The Hidden Dream Board
The Hidden Dream was built to raise awareness of the countless struggles faced by visa immigrants, share resources, and create a community to uplift those affected by the broken U.S. immigration system.
Sumana Kaluvai – Lead Director
Sumana is a UCLA Bioengineering graduate and is currently working in the Bay Area as a Pharma/Biotech consultant. Sumana has participated in many immigrants rights initiatives through the UCLA Labor Center, Immigrants Rising and founded the SOIS.us campaign in response to the 2020 ICE rulings that jeopardized the visa security of international students. Sumana is a chai fanatic, SF park lover and dog mom to Poori, a 2 year old maltese rescue!
Sarvani Kunapareddy – Tech and Outreach Director
Sarvani is an incoming freshman at the University of Illinois at Chicago studying computer science. She spent her early childhood in India before moving to the USA as an H4 immigrant. She is very passionate about advocating for immigration reform. In her free time, Sarvani loves watching NBA games, telugu movies, and enjoys weightlifting!
Harishree Karthikeyasubburaj – Media Director
Harishree is a Neuroscience graduate student in Texas. She spent her early childhood in India and soon moved to the U.S. as a H4 immigrant. She is passionate about research, specifically in the fields of neuroscience and preventative medicine. She is an avid coffee lover and looks forward to one day being a cat mom.
Shiksha Sneha – Finance and Communications Director
Shiksha is a senior at Michigan State University studying Political Theory and Public Policy. She moved to the United States from India when she was 11 years old. She has been involved in multiple advocacy efforts working on immigrant, racial, and gender equity issues in Michigan. In her free time, she loves binge watching any and all TV shows and cooking for her family and friends.
Hari Senthilkumar – Technology Director
Hari is a 3rd year Computer Science Major at UCLA. He has spent his early childhood in India & Singapore before moving to America as an H4 resident. He was an Unshackled Ventures Fellow this past year and is passionate about startups and building products. He is obsessed with the Lakers and loves to have thoughtful conversations.
Eigen Escario – Design Director
Eigen is a high-school senior in Alabama. He moved to the United States when he was 11 years old, but he is currently in the Philippines. He is not sure about his undergraduate plans, but he knows he wants to pursue law school down the road to advance immigration reform. Eigen emphasizes the importance of being introspective, compassionate, and aware—his key tenets in the pursuit of social justice. In his free time, he loves to write poetry and have meaningful conversations with friends!
Aarushi Sharma – Finance
Aarushi is a sophomore at San Jose State University pursuing Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. She was born in Germany, lived in India and when she was 11, her family settled down in the United States. Aarushi has always been passionate about social justice, volunteering and learning about new topics. In her free time, she likes to journal, weight lift and visit coffee shops.
Lakshmi Parvathinathan – Outreach
Lakshmi is a freshman at Drexel University studying Health Sciences. She has moved back and forth between India and the United States. She is very passionate about social activism and civic engagement, and enjoys reading about current events. Lakshmi loves to explore new places and spend time with her family and friends.
Damita Trehan – Design
Damita is highschool junior in Georgia. She moved to America from India when she was an infant. Still uncertain about what she wants to major in, but she knows she wants to go down the healthcare path. Damita has always loved helping out others and has always had a place for activism in her heart. Whenever she has time to relax she usually plays video games or reads books!
Jyotsna Tera – Finance
Jyotsna is a high school junior in Portland Oregon. She was born in India and moved to America at the age of 2. Jyotsna plans to major in biology and attend medical school. She is passionate about helping others, and volunteering. In her free time she likes to watch Bollywood and Tollywood movies, travel, and spend time with her friends.
Pranitha Konda – Media
Pranitha is a high school senior in Sacramento, California. She moved to the United States from India when she was 4. So far, Pranitha is planning to go into healthcare and is doing her prerequisites for a nursing program and her dream is to eventually go to medical school to become a Neurosurgeon. In her free time she enjoys going hiking, reading, getting involved in activism, and spending time with her younger siblings or friends.
Mariam Gohar is a rising senior in the Bay Area, California. She spent her early childhood in Cairo, Egypt. At the age of eight, she and her family moved to the United States, she is an H4 visa holder. As a person who lived and experienced two vastly different countries, systems, and cultures, her passion for social justice and equity developed. She hopes to pursue both an education and career in politics and justice. Although Mariam spends a lot of her time on advocacy, she also enjoys swimming, travel, and spending time with friends.
Manasa Maddi is a rising junior in the Silicon Valley in Bay Area, California. During the earlier years of her life, she used to live in India and moved to America as her father got a really nice job opportunity to pursue in a foreign country. Being a H4 visa holder for over 15 years, she has experienced many educational barriers and loss of opportunities simply due to her visa status, further increasing her passion in public policy and advocacy in these areas over time. In the future, she hopes to combine her interest in computer science and advocacy to help create more opportunities in these areas for immigrants in need with no need to worry about external barriers that stand as a boulder to their progress. In addition to advocacy, she enjoys doing art, singing, and hanging out with her friends.
Shynitha Pulluri is a rising freshman at Baylor University and will be studying Biology and hopes to attend medical school in the future. She moved to the United States at the age of eight and has been facing many barriers due to her H4 visa. Shynitha is extremely passionate about social justice issues and has been actively advocating for H4 visa holders like herself since the past four years. In her free time, she loves to volunteer, dance, paint, and spend time with family and friends.
Alekhya Seelam is a rising high school senior in Atlanta, Georgia. She moved to America on a H4 visa when she was one and half years old, and she moved back and forth between India and the United States. Her interest in immigration started last summer and is passionate about immigration reform. Even though she is currently undecided about her future, she aspires to pursue a career in either the finance or law field. In her free time, she likes to binge TV shows, read mystery books, or research sharks as she anticipates to go shark diving someday!