Meet the Bystander Trainers
Bystander Education Trainers teach their peers about the importance of speaking out and standing up to prevent sexual violence from occuring. They are part of a social movement that seeks to create a change in campus culture, and form a community of people who refuse to stand by in the face of violence. Read on to learn more about our team of Bystander Trainers!
Christina "Tt" King, MCAS '18, is from Orange County, California. She is studying sociology and is pursuing a career as a social worker. Tt is passionate about the Women's Center and has special interest in LGBTQ+ issues, sexual assault on campus, human trafficking, and gender equality. Her hope is to create a campus where all students are represented and respected equally. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, reading, and sleeping!
Erin McCarthy, CSOM '18, is from Mansfield, Massachusetts. She is pursuing a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Women and Gender Studies. In addition to Bystander, Erin is on the Executive Board for Lean In and works at the Women's Center. She is excited to be involved with such an active and inspiring group of students on the Bystander team. Aside from learning more about women's issues, Erin enjoys reading, watching Netflix, and eating lots of ice cream.
Katie Babbin, MCAS ’18, is from Westwood, Massachusetts. She is majoring in Political Science with a minor in International Studies. In addition to the Bystander Intervention Program, she is a member of Appalachia Volunteers. She also loves hockey, watching movies, cooking, and hanging out with friends. She is excited to be working with a program that is raising awareness of sexual assault on campus and being a part of a team that is working towards the goal of making BC a safer campus.
Mariah Larwood, CSOM '18, is from Ukiah, California. She is pursuing a double major in Marketing and Operations. She is involved in the BC Women’s Summit as the co-director of logistics, and enjoys skiing, surfing, camping, and cooking. Mariah joined Bystander to help prevent sexual assault at BC by better educating herself and others regarding intervention tactics and survivor stigma, to learn more about feminism, and to promote conversations about sexual health and healthy relationships.
Katherine Swallow, CSOM '18, is from Nashua, New Hampshire. She is currently double majoring in marketing and communication. Katherine has played for the club soccer team her entire time at BC. She is looking forward to becoming a member of the Bystander team and joining the discussion of sexual assault on campus to help raise awareness for this issue. Specifically, Katherine is fervent about shedding light on certain linguistic choices in media that perpetuate victim-blaming attitudes, in an attempt to combat that facet of rape culture. Katherine can generally be found fashion blogging, thrift shopping, practicing French and German with her twin, and obsessing over her two adorable dogs.
Nicole Bowen, MCAS ’18, is from Westchester, New York. She is pursuing a major in Biology and a minor in Medical Humanities. Nicole is passionate about women’s empowerment, gender equality, and sexual consent. She hopes to encourage an open dialogue about these issues during her second year as a Bystander Trainer. Outside of the Bystander Program, Nicole works as an undergraduate research assistant under Dr. Katerina Pauli in the Johnson Laboratory. She is also a retired Chocolate Bar Barista and a leader for CURA, a faith based reflection group on campus. Nicole is happiest when she is hiking, reading, making corny jokes, petting dogs, or drinking coffee.
Michael Burke, MCAS '18, is an English and Music double major and Philosophy minor from Waltham, Massachusetts. In addition to joining the Bystander Intervention program, Michael sings with the University Chorale and Liturgy Arts Group, works with the St. Joseph's Project, and has curated exhibits with the Burns and O'Neill Libraries. He is excited to engage in the important work of raising awareness and facilitating a dialogue about sexual assault on campus. Michael lives for bad puns, loud music, and good books.
Michelle Castro, CSOM ’18, is a management major from Los Angeles, California. She is currently concentrating in Computer Science and Business Analytics and is passionate about increasing the number of girls that go into STEM. In addition to the Bystander Intervention Program, Michelle is actively involved with the Office of International Students and Scholars, participating in both the International Assistant and Conversation Partners programs. In the summer she teaches at an all-girls coding camp. Michelle is excited to be participating in a campus-wide dialogue about sexual assault and is eager to raise awareness in the hope to make BC a safer campus.
