GCO 2022 Facilitators!

Rebecca Alvara

Rebecca was born in El Paso, Texas and grew up primarily in Phoenix, Arizona. She is a junior majoring in Gender Studies and Government at Smith College. Her time as a student in GCO ignited a commitment to organizing work and a desire to understand the change that is possible only through community power. She is looking forward to continuing her dedication to this work throughout and after college. In her free time, Rebecca often enjoys knitting, drawing, or journaling. 

Kaila Goldstein


Kaila grew up in Hopkinton, MA, is a member of the Mount Holyoke class of '22, and is pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Critical Social Thought. They love learning about plants and fungi and getting to know local ecologies wherever they are living. Kaila is passionate about the collective healing and transformational power of education and organizing, and she especially loves working with and learning from the youngest members of our communities. When not doing classwork, Kaila can often be found taking pictures of cool mushrooms to look up later, hugging her friends, needle-felting wool creatures, gardening, and taking naps. 

Brooke Studdard

Brooke was a student in GCO in the spring of 2020 and will co-facilitate the class in the spring of 2022. She will graduate from Smith College in the fall of 2022 and hopes to do full-time community organizing and political advocacy after graduation. She is passionate about divestment from fossil fuels and private prisons, community-based mental health, and reproductive healthcare. Outside of school and work, she enjoys going to the gym, forcing others to cook for her because she hates cooking, taking naps, and making other people laugh. Home for Brooke is El Paso, Texas.