STAND Student Advisory Panel

The STAND Student Advisory Panel is a diverse team that reflects the communities within Irish higher-level education, representing students across campuses, backgrounds, experiences, courses of study, and gender.



About the STAND Student Advisory Panel

The STAND Student Advisory Panel launched in 2020. The Panel meets quarterly throughout the academic year to discuss future plans for advocacy and communications campaigns, share feedback on new and existing initiatives and develop relationships between STAND and students – helping to facilitate successful student engagement strategies.

Applications for 2021/2022 are now closed. 

Meet the 2021/2022 Panel

Calvin Miriango Odhiambo

Studying Social Policy on Children and Young People at University College Cork

Fadzai Makokove

Fadzai is studying MEngSc Water, Waste and Environmental Engineering at University College Dublin.

“Being a young female civil engineer with some considerable experience working in a male-dominated sector in Zimbabwe caused a stir within me. I am passionate about challenging gender perspectives on Women in Science and Technology. What I love most about STAND is that it gives me a platform where I can speak and my voice matters.”

Phuong-Huynh Nguyen

Huynh is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Education degree at University College Dublin under the Government of Ireland’s IDEAS Scholarship program 2020-2021 for Vietnamese candidates. Much of her research interest lies in the role education can play in building more equal and prosperous societies.

Huynh is also an experienced youth worker in Vietnam, she was the Training and Project Manager of VietSeeds Foundation, an NGO aiming at bringing equal access to education to all college students in Vietnam. Recognized by her work, Huynh was chosen for various fully-funded leadership development programs such as YSEALI Professional Fellow, ASEAN – India Leadership Fellow, and IATSS Forum.

Huynh joins STAND’s Student Advisory Panel as she shares the same belief with the organization, that we must stand for what we believe in.

Sue Yee Goh
Katie Curtin

Katie Curtin is a final year student at UCC studying General Nursing.

“I am really excited to be working with STAND this year as it is such a positive initiative and I like how they inspire and facilitate activism for students on campus. I am very passionate about mental health activism and awareness and disability activism and awareness. Achieving the 17 SDG’s is also something I view as extremely important. I am so excited to see what I get up to and meet like-minded people on the advisory panel this year.”

Bilhah Ikani Omulama

Bilhah is pursuing her masters in International Human Rights Law and Public Policy from University College Cork.

She is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and passionate about human rights protection. “I love STAND’s beliefs in standing; against injustice and inequality in all its forms, together with those who are oppressed and for a better fairer world and that’s why I would like to be part of those who are making the world a better place for everyone.”

Johanna Murphy

Johanna is currently studying International Politics at Trinity College Dublin.

“I have just moved to Dublin from England and am looking to become more active in the community. I am passionate about getting people (both young and old!) to become considerate of their values and what they stand for, no matter the viewpoint!”

Emily O'Neill

Emily is a final year Economics and Sociology student at Trinity College Dublin.

“I love playing sport, hanging out with my friends, and travelling. I’m really passionate about raising awareness about women in sport and encouraging involvement in sport among young girls. I’m extremely interested in tackling social inequality, climate change, and standing a stand against injustice. I love STAND because it gives young people a platform to express their ideas and raise awareness about the most pressing topics that face our society.”

Ava McKee

DCU Actuarial Mathematics graduate with a passion for inquiry and interest in global issues!

Michaela Waters

Michaela is currently studying Business and Accounting at Maynooth University.

“I am a proud member of the Maynooth STAND Society and I’ve really enjoyed getting to volunteer in various roles as part of STAND. I have had the opportunity to be a STAND Global Issues Co-Ordinator, contribute to STAND News, and be a member of the STAND Student Advisory Panel! Being involved in STAND has enabled me to learn more about global justice, and how we, as individuals can make an impact. In my free time, I love reading, yoga, watching Netflix and going for walks with my dog. I can most likely be found reading a book or at home with my family, dog Roxie and five cats!”

Gareth Brinn

Gareth is about to graduate from the Master of Arts in Technical Communication and E-Learning course at the University of Limerick. Gareth is also the Co-Founder and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Unapologetic.

Gareth previously sat on the University of Limerick’s Communities committee, participated in Gorm TV, and talks on panels that discuss the arts and social activism. Gareth is interested in social activism. In particular, Queer issues. Gareth also advocates for the creation of spaces that centralising voices from underrepresented communities. Gareth joined STAND’s Student Advisory Panel because of STANDs work in helping students and young people find their voice and their work in helping students start projects that they believe will make a difference.

Charles Gallagher
Eric Ehigie
Natasha Sutton