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Spring 2015 CCDE Fellows

Armen Mardirossian

cal class of 2015

Armen Mardirossian is a senior at UC Berkeley, majoring in Political Science with an emphasis on international relations.  His main academic and professional focus are in the fields of national security and international stability. As an immigrant student, Armen has faced many obstacles in order to overcome barriers and pursue his goals in life. He is interested in participating in the UCDC program during the spring 2015 semester to learn about and gain more experience in the political arena, especially in human rights at the international level as he is preparing for a future in international politics. This spring, Armen will be interning at Human Rights Watch in Washington D.C. with the Middle East and North Africa region group doing research on Middle Eastern politics.  After graduation, he will be applying to law schools and wants to learn how to use the legal system to better defend human rights.  Armen transferred to UC Berkeley from Glendale Community College, where he was active in student organizations, including a group he founded called the Law and Politics Advocacy Club.  He is even more involved here at Berkeley having served as Senator of Finance for the UC Berkeley Associated Students, as president of Extended Opportunity Programs & Services Club, and vice president of the UC Berkeley Armenian Student Association.

Nnaemeka Ofodire

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Nnaemeka Chidike Ofodire is a senior at U.C. Berkeley, studying Political Economy with a focus on developing countries. Nnaemeka’s unique childhood experience growing up in Nigeria has shaped his passion to pursue a career that addresses the political and economic factors affecting the lives of underrepresented communities, especially in Africa. Nnaemeka strongly believes that the success of any society depends on its inclusive and equitable policies. Thus, he will be spending the spring 2015 semester in Washington D.C. as a UCDC fellow where he will be interning with the Washington Lawyers Committee (WLC) as an advocate for prisoners’ rights. He will also be interning at the Center for Public Policy Alternatives (CPPA), a Nigerian based think tank that focuses on creating policies that lead to the development of sub-Saharan African governments. Currently, his research interest focuses on “Sustainable and Renewable Energy in Africa”. On the UC Berkeley campus, Nnaemeka was the vice president of the Organization of African Students (OAS), a member of the Nigerian Student Association (NSA), Berkeley Socratic Seminar (BSS) and a Student-Athlete Tutor. Upon his return from Washington, Nnaemeka hopes to pursue a joint degree in Law and Public Policy or International Affairs. Read his story.

Kevin D. Reyes

Cal class of 2016

Kevin D. Reyes is a third-year student of International History and Political Economy at the University of California, Berkeley. His concentration in “International History and American Foreign Policy since 1945” covers many fields including grand strategy, human rights, international political economy, and the advent of big science technology. As a CCDE fellow at UCDC, Kevin will be an Intern for the Americas at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights where he will be assisting in strategic litigation and advocacy projects. At Berkeley Law, he has worked at the Human Rights Center (HRC), the Foreign Law Guide, and is the Faculty Paging & Patron Services Assistant. Kevin also serves as research assistant to History Professor Waldo E. Martin, Jr., on a forthcoming book project. Thus, his work has contributed to numerous manuscripts, journal articles, reports, and even a workshop between the HRC and the International Criminal Court in Salzburg, Austria. He has also assisted in courses on the Free Speech Movement by Professor Martin and American containment strategy at Berkeley International High School. Kevin's experience in academic research and teaching drives his passion to become a professor of international law and history. Read his story.