Thomasina Deering, MCAS ’18, is from Lake Forest, Illinois. She is currently pursuing a major in Economics with a minor in Womens and Gender Studies and/or Theology. During the upcoming year, Thomasina is looking forward to leading a CURA group, joining the University Chorale, discovering passions and getting involved! She enjoys watching spoken word poetry, eating sour skittles and meeting new people. Thomasina is looking forward to learning more about sexual violence on college campuses and raising awareness in the Boston College community.
Ella Jenak, MCAS '18, is ecstatic to be joining the Bystander Intervention team for her third year. She has always found herself to be hugely passionate about combating sexual assault, so it was due time she started channeling that passion into constructive action in the community. She is pursuing an International Studies major with a French minor, is a member of Appalachia Volunteers, University Chorale, and serves as an editor for The Gavel. Hailing from Colorado, Ella loves hiking, skiing and the outdoors (except for the bugs, she hates the bugs). Her ideal day would be spent exploring a city on foot, reading, drinking buckets of coffee and laughing with friends.
Krickett Kazyak, MCAS ’18, is a Psychology Major with a Chinese Minor. Krickett is originally from Brighton, Michigan but spent five years living in Shanghai and Singapore. In addition to Bystander, Krickett is treasurer of Project Sunshine, a chair of EagleMUNC, and is involved in Student Admissions Program and Appalachia Volunteers. Krickett is passionate about facilitating a conversation on campus regarding consent, empowerment, and sexual assault intervention. Krickett loves bubble tea, running, scuba diving, and breakfast with her friends.
Andy Kearney, CSOM ’18, is originally from the small town of Redding, CT, about an hour outside New York City. He is pursuing concentrations in accounting and information systems, and is particularly interested in exploring the intersection of business and social justice. Andy is extremely excited to be retruning the Bystander team in the fall semester after embarking on a study abroad experience at University College London last spring. Outside of Bystander, Andy is involved with the Appalachia Volunteers of Boston College, the Student Admissions Program, and the Boston College chapter of Moneythink. When he’s not at BC, Andy enjoys hiking the Appalachian Trail, attending music festivals, and hopelessly cheering on the New York Mets.
Claire Kramer, LSOE '18,is from Milford, Connecticut. She is pursuing an Applied Psychology and Human Development major with a focus in Human Services, and a minor in Environmental Studies. Claire is interested in Animal Assisted Intervention/ therapy for humans struggling with mental illness or trauma, and hopes to combine her dedication to people with her love of dogs. In addition, Claire is constantly working to provide women the space to share their voices. She is on the council for The Laughing Medusa, an all-female literary magazine on campus and a place for the female population at BC to open up about women's issues. Claire is also on the Golden Eagles Dance Team and loves using dance as an expression of emotion and strength. Claire also enjoys: rescuing animals, FaceTiming her dogs at home, and waiting in line for an Addie's milkshake.
Katie Laurila, MCAS ’18, is a Psychology major and German minor from Cambridge, MA. When she’s not rabidly pursuing gender equality, Katie can be found in the BC Morality Lab doing research, in the art studio, at her on campus job, or helping to run EagleMUNC. She is thrilled to be with Bystander this year and helping to spread awareness about sexual assault on campus. Katie loves baseball, brunch, and slowly losing all her friends through badly-told puns.
Megan O’Neill, MCAS ’18, is from Stamford, Connecticut. She is pursuing a major in mathematics while currently exploring various minors. She’s thrilled to begin her third year with the Bystander team and is extremely passionate about putting an end to sexual violence so students can feel safe and comfortable on campus and everywhere. Megan is a food lover and can often be found exploring the city of Boston (though mainly its restaurants). She also enjoys reading, re-rewatching the entire series of LOST, singing along to Billy Joel, and hanging out with her sister.
Rachel Piccolino, MCAS '18, is a senior majoring in psychology with a minor in medical humanities. She hopes to pursue a career in the field of public health and eventually get her master's degree. On campus, she spends her time working as a research assistant in an infant psychology lab and as a student supervisor in the Robsham Theater Box Office. Rachel also loves baking anything involving chocolate, taking far too many pictures of her puppy, and eating breakfast food for any meal. She is thrilled to be returning to the Bystander team for her third year and looks forward to continuing the fight against sexual assault on campus!
