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Emory Board

Nice to meet you!

Sabrina Schoenborn

President

AMST & Sociology

I became involved in Emory Autism Awareness because I realized how little neurodivergent and ASD is discussed within Emory University. In many regards, Emory University and much of the world do not discuss, support, or are equipped with adequate resources to support those like me with ASD. My aim is to support the voices of those who identify as Autistic and to work with Emory University to make our campus more supportive for all neurodiverse people. I am proud and honored to be a part of this club that works towards a better campus and world for those who have ASD and/or are neurodivergent.

Caleb Truong

VP of Operations & Management

Biology & Economics

Having a younger brother with ASD, I struggled to connect with him daily. I knew that he was a special kid, but I needed to find a way to communicate with him. One day I approached Holly Shan, our president, and talked to her about my little issue and she immediately told me about AAO. I soon discovered that this was a perfect place for me to learn about ASD and further my knowledge in the field of medicine. Fueled by my desire to interact with my youngest sibling, I joined AAO by writing reviews in hopes to one day learn more about ASD and share that knowledge.

Sanjana Karamcheti

VP of Social Media & Outreach

Psychology

I am involved in autism awareness because I want to help reduce the stigma around the autistic community. With multiple family members in the psychiatric and medical fields, I have gotten the chance to work with and be surrounded by a variety of people with ASD. I hope to help inform my peers and members in the community about autism through autism awareness because the first step in improving the lives of those with ASD is educating those around them about it.

Colin Xu

VP of Advocacy

Economics & PPL

I volunteered at Baseball Miracle League, a local sports league designed to offer socialization and athletic experience for disabled students, for 4 years. Helping people has always been my biggest passion. This unique experience initiated my desire to join the Autism Awareness Organization. I am honored to use my past experience to help with my job in AAO. I am looking forward to contributing more to the ASD community.

Kevin Yan

Member

Politics, Philosophy, Law & Media

In China, autism and mental health in general are just not something people talk about. In fact, most studies about mental health in China have focused on the special school population while overlooking the mainstream school population, which led to biased results. By joining AAO, I am committed to make a difference. I believe organizations like AAO helps us bring attention to issues that worthy to be discussed. By actively attending AAO activities, we are educating the public about autism and mental health in general. And for those whose lives are affected by mental illness, we will let them feel they are not alone with compassion, understanding, and love.

Alyssa Castillo

Member

23B Pre-BBA

I didn't have much prior knowledge about ASD before joining AAO, but I was sure of one thing: I wanted to be a part of this mission. Autism has been a foreign concept for most of my life, and I question why this is so. Perhaps growing up in a conservative Latino environment where mental health disorders were stigmatized played a huge role in my lack of knowledge. Nonetheless, the more I learn about ASD, the more I realize how invaluable awareness of mental health disorders is for all people, especially in communities where mental health conditions are unspoken of.

Taryn Salako

Member

Biology and Anthropology

The reason I want to join AAO is to spread awareness about neurodiversity in our community here at Emory. I have many family members and friends who have ASD. Many of whom are affected by the lack of resources and the negative perceptions around it. Like I have supported them, I want to ensure that others have the same support system here on campus. I want to help improve and build opportunities for those in the ASD community, and the first step is joining AAO. I am excited to be a part of AAO, inciting change for the neurodivergent.

Dasani DelRosario

Member

Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology

I want to dedicate my time and service to advocate for the equal treatment of those with Autism and make sure they have accessible resources and networks of support, especially in disadvantaged populations. I also want to educate the public about important issues that the Autism community faces, and how to be more empathetic and supportive while making sure that I give people with ASD a platform to speak about their experiences.

Sarah Keane

Member

Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology

I wanted to join AAO because I believe that we are all deserving of equal dignity and respect regardless of the things that may make us different. Having a brother on the spectrum has made me extremely aware of how neurodivergent people can be treated. This applies for both the good and the bad. I believe that organizations like AAO bring out the good, and help eradicate misconceptions that are often held around the ASD community.

Emma Camfield

VP of Social Media & Outreach

Business and Psychology

I wanted to get involved in AAO because some of my closest friends and family members have
been diagnosed with autism. I have pushed to advocate for the awareness and education of
people with autism to help eliminate the stigma that surrounds the word “disability”. Being a part
of AAO and the social media team will help with this goal of reaching people across Emory and
beyond.

