Student Ambassador Board

• Oakley Gollup (Deerfield Middle/High School)
• Valeria Vayserberg (McFarland High School)
• Louie (Katelyn) Pigott (McFarland High School)
• Bushra Arif (McFarland High School)
• Anja Rathje (Mount Horeb High School)
• Kaitlyn Farr (Mount Horeb High School)
• Lucas Gonzalez (Mount Horeb High School)
• Paige Owens (Mount Horeb High School)
• Caroline Kruepke (Mount Horeb High School)
• Lorelai Lawry (Mount Horeb High School)
• Kayla Buelling (Edgewood High School)
• Hailee Fredrickson (Platteville High School)
• Lazlo Camou (Platteville High School)
• Emelia Thelemann (Platteville High School)
• Gaolee Yang (Stoughton High School)
• Lily O’Hearn (Stoughton High School)
• Lisa Wang (Stoughton High School)
• Rylee Campbell (Stoughton High School)
• Chalee Pinnow (Stoughton High School)
• Tobie Bluel-Campbell (Stoughton High School)
• Rahma Mohamed (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
• Jaskiran Kaur Sandhu (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
• Sofia Rodriguez (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
• Hema Patel (University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point)
• Mariana Martinez (University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point)
• Shayla Schwingle (University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point)
• Tala Allan (University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point)
• Yazeed Allan (University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point)

Valeria Vayserberg (McFarland High School)

Valery is a freshman at McFarland high school where she quickly has found interest in a variety of clubs. She is involved in DECA, Model UN, Soccer, Basketball, and a teen writing group. In early October, she was put into a group chat with an unbelievable amount of hate speech towards minorities and decided to take a stand. This lead to a petition with over 550 signatures and joined We Are Many United Against Hate which aligns closely with her goals and values.

Louie (Katelyn) Pigott (McFarland High School)

Hi there, I’m Katelyn! I’m 16 years old and a sophomore at McFarland High school.

I use they/them pronouns and am involved in Model United Nation, Gender Sexuality Alliance, and looking forward to UAH!

Bushra Arif (McFarland High School)

Hi! I’m Bushra Arif and I am a freshman at McFarland High School. I partake in the McFarland High School Black Student Union, Multicultural Club, Eco Club, Ambassadors, our own UAH, and an independent study where we focus on equity and growth for all of our students and staff. In and out of school, I look forward to changing our society for the better and seeking opportunities to involve myself with equity work in order to make that change. Outside of school, I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends, doing henna art, cooking, baking, and just having fun! I love science and (weirdly enough!) writing essays. I try my best to make my work shine in school, but sometimes that gets hard with all of the microaggressions and racism I come in contact with every now and then. I want to work towards making a change in the McFarland School District (and beyond) in order to make it a safe and welcoming place for the upcoming minority groups in the younger grades. My goal is to work towards a healthy environment for everyone in my school, town, and community all while working alongside the movement of WAM-UAH. I’m so excited to be working with them!

Anja Rathje (Mount Horeb High School)

Hey, I’m Anja, a senior at Mount Horeb High school. I’m in the National Arts Honor Society and Ecology club.

I’m also delighted to be a part of UAH and work together to make this world a better place for everyone!

Kaitlyn Farr (Mount Horeb High School)

I am a senior at Mount Horeb High School.

I am and have been involved in many clubs and activities through high school such as photography, social justice, soccer, choir, sexuality and gender alliance (SAGA).

I am looking forward to being a part of United Against Hate!

Lucas Gonzalez (Mount Horeb High School)

Lucas Gonzalez is a senior at Mount Horeb High School where he is involved in numerous clubs. He is the president of our Student Council, member of our POWER club, and a part of our co-curricular music opportunities. Growing up, his parents have always taken him to rallies and marches fighting for the rights of undocumented immigrants in the state of Wisconsin, and after witnessing and viewing the amount of hate that is shown through social media, he decided to take a stand to ensure his community would be able to combat these struggles.

Paige Owens (Mount Horeb High School)

Hello, my name is Paige, I am a freshman at Mt. Horeb High School. I enjoy nature, science, and volunteering. I grew up in the Southern United States, where prejudice and hate speech often went unnoticed or unacknowledged due to a lack of resources. However, after moving up north, I realized I now can create a difference. So, I decided to try to stand up against prejudice and hate speech that’s present in my surroundings.

