OUR board of directors
Culture Talk's origination began during the summer of 2020, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. While many experienced loss, confusion, and a multitude of various emotions, there was something that had to be done. With only 3 months of creating, team-building, and learning, Culture Talk became the organization that is today. Not only does it serve to educate, promote, and cherish our world's diversity, it also is a community of intelligent and innovative minds-- people who are passionate about making the world a better place. Rather than sitting idle, Culture Talk members strive to push for knowledge, change, and unity on all local and global scales. While the world might be hard to understand, we hope that we can bring insight and sentimentality to your journey.
Anusha Natarajan (Founder) / board of directors
Anusha Natarajan (she/her) is a student at Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University, majoring in Sociology and History. She has been passionate about celebrating cultural diversity since a young age. Coming to college, Anusha has been passionate about improving civic and cultural education. She wants to practice human rights and constitutional law with the hopes of serving in the International Criminal Court or the U.S. Foreign Service.
Trends leader / magazine editor / board of directors
Milla Nguyen (she/her) is a student at Arizona State University where she is majoring in Fashion Design and Film and Media Production. She looks forward to discovering what the world has to offer in terms of global fashion studies, trends, and entertainment news. She's excited to discuss topics of cultural diversity, women's rights, and societal limitations related to impoverished communities. In her spare time, she loves to curate photoshoots, paint, and listen to music. Her advice is to love those around you and see the world in a kaleidoscopic lense - by taking the scenic route.
OUR Branch leaders
Nita Kulkarni (she/her) is a student at Arizona State University. She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Family and Human Development. She hopes to become a clinical psychologist who focuses on depression/anxiety disorders among adolescents. In her free time, she enjoys theatre, baking, writing, reading, listening to music, and playing the guitar/ukulele. She's excited to make a difference in her community! Her motto is: "Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always."
- Brad Meltzer
Anupama Rao (she/her) is a college student from Bengaluru, India. She loves reading, writing, listening to music, and cooking. She has had the opputunity to live in three different countries, she loves traveling and learning languages through culture. Despite the uncertainty of the future at the moment, she hopes to attend college in the United States next year.
law + Government leader / Co- magazine editor
Katherine Chou (she/her) will attend Yale University, where she is excited to explore the intersection of science and law. Her writings - which center around human intersections with cultures and systems - have been nationally recognized. She works on the staff for The Adroit Journal and Polyphony Lit. She is perpetually obsessed with em dashes and is currently obsessed with the word "polyploidy."
outreach leader / history member
Charleigh Reid is majoring in English with an emphasis in Creative writing. She also minors in Women & Gender Studies. Her hobbies include listening to music, reading, writing, and coloring in adult coloring books, During quarantine, she has been busy in writing, working virtually through Arizona State University, and hanging out with her family/ dogs.
Celeste Zuniga (she/her) is a student at Arizona State University (Barrett, the Honors College). She is majoring in Philosophy and Justice Studies as a first generation student and is planning to attend law school. She'd also like to work in sustainability economics. She loves watching the Lord of the Rings and finding new music on Spotify in her free time. Fun fact: she loves cats!
Law + Government leader
Stormy Light (she/her) is a published journalist, activist, and founder of an online writing forum called "Our Visible Voices". Through her writing, she focuses on empowering youth to become storytellers and bring awareness to social and political issues. In the past, she has had the opportunity to interview politicians, business leaders, and students across Arizona who have inspiring stories to share. She is very excited to be a member of Culture Talk, writing about law and culture.
podcast leader / Trends + heritage member
Ananyaa Mahajan (she/her) is a student attending Arizona State University (Barrett- the Honors College) who is passionate about the world cultures and trends. Her hobbies include dancing, reading, and writing. She always hopes to learn more through her day to day experiences!
OUR Key team Members and contributors
Israa Jahan (she/her) is a student at Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University, studying Microbiology. In the future, she plans on joining the medical field to become a physician but takes a liking to culture, history, religion, and language. She is a Bangladeshi American and enjoys learning about her own culture as well as that of others. She loves spending time with family and friends and reading her favorite series, Harry Potter (just the books themselves!).
Heritage / Trends
Camila Cutillo (she/her) is 16 years old and a high school senior. She is from and lives in Guatemala. In her free time, she loves to listen to music, watch Grey's Anatomy, play Among Us, and study languages. She would like to enter the psychology field and is hoping to be a neuroscientist. Her goal at the moment is to be admitted to in college with the hope of gaining scholarships. She has joined Culture Talk because she wants to have a better understanding of cultures around the world. She hopes to gain this knowledge so she can understand why people from other countries do what they do and be respectful towards them.
trends / heritage
Ruben Arteaga (he/him) was born in Newport Beach and was raised in Irvine, California. He is a first generation student and identifies as Mestizo (Indigenous/ Spanish). He is currently enrolled in Santa Ana College, and majors in Ethnic Studies. His end goal is to join the United Nations and help create more cultural programs for youth.
Herlina (Lina) Widodo (she/her) is a student pursuing B.S in Informatics with Game Development focus and a certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Barrett, The Honors College under Arizona State University. Her long term goal is to develop software applications that can help in solving problems related to education, social justice, and poverty. She joins Culture Talk as she believes that her passions for justice and equality should start with learning and sharing about the beauty of the diversity in the world. During her free time, she loves to hangout with her family or friends to do their hobbies together, such as playing badminton, traveling, eating, and hunting for new things. She would love to share those passions and hobbies with new friends.
heritage / history
Elisabeth "liz" Johnson
Elisabeth "Liz" Johnson (she/her) is a first generation indigenous college student from the Diné (Navajo) tribe. Liz is a Master's student at Arizona State University in the science of healthcare delivery program She graduated with Cum Laude from Barrett (ASU) with a bachelors degree in forensic science. Her goals include becoming a medical examiner of the Navajo Nation and create a national board of Indigenous medical examiners. Her passions include Indigenous education, representation, and preservation. In her free time, she works on her YouTube channel, perfecting her coffee, and helping students with financial aid.
Patrick Flaherty (he/him) is a student at Vanderbilt University studying Economics, Spanish, and Business. He began to develop an interest in anthropology in the second grade, which later grew into his passions for linguistics, vexillology, history, and geography. In his free time, Patrick enjoys travelling, practicing his Spanish skills, listening to Irish folk music, exercising, and trying new foods. Most of all, he is honored to be working with such a dedicated group of people!