Brielle Scuteri, MCAS '18, is from small town Florham Park in northern New Jersey. As a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, she is pursuing a B.S. in psychology with the intent to one day become a psychiatrist. This is her third year with the Women’s Center as a Bystander trainer, and she is eagerly anticipating being involved in such a program that so powerfully and meaningfully influences the BC community. Her interests include reading fiction novels, watching horror movies, doing personal art projects, and talking to a myriad of different people about random things.
Maggie Stern, MCAS '18, is from Portland, Oregon, which means she loves thrift stores, her bike, and independent coffeehouses of all kinds. She sings with the University Chorale and volunteers with Prison Arts Outreach and Big Sisters of Boston, which has helped developed her passion for women's issues. On a perfect day she can be found on an inner tube, floating down the river on a warm August afternoon with a good book, good music, and good friends. She is excited to join the Bystander team and be a part of the conversation about sexual violence and gender rights on campus.
Nicole Suozzo, MCAS ’18, is from Westchester, New York. She is majoring in Economics and minoring in International Studies (International Cooperation and Conflict). In addition to her participation in the Bystander Intervention program, Nicole is chairperson for the Relay For Life Survivorship Committee and Executive Board member for the Economics Association. She is excited to take part in the movement towards gender equality and looks forward to raising awareness about sexual violence on college campuses.
Kelly Vogel, MCAS '18, is from Coronado, a small town near San Diego, California. As a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, she is currently double majoring in Psychology (B.S.) and Economics, although she has no idea yet what she is going to do with those degrees. This is her second year as a member of the Bystander Team, and she is excited to be a part of a group that has such a great impact on campus. Kelly loves volunteering with the Campus School, hanging out with her friends, and watching adorable baby animal videos.
Kristen Wnuck, MCAS '18, is from South Windsor, CT. She is majoring in Psychology with minors in Hispanic Studies and Managing for Social Impact and the Public Good. Kristen plays for the Club Field Hockey team, participates in BC Relay for Life as a member of the Corporate Sponsorship Committee and a Team Captain, and has been a part of Appalachia Volunteers. She is excited to contribute to conversations about consent and empowerment through the Bystander Intervention program and the Women's Center, and is passionate about helping to build a campus culture in which everyone feels safe. She loves being outside, exploring, and eating ice cream.
Tara Hebert, MCAS ‘18, is from Fitchburg Massachusetts. She is pursuing a major in Biology, a minor in Irish Studies, and is on the Pre-Medical track. Tara hopes to pursue a career in community medicine and is especially passionate about preventative medicine. She is excited for her first year on the Bystander team and looks forward to encouraging conversation about sexual assault and consent. In addition to being a Bystander Trainor, Tara is on the Executive Board of the Random Acts of Kindness club, volunteers at a St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children, and is a member of the Arrupe International Immersion Program. In her free time, Tara loves going to brunch, binge watching Netflix, and traveling.
Derek Bleakley, MCAS ’18, is from Westchester, New York. He is majoring in Economics with a minor Philosophy and is pursuing law school after BC. In addition to the Bystander Intervention Program, he is also entering his second year as an RA in the Vandy/90 community. He loves sports, Netflix, TV shows, video games, and hanging out with friends. Derek joined Bystander to educate his peers at BC on sexual assault prevention and to serve as a positive role model for younger students specifically. He is enthusiastic about encouraging dialogues around healthy relationships, gender norms on BC’s campus, and how to create a safe community for the student body.
Maddy Karsten, MCAS ’19, is from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Maddy is an International Studies Major, a Hispanic Studies Minor and on a Pre-Medical track. She has a dog and is the middle child of three. On campus she is also involved in UGBC working in the Mental Health Committee, and she volunteers at a local hospital. Maddy is excited to be a part of Bystander this year because she believes that sexual assault on college campuses is such a huge problem all over the country right now, and she is hoping she can change that here at BC!
Alicia Clow, MCAS '19, is from Tokyo, Japan. She is an International Studies major with a concentration in Ethics & International Social Justice. Alicia's first step into getting involved with gender equality and social justice was through a club she founded in high school called Students Advocating Gender Equality (SAGE). At her university she transferred from, she was an Equity Center Educator that did Escalation Workshops and supported other equity-related clubs on campus. Currently, she is also the secretary for the Middle East and Islamic Studies Student Association. Alicia loves to go to concerts, try new cafes and restaurants, people watch, or to stay in and watch a documentary or to write. As a transfer student, she is very excited to get more involved at BC, and to meet more people who share the same passion for gender equality and social justice as her.
