about me

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. 

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About me: Resume and background

Please find below more information on my background and experiences! 

Summary, Skills , Languages

  


Summary 


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. 


Skills 


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


Languages 

Spanish, Japanese, German A2.1, French A1.2

 


Work and Internship Experience

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WORK EXPERIENCE 


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/   


INTERNSHIPS 

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


Speaking Engagements

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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 


Education

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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





Volunteering

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NYC /Community Board 10 Member ​serving Central Harlem May  2018-present

Appointment from the  Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer 

Responsibilities  include: 

· 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)

Awards

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Edinburgh Award in Public Engagement

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