Marcelo Arroyave

Marcelo Arroyave is a researcher and counselor with over four years of experience in qualitative and quantitative research, advising, outreach, and 3+ years of experience in post-secondary and K-12 education. He works with economically disadvantaged youth, low-income communities, and immigrants in vulnerable situations through Community Outreach. He has a Bachelors's degree in Sociology and a Master's degree in Urban Anthropology from Rovira and Virgili University in Catalonia.

Nadia Batool Bokhari

Nadia Batool Bokhari has a Master of Science (M.S.) in journalism from Columbia University. She has previously worked as a freelance journalist and TV anchor in Pakistan. She has over a decade of international reporting experience with a special focus on issues of social justice, human rights, and health. She received various U.S.-based fellowships in a broad and diverse range of topics including health reporting in journalism and the Census 2020. She has practiced journalism in the USA, UK, India, and Pakistan. Follow her on Twitter at @nadiabatool  

Nadia Bongo

Nadia Bongo holds a Ph.D. in French Language and Literature from Aix Marseille Université. She taught French Language, Literature, and Research for the French Academy for six years. She feels fortunate to have two passions: teaching and writing. She attended a Cave Canem workshop (2018) and is a Brooklyn Poets fellow (Spring 2021). She is working on a poetry collection. Her work has appeared in the NYPL zine and Newtown Literary.

Sol Avi Erez

Sol Avi Erez is an artist and educator, working in photography, video, and mixed media since 2008. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Art Education from HaMidrasha School of Art in Beit-Berl, Israel and a Master’s in Fine Arts from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, US. He is an adjunct professor at the County College of Morris in New-Jersey, and the co-founder of Wick Gallery in Brooklyn, New-York.

Rocío Guerrero Marín

Rocío Guerrero Marín (b. 1991) is a multidisciplinary artist born and raised in Santiago, Chile. In her work, Marín addresses collective affectivity with invitations for sharing, listening, and being in the present time. Through a hybrid of sculpture, installation, and performance, she is interested in exploring effective relations and commonalities between bodies and environments, while exploring ideas of language, experience, and materiality. Her work has been shown at museums and galleries, standing out: In the wake, 205 hudson gallery (2021), New York; Life of my life, Vitrinalab (2020), Miami; CCU Gallery (2019), Chile; Museum of Contemporary Art (2018), Chile; New media Bienal (2018), Chile; YAP-CONSTRUCTO / MOMA PS1 (2014), Chile. Rocío Guerrero is a 2019 fellow FONDART, and resident at Soma Summer 2021. She currently lives in New York.

Alain Barriere Kamga Noubissi

Alain Kamga Noubissi is a mechanical engineer with more than 10 years of experience maintaining industrial machines and overseeing manufacturing facilities. He has hands-on experience in metal fabrication and designing projects for industrial use. He is a seasoned design instructor and teaches fluency in the language of technical drawing. 

I-Chuan Lee

I-Chuan Lee (b. Taiwan) is a multimedia artist based in New York. He graduated from the School of Visual Arts with an MFA in Photo, Video, and Related Media. He started as a documentary filmmaker and photographer working with NGOs, and later focus more on video art, independent films, and art installations.

Fernando Matsubara

Fernando Matsubara is a researcher and university professor who relocated to New York City in 2019. He received his BA in Biology from the State University of Londrina, Brazil. Later, he earned his Master's and Doctorate degrees in Cell and Molecular Biology from the Federal University of Paraná, Brazil. As a university professor, he worked at the Federal University of Paraná and Universidade Positivo. He is an expert on the molecular biology of animal venoms, with a special focus on the identification and characterization of venom toxins and their therapeutic and biotechnological applications. 

Dr. Chok Tenzin Monlam

Dr. Chok Tenzin Monlam is a Tibetan yoga and mindfulness instructor. He has over a decade of experience spreading Tibetan teachings including yoga and meditation methods around the world. He has spent ten-plus years dedicated to the study of Buddhist physical and mental healings. He has written and translated more than 30 books and numerous articles into English and Tibetan. Since the pandemic, he has taught virtual courses all over the globe. 

Eugene Opoku-Mensah

Eugene Opoku-Mensah is an Assistant Professor at Middlesex’s College Department of Computer Science with a special focus in data science and information security. He taught mathematics and technology in Ghana, China, and the United States. Dr. Opoku-Mensah uses an interactive approach to help students grasp difficult concepts. 

Nichola Ramchurjee

Nichola Ramchurjee is a sustainability, climate change, and water conservation consultant. She is also a Biodiversity and Natural Resources specialist. She attended the University of Mysore, India earning a Ph.D. in Environmental Science. She has more than 10 years of experience researching a broad range of topics including biodiversity, natural resources, water conservation, climate change, sustainability, and data analytics. She has written about the intersection of social and environmental science and has published numerous research articles and books on the topic.

Stephen Tekpetey

Stephen Tekpetey is a research and teaching professional with over seven years of experience in teaching at the tertiary level. He holds a BSc(Hon) and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. He is a current intern at New York-Presbyterian and a member of the technical committee of International Organization for Standardization (ISO/ TC 296).

Lorenzo Vanelli

Lorenzo Vanelli completed a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology in 2019 at the University of Bologna, Italy, with a focus on music traditions of the African Diaspora in the Mediterranean and the U.S. His interest focused on how diasporic communities re-interpret music traditions to discuss and resist current and historical struggles, as well as to affirm or challenge identities. Lorenzo works for Upwardly Global, a non-profit that supports immigrants in the US to find jobs in their professional fields.

Denise Wiley

Denise Wiley is a journalist, public relations practitioner, and instructor of English as a Second Language. Prior to moving to the US, Ms. Wiley lived in Japan for five years where she taught business English, cultural awareness, and business communication. She holds a BA in Media and Communication and is currently reading for the MA in International Migration Studies at The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Ayoub (Yubi) Zareie

For over 20 years, Ayoub (Yubi) Zareie has conducted research and data analysis in a wide range of diverse settings. He has a doctorate in anthropology and sociology and has worked with policy agencies, universities, and research institutions in Iran, Malaysia, and the United States. Since moving to the US, he worked as a data analyst at Columbia University and volunteered at UNICEF and the NYC Department of Social Services.