I am interested in researching the construction of Afro descendant identities in the context of codified race making, institutional racism, and political mobilization in the Americas and the Middle East. In the Americas, Colombia (Cartagena and Quibdó), and in the Middle East, either Iraq (Basra), Palestine (East Jerusalem), or Ghor Al Mazraa, Jordan are where I hope to conduct this research. I have some proficiency in Arabic and Spanish, and hope to strengthen these skills while at Columbia-LSE.
I graduated from Eugene Lang College of The New School as a Global Studies major with a focus in Human Rights and Conflict Resolution.
I spent my sophomore year abroad in Morocco where I studied Arabic and Area studies, interned at a local newspaper, and taught English once a week at a youth center.
During my junior year, I participated in a Human Rights delegation program in Kigali, Rwanda as a Gilman scholarship recipient. During my time in Rwanda, I participated in a number of site visits and volunteered for an NGO that assisted student survivors of the genocide against Tutsis and Hutu moderates.
My experience in Rwanda fortified my academic and professional trajectory. I wrote my senior thesis on protracted displacement as cycles of violent temporary permanence that have now become the norm and not the exception, while specifically examining Congolese refugee populations in Rwanda.
After I graduated, I worked at CLAGS: Center for LGBTQ Studies, the first university based LGBTQ research center in the country. I also worked at Human Rights Watch and Race Forward as a non profit development and outreach professional.
I currently volunteer as a Refugee Youth Tutor at the International Rescue Committee. I also serve as an organizer for Black & Pink (NY chapter) a grassroots organization that provides support for incarcerated LGBTQ people while working towards our mission of prison abolition and queer liberation.
I am an activist, hedonist, powerlifter, and poet.