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GUIDE Scholars

D’Llyna Adams

D’Llyna Adams

Concentration: Consumerism and Ethics in Medicine

After volunteering with The Trevor Project, a suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization, D’Llyna was inspired to pursue a career in medicine. At BMCC she was a recipient of the Leadership Foundation Scholarship and she earned an A.A. in Psychology.  A native New Yorker D'Llyna has continuously sought to challenge herself both academically and personally by enrolling in an honors course, studying at Vassar's Exploring Transfer Program and volunteering at Give Kids The World. Her interests extend beyond psychology into philosophy, specifically epistemology, romance languages, and biology. D'Llyna's concentration, Consumerism and Ethics in Medicine, is meant to expand her perspective on the accessibility of treatment in medicine while working toward her goal of becoming a physician.

 

 

Karen Escalona

Karen Escalona

Karen graduated with honors from BMCC, majoring in Writing and Literature. Born and raised in Cuba, she emigrated to Equatorial Guinea where she fell in love with West African languages and cultures. Her concentration will examine women’s experiences and how they frame their imaginary and actual power in society, particularly in  Latin America and the Caribbean. Karen is also interested in researching the repercussions of authoritarian regimes on race and identity issues. She has worked with Mixteca Organization in Brooklyn, NY, as a volunteer Spanish language teacher, leading adult literacy and intergenerational Spanish learning courses. Karen loves to bike, watch foreign-language films, and try out jokes for her improbable stand-up career.

 

 

James Lu

James Lu

Concentration: East-West Politics through the Traditions of Indigo Dyeing

James is a native New Yorker but is proud to have also called Vancouver and Shanghai home for a number of years. Graduating from BMCC with a degree in History, he is building his concentration as an examination of the dichotomy of Eastern and Western civilization through the cultural impacts of indigo dyeing. In particular, James wishes to look at the transformative roles that states can take through international engagement. From his own experiences growing up as Chinese-American, James is actively interested in increasing the visibility of obstacles impacting Asian-American and Pacific Islanders, both to dissuade negative stereotypes and to bring equity to his community. When he is not distracted by the smell of his burning dinner, James enjoys reading and playing quidditch.

 

 

Isa Mendez

Isa Mendez

Concentration: Human Development: Socio-Economic Empowerment through Sustainability

Isa is a Bahraini native of mixed heritage who possesses a passion for the environment, business, and his native culture. After recently graduating from BMCC with a major in Business Administration, Isa now plans to continue to enhance his thinking at Gallatin. His concentration, which will be heavily ingrained in social entrepreneurship, cultural and environmental studies, as well as public policy, takes aim at creating a difference in the Middle East, in the hopes of provoking a more sustainable future for the region. Isa hopes that by marrying all of his interests in an academic Chapel he will create a visualization of how to achieve his goal and create a lasting sustainable impact in the Middle East and beyond!

 

 

Diya Qazeili Moushahwar

Diya Qazeili Moushahwar

Concentration: Science, Medicine, and Empire

Diya is a proud Arab-American from metro Detroit and currently lives in Washington Heights, the neighborhood they have called home for more than five years. Witnessing violence enacted by the medical industrial complex against their immigrant and trans communities solidified Diya’s commitment to transforming medicine and care. At BMCC, Diya earned an A.A. in Liberal Arts and graduated with honors, where they also developed a passion for biology. As they continue their studies at Gallatin, Diya is interested in interrogating colonialism’s legacy in Western science and medicine as well as exploring what healing and liberatory practices could look like. When not in class, Diya can be found working as an after school educator, organizing within border and prison abolition movements, learning Arabic maqam, illustrating zines, and picnicking in Fort Tryon Park.

 

 

Chandani Nash

Chandani Nash

Chandani is a writer, doula, and caregiver from Brooklyn, New York. She studied English and literature at BMCC, where she looked to interrogate and explore the role of narrative in literature, politics, and justice. As a GUIDE Scholar, Chandani hopes to bridge her interests in maternal health, birth and childhood with the exploration of narrative, identity, policy and equity. She is nothing if not curious and afraid of bugs.

 

 

 

 

Wesley Sanders

Wesley Sanders

Concentration: Representation Through Storytelling 

Wesley is a passionate writer and a voracious reader who has earned his associate’s degree in Literature and Creative Writing from BMCC. He intends to refine his writing skills while immersing himself in an environment focused on social justice. After receiving his undergraduate degree in individualized studies as part of the Gallatin Guide program, Wesley plans to become a public school teacher and a young-adult (YA) author. He is currently working on his first novel about a black superhero growing up in a city rich with racism and segregation.

 

 

 

Danny Torres

Danny N. Torres

Concentration: The Relationship Between the Latinx and LGBT Communities

Danny is a proud Xicanx with a love of languages and its usage, born from a childhood of reading. Fluent in Spanish and English, they are studying Portuguese with plans to learn indigenous languages such as Nahuatl. BMCC brought to light their passion and focus in social justice, specifically the relationship between the LGBT and Latinx communities, and more importantly, how to build a bridge between them. They will be able to delve deep into their studies as a GUIDE Scholar at Gallatin by viewing these communities separately and in intersecting ways with a focus on history, religion, and society, while also making the effort to respectfully keep context in mind. In their time as a non-traditional student, they have come to love higher education and plan to have a career as a professor with the aspiration of creating a space that inspires learning and activism, also centering on compassion.

 

 

Natassia Walker

Natassia Walker

Concentration: Systemic Racism and Economic Development

Natassia Walker was born and raised in Jamaica, then migrated to the United States to further her studies. She recently graduated from BMCC with a major in Criminal Justice, and plans to continue her studies and while expanding her thinking and knowledge on social justice issues in a more interdisciplinary approach at Gallatin. Being a student advocate and mentor, she was able to listen to and give a voice to those students who felt cheated by society because of their racial background. Natassia’s concentration will delve into systemic racism from an historical perspective, as well as public policy and economics. At Gallatin, she hopes to learn more about how US justice systems have impacted and are still impacting the growth of the economy and nation, and what measures or policies can be implemented or changed to reduce and eventually rid society from the inequalities that exist.