Caroline Kruepke (Mount Horeb High School)

I am a freshman at Mount Horeb High School. I feel most at home whenever I am at one of my ten clubs, which include Social Justice Club, Ecology Club, Spanish Club, and more. Until high school, I went to a small school with no social justice opportunities due to a lot of ignorance. People including myself who were in sexual or racial minorities always felt that they were the only ones in that position. I was definitely in the category of “uneducated” when it came to social justice beyond my personal background. My experiences at Mount Horeb High School, specifically in the Social Justice Club, have taught me so much. I hope I succeed in using my knowledge in a positive way as a part of United Against Hate.

Lorelai Lawry (Mount Horeb High School)

I am a freshman at Mount Horeb High School. I am a part of 9 different clubs including Social Justice Club, Energy Team, Ecology Club, Future Problem Solvers, Student Council, Club Interact, and many more. I also am a part of the music department and am in both choir and band. Making sure everyone feels welcome, included, and just overall safe is something that is very important to me. I want to make sure my school, community, and eventually the world are safe spaces for everyone. I am super excited to join We Are Many United Against Hate so that I can help combat the hate in our world.

Kayla Buelling (Edgewood High School)

Hello, my name is Kayla Buelling. I was born and raised in a suburb in Chicago, Illinois. My family and I have just moved to Madison, Wisconsin in the summer of 2019. I have one younger sister who is in the sixth grade. I am a Junior at Edgewood High School in Madison. Some of my interests are volleyball, reading and helping others. I am part of the Smile in the Community club at Edgewood because I feel like we should help as many people as possible.  It is very important to make sure that everyone living on Earth receives the same respect that you would want for yourself. I believe that United Against Hate is helping to achieve this goal and that is why I am proud to be on the advisory board.

Hailee Fredrickson (Platteville High School)

My name is Hailee Fredrickson and I am a senior at Platteville High School. In addition to our high school’s Diverse Student Alliance, I’m also involved in theater, Grant County Teen Court, the Young Scientists Club, NHS, and the Science Olympiad.

A little about me: I’ve always been very aware of the way people were treated in my school. Even in 5th grade, I can remember looking around me and noticing all the small injustices and prejudices that would add up in our halls. But I didn’t know how to do anything about it, I didn’t know what I was supposed to do. I was scared. It’s hard for someone young to know how to handle such big issues. Finally, when I got to high school, the dam broke, and I knew things needed to change. Through working with DSA and WAMUAH I’ve overcome my fears and found my passion in advocating for my peers and helping our school foster acceptance and respect for all people.

Lazlo Camou (Platteville High School)

Hi! My name is Lazlo Camou! I am 17 years old, and I am a senior at Platteville High School.

With two immigrant parents, each from different countries, I have been surrounded by a diversity of cultures as I grew up. I lived the first twelve years of my life in NYC before moving to Fairfax, VA for four years, and finally to Platteville, Wisconsin in 2022. With each move, I noticed a significant change in the diversity that surrounded me, and in Platteville, I saw a drop in the diversity, equity, and inclusion principles that had been normal to me for most of my life. That’s when I decided that I wanted to catalyze positive change in my school and the world around me.

Beyond my dedication and passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion, I am a big fan of environmental sustainability and the chemical sciences. I am a part of Grant County Teen Court, NHS, and am a team captain for the Science Olympiad at my School. In addition, I founded a “Young Scientists Club” in order to make STEM fields seem more fun and accessible for students at the high school and, hopefully this year, middle school levels. I also act as a research assistant for two chemistry professors at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Overall, I am dedicated to making a positive impact on the world around me and creating channels of support for others with similar passions!

Emelia Thelemann (Platteville High School)

Emelia Thelemann is a Senior at Platteville High School. Currently, she is involved in the Speech Team, the school play, track, and the Diverse Student Alliance (DSA). Next year she intends on going to college and majoring in Environmental Science. She joined DSA her freshman year, also the year it was founded. After multiple instances where her close friend was experiencing many racist and hateful comments, they decided to go to one of the meetings together. Since then, she has continued to not only educate her peers, but also herself.

Gaolee Yang (Stoughton High School)

Hi! My name is Gaolee Yang, and I’m a senior at Stoughton High School. In my free time, I like to build Legos, play piano, go out with my friends, spend time with my family, listen to music, and travel. I also spend time with residents at the local nursing home where I work, and volunteer at the Stoughton Hospital. I play on the Varsity Volleyball team at school and
participate in our Student Council, Link Crew, Environmental Club, and National Honor Society. I think growing up as a second-generation Hmong American in a predominantly White community gave me a different perspective than my peers when it came to topics like racial prejudice and the importance of representation in media. I think becoming a bigger part of UAH will allow me to educate others on topics like these and I’m looking forward to being part of the team.

