The 2017 Committee

The Notre Dame Student Peace Conference is organized by undergraduate students from the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary's College. They come together from a variety of academic programs to plan the conference from start to finish. You can learn more about the 2017 planning committee below.

We look forward to meeting you at the conference! Students interested in volunteering at the conference or getting involved in future conferences can contact the co-chairs or the conference advisor.

Conference Co-Chairs
Victoria Lew

Victoria Lew, Class of 2017


Majors: Political Science, Peace Studies

Tori is a senior from Yorba Linda, California. She was drawn to peace studies through her experience working against LRA violence in Central Africa, and her peace studies interests include intrastate violence and post-conflict transitional justice processes. Last spring, Tori studied abroad in London and worked in the British House of Commons as a parliamentary intern. She hopes to study international humanitarian law following graduation. This is Tori’s third year on the Conference Committee, having previously served on the Hospitality and Publicity Committees.
Leah Landry

Leah Landry, Class of 2017


Majors: Political Science, Peace Studies, Spanish

Leah is a senior from Glen Ellyn, Illinois. She is studying political science and peace studies with a focus on social justice and structural violence, themes she explores as a volunteer with the Reading for Life program at the Juvenile Justice Center of St. Joseph County. Last year she studied abroad in Santiago, Chile, and after graduation, she hopes to attend law school and work towards reforming the justice system. This is Leah’s third year on the Conference Committee; she previously worked on the Academic and Hospitality Committees.
Academic Committee
Phil Wilson

Philip Wilson, Class of 2017


Majors: Biological Sciences, Peace Studies

Philip is a senior from Clarksburg, West Virginia, studying biology and peace studies. His interests include the relationship between peacebuilding and healthcare structures and the role of international institutions in promoting justice. He spent last summer in Cambodia, where he worked with an organization supporting people living with HIV and studied at a Phnom Penh university. Philip plans to attend medical school and combine a career in medicine with his focus on intersections of health and public policy. This is his second year serving on the Academic Committee.
Mary Trainor

Mary Trainor, Class of 2017


Majors: Political Science, Economics
Minors: Peace Studies

Mary is a senior from Southborough, Massachusetts. She is majoring in political science and economics with a minor in peace studies, and she is primarily interested in studying the intersections of gender and religion in peacebuilding efforts. She studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland, for a semester during her junior year, and after graduation she hopes to attend law school and eventually pursue a career in public policy. This is Mary's first year working on the student peace conference.
Meg Spesia

Meg Spesia, Class of 2019


Majors: Theology, Peace Studies

Meg is a sophomore from Joliet, Illinois, majoring in theology and peace studies. She is particularly interested in studying social movements and restorative justice, and she is currently exploring these subjects through dedicated volunteer work with the local Catholic Worker movement in South Bend and with the Reading for Life program at the Juvenile Justice Center of St. Joseph County. This is Meg’s first year working on the student peace conference.
Ian Salzman

Ian Salzman, Class of 2020


Majors: Political Science, French

Ian is a first year student from Omaha, Nebraska. He is currently studying political science and French, and his early interests include looking at Fetal Alcohol Syndrome on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in South Dakota as well as the loss of the Gaelic language in a Gaelic-speaking region of southern Ireland. He hopes to pursue this research in the coming semesters while also beginning to explore coursework in peace studies. This is Ian’s first year working on the Conference Committee.
Hospitality & Logistics
Kathryne Robinson

Kathryne Robinson, Class of 2018


Majors: Political Science, FTT (Television)
Minors: Peace Studies

Kat is a sophomore from The Bronx, New York. In addition to her peace studies minor, she is majoring both in political science and film, television, and theater, with a concentration in television. Her interest in peace studies stems from watching her mother work with affordable and low-income housing in New York City. Kat is spending the fall semester studying in Washington, D.C., and eventually hopes to attend law school and pursue a career focused on criminal law. This is her second year working on the conference.
Megan Moffitt

Megan Moffitt, Class of 2017


Majors: Political Science, Peace Studies
Minors: Gender Studies

Megan is a senior from Glen Ellyn, Illinois, majoring in political science and peace studies with a minor in gender studies. She has explored these themes while studying abroad in Jerusalem and interning at a range of non-profits in the United States. Her major area of interest is transitional justice, which inspired her to travel to The Hague to conduct independent research on the International Criminal Court. This is Megan's first year working on the student peace conference.
Reagan Fitzgerald

Reagan Fitzgerald, Class of 2018


Majors: Political Science
Minors: Peace Studies, Studio Art

Reagan is a junior from North Haven, Connecticut. She is majoring in political science and pursuing minors in both peace studies and studio art (concentrating on photography). Her interest in peacebuilding and peace studies was sparked by an introduction to studying different regime structures. After graduation, Reagan hopes to pursue a master's degree in international relations. This is her first year serving on the Conference Committee.
Emily Beaudoin

