It has been my long-standing passion to understand human behavior and becoming a mental health advocate & practitioner is the next step in my journey. I am an incoming Master of Social Work student at the University of Toronto (Fall 2021).
I have a Ph.D. in cell biology and worked as a postdoctoral research fellow for 5 years in the US. For the past 5 years working as a STEM researcher in my career, I slowly diverged from the typical role and cultivated my passion for advocacy and social justice as a way of fulfilling my purpose. I became an advocate for myself, my family, and my community members getting involved in the mental health and wellbeing of the researchers. I amplified the voices of my community, organized events, and pursued changes in policies to improve the quality of life to create a support system for immigrant scientists and families.
I realized that our immigrant stories and feelings were alike regardless of our country of origin. On my immigrant scientist path, I took a long and tough look to myself to examine my belief systems deeply, and going through this process empowered me to find the courage to embark on my unique path and decided to pivot my career towards my passion: mental health advocacy and achieving a holistic view of individuals’ well-being.
My goal is to identify critical social issues and support people, especially immigrants and their families, that are affected by these issues through their journeys and help people to achieve their unique potentials.
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