Lily O’Hearn (Stoughton High School)

Hey, my name is Lily, and I am a junior at Stoughton High School.
I am class president and am involved in choir, musicals, spirit of excellence committee, executive board in our student senate, forensics, the school newspaper, and link crew. I am also prom committee president and serve on the school board as the district student representative. I am excited to join UAH and utilize this opportunity to improve my school’s safety and climate.

Lisa Wang (Stoughton High School)

Hi! I’m Lisa, a junior at Stoughton High School. I’ve lived in Stoughton for all of my life, and to be blunt, I’ve always had a weird relationship with calling this city my ‘community’ or ‘home’; there is a certain level of disconnect where you’re one of the few people of color in the city.

I think a big influence of that feeling can be found in schools. Being in school is one of the first times kids interact with others from all walks of life. However, it can also become a key moment when you realize you don’t ‘fit it.’ While a bit ambitious, my goal is to improve my school so that all students can feel like they have a ‘community’ that will support and empower them. I’m part of the Student Action Committee at my school and Dane County Equity Consortium’s JUSTIFY. With these two groups, I’m learning ways to help achieve my goal.

I’m very excited to be part of UAH! There are many things I’ll learn from being part of this organization, and I will do my best to honor the mission of We Are Many – United Against Hate.

Rylee Campbell (Stoughton High School)

Hi! My name is Rylee Campbell and I am a sophomore at Stoughton High School. I started to really get into social issues during COVID when many upsetting events took place, and I realized that things need to change, hence why I am so excited to join this group. I enjoy singing, competition dance, acting, napping, watching movies, and hanging out with friends. At my high school I am one of five social media ambassadors for our school district, a Stoughton Norwegian Dancer (you should look it up, it’s really cool!), a member of Student Senate, a Head Table Madrigal, and I perform in the school’s musicals. I learned about this opportunity through my teacher of a class we have here in Stoughton, which many refer to as “Voices of America.” This class has not only educated me more about the social injustices I have learned about since I was 11, but has given me more initiative to create a change and understand the world around me. I can’t wait to start working with United Against Hate!

Chalee Pinnow (Stoughton High School)

Hi, my name is Chalee, and I’m a senior at Stoughton High School. I’m the co-president of the Environmental Club and am involved in volleyball, Link Crew, Prom Committee, Student Senate, Key Club, and club volleyball, and it’s my first year playing softball! I’m very excited to be joining United Against Hate because I think it will be a great opportunity to make our school and community a safer and more welcoming environment!

Tobie Bluel-Campbell (Stoughton High School)

Hi, my name is Tobie Bluel-Campbell, and I am a sophomore at Stoughton High School! I have really been interested in putting my voice into the world since I grasped the idea of an opinion. I think there are plenty of things within our world that need to change, and I am so proud to be part of something that will take one step toward the betterment of culture and interaction in our world. At my high school, I play on the tennis team, am a part of choir and band, and am one of five media ambassadors for our school district. Outside, I am in advanced acting classes and have been for four years in total. Like I said before, I am so proud and happy to be a part of this group and am very excited to see what it brings me! 🙂

Rahma Mohamed (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Rahma Mohamed is a first-generation Somali-American who was born in California. She has lived in Wisconsin for over 7 years and graduated from James Madison Memorial High School in Madison, Wisconsin at the age of 16. An honor roll student, Rahma went on to attend the University of Wisconsin- Madison. She plans to major in Mechanical Engineering and will further her education by attending flight school to become a professional pilot. Rahma has previously been recognized for her achievements and has received over 30 awards and accolades such as the Senatorial Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence and the Outstanding Young Person Award from the Urban League of Madison. 

Since moving to Wisconsin, Rahma has earned three titles in pageantry and had to honor of representing the State of Wisconsin at the state and national level. Most recently, Rahma was the former Miss World America Wisconsin. She has competed and placed in the world’s two most influential pageant organizations under the Miss Universe and Miss World organizations. This allowed her to develop her voice and understand how she aims to empower others and impact the world while remaining true to her values. Through her community service and groundbreaking work in the pageant industry, Rahma has been published in over 20 media outlets including NBC, the Times of India, Pageant Planet, Muslim, and many more.

