I am from New York City and in Brooklyn and Harlem. I have had a passion for human rights, international affairs, and community development for longer than I can remember. I attended university in Bremen from 2013 to 2016 , Germany at Jacobs University Bremen graduating with a BA in International Politics and History and later attended the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh Scotland earning my MSc in International Development. I currently am an Associate Grant Writer at The Doe Fund. A board member on Manhattan’ s Community Board 10 serving Central Harlem and am an active participant in the disability community in New York City and beyond through advocacy, conference attendance, sitting on panels, volunteering, and writing in my blog ATypical New York: A devoted Sisters Outlook on Life with A differently Abled Brother found at atypicalnewyork.wordpress.com.
Please find below more information on my background and experiences!
Experienced in research with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit industry, administration and community affairs. Skilled in report writing, analysis, foreign language, public speaking, and social media. Research and professional specific interest in disabilities and human rights; with a Master’s Degree in International Development from The University of Edinburgh.
Research and Writing •SPSS •Website Design• Adobe Photoshop• iMovie • Database Management •Intercultural Awareness• Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint• Microsoft Windows/Mac OS X platforms • Project Management
Spanish, Japanese, German A2.1, French A1.2
The Doe Fund/ Associate Grant Writer September 2018-Present
Global Autism Project / Development June 2018- September 2018 Brooklyn, New York
Conducting grant writing, fundraising initiatives, event management, and administrative support to a non-profit organization that works toward global acceptance of autism, and knowledge exchange between Special Needs professionals from the US and one of eight partner countries (China, Uganda, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, India…) through sustainable international partnerships with local special needs schools and programs facilitates sustainable, culturally relevant practices.
G.E.M.S (Girls Educational and Mentoring Services) / Research Assistant March 2018- present Manhattan, New York · Conducting independent research on the topic of human trafficking and appropriate outreach programs, for the production of a white paper for GEMS Survivor Leadership institute which focuses on empowerment for persons who have been trafficked. · Developed and implemented project management and research schedule to facilitate successful and timely completion of qualitative and qualitative research and literature review.
Jacobs University Bremen / Admissions Assistant September 2015- June 2016 Bremen, Germany
·Provided administrative support to admissions supervisors remotely and in office, gave tours, offered assistance regarding college information and application procedures. · Updated and managed applicant databases · Wrote and edited regularly for the admissions blog found at: http://admissionsblog.user.jacobs-university.de/ · Managed an interactive web based project found at: https://www.facebook.com/HumansofJacobs/
Institute on Disability and Public Policy / Research Assistant April 2017-June 2017 Washington DC, USA · Edited research reports and analyzed qualitative and quantitative data sets. · Created visual data models using SPSS and Excel software.
Sanctuary for Families/ Intern Childcare Coordinator July 2015- August 2015 Bronx, New York· Assisted the childcare coordinator with office management responsibilities and provided general program support for children and infants aged 9 months through 4 years old.
Amsterdam News/ Editorial Intern June 2015-July 2015 Manhattan, New York · Independently researched, wrote, and edited articles published in both the print and online versions of the Amsterdam News.· Sourced appropriate pictures, videos, and media for articles. -Acted as an Amsterdam News representative during community press events.
Assembly District 71/ Administrative Assistant January 2011-January 2013 · Assisted the District office Manager in administrative tasks and office maintenance. Answered phone calls, managed calendars, appointments, complaints, and referral
The Importance Accessing Medicaid Services Early , May 22nd 2018, Brooklyn Public Library Inclusivity Services , Brooklyn NYC
The Future of Pan Africanism, February 2017, The University of Edinburgh, Center of African Studies (CAS) , Edinburgh, UK
The University of Edinburgh / MSc International Development September 2016-November 2017 Edinburgh Scotland, UK
The MSc International Development program focused on engaging critically with development practices past and present, and the social, political and economic processes that occur throughout the west and the global south
Jacobs University Bremen / BA International Politics and History September 2013-June 2016 Bremen, Germany
The BA International Politics and History program covered both political science and history of the modern and ancient world to inform our analysis on political processes found currently across the globe
NYC /Community Board 10 Member serving Central Harlem May 2018-present
Appointment from the Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
· Addressing the Welfare of the District
· Communicating with and advocating for the People of the District -Participating in the Budget Process and the Capital Program
· Planning for the Needs of the District
· Monitoring and Evaluating the Delivery of Services (http://www.nyc.gov/, 2015)
United Nations / Conference Volunteer and Student Rapporteur June 2017
United Nations HQ, New York, NY USA
· Rapporteur at the 2017 Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) conference hosted at the UN HQ.
· Coordinated room setup and take down
· Timed speakers and recorded session minutes
· Submitted daily Reports to the UN Volunteer Coordinator
ReelAbilities Film Festival 2018 / Event Volunteer March 2018 and April 2019
· Assisted with events within the film festival, helped attendees get to events, provided information, performed event set up and clean up and food serving. (ReelAbilities Film Festival, is a festival that elevated the cinematic works of persons with disabilities, about persons with disabilities to increase visibility, inclusivity and accessibility)
Received the Edinburgh Award in Public Engagement in 2017 after completing the professional development and community engagement requirements.
Learn more about the Edinburgh Award in Public Engagement: http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/gradschool/student_development/edinburgh_awards/ssps_edinburgh_award_for_professionalism_in_public_engagement