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Social Distancing is a Privilege

I am fortunate and privileged to live in a one-bedroom apartment with my partner. Yet, I often complain about feeling isolated and trapped, despite having 750 square feet to live, work and quarantine together. Meanwhile, just 20 miles away, in San Quentin State Prison, approximately 3,507 incarcerated people share a 5 feet by 7 feet […]

Ranen Miao

As the gay, Asian son of immigrants, Ranen grew up with an acute understanding that representation and policy had the power to transform lives. His identity taught him the importance of uplifting marginalized voices through politics to promote equity and justice. In high school, Ranen represented the United States on the national debate team. His […]

Vanessa Warri

Graduate Student Vanessa Warri is a Nigerian-American community-based researcher, strategist, and advocate, committed to the liberation, empowerment, and safety of Black transgender women, queer and transgender people of color, and all communities existing at the various intersections of oppression. For over 12 years Vanessa has provided empowerment-based direct services and peer education for transgender communities, […]

Kishan Patel

Graduate Student Raised inside of their family-owned Liquor Store small business, Kishan witnessed first-hand how healthcare disparities disenfranchise minority and underserved populations.  After years of navigating mental health struggles and traversing the healthcare conglomerate, he realized that the current healthcare framework marginalizes those that do not have allies within the system. Kishan became inspired to […]

Irfan Mahmud

Graduate Student Irfan Mahmud is a child of Bangladeshi-American immigrants who grew up moving around the U.S. and ended up in Saint George, Utah. He has always been very passionate about diversity and inclusion especially in less welcoming communities, which is where he has spent a lot of his formative years. His first experience in […]

Kevin Liang

Graduate Student Growing up in Boston’s public school system where at times he was the only Asian American in the classroom, Kevin was aware of his “otherness” early on. He struggled to understand his sexuality throughout his adolescence and instead focused his attention on his schoolwork. He studied economics at Harvard, where he was among […]

Mirandy Li

Graduate Student Mirandy grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana, and was a survivor of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. This inspired her to go to medical school, after witnessing the health and resource disparities that resulted from the storm. She attended Emory University, where she studied biology and global health. After graduating, Mirandy returned to New […]

Timothy Keyes

Graduate Student Tim is an MD/PhD student at Stanford University and an aspiring clinical informatician, data scientist, and organizational diversity and inclusion strategist. As a scientist, Tim studies how machine learning and computational modeling can be applied to single-cell data analysis in pediatric leukemia. As an advocate, they are primarily focused on strengthening the queer […]

Marija Kamceva

Graduate Student Marija Kamceva was born in Kavadarci, Macedonia, and moved to Clifton, NJ when she was six. As a first-generation college student in an immigrant household, she struggled to navigate her seemingly contradicting identities. First getting involved with the queer community as an undergraduate at Yale, they were on the leadership board of several […]