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Laksumi Sivanandan is a rising junior studying Political Science and American Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Born and raised in New York City, Laksumi checks off every New York stereotype—she does not know how to drive, bike, or swim. Laksumi has exclusively attended Catholic schools since pre-kindergarten, and she looks forward to expanding access to Catholic education through her internship with AICSN this summer. As a first-generation college student, Laksumi has a passion for alleviating educational inequity. She hopes to pursue a career in higher education administration or student affairs to ensure college students of all backgrounds have the necessary resources to thrive while receiving their education. Following her internship with AICSN, Laksumi will serve as president of Notre Dame’s Class of 2020. In this role, she will manage the planning and execution of social, fundraising, and service opportunities for the junior class.

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Allyson Kempf is a rising senior at Indiana University, majoring in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Sociology. Last summer Allyson had the pleasure of working as an intern for the American Indian Catholic Schools Network, where she encountered passionate individuals who peaked her interest in Native American studies. This experience was so rewarding that she was inspired to return for a second summer. This year, Allyson has been involved in researching Native Catholic Schools and planning the Network’s annual conference, which will take place at the University of Notre Dame at the end of July. Daughter of two proud Notre Dame parents, she knew the fight song before even she knew her ABC’s. She has been a part of the university’s community since birth and is interested in carrying on her family’s legacy by applying to ACE this coming year.  



Katherine Ginsbach is a rising 3rd year law student at University of Notre Dame Law School. Kate serves as the Coordinator for Legal Policy and Procedure at AICSN. Born and raised in Hot Springs, South Dakota, Kate grew up next to Oglala Lakota County in South Dakota where her family has served as general counsel for Red Cloud Indian School for over 70 years. Her dedication to Tribal Law and Policy is rooted in the injustices she has seen growing up. Today her interests relate to health injustices facing reservations, particularly high tuberculosis and infant mortality rates.  Prior to law school she received a Master’s of Science in Global Health where her thesis focused on vaccine regulations and pandemic preparedness. Outside from work and school, Kate spends her time training for endurance cycling events. Her accomplishments include winning her age group at the Leadville 100 and winning a national championship.