Christopher Ose Ehidiamen, a participant at the 2016 Satyagraha institute in South Dakota, U.S.A, is an inspirational teacher and a life coach. He also consults as a workforce trainer on staff performance improvement and intra-personal and inter-personal leadership. He organises City-shakers conference, a leadership development boot camp which holds annually in Lagos, Nigeria. He studied chemical Engineering at the University of Benin, Nigeria.
Caleb Evenson grew up on a livestock and commercial crop farm in rural South Dakota. After some years studying/working in factories/traveling, he returned to South Dakota in 2014 intent on promoting bicycling, which he currently does through the bicycle repair and retail shop he co-owns and operates alongside two of his peers.
Clare Hanrahan is an Asheville, N.C. author, activist, organizer and speaker who has been participating in and reporting on direct action events throughout the Southeast U.S.A. for decades. She is an associate member of Veterans for Peace 099, a contributing editor to War Crimes Times, affiliate of the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee. Hanrahan is a lead organizer with the New South Network of War Resisters and is active with SOA Watch and the Western N.C. ACLU. Hanrahan was raised in Memphis and has lived and worked for peace and justice in Tennessee, North Carolina and Florida. She served a six-month sentence in Alderson Federal Prison in 2001-02 for peaceful protest at Fort Benning, Ga.
Reverend David Hansen is an author, activist, and ordained minister of the United Church of Christ. He and Sally have been married for 50 years. Their children are Christian, Muslim, and Atheist, white and black, and have multiple citizenships.
Karla studied Education and has a Masters Degree in Social Work. She also studied a Diploma course on Gandhian studies at the Institute of Gandian Studies in Wardha, India. She lived a year as a volunteer in rural areas of Durango, Mexico and has collaborated with various educational and social causes as ¨Mesa de Paz ¨. She has worked with non-governmental organizations and educational institutions on issues related to social and human development. She is currently a university professor of Social Formation at Monterrey, Mexico.
Kate Irick, originally from Arlington, Virginia, has a degree in Spanish and Peace Studies from Haverford College. For the last four years, based in Mexico City, she has worked on issues of migration, economic justice and peace building. Currently she is a conflict transformation trainer and accompanies communities in land and territorial conflicts in Mexico.
Abhay has been affiliated with the Satyagraha Institute since 2015 and has a background in business and user experience design. He is particularly interested in how design can serve as a conduit for social change and ethical business practices. His current role involves IT and marketing strategy with the Institute.
Andrea studied Biology at St. Mary's College in Note Dame, IN where she developed a heart of service. She spent a year in Mexico developing a hospice outreach program with a medical clinic in a poor community and returned to the states to pursue a Masters of Education at the University of Notre Dame. She taught high school biology and middle school science in Catholic schools where she incorporated the arts and Spanish in her classes. Andrea spends at least an hour in the pool everyday and delights in finding healthy and delicious new recipes to cook. She loves traveling with her husband and caring for little Joseph, their youngest Satyagrahi.
Andrea Palomo Robles
Political Science student, former student in Gujarat Vidyapith: Diploma Course on Gandhian Nonviolence. Leader, speaker and social entrepreneur: working for peace and leadership, involved in different NGOs, such as Scouts, Messengers of Peace, Gen M & Kybernus.
Erika Tritle received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in the History of Christianity and researches Christian understandings of Jews and of race. Since 2010 she has taught courses at South Dakota State University ranging from World Civilization I to Introduction to Religion. She also studies modern dance and finds that all these things coalesce in the pursuit of nonviolence as a way of life.