Ledeebari Banuna is a junior at the University at Buffalo from Buffalo, NY pursuing a bachelor of science in business administration and a bachelor of arts in political science. Besides serving on the Alison Des Forges Memorial Committee in an honorary capacity as the first Alison Des Forges Scholar, she is also a member of the Daniel Acker Scholars Program and the Ronald McNair Scholars Program. Ledeebari is a HSBC Scholar and was selected to be a 2015-2016 Success through Access to Guidance and Experience (SAGE) Program intern. She is an avid artist, enjoys reading and writing, and was elected president of the United Nations Association Student Alliance. Ledeebari’s research interests, are varied but center around human rights activism and social entrepreneurship. She is interested in peace and conflict studies, genocide awareness and prevention, and reducing environmental degradation. She has served as a teaching assistant for a 400-level political science course taught by SUNY Distinguished Professor Dr. Claude Welch and taught a lecture on perspectives on human rights in Africa. She is passionate about refugee and immigrant issues and hopes to contribute to the growth of Buffalo by providing young women in Western New York with a voice to enact positive change in their community. Ledeebari plans to apply her experiences in working with students at Bennett High School through the FAFSA Completion Project, prior internship experience at Vive La Casa refugee center, and her personal narrative to her future career as a human rights and environmental lawyer.