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Meet the Staff
Violence Prevention & Bystander Intervention Initiatives (VP&BII) is a program of the Office of the Dean of Students in the Division of Student Affairs. In addition to working closely with partners across campus, VP&BII has a committed staff of educators. Get to know more about the staff by reading their bios below.

Educational Coordinator:

Michelle Sou
Michelle is a 4th year studying Public Health. She is involved with the Kappa Gamma Delta sorority and is a Fung Fellow for Health and Wellness Technology. Working as part of the staff team, Michelle hopes to gain a lot of experience and knowledge from BTC and to work with an amazing small group of people to lead workshops across the campus. She also enjoys engaging with students on campus and ecouraging them to think critically about being active bystanders. During her free time, Michelle enjoys taking naps, cooking, and exploring Oakland and San Francisco with her friends. Fun fact! Michelle knows how to shave coconuts the traditional Southeast Asian way to make coconut milk, yum!


Peer Educators: 

Jeah Clemente
Jeah is a senior studing Integrative Biology with an emphasis in Human Health. On campus, Jeah is a resident assistant, a life guard, and a research assistant to the Full Lab at UCB and the Woolley Lab at UCSF. She has been part of BTC for three years, and her favorite part about her work is being able to communicate, imapct, and learn from many different community members during BTC workshops. In Jeah's free time, she likes to spend time cooking with friends, watch movies, and go swimming. A fun fact about Jeah is that she enjoys nothing more than a night in with friends and putting on face masks to relax.


Samantha Dadock
Samantha is a third year studying Economics and Public Health. She is part of her sorority, Sigma Kappa, works in the Student Advocates Office, and has been with BTC for the past year and a half. Samantha's favorite things about BTC is being able to facilitate discussions about violence presenation and contribute to making Berkeley's campus community a safer and more inclusive space. During Samantha's free time, she enjoys hiking, painting, and going out for runs. A fun fact about Samantha is that she knows how to sail and windsurf.
Emman Hamidi
Emman is a third year studying Rhetoric and Political Science. On campus, he is a resident assistant at Unit 1, and helps conduct research at the Boalt School of Law. Emman enjoys being a peer educator because he values gaining new insights and strategies on being a better active bystander. During his free time, Emman enjoys exploring the Bay Area in search of yummy food, catching up with old friends, and reading. Emman's fun fact is that he recieved "friendliest" and "teacher's pet" as superlatives in high school. 
Sophia Pashtunyar
Sophia is a 4th year studying Psychology and Socail Welfare. She is a research assistant under UCB's Psychiology department, is the VP of Social Welfare Association for an organization called the Greater Good, is part of Kappa Gamma Delta sorority, and is a DeCal facilitator. As a returning peer educator, Sophia enjoys getting the opportunity to meet and work with peers to create learning opportunities during active bystander workshops. Outside of academics, Sophia enjoys traveling, kayaking, swimming, and painting. A fun fact about Sophia is that she was Time Magazine's Person of the Year in 2006. 
Sahar Priano
Sahar is finishing her degree in Peace and Conflict Studies and is double minoring in Italian and Middle Eastern Studies. She serves as the Consent Chair for the Berkeley Student Coop, is a peer Italian tutor, and is a Chair for the Olive Tree Initiative - an oncampus organization devoted to creating dialogue and critical learning opportunities involvinv conflict areas such as Palestine and Israel. As a BTC Peer Educator, Sahar enjoys being able to interact and learn from the many different communities around Berkeley. When she's not hitting the books, Sahar enjoys water color painting, dancing, and catching up on her favorite TV shows. A fun fact about Sahar is that she was born and raised in Berkeley. 
Autumn Tate
Autumn is a junior studying Public Health. On campus, she is part of the Sexual Health Education Program and plans to study abroad next semester in Australia. As a peer educator, Autumn enjoys being able to present workshops to various organizations throughout the UCB campus. She finds it very interesting to hear different people's perspectives and strategies on being an active bystander. During her free time, Autumn enjoys hanging out with friends, doing arts and crats, and relaxing. Fun fact! Autumn's been on the Ellen Degeneres show and has been on live television three times.