Serene is a researcher with a background in communications and psychology. Highly inquisitive by nature, she dives into every challenge and emerges with a head full of ideas and a heart fuelled by passion.
As a devout believer of evidence-based lifelong learning, Serene puts her analytical instinct to work through any endeavour.
From working in the Ministry of Social and Family Development to volunteering in the local branch of Narcotics Anonymous, Serene lives and searches for the great equalizer – one that rids humanity of our unsubstantiated biases is focused on highlighting the differences that separate us. Instead, she is determined to bridge all gaps by demonstrating that our similarities are quintessential in collaborating on a path forward. Serene’s firm belief in story-telling as a learning medium sustains her faith that music and video games capture and translate the zeitgeist of the era into palatable bites. In her downtime, she is either composing instrumentals on the piano while adding twists with technology or traversing through another universe on the back of a mouse and a keyboard.
Aside from playing minion to her cats, Serene also pores through texts of philosophers, both classical and contemporary alike. She maintains that history does not repeat, but will rhyme should we fail to understand its rich lessons.
Serene has a BA in Psychology from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York and is currently pursuing her MSc in Psychology and Neuroscience of Mental Health at King’s College London.
Shalini is a Social Science student with a major in psychology. She has also been an intern with AWARE at the Sexual Assault Care Centre previously. Shalini is committed to issues such as racial inequalities and gendered violence, abuse and trauma in Singapore. Shalini believes in the values AWARE stands for and hopes to contribute to its mission of eradicating all forms of gender-based barriers.
She has also served as a Student Learning Advisor at her university, facilitating group discussions to help students with challenges faced in their respective courses. She was also part of the Peer Mentor team at her university, where she volunteered to assist students with their assignments. Shalini enjoys interacting with people and is a strong proponent of exercising empathy and emotional intelligence as relational work skills.
As a junior executive at Catalyse, Shalini wishes to deepen her insights as to what organizations do in order to promote diversity and inclusion as well as to learn more about the loopholes that exist within policies that influence workplace harassment and cultural challenges. Shalini also advocates for the importance of representation in organizations where minorities feel validated, creating a collaborative work environment where ideas are diverse and perspectives are varied.
Shalini is currently completing her final year studies in Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) at RMIT University from Melbourne.
Tynn Yi is a Psychology Undergraduate at NTU, completing her final year.
At Catalyse, she is able to work for an organization that fights for issues close to her heart like gender inequality and the marginalization of minority groups.
Outside of work, she is a proud activist and the Co-Executive Director of Inter-University LGBT Network, an organization that works to foster safer and more inclusive spaces in schools for students and youths. She has experience conducting community and corporate workshops on LGBTQ+ issues and has worked with both local and international activists.
She is passionate about making the world a better place through patience, education and advocacy, and is a strong proponent of compassionate activism. She hopes to be able to offer her unique insights as an intern at Catalyse and is not afraid of asking questions and challenging the norms.