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You're curious about us.

That's sweet.

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GET INVOLVED
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What's the word, hummingbird?

DIGITAL SERIES
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Engage with

the future.

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Meet The Team

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KATIERA DICKINSON

Organizer/Licensee

Katiera is a junior at John Jay College, where she is studying Forensic Psychology. She has been a fan of TED for a long time, and is thrilled to be a part of this team. During her free time, she enjoys listening to music and watching movies with friends. 

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SAJIDA AHMED

Co-Director of Speakers & Programming

Sajida Ahmed is a Macaulay Honors freshman at Hunter College majoring in English Literature (concentration Creative Writing) with a blossoming interest in Art History and Arabic. She is passionate about amplifying the voices of Muslim women as well as community-building. In her free time, Sajida enjoys reading through interior design blogs and practicing calligraphy!

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SAMANTHA FANG

Co-Director of Logistics & Engagement

Samantha is a Macaulay Honors Junior at Hunter College with a major in Statistics and minor in Psychology. She is passionate about creative expression, social impact, and service. She enjoys listening to music and journaling in her free time.

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CHRISTIE CORREA RUIZ

Director of Media & Marketing

Christie is a Macaulay Honors Sophomore at Brooklyn College with a major in Business Administration (Marketing) and minor in Film. They are excited to be a part of the TEDxCUNY team and work with an amazing group. In their free time, Christie is always finding new music/artists/genres, tv shows, or reading poetry books.

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KATHERINE GRIVKOV

Speakers & Programming Curator

Katherine is currently a first-year undergraduate at the Macaulay Honors College at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, majoring in political science. She is passionate about education policy and enjoys playing the alto saxophone, reading, and trying different cuisines!

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LEIMI OBATA

Media & Marketing Curator

Leimi is a sophomore at Macaulay Hunter College, and a pre-med student majoring in Human Biology. She enjoys reading and making collages in her free time.

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EMILY MADRAY

Co-Organizer

Emily Madray is an undergraduate student at the Macaulay Honors College at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, who is majoring in Sociology. She is passionate about cultivating positive change and advocating for justice in every situation she is in. In her free time, she enjoys reading mystery and thriller novels, watching crime TV shows, and practicing her faith.

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MAYA DEMCHAK-GOTTLIEB

Co-Director of Speakers & Programming

Maya is a freshman at Macaulay Baruch. She is double majoring in English and Journalism/Creative Writing and minoring in Business Law. She is passionate about words, both using them and reading them. In her free time, she enjoys writing articles, poetry and fiction; drawing and debating.

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DEBORAH GEORGE

Co-Director of Logistics & Engagement

Deborah is currently a Macaulay Honors freshman at Hunter College. She is on a pre-health track, and is passionate about empowering Asian American communities. Deborah enjoys watching classic films, reading, baking, and listening to music.

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CINDY LIN

Media & Marketing Curator

Cindy is a freshman at Brooklyn College. She is majoring in political science on a pre-med track. Chemistry is also very interesting for her to learn about. Cindy loves to cook and drink tea in her free time.

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RABIA AKRAM

Speakers & Programming Curator

Rabia is a currently a sophomore at Hunter College majoring in biochemistry. She is passionate about artistic expression and history. During her free time, she enjoys reading, drawing, and watching YouTube.