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The Campus Organizing Program

A project of the Peace Action Fund of New York State, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

PAFNYS Campus Organizers establish campus-recognized Peace Action chapters on their college campuses, organize their peers to take action on issues of peace and justice, and organize events and virtual seminars. Student organizers become part of a statewide network of young peacemakers who are youth leaders in shaping U.S. foreign policy. 

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Message from the Executive Director

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Emily Rubino

Executive Director

We’re supporting, educating, and elevating a new generation of peace activists who understand and are committed to the intersectional issues that need to be addressed if we are ever to truly achieve peace. There is no economic justice without addressing our monstrous military budget, no ending militarism in our streets at home without addressing our rampant militarism abroad, no climate justice without addressing the fact that the U.S. military is the world’s #1 polluter. Advocating for peace today means making the connections between social justice struggles and working together to demand a better future.

Fall 2023
Campus Chapters

  • Canisius College

  • Clarkson University

  • CUNY Hunter College

  • Fordham University

  • Hofstra University

  • Le Moyne College

  • Macaulay Honors College

  • New York University

  • Niagara University

  • Pace University

  • Sarah Lawrence College

  • Siena College

  • SUNY Geneseo

  • SUNY Fredonia

  • SUNY Stony Brook

  • Vassar College

  • Wells College

Meet our Fall 2023 Student Organizers!

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Login Abudalla

Wells College

Login Abudalla attends Wells College in Aurora, New York. She is currently double majoring in Public Health and International Relations with a Pre-Law track and an English minor. She aspires to become an international human rights attorney after completing her undergraduate degree. 

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Rex Alex

Stony Brook University

Rex Alex and is the Peace Action New York State campus organizer at Stony Brook University. He plans to graduate in 2024 with Bachelor’s degrees in International Relations and Sociology. His academic interests surround global inequality and development. His future career aspirations are to work as a human rights lawyer and he is fiercely passionate about promoting peace. Along with his work with PANYS, he serves as a Senator in the Stony Brook University Undergraduate Student Government. He also worked extensively in electoral political organizing as a field organizer for local, state and congressional campaigns. He was motivated to continue his political organizing work at PANYS to experience the dynamics of grassroots community organizing. The Peace Action chapter which he started at Stony Brook University engages in fundraising, political education, and community service through collaboration with local mutual aid organizations. He is excited to see this chapter continue to grow in the future and contribute to the Peace Action mission.

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Joshua Curtis

Niagara University

Joshua Curtis is a senior at Niagara University studying Political Science as his major with a minor in Philosophy. He hails from Jupiter, Florida, graduating from Jupiter Community Senior High School. His passion is in advocacy, justice and law. He plans to use his education to become a lawyer, going through the process of the LSAT, Law School, and eventually the Bar exam. His goal is to become a successful and effective attorney that seeks to protect the rights of individuals while making substantial change in society and lawmaking.

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Jasmine Daly

Clarkson University

Jasmine Daly (She/They) is a Senior Political Science and Psychology double major, with minors in law studies and environmental policy! They've been a part of Peace Action at Clarkson University since their freshman year, and has been an organizer since 2021! Beyond Peace Action, she's also involved in the Sustainability Club, the Psychology Student Association, and works in Clarkson's Institute for a Sustainable Environment department! They look forward to continuing to build the Peace Action community at Clarkson this year!

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Margaret Figliolino

Le Moyne College

Rex Alex and is the Peace Action New York State campus organizer at Stony Brook University. He plans to graduate in 2024 with Bachelor’s degrees in International Relations and Sociology. His academic interests surround global inequality and development. His future career aspirations are to work as a human rights lawyer and he is fiercely passionate about promoting peace.

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Ayeh Hajjari

Le Moyne College

Ayeh Hajjari is a senior at Le Moyne College, pursuing a major in Sociology with a concentration in Research and Theory, while minoring in Middle East and Islamic Studies, Political Science, and Gender and Women's Studies. Outside the classroom, she works with the Syracuse Peace Council, the oldest peace organization in the country, where she is dedicated to promoting peace, justice, and nonviolence. She also serves as Co-President of Peace Action Le Moyne, rallying fellow students for action on pressing social justice issues. In addition, she takes on the role of Conference Coordinator for the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Club, working to give undergraduate students at Le Moyne College the opportunity to present research in the gender studies field at the National Women's Studies Association Conference.