Erin Lyons, MCAS '19, is from Manhasset, New York. She is currently pursuing a Political Science and History double major, with a minor in Faith, Peace and Justice concentrating in Human Ethics. Erin is very dedicated to breaking down negative stigmas, and encouraging conversations about both sexual violence and mental health. Erin is a 4Boston volunteer, where she works at Women's Lunch Place, an all-women's homeless shelter in Boston. She is also a member of BC's chapter of To Write Love on Her Arms, where she leads discussions pertaining to mental health with BC freshman. Erin loves reading, drinking coffee, eating (Long Island) bagels, talking about her homeless friends and making terrible jokes.
Lucy Kaneb, MCAS ’19, is a Communication major and History minor. She is from Cambridge, MA and is a lifelong Boston sports fan who hopes to pursue a career in broadcast journalism. Having attended all-girls school from 6th-12th grade, Lucy became passionate about issues like gender inequality, LGBT rights, and violence against women early on, and got involved with the Women’s Center at BC in order to channel her concern into action. As a Bystander Trainer, Lucy hopes to spread awareness about important topics like sexual assault prevention and consent so that BC can be a leader in ending the stigma and inaction surrounding these issues.
Elizabeth Wollan, MCAS ’19 is a proud resident of St. Paul, Minnesota. She is majoring in Political Science with a double minor in International Studies and Hispanic Studies and is honored to be joining the Bystander Team when she returns from her fall semester spent studying abroad in Madrid. In addition to Bystander, Elizabeth is an undergraduate research fellow, a member of the Common Tones of Boston College, the University Chorale, Campus Ministry, Arrupe, and teaches ESL classes at the Boston College Neighborhood Center. She is particularly passionate about international women’s rights and international women’s education and looks forward to facilitating and participating in conversations surrounding sexual violence, consent, and gender equality at Boston College and beyond. She hopes that spaces created by the Bystander Program continue to act as a catalyst of change, forming an environment in which people of all genders, sexualities, races, ethnicities, and abilities feel empowered and supported. Elizabeth enjoys green tea, corny puns, warm hugs, arranging music, hearing stories, and sharing meals with friends.
Michaela Chipman, MCAS ‘19, is a Political Science and Biology double major and Medical Humanities minor from Norfolk, MA. She is passionate about reducing the stigma surrounding feminism and empowering women, and is honored to be a member of the Bystander Team. Michaela is also a member of the BC Sharps A Cappella group, the BC Women’s Rugby Team, and the Bellarmine Law Society. When she’s not at a meeting or working in the Dean of Students Office, you can find her reading a book in the Stokes Honors Library or running around Boston taking pictures.
Greg Gaillardetz, MCAS ’19, is from Boston, MA. He is currently working towards a Biochemistry major and hopes to do research in Neuroscience. In his free time, Greg enjoys playing lacrosse and racquetball, listening to EDM, hiking, and hanging out with his Little Brother through the Big Brother program. As a Bystander trainer, Greg hopes to spread awareness to a wider demographic about sexual violence on college campuses and how to prevent it.
Kristina Major, MCAS ’19, is an English and Communication Double Major with a History Minor from Wakefield, Massachusetts. Kristina is a member of the Dance Organization of Boston College (DOBC). She is so excited to be working with Bystander Intervention to spread awareness about sexual assault on campus, and participate in the many important dialogues that will follow. Kristina is passionate about empowering people of all genders, sexualities, races, ethnicities, and abilities in order to help overcome erasure and structural oppression. In her free time, she enjoys editing her friends’ papers, choreographing in her head to every song on Spotify, drinking iced coffee in the winter, and exploring Boston with her friends.
