Director of Outreach for the Build/Design Department. She is also a member of the National Honors Society and the Vice President of CSF, California Scholarship Federation. In her free time, Vanessa enjoys going shopping with her friends, going to concerts with her sister, and playing the guitar. She has been on the cheer team for 3 years, and continues to play soccer and lacrosse for the second year. Vanessa attended the first RSDS conference that was online and has since then helped with the planning committee. Last year with Affinity Spaces and this year, as the student leader of Workshops. Vanessa hopes that RSDS will be an opportunity for students to learn more about themselves and about others, especially in the workshops they choose to attend.
Wambui Kennedy (she/her)
Wambui Kennedy is currently a sophomore at Francis Parker School. She is an avid theater lover, having been in the Drama Club since 7th grade. She also is a very passionate person, especially when it comes to DEIB issues, hence why she decided to join the RSDS team to help make the experience a more enriching one for students like herself. During her free time you can find Wambui scrolling through Pinterest, making her 200th Spotify playlist, or watching the latest Loona music videos.
Zayd Aslam, class of 2023, currently attends The Bishop’s School. He serves as the leader for the Muslim Student Association and Service Representative for his grade. Currently, Zayd is focused on leading The Bishop’s Anti-Racist Collective, in which the club gathers to host discussions and brings it upon themselves to take on change through action. He enjoys hearing about the different perspectives that his peers might bring when discussing difficult topics, evident in his leadership in the Global Teens Dialogue. Zayd also has attended numerous diversity conferences, including the Student Diversity Leadership Conference ‘20‘22 and the Asian-Pacific Youth Leadership Project ‘21. In his free time, Zayd likes to cook, train for track, watch movies, and listen to music. He loves meeting new people and is excited to meet you at this year’s Regional Student Diversity Summit!