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Mary Clare Hyland

Pace University

Mary Clare is from Nashville, Tennessee, and is a junior at Pace University. Studying Peace and Justice Studies with a minor in world religion, they are grateful for the opportunity to serve as campus organizer and to share the mission of Peace Action with the students at Pace.

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Elle Maier

SUNY Geneseo

Elle Maier is super excited to be the President of SUNY Geneseo's branch of PANYS this fall! They are a Spanish major and a Latin American & Caribbean Studies minor, and they hope to graduate in 2024. Some of their favorite activities include biking, reading classic literature, hiking, listening to music, and playing cello.

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Charlie Mandracchia

Siena College

Charlie Mandracchia is from Long Island, New York, and is currently a junior at Siena College in Loudonville, NY. He is a Political Science & Religious Studies major with minors in Spanish and Peace Studies. He is also on the executive board for Active Minds. Charlie is excited to be working with PANYS and is hoping to create a larger community on Siena's campus that will promote peace activism.

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Caroline Mwamba

Canisius University

Caroline Mwamba is a rising Sophomore at Canisius University majoring in Political Science. She is the new student organizer for Peace Action. She was born in Nairobi, Kenya and originally from DRCongo. Her passion revolves around serving others, working to make the world a better place by spreading kindness, love and compassion. Therefore, she is honored to be part of Peace Action NY. She also has a special interest in social issues and social justice. She finds conversations revolving around social justice interesting. She aspires to travel and explore the world. She enjoys playing soccer, going on nature walks and reading books.

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Sofia Nogueira Sanca

Fordham University

Sofia Nogueira Sanca is a Junior majoring in Political Science and Middle East Studies at Fordham University. In addition to Peace Action, she is on the Campus Activity Board, in the Residence Hall Association, Law Review, and Humanitarian Student Union.  She looks forward to starting her on-campus chapter and joining Peace Action’s mission!

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Sierra Santiago

Macaulay Honors College

Sierra Santiago (she/her) is a Campus Organizer Intern and Co-President of the Macaulay Honors College chapter of Peace Action New York State (PANYS). She is a fourth-year undergraduate student (Class of 2024) at Hunter College

pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, a certificate in Public Policy with a concentration in Social Welfare Policy, a minor in Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies, and a minor in Music. She has been an executive board member of the Macaulay chapter since her freshman year and has contributed to several initiatives, including the CUNY Summit for Peace and Justice, a three-day conference mobilizing students across the CUNY campuses. She is an inaugural fellow of Macaulay’s Justice and Equity Honors Network (JEHN), through which she completed research centered on the denial of reproductive justice and bodily autonomy within the prison industrial complex. She is also a three-year member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's college coalition The Met Collective, and previously interned at the Community Relations Bureau of the NYC Commission on Human Rights and the Prison and Justice Writing Department at PEN America.

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Nabiha Subzwari

Macaulay Honors College

Nabiha Subzwari is a Biological Sciences major and Japanese Language minor through the Macaulay Honors Program, Class of 2024. With her passion for advocacy, she has been a member of the Peace Action chapter since her freshman year, where she has had unforgettable memories of students coming together to champion a world of peace and justice. She continues to be inspired by the impact of student mobilization and hopes to motivate the youth to advocate for positive change in their communities and in the world.

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Aoussa Toure

New York University

Aoussa Toure is a senior at NYU, and her upbringing in both Mali, a country with low socioeconomic status, and The Bronx, has fueled her deep passion for education and social justice. Her advocacy, particularly focused on girls' education in third-world countries, is rooted in the belief that education is a powerful catalyst for change, especially in underserved communities. As she approaches graduation, she is committed to making a positive impact and working towards a brighter, more inclusive future through education and equality advocacy.

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Hannah Wentworth

Sarah Lawrence College

Hannah Wentworth is a senior at Sarah Lawrence College concentrating in International Studies, with specific interest in global inequalities. She is looking forward to serving as a campus organizer and growing the Peace Action chapter at Sarah Lawrence. 

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