Conor O'Neil, CSOM '19, is from Saint Petersburg, Florida. He is double majoring in finance and operations management and is interested in pursuing a career in entrepreneurial consulting. In his free time, Conor enjoys partaking in a wide range of water sports including scuba diving, wakeboarding, and kiteboarding. Conor is excited to begin his second year with the Bystander team. He hopes his work with Stand Up BC will help open campus dialogue on issues of relational and sexual violence
Trish Rodican, CSOM '19, is from Norwalk, Connecticut. She is pre-law and is currently pursuing a major in Management and Leadership with a minor in International Studies. In addition to the Bystander Intervention program, she is a proud member of the Shaw Leadership program, The Rock at Boston College, and WZBC. Trish is thrilled to have the opportunity to educate others, raise awareness, and expand the conversation about sexual assault on campus as a Bystander trainer. In her spare time, she loves to listen to music, play bass and guitar, go to concerts, wander museums, read, write poetry, take long walks, and explore new places.
Amelia Orlando, MCAS '19, is from Madison, Connecticut. She is a Communication major with a minor American Studies with a concentration in Journalism. Amelia is excited to get involved as a Bystander Education Trainer to learn more about preventing sexual violence and spreading awareness of this major issue. She is also eager to share what she learns with the greater BC community in hopes to make our campus as safe as possible for everyone on it. Amelia is also an Officer of the University Chorale and an RA in the CKM community. A few of her favorite things include watching movies, reading, making people laugh, and spending time outside.
Sydney Koehler, MCAS ’20, is from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is currently pursuing a double-major in Political Science and English, and plans to minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. She is a member of the University Chorale of Boston College and also occasionally writes for The Heights. On campus, you can often find Sydney hanging out in the chocolate bar or hogging a practice room in Lyons 4. She loves traveling, hiking, exploring all that Boston has to offer, and humoring people with her Minnesotan accent. Sydney is passionate about gender equality and female empowerment, so she’s extremely excited to be a part of the Bystander team this year!
Nicola Roux, MCAS '20, is from Vienna, VA (a suburb of Washington, D.C.) and is a Psychology BS major on a premed track with a minor in French. Nicola is passionate about bringing awareness to and ending sexual violence and rape on college campuses and hopes to be able to address some of the stigma that surrounds these issues in her role as a Bystander trainer. She is looking forward to facilitating better conversations with her friends and peers about sexual assault and consent. In addition to Bystander, Nicola is involved in Project Sunshine, BC Club Equestrian, and works as a research assistant in the Language Learning Lab here at BC! Nicola is: a morning person, a determined but slow runner, a frequent petter of dogs, a lover of good books, and a brunch enthusiast.
Amanda Ilaria, MCAS ’20, is a Philosophy and Sociology major from Zionsville, Indiana and hopes to eventually pursue a career in nursing and public health. She is very excited to be a part of the Bystander Intervention program working to help educate and empower the Boston College community. She is passionate about reducing the stigmas surrounding feminism and creating a culture of equality and open dialogue. In addition to being a Bystander Trainer, Amanda is involved with the LEAD program, GlobeMed, Council for Women of Boston College, and works in the Philosophy Department. In her free time, she enjoys reading, exploring Boston, hiking, and spending time with friends.
Noah Jussila, MCAS '20, is from West Greenwich, Rhode Island. He is majoring in mathematics and economics, and hopes to one day either pursue a PhD in economics or a law degree. Being raised by a single mother instilled within Noah the importance of treating women with respect, and inspired him to become a Bystander Trainer. He is excited to help Boston College move in the direction of a campus where everyone feels safe and respected regardless of what gender they identify with. Along with participating in the Bystander Intervention Program, Noah is a member of the Shaw Leadership Program, and is one of the two co-directors of the Montserrat Coalition's student executive board. In his free time, Noah cycles, plays video games, and embraces his inner sloth by sleeping copious amounts.
Erin McHugh, MCAS '20 is a sophomore from Morristown, New Jersey. She is majoring in biology in addition to minoring in history. Erin has always been passionate about gender equality, open discussion about sexual assault on campus, and female empowerment. She is excited to be a bystander trainer this year and will also be volunteering through PULSE and attending an Arrupe service trip this winter. In her free time, she enjoys reading, going to the beach and searching for the best slice of pizza.
