Meet the Editorial Team

Student Media is proud to introduce the Mason community to the members of the 2020 Mason Votes Online Editorial Team:


Safiya Khan

Safiya Khan is a freshman at George Mason University who cares deeply about youth advocacy and empowerment. She is a Government and International Politics major who loves to empower others through storytelling. She has written for Dominion High School Press, Haute Hijab, MYNA, and was a winner of the Leesburg Optimist Club Contest. As a strong believer in the power of the youth, she is currently a Civil Rights Research Fellow for The Greater Good Initiative, a youth policy think-tank that strives to bring empathy and equity to the world of public policy. Education is key to empowering others so Safiya recently started her own tutoring business where she tutors ten students a week.


Orlando Cabrera

Orlando Cabrera is a senior in his final semester at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government.  A Cuban-American Florida native, Orlando moved to Virginia at age nine.  He attended Arlington schools, working with the Arlington Democrats to establish an annual leadership academy for high school members, later joining the special election for Del. Kathleen Murphy on Latino outreach.  After moving to L.A. to attend Pitzer College, he created the Claremont Colleges for Bernie, working for the campaign until suspension.  Orlando left California in 2016 to work for Congressmen Mark Takano and Donald Beyer on communications.  He joined Hispanics in Philanthropy’s communications team on voter participation in 2018, leaving the organization late in 2019.


Aby Kumi

Hello! My name is Aby Kumi and I’m from Northern Virginia. I’m a sophomore and am currently majoring in Computer Science. I’m also a member of Student Media’s Communication Team. This election feels particularly important, especially in terms of recent events throughout the country. I intend to vote with my conscience and vote for those who plan to enact the necessary change that we so desperately need (on both a local and national level). It will be my first time voting in a presidential election and I’m very excited to do so. Voting is our constitutional right and I definitely encourage those who are able to do so, to go out and make a difference.


Derek Bowers

Hello! My name is Derek Bowers and I’m in my first year of the Master of Public Policy program at the Schar School. I graduated from the University of Colorado – Denver this past May with my BA in Communication and Political Science. I’m very passionate about voting rights and access, as well as social justice and LGBTQ rights. I’m thrilled to be joining the 2020 Mason Votes Online Editorial Team and hope to help create informative and engaging content for the #MasonNation.


Nadia Faour

My name is Nadia Faour. I am a third year student here at George Mason university studying global affairs with a concentration in global inequalities and a minor in journalism. I am from the northern Virginia area and have been living here all my life. I am incredibly interested in international relations and how politics can transfer across countries. Some of my hobbies outside of international relations and politics include fashion, drawing, and photography. I am very excited to work on this editorial and bring Mason students the best perspective that I can!


Alex Russell

Alex is a senior at GMU, finishing up his BA in Graphic Design—but even so, he still prefers to think of himself as a writer. Since freshman year of high school, after discovering the works of Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, he began writing his own poems and narratives focusing on the subjects of memory, truth, and the human experience and has since completed a handful of unpublished collections. He is a firm believer in the power of journalism and in the necessity of the American Experiment.


Noah Panchure

My name is Noah Panchure and I am a Sophomore at George Mason (’23). My major is Government & International Politics. I am from New York City and I have worked on three political campaigns, as well as interning for New York City Councilmen and a State Senator. I currently work for Mason Housing as a Marketing Intern, and I am also a Mason Ambassador.


Jayla Brown

Jayla Brown is a junior at GMU. She is majoring in Communication with a concentration in Journalism. After college, Jayla wants to become a broadcast journalist. Jayla has been a sales associate at Student Media for a year. Working as a sales associate has allowed her to meet new friends and gain new experiences. As a military child, Jayla has attended school in both Virginia and Florida. She graduated from Ridgeview High School in Florida in 2019 and entered George Mason in the fall as a sophomore. Her biggest dream is to visit France with family and friends. During the pandemic, Jayla wants to learn how to roller skate and expand her crafting skills.


Bryan Childers

Bryan Childers is a sophomore at GMU from Midlothian, VA. He is majoring in Environmental Science with a concentration in Conservation and a minor in Anthropology. After college, Bryan wants to become a primatologist in the vein of his idols, Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey. Bryan also has a passion for music, being a member of the Music Productions Club, and the Music Director for WGMU. Through MPC and WGMU, Bryan has found confidence, the freedom to express himself, and technical skills such as podcasting and sound mixing. In his free time, Bryan likes to play guitar, go to art museums, and watch monster movies. His life goal is to promote the conservation of gorillas to the point where they’re no longer endangered.


Scholarships for the 2020 Mason Votes Online Editorial Team were funded by the Parents Fund.

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