Our Interns

Fall 2021 Interns

Susan Allen, Director of the Better Evidence Project

Benjamin Sylvia

 

Biography

Benjamin Sylvia is a first year Master’s student in the Political Science Program at George Mason University. Prior to George Mason, Benjamin earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a concentration in Peace, Security, and Conflict at Duke University. When not in school, Benjamin enjoys spending time with his family and trying to see how many different foods he can make in an Instant Pot.

Susan Allen, Director of the Better Evidence Project

Natalie Calcoa

 

Biography

Natalie Caloca is a senior at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs concentrating in Conflict Resolution and International Politics. She is from Southern California, is the current President of the George Washington Parliamentary Debate Society and is a member of the Sigma Iota Rho honor organization. Natalie most recently worked as a residential and teaching assistant at the School for Ethics and Global Leadership’s London Institute and previously completed an internship at the Center for Democracy in the Americas. Natalie is passionate about the Better Evidence Project’s Mission to strengthen the relationship between evidence-based research into the problems of war and violence and the policies aiming to curb them.

 

Susan Allen, Director of the Better Evidence Project

Alejandra Rivera

Biography

Alejandra Rivera is a senior studying Conflict Analysis and Resolution with a concentration in Global Engagement and a minor in Communications. Her research focuses on the societal implications of Jim Crow laws, immigration policy, and the legacy of the American Dream narrative. She has a greater interest in researching U.S. interventions influence in civil war and its aftermath. Outside of school and work, she enjoys reading Isabel Allende books and watching Marvel movies.

Susan Allen, Director of the Better Evidence Project

Anahit Budaghyan

 

Biography

Anahit Budaghyan is a student at the American University of Armenia majoring in Political Science and International Affairs. She has done research on civic education for youth in Armenia. She obtained her bachelor’s degree at Brusov State University majoring in Intercultural Communication and Linguistics. In recent months, she has written articles and been a news editor. 

Susan Allen, Director of the Better Evidence Project

Paige Ormond

 

Biography

Paige Ormond earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Syracuse University, and graduated summa cum laude with a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School.  In addition to representing clients in complex litigation, she has been successful in resolving many matters through alternative dispute resolution such as mediation, settlement conferences and negotiations, saving parties from considerable emotional and financial stress of protracted litigation.  In 2019, she focused her practice on representing parties as a neutral mediator, consulting parties who wish to avoid the escalation of conflict into full blown litigation, and individual conflict coaching.  Ms. Ormond is a candidate for a Master of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, and in the future hopes to work toward making positive changes in justice systems across the country.

Susan Allen, Director of the Better Evidence Project

Marya Pelkofski

 

Biography

Marya Pelkofski is a master’s student at the Jimmy and Rossalyn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution. Her concentration is Inclusive Conflict Engagement and has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. She has an interest in peacemaking programming. She has worked in the health care field for over fourteen years.  She greatly enjoys writing, research, and helping others.

Susan Allen, Director of the Better Evidence Project

Nayomi Santos

 

Biography

Nayomi Santos is a senior at the Jimmy and Rossalyn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution pursuing a Bachelor’s in Conflict Analysis and Resolution with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. Her career interests include non-profit work and research related to women in peace-making processes. She enjoys visiting museums in her free time. 

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Presenting Useful Evidence to Inform Peacemaking Practice

BEP invites partners to join us in harnessing useful research to prevent and end war. Submit your research or suggest other materials for peer review for our Resource Library. Join our pool of reviewers who help discern sound evidence to add to the Resource Library. Help us help peacemakers to be more effective.