Jason Nuñez ’24
Jason Nuñez ’24 is from Lawrence, MA. He intends to major in Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought (LJST) with a concentration in Computer Science. He plans to pursue a postgraduate education either for a masters program or law school. Prior to Amherst College, Jason has led school-wide discussions on equity and inclusion. He also founded and served on the Community Standards Council where restorative justice practices, like facilitating circles and mediating conversations between victims and perpetrators, was the central theme. His passion for justice and community building has manifested in an interest in public and family law. Jason is interested in pursuing further research in any of these areas.
As an intern for the Center of Restorative Practices, Jason is excited to engage with members of the community in a dialogue about what social justice should look like at Amherst College. He also believes that building partnerships with similar offices at other colleges will teach the Center how to improve our methods and approaches to building a beloved community.
Olly Ajao ’25
Olamiposi Ajao ’25 is originally from Nigeria but has lived in Amherst, MA since she was 8. She intends to double major in Computer Science and Economics with a certificate in Chinese from the Five Colleges. Prior to Amherst College, Olly was president of the Student Council, where she helped create a new handbook for the school that centered on Restorative Practices. Olly’s main passion is for technology and its impact on marginalized youth. Since May, she has been a part of the Alliance for Identity Inclusive Computing Education (AiiCE) student advisory board. This Duke University-based alliance aims to ensure computing education, at both the K-12 and higher ed levels, is participating in identity-inclusive practices to broaden participation among historically excluded groups. Through her work with the Center for Restorative Practices, she is hoping to empower others to feel heard and secure in themselves and what they need on campus.
Outside of the CRP, Olly is part of the Ed Prose Fellowship, a club focused on helping meet the needs of all students in an era of rapidly increasing racial, ethnic and linguistic diversity and technological change. She is a community Advisor and is part of DASAC, ACSU dance and Skate club. This summer, she practiced self-care by spending time at the beach and teaching 7th grade math with the organization Breakthrough Miami. On campus, you will often find Olly with her headphones on, going on daily walks, and learning new jazz groves songs on the drums.
Jack O’Hara ’25
Origin: Melrose, MA (suburb just outside of Boston).
Majors: Planning on double majoring in Math and History.
Post grad plans: I plan to work for a couple of years before moving onto graduate school where I will pursue a master's degree and potentially a PhD.
Within CRP: Before Amherst, I have worked with a group designed to hold difficult conversations through circle practices, so I understand the efficacy and importance of what the CRP does. Within the organization itself, I hope to be a part of creating a more understanding and inclusive environment at Amherst.
Hobbies/Interests: Love watching soccer, growing hot peppers, and sucking at the piano.
Karina Maciel ’25
Karina Maciel ’25 is from Kailua, O'ahu, Hawai'i, but she has also lived in several cities and towns across the United States. She is a prospective Education Studies and History major with an interest in racial and financial inequities in K-12 education, and hopes to eventually pursue a career in public policy or research. On campus, Karina is a staff writer for the Amherst Student and an archival research assistant for Professor Peralta, and she is also a member of La Causa and the Asian and Pacific American Action Committee (APAAC).
Through the Center for Restorative Practices, Karina hopes to learn more about restorative justice and how it can be incorporated into policy work and educational institutions. She also hopes to engage in meaningful dialogues with the wider campus and learn how circle work can build solidarity, repair harm, and create a deeper sense of understanding amid differences, both at Amherst College and in communities at large.
Atheek Azmi ’25
Atheek Azmi ’25 is from Colombo, Sri Lanka. He is a mathematics and economics double major interested in consulting and social entrepreneurship. Outside class, Atheek is a Student Assistant at the Office of Admission, the Coach for the Model UN club, and the Outreach Chair for the South Asian Students Association. He enjoys brewing, drinking, and spilling tea or surveying new boba establishments.
Atheek has experience engaging with grassroots movements in Sri Lanka, working in a post-civil war environment and the social unrest following the ousting of the government in 2022. He has also formulated volunteering projects and led corporate social responsibility initiatives at many internships, including improving education standards in rural tea estates by partnering with local factories.
As a student intern at the Center for Restorative Practices, Atheek hopes to polish and learn new skills that can aid him on his journey while working towards improving interactions within the Amherst community.