Shivani Persaud is a Security Studies PhD student at the University of Central Florida. She is a proud two-time UCF alum, having received her Interdisciplinary MA and a Journalism BA from the university.

Her repertoire includes communications roles with NASA, Lockheed Martin Corporation, the Council on Foreign Relations, and more. She is a 2022 alum of the NPR Next Generation Radio Florida Newsroom Project, which focused on digital and audio journalism for the theme of climate change. From 2018 to 2019, she was the editor-in-chief of The Phoenix literary-art magazine, which was awarded a Silver Crown by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association in 2019.

A Queens, NY native, she is also a professional musician, with experience in Hindustani semi-classical music.

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