Born in the Pacific Northwest, Jade is a proud member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. After a pause in her career due to the pandemic, she began studying Science at BMCC as a non-traditional student. She intends to further study how we can become independent from oppressive systems through our connection to the land in our own neighborhoods as well as the relationship between community building and plant sciences. At Gallatin she hopes to explore how herbalism, urban gardening, and fungal biology can be portals to liberation. Jade is also interested in the deinstitutionalization of knowledge, ecofeminism, and philosophy of science. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, cooking, running, and spending time with her family.
Hollie is originally from New Orleans and moved to NYC 8 years ago with hopes of expanding her life experiences and reaching a deeper understanding of the world around us. She is a nontraditional student at BMCC majoring in sociology. She intends to pursue a career in social work as a patient advocate with a focus on facilitating care for patients with disability and chronic illnesses. Through the GUIDE program, she intends to examine the existing ableist structures within society that feed disenfranchisement of all marginalized groups. With nuanced study, she will learn to combat the harmful agendas and narratives that perpetuate harm against the chronically ill and disabled. In Hollie’s spare time, she loves reading both fiction and nonfiction alike, and enriching her palate in the diverse food and beverage scene in NYC.
Mayan Alena Hein was born to a German mother and an American father in a small village just on the outskirts of Frankfurt, where she grew up surrounded by nature and animals. A traveler at heart, she left Germany to explore the world and live in places like England, Spain, the Chinese Mountains before finally settling in New York City. As a Pre-Med student, she is passionate about becoming a pediatric surgeon. She hopes to one day work for Medicins Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders) in an effort to make the world a better place. Mayan loves to learn languages so that she can communicate with the people she encounters during her travels. Becoming part of the GUIDE program is a dream come true for her and she hopes to gain better insight into human nature and use the tools she will learn here to make the most of her life and bring social justice to the children of this world.
Born in New Orleans, LA, Alexis moved to New York to pursue her interests as a mixed media artist and to continue her studies as a Digital Marketing major at BMCC. Throughout her life, she has been intrigued by the cultural dynamics between race, class, and sexuality and strives to understand how these factors intersect within Western society’s understanding of BIPOC communities. While growing up in the South, she recognized the varying stereotypes that were perpetrating popular culture’s portrayal of black women’s identity and how oversimplification affected their existence. Through the GUIDE program, she hopes to gain a better comprehension of the mass media’s influence on narratives being taught to the public and the consequences to those who do not align with the hegemon. She spends the majority of her spare time expressing her creative interests as well as participating in philanthropy work, reading, cooking, and traveling.
As the proud daughter of a Puerto Rican single mother, Davina has lived in several corners of the country before settling in New York City. She is a non-traditional student with many years of life experience and has witnessed first-hand the devastating effects of the war on drugs and the nation’s criminal justice system. In the midst of the worldwide pandemic, Davina returned to school to pursue a degree in psychology at BMCC with a focus in addiction and harm reduction. She’s passionate about helping those who have been affected by the systemic fractures in our society. Thanks to dedicated professors and advisors, Davina has blossomed at BMCC becoming an active peer mentor and proud member of various clubs and social justice organizations. While in the GUIDE program, Davina hopes to collaborate with a diverse student body to explore the idea of decolonizing the mind and traditional mental health practices.