This is the Academic Affairs Board of the International Affairs Association.
Hi! My name is Bianca Faccio and I am super excited to be your Director of Academic Affairs for the 2013-2014 academic year! I am a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Health and Societies with a concentration in Health Policy and Law. I have been extremely involved with the International Affairs Association since my freshman year, working with ILMUNC, PIRC, Special Events, Intercol and Academic Affairs!
Hailing from Puerto Rico, I have always loved international relations, ethics and policy. I have also fostered a love of Model United Nations and Western Business Attire (WBA) since my freshman year in high school and have continued competing in conferences all over the States since being at Penn.In my spare time, I love to salsa dance, do community service and sleep. I am thrilled to be this year's Director for Academic Affairs and can't wait to continue the AA legacy!
Hello! My name is Denzel Cummings, and I am extremely excited to be working with Academic Affairs again this year as vice-director! I am a junior at Penn studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics concentrating in distributive justice, and I have worked with academic affairs since my freshman year as an assistant. I was born in Toronto, Canada, but I've lived in North Carolina for some time, so I believe I've had an excellent opportunity two live in two places that are very different. Besides being a member of the IAA, I am also president of Society of Pre-Law Students of Color, admissions chair for UMOJA (one of the members of the 5B), a deputy in Penn Democrats, and an international relations tutor through the club Global Youth United. Feel free to contact Bianca or I about any questions in regards to the Academic Affairs branch, or anything else.
This is Adina. She is from Manhattan Beach, California. She loves international things, from travel to relations to culture. Adina is also a huge marketing nerd, and is glad that her love for social media and consumer psychographics can be put to good use. Finally, she has a new excuse to share viral videos in the name of marketing trends. In her free time, she watches Veronica Mars and cooks ridiculous amounts of food that neither her nor her roommates can ever fathom finishing..
Kavya Bodapati is a rising sophomore pre-med in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Biology, with a minor in Psychology. Originally from New Jersey, she spent part of her childhood living in France, where she developed an awareness of foreign cultures. From this experience grew her interest in international affairs. Last year, she joined the IAA as an Assistant Director of Academic Affairs and this year also works as the Director of Outreach for PIRC. Outside of the IAA, she spends her time tutoring students through the West Philadelphia Tutoring Project. Additionally she enjoys working as a genetics student researcher at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.!
Grace Chen is a sophomore in Wharton with a yet-to-be-decided concentration and a minor in French Studies. Born and raised in New Jersey, she joined IAA her freshman year, having had no prior Model UN experience, but she assures you that it was one of the best decisions she has ever made. Apart from IAA, she is active in Wharton Women and Wharton Business Law Association. She also writes for La Jeune Politique, a publication about French politics in English. She is passionate about languages, international relations, and food. In her spare time, she likes browsing the Warby Parker website, Instagramming, pretending to read the Economist, butchering recipes, and sleeping. Her goal is to thoroughly explore Philly's restaurants. Sadly, she still has quite a way to go.
Having been born in California and raised there for 14 years while currently living in the Middle East in Doha, Qatar, Amir has always been a man of many cultures. His unique perspectives on both eastern and western culture naturally draw him to the world's international affairs, and consequently the International Affairs Association at the University of Pennsylvania. As a junior in Wharton, this is Amir's second year on Academic Affairs and he is incredibly excited to help organize the various events Academic Affairs has planned, move AA in a strong, new direction, and ultimately just spreading the AA love. Aside from the AA, Amir is very involved in his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon, as well as his cultural group, Penn Pakistan Society. He is an avid traveler, lover of classical music, a big sports fan (you won't find a bigger 49ers fan than him), and is currently teaching himself how to play the piano.
Jason Littman is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Biology, with minors in Modern Middle Eastern Studies, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and Political Science. Hailing from Long Island, he has loved being involved in Model UN since freshman year of high school. Having served on the Secretariat Board for three years, he is excited to bring his experiences to Academic Affairs. In his spare time, Jason loves boxing, rocking out as guitarist of his band, and volunteering in hospitals. He is excited to be Deputy-Director for AA and looks forward to organizing some amazing events on campus.
Petra, a sophomore International Relations major from Arlington, VA, has a deep interest in travel and language. She has traveled around the world, speaks Spanish, and is currently exploring Russian or Turkish. She staffed and competed in her first Model UN conferences last year, which she found challenging and exciting. She loves the IAA and cannot wait to continue improving AA this year. Outside of the IAA, she mentors CSSP students as part of work-study, is an IRUSA board member, and plays in the Penn Band.