Samantha Ricci, MCAS’20, is from Waltham, Massachusetts. She is pre law and currently pursuing a History major and Medical Humanities minor. She is passionate in ensuring that every person is treated as a human being. She is very excited to join the Bystander team and to continue to participate in and facilitate conversations about sexual assault and campus sexual violence. In her free time, Samantha enjoys reading everything, dancing, trying to be funny, and continuously demolishing the patriarchy.
Alexis Sabbaghian, MCAS ’20, is from Lafayette, Louisiana. She is majoring in Economics an intended minor in Mathematics or French. In addition to Bystander, Alexis participated in the Catalyst Program this past summer, and will be the Director of Outreach in the Communications division of Boston College’s Undergraduate Government this year. She is incredibly excited to be a part of Bystander this year, and remains passionate about facilitating conversations surrounding consent, hook-up culture, gender empowerment. In her spare time, Alexis enjoys surfing & paddle boarding, visiting art museums, and volunteering at animal shelters.
Caroline Keil, LSOE ‘20, is an Applied Psychology & Human Development and Communications double major. Native to the North Fork of Long Island, NY Caroline enjoys sailing and all things beach related, and coaches youth sailing during the summer. Caroline is very passionate about preventing sexual assault on campus and is interested in women's health issues, body positivity, and the stigmas surrounding feminism. During her freshman year, Caroline enjoyed volunteering through APPA, being a member of Ascend and working as an intern for the Arts Council.
Sarah Ansari, MCAS '20, is from Parsippany, New Jersey. She is working on a Biochemistry major with a minor in Philosophy. Being on the Pre-Med track, Sarah can be found studying in O'Neil, sitting on Stokes lawn with her chemistry books, or procrastinating in her dorm room, sleeping. Sarah is excited for her first year as an active member of the Bystander community. She is passionate about female empowerment and gender equality, and enhancing the lives of those who are oppressed by encouraging conversations in and formulating resolutions for such issues. In addition to her work at the WC, Sarah is involved with many community service and cultural groups on campus.
Ellen Kang, MCAS '20, is a Psychology major from Clarksburg, Maryland. She is passionate about promoting equality and deeply cares about social issues regarding race, gender, and socioeconomics. Ellen joined Bystander Intervention in hopes of breaking the stigma attached to victims of sexual assault and the psychological effects that often result from these traumatic events. She hopes to convey a message of not only self-defense against sexual predators, but also the overall prevention and elimination of sexual assault on BC's campus. In addition to being a Bystander Trainer, Ellen is also involved in Ecopledge and UGBC's Environmental Caucus. She enjoys reading, watching movies, hiking, and binging drinking tea.
Eliza Manriquez, MCAS ’20, is a sociology major with plans of going to law school. She is from Orlando, Florida and therefore loves Disney World. She is really excited to become a Bystander trainer in order to promote awareness about sexual assault and the importance of intersectionality in these discussions. Eliza also has an amazing service dog by her side at all times who she loves to travel and explore with.
Grace Mitchell, MCAS ’20, is from Barrington, IL but now lives in Maine where she works as a licensed kayaking guide during the summer. She is double majoring in economics and international studies. Before beginning at BC she took a gap year to study Mandarin Chinese in a local Chinese high school. Grace enjoys hiking, running, studying foreign languages, and reading in her free time. She is honored to have the opportunity to make a meaningful impact on our campus with the Bystander team.
Eilidh Currie, MCAS ’20, is from North Bend, Washington. She is studying political science and sociology and hopes to establish a career in policymaking. Eilidh is passionate about women’s issues and is dedicated to opening an important dialogue about sexual assault on campus. She is looking forward to working with the Bystander team to make BC a safer place by spreading awareness about the issues surrounding sexual assault and consent. In her free time, Eilidh enjoys running, watching Netflix, and planning elaborate trips around the world she may never be able to afford.
Juan Lones, CSOM '20, is from Bronx, NY, and is majoring in Finance and hopes to one day get his MBA. He is a member of Boston College's B.E.A.T.S a capella group, and works at Campus Ministry. Juan is passionate about social justice and intersectionality. He is excited be a part of the Bystander community and hopes to facilitate conversation about feminism, gender equality, and sexual assault prevention on campus. Juan enjoys many different sports and can be found playing basketball at the Plex instead of studying.