Raven savors and finds happiness in simplicity. Like spending time with loved ones and friends on FaceTime, capturing images and memories through art sketches and mentoring youth who are aging out of the foster care system. Raven has studied the fundamentals of medical Spanish terminology in Santiago, Chile while shadowing medical providers and has also served as an intern with BirthNet, a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to educating the public about maternity care, as an undergraduate student at the University at Albany.
She is a daughter, sister, friend and Soror who loves to practice her old gymnastic routines in her living room, yoga, reading books by Octavia Butler, Bell Hooks, J.K. Rowling or any other book or article she can get her hands on. Especially, research articles about the body and the brain. She is a pre-medical post- baccalaureate scholar at the Sage Colleges, a Graduate Research Assistant for the University at Albany’s, Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities and a Consultant with two consulting firms where she provides technical assistance and assessments of states child welfare agencies.
When she’s not studying, Raven is actively trying to change the World by being an active participant in child welfare reform efforts on a local and national level. She assists current and former foster children by providing them with the tools and resources necessary to navigate the U.S. child welfare system by way of her non-profit organization Gen Z, a 501C3 mentoring organization that utilizes technology and multimedia as tools for success.
She is studying to become a physician and is interested in spearheading change in health outcomes through medicine, education and public health.
She has been highlighted by UAlbany World of Difference, New York Daily News, Children’s Rights Magazine and CNN News.