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.
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.
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. Being a H4 visa holder for over 15 years, she has experienced many educational barriers due to her visa status,. She is passionate about public policy. In the future, she hopes to combine her interest in computer science and advocacy. 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 is studying Biology. 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 for 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!
Deepasha, is an international student studying an M.S. in Marketing Intelligence at the University of San Francisco. I currently identify as an international student. She has lived in the United States for the past 15 years, dependent on my parents’ visa, unable to obtain a Green Card due to the backlog.
Dev Shroff, is currently a sophomore at the engineering academy at Elkins High School in Texas. He was born in India and moved to the US when he was 3. Since then I have lived in Illinois and Texas. He moved here with a H-4 visa. Dev hopes to contribute to creating awareness for visa immigrants and uplifting them on their road to citizenship. In his free time he enjoys reading, 3D computer graphics, and web design.
Lakshmi Potturu is a Junior at Northview High School in Johns Creek, Georgia. She was born in India and moved to California at the age of 2 and has been on an H4 Visa since then. She hopes that her story will resonate with others and let people know that they are not alone in their journey to citizenship! She aspires to become a psychologist as she is interested in helping people of all ages thrive in their life with a healthy mindset. She loves singing and joined theater.
Lasya Yakkala is a sophomore studying Computer Science with a minor in Psychology at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She spent her early childhood in India and moved to the US as an H-4 immigrant with her family when she was 7. She has always been passionate about social justice issues, and is interested in learning new topics and reading the current news. In her free time, she loves to binge watch Netflix series & Youtube videos, journal, and spend time with her friends and family!
Sai Mahit Vaddadi
Sai Mahit Vaddadi is currently a Ph. D. student studying chemical engineering at Purdue University. His research work involves building informative, predictive models on chemical reactions and he hopes to utilize that either in the chemical or pharmaceutical industry in the future. He did his Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware. He has lived in India, Singapore, and Canada growing up. His hobbies are soccer, basketball, and playing the piano. He also likes cooking Indian and Italian food.
Namrata Poola is a freshman at UCLA studying Psychology. She moved to the USA as an H4 immigrant when she was four years old and has grown up in sunny southern California for the majority of her life. Namrata is passionate about serving the BIPOC community and wants to work on promoting and facilitating greater mental health accessibility for people of color. In her free time, Namrata enjoys binging TV shows, watching Bollywood movies, and spending time with loved ones.
Priya Ganji is a current sophomore at the University of Michigan. She was born in India and has been living in the United States consistently since 2011. Moving a lot in my childhood, she has previously lived in New York, North Carolina, California, and Michigan. She love to draw and paint in my free time, and hope to someday travel the world.
Sneha Shrinivas is currently a senior at Centennial High School in Frisco, TX. She was born in India, and I’ve been living in the United States since 2007. Growing up, she moved around a lot, so I learned early on to hold onto my passions and keep them close, so I can take them with me wherever I go. I enjoy singing, writing stories, and using my talents to help my community in whatever way I can.
Sriram Karthikeyan is currently doing his third year of Bachelors in Computer Science at California State University, San Marcos. He came to the states when he was 10 years old and grew up in San Diego. He loves hiking, beaches, and suring.
Varsha Prabu is a undergraduate student majoring in psychology and minoring in French and biology at the Ohio State University. She was born in Singapore, lived in Canada until she was eight, and have lived in Ohio ever since. I’m passionate about social justice issues and improving access to healthcare to marginalized communities. In my free time I love to create art and grab coffee with my friends!
Bea Noble is working towards a degree in Business Administration in hopes of one day starting her own business. She has lived in the US for 20 years and immigrated here when she was only six months old. Being under the E2 dependent Visa, Bea has seen how the immigration system has been built to set people up for failure. In her free time, she loves to create art and play music.
Sid is a senior at JP Stevens High School in Edison, New Jersey. He was born in India and has been living in various places around the US and UK since he was 2 years old (London, OH, MT, MN, etc). He love musical theatre and has been acting musicals since 5th grade. If it weren’t for immigration-related issues, Sid would love to pursue acting! In college, Sid would like to pursue a degree in history on the pre-law track. Through the work done by THD, he hopes to create a better immigration system so no one feels ostracized and unwanted in the only place they’ve called home. In my free time, I like watching Netflix, singing, watching Marvel movies, and listening to music!