Emily Beaudoin, Class of 2017


Majors: Gender Studies
Minors: Peace Studies, International Development

Emily is a senior from Ballston Spa, New York, majoring in gender studies with minors in peace studies and international development. She is interested in transnational women's issues, particularly girls' access to education and female empowerment as a tool in development. She has spent time in India, Ghana, Jordan, and Washington, D.C. working on issues related to global women's rights and hopes to continue advocating for these issues in her future professional and personal life. This is her first year on the committee.
Sustainability
Beth Steiner

Elizabeth Steiner, Class of 2020


Majors: Political Science, Pre-Health

Beth Steiner is a first year student from Louisville, Kentucky, majoring in political science and pre-health studies. She is interested in researching the effect of indigenous knowledge systems and culture on western medical practices in developing countries, specifically in Western Africa. She hopes to study abroad in Jerusalem while at Notre Dame and plans on eventually pursuing a medical degree. This is Beth's first year volunteering on the Conference Committee.
Design & Visual
Anna Bourbonnais

Anna Bourbonnais, Class of 2017


Majors: Visual Communication Design, English

Anna is a senior from Atlanta, Georgia, studying design and English. She began her studies at Furman University before eventually transferring to Notre Dame after her first year. After graduating in May, she plans on spending the next two years teaching with the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program. Anna is an Resident Assistant in Ryan Hall and enjoys boxing with the Baraka Bouts women's boxing club to raise money for Holy Cross Missions in East Africa. This is her first year working on the conference.
Publicity Committee
Madeleine Paulsen

Madeleine Paulsen, Class of 2017


Majors: Political Science, Peace Studies

Madeleine is a senior from Granger, Indiana, majoring in political science and peace studies. Her primary interests are the Arab-Israeli conflict, the role of genocidal actions in conflict, and the effects of religion in society and politics. She spent a semester studying abroad in Jerusalem, followed by an extended summer internship teaching in Namibia. Madeleine has been attending the conference for many years, stretching all the way back to high school, and is excited to be spending a second year working on the Publicity Committee!
Sarah Tomas-Morgan

Sarah Tomas-Morgan, Class of 2018


Majors: Program of Liberal Studies
Minors: Peace Studies

Sarah is a junior from South Bend, Indiana, studying in the Program of Liberal Studies and minoring in peace studies. She is interested in human rights and human capabilities theory in the Middle East and has spent time studying in Jordan and Jerusalem. She is one of the co-chairs of NDVotes '16, a campaign to promote civic engagement and political discourse and will spend the spring semester at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Last year, Sarah worked on the conference as a member of the Academic Committee.
Ali Lodermeier

Alison Lodermeier, Class of 2018


Majors: International Economics, Peace Studies

Ali is a junior from New Berlin, Wisconsin, studying international economics and peace studies. Last summer, she interned in Dublin, Ireland with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, working on reconciliation and anti-sectarianism efforts in Northern Ireland. This spring, she will study for a semester in Dakar, Senegal, exploring the vibrant West African culture, working to improve her French language skills, and gaining insight on the political and developmental landscape of Senegal. This is Ali's second year working on the conference, having previously served on the Academic Committee.
Caroline Humphreys

Caroline Humphreys, Class of 2018


Majors: Political Science
Minors: Peace Studies

Caroline is a junior from Soldotna, Alaska, majoring in political science with a minor in peace studies. She is spending this year in Paris, taking courses at Sciences Po and The World Arab Institute while continuing to help with the conference social media. Her interests include human rights and refugees, and she has been fortunate to work with North Africans emigrating from refugee camps to gain more direct exposure to these issues. This is Caroline's second year on the Conference Committee.
Special Projects
Francesco Tassi

Francesco Tassi, Class of 2018


Majors: International Economics, Peace Studies
Minors: International Development

Francesco is a junior majoring in international economics and peace studies with a minor in international development. A dual citizen of Italy and the U.S. who speaks four languages, he has conducted socio-economic research in Bavaria and Italy on the integration challenges of asylum seekers. Francesco is also interested in the role of refugee camp economies in achieving human development and is currently working to publish his first undergraduate research paper. This is his first year working on the conference.
Monica Montgomery

Monica Montgomery, Class of 2019


Majors: Political Science, Peace Studies

Monica is a sophomore from Knoxville, Tennessee, studying political science and peace studies. Her interests include American politics, human rights, refugees, terrorism, and U.S. military and aid abroad. As a member of Notre Dame Student Government's Department of Social Concerns, she helped organize this year's ND for Syria week to raise awareness about current conditions in war-torn Syria. She hopes to pursue an eventual career in government, with a focus on international relations. This is Monica's first year working on the Conference Committee.
Adrian Mark Lore

Adrian Mark Lore, Class of 2019


Majors: Anthropology, Peace Studies
Minors: International Development

Adrian is a sophomore from Palm Springs, California, studying anthropology, peace studies and international development. He was raised in Cartagena, Colombia, by a Colombian father and an American mother, and later moved to the U.S. to attend high school. At Notre Dame, Adrian is involved in social activism around labor rights and climate change, and he hopes to return to Colombia to pursue social activism aimed at empowering its most underprivileged citizens. This is Adrian's first year working on the conference.