Meet the Board
The University of Chicago SALSA Executive Board (2013-2014)
Samita Khan, President
Samita was born in Bangladesh and was raised in Brooklyn, New York. She received her B.A. in Sociology and Africana Studies from The Johns Hopkins University in 2012. At the Law School, she has been actively involved in SALSA, BLSA and LLSA as well as Spring Break of Service and the Chicago Careers in Law Mentoring Program. Samita worked at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP during her 1L summer and is currently a legal extern at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Outside of law school, Samita enjoys spoken word poetry, performance dancing, and ethnic cuisine.
Srinija Pernankil, Vice President
Srinija was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs. She received her B.A in English and Philosophy from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009. Before law school she worked as an Investigator for the District of Columbia's Public Defender Service, worked abroad in India and worked at an Intellectual Property firm in Chicago. At the Law School she is on the board of SALSA, BLSA, Public Interest Law Society, the Pro Bono Initiative, Defenders, and the Law Students Association (LSA). Sri worked at the Federal Community Defenders in Hammond, Indiana this summer and is continuing there during the year as a legal extern. After graduation she is interested in pursuing a career as a Public Defender.
Aasiya Mirza, Treasurer
Aasiya was born in Memphis, Tennessee and is half Pakistani, half American. Her father is Punjabi, but was raised in Karachi. She received her B.A. in English and Speechwriting from Indiana University in 2010. She received her MPhil in English Literature from the University of Cambridge in 2011. From 2011-2012, she volunteered through the Americorps program City Year, working at a school on the South Side of Chicago. During her 1L summer, Aasiya worked at the Mossawa Center in Haifa, Israel through the Law School's International Human Rights Program and its partnership with Palestine Works. She is currently a law clerk at the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Chicago. In her free time, Aasiya tutors, and enjoys making her husband go with her to various plays, ballets, operas, and symphonies.