Henry Blair

Co-President

Chemistry

I got involved with Autism Awareness after a friend of mine told me about its mission. I have always had fervor for mental illness because of my own disorder, ADHD. At a young age, I was diagnosed and quickly began reading volumes about neuroscience hoping to better understand the reasons why I behaved differently. Having grown up with my own mental disorder, I was quickly drawn to the club’s focus on terminology, research, and education. There is so much misunderstood about these disorders, and it has bothered me my whole life. I am glad to be joining a group with such similar aspirations to me, a group that is putting in a real effort to change the way the public’s understanding of autism.

John Funda

VP of Operations & Management

Finance & ISOM

Living with a sibling that has ASD, I have gained a unique, in-depth view of autism that few others have experienced or will experience. As a result, throughout my childhood I involved myself with a community outreach program that teaches reading and social skills to children with autism and other developmental delays. As a part of AAO, I am thrilled with the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in how autism is discussed, and to give back to the community that has continually supported both my sibling and my family as a whole.

Crystal Wang

VP of Biomedical Outreach

Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology

I first became involved in Autism Awareness after spending a summer with a close family friend who has severe autism a few years back. Seeing the daily challenges he faced surrounding human interactions and people’s lack of acceptance made me want to help spread awareness and to stop the negative stigma surrounding ASD. As a Team USA table tennis athlete, I have also been involved in helping the Para Team and autistic children at my local table tennis club, which made me more passionate about educating the public about ASD and providing the autistic community with an abundance of resources and opportunities for them to shine.

Sammy Tercyak

VP of Events

Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology

I became involved with Autism Awareness because I am passionate about spreading positive but informative messages about ASD to the community. Before coming to Emory, I taught a third-grade Hebrew school class comprised of students with developmental differences which fostered my interest in ASD. Through this experience, I was exposed to the challenges people with autism face every day. Drawn to the club’s focus on educating people about autism, I am looking forward to informing my peers on how to speak about autism as well as shifting their perceptions of ASD.

Chawan Kim

Member

24C Undecided

I've been passionate about autism community for a long time and wanted to be continue this close connection even in my college at Emory. My heartwarming and unforgettable experiences I had with autism community and autistic people is definitely something I would like to bring to Emory and make more of those awesome moments through AAO. I am so excited to give back to the community as a member of AAO at Emory.

Leo Satlof

VP of Social Media

24C Biology and Economics

I wanted to join AAO because early on in my time at Emory I became aware of the amazing work they do on campus. In highschool, I worked with a club that supported an athletic conference for people with disabilities. This event not only provided an opportunity for disabled students to compete in professional level athletics but also helped to raise money and awareness within my school community about Autism and intellectual disabilities. Through AAO, I hope I can continue to educate myself and the Emory community about the ASD community.

Ruize Niu

Member

Economics and Applied Math

As an individual who was recently diagnosed with ASD and some other corresponding disorders, I am excited to be a part of AAO because I appreciate the ability to be part of a community where everyone can freely express and tolerate differences. As a minority and a maverick of sorts, I have grown up facing various prejudices in daily life against all aspects of me. In my view, autism is still widely misunderstood, and people with autism often become frustrated when they don't know why things don't go their way. I also hope to be part of AAO to soothe these difficulties, give strength to the autistic experience, and create a space in which flowers of all colors can blossom.

Shiyin Liu

Member

Psychology & Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology

I am passionate about spreading autism awareness to improve our society as an inclusive and safe space for all. I became aware of autism while working at the Marcus Autism Center. Since then, I’ve taken classes in autism and child development. I’m formulating my honors thesis on the longitudinal development of social skills for children with autism in an inclusive classroom. My encounter with autism actually inspired a choice in career path to pursue clinical psychology with a special research focus in ASD. Aside from social developmental trajectories, I’m also curious to learn how different treatment therapies including theatre and drama therapy could benefit the autistic population. I am an avid theatre fan. There is something innately human about udnerstanding acting as a performed, fake event that arouses authentic emotions, which could be carefully studied with regards to the development of social constructs. By being a part of AAO, I hope to contribute my understanding of autism, but also to learn from peers their insights and beliefs. I am excited to meet like minded individuals on a journey of understanding autism.

Ella Day

Member

Philosophy, Politics, and Law

As a student passionate about inclusion and acceptance related to disability rights, I am interested in learning more about neurodiversity. I strive to make Emory a welcoming place where diversity is not only respected but also celebrated. I hope to learn more about ASD and ways to make this campus, and the outside community, more accepting and understanding. Unfortunately, there is a lot of ableism in many organizations geared towards ASD. AAO, on the other hand, emphasizes acceptance over change and love over misunderstanding. I hope to bring kindness and acceptance to the ASD community.

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