About the STAND Student Advisory Panel
The STAND Student Advisory Panel plays an essential role in informing how we mobilise young people to take action for global justice. The Student Advisory Panel is made up of 16 students and graduates who meet online (and in person from time to time) every 6 weeks to offer feedback on how STAND designs and delivers its programmes, including our campaigns, events, activities, and more. In addition to providing feedback on STAND’s work, panellists are invited to raise issues, topics, and experiences that the groups feels are important for STAND to be aware of and that can shape and inform the work of STAND.
Meet the 2023-2024 SAP members
Jessica Mandanda is an Advocacy Communications Specialist with over 5 years’ experience in development communications. Her expertise includes strategic communications and campaigning, digital media management, advocacy marketing, content creation for advocacy and activism. Her areas of expertise and experience include Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Economic Justice and Rights. She is a Published writer and a 2022 International Conference for Family Planning Youth Trailblazer Awardee. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication, a Post Graduate Diploma in International Gender Studies (University of Iceland) and a master’s degree in public advocacy and Activism (University of Galway).
Ebere is a Law student in Maynooth University. She is also an activist and passionate about social justice. More recently, she has taken up the cause of advocating for equity in intersectionality and raising awareness about its importance. Ebere is dedicated to promoting a fair and just world where opportunities are accessible to all, regardless of their background or origin. Combining her passion for law with advocacy work, she aspires to drive positive change and make a meaningful impact on societal issues. She is excited to be involved in the Student Advisory Panel and contribute to the development of the STAND.
Yao is a Ph.D. researcher immersed in human development, exploring the pivotal role of education as a catalyst in supporting the transformation of the global justice dynamic. Beyond her research, she contributes through actionable insights, offering her expertise in consultation. Committed to bridging theory with impactful initiatives for positive change.
Diane is a final year Arts International with Economics and History student in UCC. She is incredibly passionate about fighting for equality and using her position for change. She is currently the Chairperson of the Erasmus and International Society helping to interstate students into UCC and feel welcome in Ireland, and the Campaigns Manager on the Global Justice Society. Diane is excited to use her position to further knowledge in education on economic inequality and class divisions.
Christine O’Mahony is a graduate of Law, International Human Rights Law, and Political Communications. She is a former Student Union VP for Diversity and Inclusion, and she currently works in a busy law office. Christine is excited to be on the STAND Student Advisory Panel, as she first got involved with the organisation during her time in Maynooth University.
Sheenagh is a third-year undergraduate student of European Studies at Trinity College Dublin, currently on exchange at Sciences Po Bordeaux. As the former chairperson of DU Amnesty and ongoing member of Plan International Ireland’s Youth Advisory Panel, she has a keen sense of global justice which she enjoys advocating for on a global scale. As a former European Solidarity Corps volunteer, she recognises the rights and responsibilities that come with being a global citizen and hopes to use this knowledge to inform the work of the Student Advisory Panel.
Akshay loves talking to people and listening to their stories. He enjoys helping others – it gives him a sense of happiness. Professionally, Akshay is from a Business and Engineering background and dreams to utilise his capabilities and strengths for a better society.
Hadiza is from Nigeria, and currently pursuing a master’s degree in the MSc Human Rights Programme at the University College Dublin (UCD). She’s had the opportunity to work in the International Development sector, focusing on critical areas such as peace and security, social justice, human rights, gender, and inequality. To address the pressing challenges communities face, from witnessing the impact of peace and security issues to standing up for social justice and advocating for human rights, Hadiza is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of individuals and communities affected by inequality and injustice.
Heather is from Dublin and she is passionate about global citizenship and the environment. She enjoys knitting, upcycling, and keeping up to date with climate and environmental movements. Heather is currently pursuing a PhD in Food Science at University College Dublin.
Sarah Tanishka Nethan
Sarah is a Social Impact Designer and Strategist with 5+ years of experience working at the intersection of Innovation, Communications, Social Research, and Behavioural Science on pertinent global health and international development challenges. She recently graduated from the MSc in Global Health programme at Trinity College Dublin, with a previous Master’s in Design from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Mumbai (India). Her cross-sectoral portfolio spans Gender Equality, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Maternal and Child Health, Climate Change, and Education in Emergencies. Over the years, she has co-designed human-centric and evidence-based solutions for marginalised communities across India and Ireland while collaborating with numerous non-profits, academic institutions, state governments and bilateral organisations. She currently works at Plan International Ireland within the Irish Aid Unit, championing their development and humanitarian programmes across West Africa.
Carolina is from New York City and is currently doing her master’s in public policy at University College Dublin with a focus in citizenship, rights, and policy. Carolina has a particular interest in juvenile criminal justice and how different demographics are affected by its systemic practices. Outside of her studies, she is a long-distance runner and water polo player. Carolina is excited to be a part of the SAP at STAND and to have the opportunity to work alongside likeminded individuals on real-world issues and engage in important conversations regarding global citizenship.
Josh is a driven individual that makes it a priority to learn from those around him. He is currently enrolled as a Business Studies student in Dublin City University. He aims to use the skills he has learned to make the world a better place and help those around him. Josh has a keen interest in climate change activism and global change.
Cliona completed a Master’s in Climate Change in DCU in 2022 and went on to do a Certificate in Global Citizenship Education in Maynooth. She cares deeply about social justice and believes that the climate crisis and global inequalities are inextricably linked. Cliona feels that advocacy and action from the ground up are key to social change and is passionate about continuously learning and connecting with others to work towards change. She set up a climate action group in her hometown and was a Climate Ambassador and an SDG Advocate in 2022.
Lia is a a self expressive design student and a courageous changemaker who is always seeking to engage in multiple hands on learning experiences. She first started her journey with STAND through participating in the Ideas Collective and since then has enjoyed being a student ambassador, panel member and participant in our Global Issues courses. Lia is currently in her 3rd year of NCAD studying Product Design.