Pratika Katiyar serves as the Student Member of the Student Press Law Center’s Board of Directors. She is a Dean’s scholarship student at Northeastern University majoring in Communication Studies and Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. On campus, she excels as a leader on the executive board for Northeastern Women in Business and Northeastern’s Private Equity and Venture Capitalism club.
Outside of school, she is a staunch advocate for student press freedom. Over the past few years, she has lobbied passionately to get New Voices legislation passed in her home state of Virginia and across the nation. She testified for the New Voices Virginia Bill in January of 2020 and worked with student journalists across the nation during the New Voices Student Leaders Institute hosted by the Student Press Law Center.
She also served as a Student Press Freedom Day 2022 Co-chair, where she planned a nationwide campaign promoting First Amendment protections for student journalists and spoke at panels for PEN America and Georgetown Law School. For her work, she has been featured in several news outlets, most notably Teen Vogue, NBC Washington, and ABC 7.