Rahma is also a passionate activist on a variety of issues including but not limited to combating Islamophobia, demanding common-sense Gun Control, and fighting for Women’s Rights. In the spring of 2018, Rahma helped lead the gun control marches that took the nation by storm after the Parkland shooting where she gave speeches from her unique perspective as a black, Muslim, daughter of immigrants and student who is especially at risk of being targeted beyond the classroom. For her efforts on her continued activism, Rahma has received the New Leaders Award from the Democratic Party of Wisconsin (not affiliated).

Coming from a strong family legacy of public servants, Rahma has a strong passion for serving the under-served. Her mother named her Rahma which means “the most merciful” in hopes that her daughter would continue this legacy. Such values-led Rahma found a non-profit organization, Mercy Intercontinental, whose goal is to develop underprivileged areas internationally through sustainable initiatives distinctly catered to the needs of the region of operation while empowering women. She was inspired to create this organization when she traveled alone at the age of 16 to the country of her heritage, Somalia, deemed “the most dangerous place in the world” by Foreign Policy. She lived in Somalia from August to October 2018 to survey the needs of the African nation while gaining first-hand experience on how to navigate the country on the ground. She worked with ministers, orphanages, farmers, institutes of education, and CEOs of large corporations in Somalia only to notice that the issues faced in their country are faced by countries all over the world, motivating her to create an international non-profit.

To learn more about Rahma Mohamed, you can follow her on Instagram @realrahmamohamed.

Jaskiran Kaur Sandhu (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

My name is Jaskiran. I am a student studying biology at University of Wisconsin – Madison. I am a first-generation Punjabi-Sikh. I was born and raised in Madison.

Serving the community is something that I have grown to enjoy and advocate. From an early age, I learned the importance of community service through the values of my religion, Sikhism. One of the three pillars of Sikhism is Vand Ke Shakna and it means to “share and consume together”; it tells us that we should always share the wealth we have – regardless of whether that wealth be physical or intangible – with our community and to give to those who lack it.

Over the many years, I have participated in local food drives that my Sikh temple organized, served food to the homeless people in the city of Madison, and volunteered at the hospital as an aide – discharging patients, helping the nurses, and making the hospital a supportive environment.

Coming to UW-Madison and joining the Sikh Student Association, I have learned how much more I want to do for the community, and how I can perform Vand ke Shakna through spreading awareness of not only my religion, culture, and personal experiences but also those of other minority groups. I believe the first step to fighting any sort of hatred and dispelling any misconceptions, in the community, starts with education. With this education, addressing issues that we face as a society such as race-based discrimination, gender inequality, or hate crimes can bring people together. Through United Against Hate, I hope to help be part of the cause that will foster diversity and spread awareness to the greater Madison community and beyond.

Sofia Rodriguez (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

My name is Sofia Rodriguez and I am a senior at UW-Madison studying Sociology with a Concentration in Analysis and Research. I grew up in Waukesha, WI, a suburb outside of Milwaukee that is almost 90% white. My mom is from Milwaukee and my dad grew up in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, so I was always aware of the way people from the suburbs viewed the city and the racism no one wanted to acknowledge.

At UW, I am a part of the Chancellor’s Scholarship program and a sibling of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated. I’ve also been active in the Madison community through the Morgridge Center for Public Service. This past spring, I began working on my Senior Honors Thesis in Sociology and became connected with Masood through my professor, Dr. Cramer, who is also a member of the Honorary Board. At the time, I was interested in studying contemporary white supremacy and the ways that groups attract young people online through social media. Masood and everyone connected with United Against Hate have been invaluable resources on all things related to hate in Wisconsin. As I continue to dive deeper into the ways racism presents itself in the Milwaukee suburbs, I continue to see how prevalent hate is and the long history of structural racism in the Milwaukee area. I look forward to continuing working with the team at UAH to further their mission of addressing the root causes of hate in our communities.

Hema Patel (University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point)

I’m Hema Patel and I’m a student at UW-Stevens Point, studying Biochemistry. I’m a first-generation student in my family. I was born and raised in Gujarat, India. My family and I moved to United states in September 2015.

