Kayla Gubov is a junior transfer student at The George Washington University. In May 2016, she received her Associate degree at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Illinois. She is now pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs with a concentration in Middle East Studies and a minor in Political Science at GW’s Elliot School.
In the summer of 2016, Kayla interned at the Jewish United Fund in Chicago, where she worked in their Government Affairs department, interacting with local and state legislators during the Illinois budget crisis. She also worked in the Jewish Community Relations Council, where she researched ways to help communities affected by gang violence.
Outside of her coursework and internship duties, Kayla previously worked on a successful campaign to eliminate the selling of plastic water bottles on her campus. She was a student liaison in her college’s Diversity Council where she spoke on disability issues and helped expand the opportunities for speakers and made events accessible and inclusive. She volunteers for Dysautonomia Youth Network of America, Inc., where she interacts with students around the country with Dysautonomia, while also creating fundraising campaigns to raise awareness and to develop research. She also plans to work with Dysautonomia International to help coordinate their annual conference in D.C in May. As a student at GW, Kayla is involved with the International Affairs Society.
As a member of the Speakers Bureau, Kayla promotes awareness for invisible illness, and she encourages college students with disabilities that are not immediately apparent to others to find their voices. She wants to promote inclusivity in the classroom and in the workplace, and she also wants to increase knowledge of what invisible illnesses are students affected can make the best out of their college experience.