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We are the Social Innovation Leadership Team.
Xiangyu Zhao '14
Xiangyu (Shane) Zhao ’14 is the team leader of Social Innovation Leadership Team (SILT) at Amherst College. SILT, as one of the sponsors of TEDx Amherst College, aims to raise awareness about social innovation and support student social entrepreneurs. Prior to college, Zhao co-founded China’s Green Beat, a bilingual video podcast on China’s environment. China’s Green Beat was one of the 7 founding organizations of China Youth Climate Action Network (CYCAN), one of the largest youth climate organization in China, and Zhao is the founding board member of CYCAN.
Olivia Traux '16
Olivia Truax is a sophomore from North Carolina and prospective Law Jurisprudence and Social Thought major. Aside from her work as a member of SILT, Olivia works as a research assistant for the LJST department and as a student EMT for Amherst College Emergency Medical Service. She is also a member of the crew team, green Amherst project, and outing club. In her minimal free time, she likes to rock climb, contra dance, and read nonfiction.
Crystal Yan '14
Crystal Yan is a senior studying Economics at Amherst College, and has been working on the Social Innovation Leadership Team (SILT) since 2010. She leads marketing strategy for programming on campus, develops speaking engagements for thought leadership off campus, and works with students to develop and execute on ideas that leverage business principles for social impact. At Amherst, she works as a designer at Reader to Reader and founded Amherst Splash. Originally from California, Crystal loves to travel and spent her junior year abroad in 11 countries across 5 continents.
Tabeth Nkangoh ’15
Tabeth Nkangoh, a junior at Amherst College, was born in Dallas, Texas. He is a psychology and computer science double major and is interested in incentive salience and its implications with pro-social behavior. In addition he serves on the Social Innovation and Leadership Team (SILT) as the technical specialist.
Yi Lu '14
Born and raised in Shanghai, China, Yi is a senior at Amherst College majoring in history and French. In addition to managing SILT's online presence, Yi is a research assistant to Prof. Ronald Rosbottom. In his free time, he also enjoys horseback riding, baking, and graphic design.