I did not know the word racism until my family and I moved here, and as I became more aware of the word and the usage of it, I felt that only we are the people who can do something about it, or at least stand up for ourselves and our brothers and sisters who are getting bullied by racist people. I myself have been attacked multiple times by some people who believe that I don’t belong here, and I have to go back to “my country”, but this is my country and I have the right to be treated as fairly as any other person here. Every time I see someone getting attacked by a racist person, I feel like it is my responsibility to stand up for them, and that made me join this organization. I heard about WAM-UAH from my good friend Yazeed, and the minute I heard about it, I knew I wanted to be a part of it, and I am generously happy and proud to be a part of this organization which stands together and fights against hate. Let’s all unite together and make the world a better place by sharing love and peace with each other.

Mariana Martinez (University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point)

Hello! My name is Mariana, I am a junior at UW-Stevens Point with a major in Political Science and a minor in Spanish. I am a student senator on my campus’ Student Government Association. I grew up in an area that was of low income, the majority was People of Color, and crime was heavier than in other areas. I know how my neighbors and friends are perceived as by people who do not live in those areas, because I am from a beaten down area. This inspired me to work in politics to get to the root of the problem and enact legislation and laws that will increase the standard of living for all people, especially minority groups that are constantly underrepresented at tables where decisions are made. I look forward to what we will accomplish with this organization in the years to come.

Shayla Schwingle (University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point)

My name is Shayla. I am a student studying biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. I was born and raised in a very small-town Cameron Wisconsin.

Along with my schooling, I am in many student organizations at UWSP. I came across We Are Many-United Against Hate from a fellow student, who is now the president of the chapter at UWSP. When I heard about the mission for this movement I needed to join and spread the word.

After I saw the hate and division that is being shown in America over the years, I wanted to help spread awareness in any way I could. I believe that educating the public is the first step with bringing our country together and stopping the hate. United Against Hate is the best platform to spread awareness and bring light to the major issues that we have as a community and country.

Tala Allan (University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point)

My name is Tala and I’m a student studying Chemistry and Neuroscience Pre-med at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. I’m a Muslim Palestinian, I was raised in United Arab Emirates and moved to Wisconsin to pursue my Bachelor’s degree.

I grew up in a community where caring for others comes first, Islam taught us to always give and help people in need, and so growing up I volunteered at various charities. I have been part of the Palestinian Children Relief fund (PCRF) and I also started an initiative aimed to help refugees in UAE, Palestine, and Jordan.

Growing up in UAE and moving to Wisconsin has taught me that respecting others and their beliefs is a basic personality trait that one should have. I’m hoping that by being part of United Against Hate I would be able to make a change towards discrimination against minorities, and spread awareness amongst my community.

Yazeed Allan (University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point)

I am Yazeed Allan, I am majoring in Biochemistry Pre-Med at UW- Stevens Point. I am a Palestinian Muslim, I grew up in the UAE, and moved to Wisconsin my freshman year of college. 

I currently serve as the Student Government Association’s Inclusivity Director, where I work with my committee to promote inclusivity and pass legislation protecting the rights of marginalized communities on campus. I came across United Against Hate through my job with Diversity and College Access where I serve as the Social Justice Coordinator. My supervisor suggested we start the first student chapter of United Against Hate on a college campus, to which I enthusiastically agreed. I currently serve as the Student Chapter President, where we are working towards creating events that promote diversity, tolerance, and acceptance. 

I believe it is the responsibility of each and every single one of us to create a world that is better than the one we came into and experienced. Hatred and division are incredibly high, we need this movement now more than ever. We need to ensure that the rights of minorities and marginalized communities are protected, and that those individuals feel safe with their identity, and have equal right to self-expression. 

I hope to be able to create a more inclusive community wherever I go, where we are all able to cherish one another, and appreciate our differences. I aim to educate people and help people learn more about different cultures, ethnicities, religions, and much more, and most importantly advocating for tolerance, respect, and kindness for one another. 

At UW, I am a part of the Chancellor’s Scholarship program and a sibling of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated. I’ve also been active in the Madison community through the Morgridge Center for Public Service. This past spring, I began working on my Senior Honors Thesis in Sociology and became connected with Masood through my professor, Dr. Cramer, who is also a member of the Honorary Board. At the time, I was interested in studying contemporary white supremacy and the ways that groups attract young people online through social media. Masood and everyone connected with United Against Hate have been invaluable resources on all things related to hate in Wisconsin. As I continue to dive deeper into the ways racism presents itself in the Milwaukee suburbs, I continue to see how prevalent hate is and the long history of structural racism in the Milwaukee area. I look forward to continuing working with the team at UAH to further their mission of addressing the root causes of hate in our communities.