Meet the Staff

The faces behind Rebirth!

Name: Lucia Solorzano
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Role: Co-Editor
Year: Senior
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Lucia Solorzano is a senior social thought and political economy major at UMass. She is passionate about social theory, social justice, and conceptualizing how our society functions. She started off cultivating Pigment Mag with her friends, which was a zine for artists of color on campus. She joined the Rebirth Team in 2018 as a co-editor and hopes to incorporate more artists into Rebirth. She is also a passionate portrait painter going on 9 years and loves to cook.

Name: Ethan Bakuli
Pronouns: he/him/his
Role: Co-Editor
Year: Senior
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Ethan Bakuli is co-editor of the Rebirth Project and a senior afro-American studies and journalism double major. He joined Rebirth the spring of his junior year; what he values the most about Rebirth is working alongside other journalists and writers of color to develop their writings skills and report on issues that connect with marginalized students on and off campus. In his free time, Ethan plays the alto saxophone and makes art (charcoal drawings, ink sketches). He plants to pursue investigative journalism after college, reporting on local issues around health, housing and education.


Name: Cynthia Ntinunu
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Role: Co-Editor
Year: Senior

Instagram: @cynthiadivinan


Cynthia Ntinunu is a senior communication and journalism double major at UMass Amherst. She loves how Rebirth gives a space for everyone to express themselves through various media. Besides Rebirth, Cynthia enjoys photography, crocheting, and just chilling. 
Name: Brie Bristol
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Role: Social Media Director & Staff Writer
Year: Sophomore
Twitter:  @brie_bristol
Brie Bristol is a sophomore journalism and political science double major at UMass. She is passionate about political rights for minorities, black power, and humanitarian rights for citizens of third-world countries and ‘failing states’. She joined the Rebirth Project in 2018 as a staff writer and is now the social media director for the publication. She’s also involved in the UMass NAACP, Academic Fellows Program, UMass Belly Dancing Club, and works as a UMass Tour Guide.
Name: Isha Mahajan
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Role: Staff Writer
Year: Sophomore

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Isha Mahajan is a sophomore studying Political Science and Journalism here at UMass. Her interests lie in Global Politics and International Relations. She enjoys mulling over issues like power, freedom of expression, and challenges in a democracy. Isha comes from a small town in the North of India and being an international student encourages her to talk about diversity, understand different cultures, and engage with different communities. She’s a passionate traveler and her film camera is her best companion on these little adventures. Other than this, Isha enjoys exploring new cuisines and is a religious fan of Chelsea Football Club, a club that plays football in the English Football League.

Name: Elienishka Ramos Torres
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Role: Staff Writer
Year: Freshman

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Elienishka Ramos Torres is a freshman here at UMass Amherst. She is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in Journalism and a minor in History. She joined the Rebirth Project in Fall 2018, excited to join a publication aimed at publishing stories that represent more underrepresented groups on campus. In addition to reporting, Elienishka also works at the Stonewall Center as a student staff member, where she helps students with their needs and organizes events with her coworkers. She is interested in activism for different  communities here at UMass, and all over the world. 
Name: Sifa Kasongo
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Role: Staff Writer
Year: Junior
Twitter: @Sifa_kas

Sifa Kasongo is a junior pursuing a double major in political science and journalism. She joined the Rebirth Project because it’s a place where students of color come together and share story ideas around issues that affect marginalized groups.
“It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another” – Nelson Mandela