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Krystal Cruz is a pre-doctoral fellow in the Research Group on Disparities in Health at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Education, Health and Psychology in the Department of Health and Behavior Studies. She studies the biopsychosocial model as a theoretical framework to explore critical racial health disparities related to maternal morbidity and mortality, perinatal mental health and substance use disorders, the influence of neighborhood social conditions and built environment factors on psychosocial stress and wellbeing during gestation, intrauterine environmental influences across the life course, and global mental health.
Throughout her academic studies, she has participated in the following extracurricular activities: Columbia University Senator serving on the Student Affairs, Libraries and Rules Committees, Interschool Governing Board Member, Office of University Life Race, Ethnicity & Inclusion/Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging Committee Member, The Roger Lehecka Double Discovery Center Mentor, Founding Member of the School of Education, Health and Psychology’s Diversity and Community Affairs Committee; she is also the Founding President of the United Nations Association of the United States of America Columbia University-wide Chapter.
Miriam Villanueva is a Virtual Business Support Services Entrepreneur, Founder of Virtual Platinum Services, and a community activist. The business was created to assist small businesses and start-ups by charging less than market price for services that in turn will boost their sales and help our economy and sustainability. She was raised in Chicago, Illinois and has been residing in New York for over 20 years. In addition to majoring in Business Administration, Miriam has also earned a Paralegal, Google Ads, and Digital Marketing Certification. She proudly worked as a Constituent Liaison for District 26 alongside Deputy Leader of the New York City Council Jimmy Van Bramer during the first two years of his first term as New York City Council Member. As a single mom of 2 adults and a little one, she seeks any opportunity to share her expertise and life experiences with those in need of guidance and support. Her reward is their success.
Marta Silverio is a life coach focusing on families and individuals as well as their personal along with professional challenges. She received her Diploma in Coaching from New York University, and is certified in Negotiation, Meditation, and Peer Coaching. Marta has also been certified and is an active member of the prestigious International Coaching Federation. For the past twenty-five years Marta has been a Guidance Counselor within the New York City Department of Education, currently working with High School students at John Bowne High School. In addition to her Diploma from New York University, Marta received a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from PUCMM and attained her Master’s in Education from Long Island University. She is fluent in three languages which are English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Mohammed Elaissaoui was born in Sale, Morocco. He moved to the United States in 2007 in hopes for a better future for his family. Mohammed is the founder of a Moroccan American group as well as a Moroccan MVoice Radio Station which both aims at promoting the Moroccan culture abroad. Mohammed always believed in better and equal opportunities for all as well as connecting the Moroccan community in the United States to their roots back home.
Luke Jean-Louis was born and raised in New York and absolutely loves the city. Due to that love, Luke cares deeply about helping New Yorkers in need. It is a thrill to be a part of an organization that plays a vital role in improving the economic situation of the city’s inhabitants for Luke. The idea of giving back and helping those in need resonates with him profoundly. It’s great to be part of a great organization for Luke that gives back.
Unity For Equality CEO and Founder, Neil Trivedi began working in 2008, when he joined civic and community boards to influence change in local areas. He observed current hardships people were experiencing due to difficulty in finding employment, financial problems, the presence of discrimination, inequality in opportunities, struggles with the immigration system, lack of access to education, and challenges in obtaining health insurance. Neil formed a group in his neighborhood to tackle these issues, going as far as to voice collective concerns to elected leaders. During his high school years at John Bowne High School, Neil partnered as an advocate with the New York City Department of Education Chancellor to fight corruption inside of public schools. Neil served as a United States Air Force Auxiliary for 10 years, and was also in Air Force Junior ROTC as a student. Upon graduation, Neil was elected District Leader, where he continued the fight for reform in the areas of Social Justice, Immigrants’ Rights, Employment Opportunities, Gender Equality, Tenant Rights, Safety, and Animal Rights.
In 2015, Neil met with community activists at a restaurant in Long Island and officially formed Unity for Equality to help provide the tools and resources that constituents needed to thrive and succeed. Its objectives involve immigration guidance, legal guidance, educational services, insurance services, and financial services. Keeping consistent with his devotion to public service, he has been a guest speaker at college events in order to inspire millennial involvement.
He holds a BA in Government and Politics from St. John’s University.
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