Nursena Oktem
Nursena Oktem was born and raised in Turkey. In her time there, she volunteered for Syrian refugees and witnessed refugee oppression firsthand, which initiated her interest in social change and advocacy. After she finished her sophomore year in law school, she and her family decided to leave the country due to increasing political tensions. When she arrived in the United States, she started from scratch. After finishing two years in Community College as an honor student, she transferred to Georgetown University. Her strong interest and multiple experiences working with displaced communities enabled her to assume the director position in the Leadup Greece Project, where she and her team aim to support refugees in Greece through fundraising events and online English classes. She is also a part of a mentorship program, Core-Es Education, where she guides senior high school students academically and morally. She is currently a rising senior, majoring in Government and minoring in Women’s and Gender Studies. 

Vision Statement:

As the Student Representative to the Board of Directors of the National Capital Area, Nursena Oktem intends to increase the engagement between chapters to generate more creative ideas with the goal of improving advocacy campaigns on  college campuses. She aims to grow student outreach capacity to create effective and engaging advocacy events while empowering lesser active chapters. She intends to increase the amount of involvement of chapters in community colleges. She also aims to promote a better environment where diverse voices can be heard and represented within chapters.