Our Team

Steering Committee


Student researchers are the backbone of the AARN. They provide vital support to local redress efforts and sustain our technical assistance partnerships, lead ArcGIS mapping efforts, and maintain communications with AARN members.

What students say about working at the AARN:

“I really enjoy and am constantly inspired by the work and allyship we provide at AARN. As a non-Black POC in America, I believe that my time and labor should be used to support reparation efforts and amplify Black voices” (Cher Lau, Barnard College 2022)

“As a human rights major, I have always been passionate about addressing injustice. While I was historically more focused on international human rights, I was immediately enamoured with AARN’s mission and efforts, which I learned about through Columbia’s Global Research and Consulting Group. I believe that the work is AARN is absolutely necessary, and I’m incredibly honored to be a part of it” (Safia Southey, Columbia University School of General Studies 2021)

“I was passionate about joining the AARN team because of its important work in documenting and supporting local redress and reparations efforts throughout the country. Such efforts to address historical racial injustice in the United States are long overdue, and AARN helps to meaningfully facilitate this process through collaboration, education, and advocacy” (Ilana Hamer, Columbia University School of General Studies 2022)

“I joined the African American Redress Network because I empathize with the goals of the organization. This project is conducting important work that can fix some of the longstanding racial issues that have affected this country for generations. I felt compelled to be a part of such important work” (Avery Brown, Columbia College 2022)

“I joined the African American Redress Network because I was disturbed and angered by the continued inaction towards addressing the generations of enslavement, dispossession, lynching, and systemic discrimination perpetrated against Black communities in the United States. I was also particularly drawn to AARN’s human rights framework, as domestic racial justice issues are often excluded from international human rights discussions” (Claire Choi, Columbia College 2023)

“Racial and social justice are an important part of my professional and personal life. When I learned about the AARN project, I knew I had to be involved. In order to create an equitable society, we must acknowledge our past wrongs and make amends, that is what reparations means to me and the reason why the work of AARN is so important” (Kathy Santana, Columbia University School of International & Public Affairs 2022)