Counselors - Camp Equity

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Meet Our Counselors!

From all over the United States, and with rich personal and professional experiences to bring conversations to life, meet the incredible inaugural  group of Camp Equity Counselors!!!!

Ashlynn Polanco

With over 5 years of working in the social impact space, Ashlynn brings her voice centered by her identities as a Latinx, child of immigrants, mid-career, woman professional to her work in program management, strategic planning, adult learning and professional development, and participant experience. Ashlynn oversees ProInspire’s individual strategy work including all open-enrollment programs such as ProInspire Leadership Institute, Coaching for Impact, and Racial Equity Leadership Institute. Ashlynn supports and manages ProInspire’s portfolio of foundation sponsored Race Equity Cohort programs. Prior to ProInspire, Ashlynn managed the Congressional Internship Program at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute where she was able to recruit, select, coach, and 110 participants from diverse backgrounds in geography, academic discipline, Latinx heritage. Ashlynn holds a B.A. in International Relations, French, and Latin American Studies from the University of South Carolina.

Cameron Bell

Cameron Bell is from Newport News, Virginia and grew up fascinated by stories of her grandmother’s civil rights activism, family history, and Black history. This fascination facilitated her commitment to social justice early on in life. Cameron graduated from Princeton University in 2016 with a concentration (major) in History and a certificate (minor) in African American Studies. She is an educator at heart and has served in various roles including tutor, school liaison, and summer school teacher.

Dominique Malone

Dominique Malone is an Investigator in both the Impact Litigation Unit and the Capital Litigation Unit at the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, GA. She graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2019 with her B.S in Criminal Justice and Communication. Dominique's passions lie in fighting to progress the rights of incarcerated people both inside and outside of the criminal justice system. She has worked with young people in various roles to introduce them to social justice issues and to explore their own beliefs. Outside of her professional life, she is an active member of BYP100's Atlanta Chapter, the Marietta-Roswell Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and several adjunct roles in her home state of Tennessee. Dominique loves reading, bingeing on reality television, and finding new ways to live in the moment.

Fatimata Cham

Originally from the Bronx, New York, Fatimata now lives in Easton, PA as a second year student attending Lafayette College. Her activism journey began in 2015 at her boarding school in Northern, New Hampshire. She noticed that there was a missing puzzle piece in the conversation revolving around equity and education. She began to lead discussions at her school about diversity and inclusion. She later became a teen advisor to the United Nations Foundation Girl Up and later began to advocate for gender equality around the globe. Fatimata scaled up her work and later became a published poet to the book Perfectly Imperfect. Featured in Pix 11, News 12 the Bronx, The Today Show among many others she continues to fight for a more equitable and just world.

Jamauri Bryan

Jamauri Bryan was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is a recent graduate from the University of Florida where he obtained a B.S in Family, Youth, & Community Sciences. In college, Jamauri taught conversational English to international students from countries such as Venezuela, South Korea, and Kuwait. He also served as a Camp Counselor at YMCA Camp Winona this past summer. Jamauri's parents are originally from Canada and Jamaica, so he loves learning about different cultures all around the world. So far, he has visited Canada, India, and Nepal. In the Spring, he will be traveling to Germany to represent the United States as a Young Ambassador with the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Fellowship. In his free time, Jamauri loves to learn languages, watch anime, and hang out with friends

Joselyn Guaman

Joselyn Guaman immigrated to the United States from Ecuador at the age of eleven. She was the first in her family to graduate from college--she graduated from St Joseph’s College with a major of Mathematics and Computer Science. For the past six years Joselyn has been involved in different capacities with community work within different organizations. She is currently working as a community organizer at Mixteca Inc. Organization, as part of the ActionNYC in Schools program. Joselyn helps students in public school and their communities to get access to free immigration services and connect to resources. As part of her work she also supports schools in learning how to support and empower their immigrant students and their families.

Kanisha Ervin

Kanisha Ervin is an aspiring disruptor from Elk Grove, California. After witnessing the pitfalls of the juvenile law system through her work with JC Family Services, she understood how facially neutral policies can lead to disparate outcomes for marginalized communities. She graduated cum laude from Northern Arizona University with Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Spanish. Kanisha strives to improve the status and resources available to underrepresented groups at every institution she encounters. These efforts included: expanding bystander training at universities, creating and developing the inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Committee at the OIP and assisting in the release of an OIP client who spent more than 40 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Now residing in Kentucky, Kanisha is finishing her last year at the University of Cincinnati College of Law as a BLSA mentor, CASA volunteer in training, and juvenile advocate.

Liel Green

Liel recently graduated from Smith College with a double major in Jewish Studies and the Study of Women and Gender and a certificate in Queer, Trans, and Sexuality Studies. They have spent this past summer working on a farm in Western Massachusetts where they call home for now. Liel has experience working with young people through directing Rowe Young People's Camp, facilitating a Jewish Food Justice program for high schoolers, organizing with the Pioneer Valley Childcare Collective, and working with Queer young people in various settings. They have been involved in various Palestine solidarity work and feel excited about plugging into both the various formal and informal mutual aid projects that awesome people in their community(ies) have been organizing. They love fun snacks, creating big art with loved ones, glitter and soup, visioning futures, the color orange, and little books with big words.

Michaela Bowen

Michaela is a recent college graduate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she gained a baccalaureate degree in Mathematics and a Minor in African American Studies. Her favorite class in college was called Black Women in US History. Michaela has spent the last year and a half since graduating providing childcare and substitute teaching within her community. Most of her time was spent with late elementary aged students and working with underserved Black students on their mathematics skills has been one of her favorite parts of tutoring! Michaela is also active in uplifting Black Voices in her home community as a member of the Amherst Area Gospel Choir, a group run by her grandmother. Michaela’s favorite hobbies include, tap dancing, houseplant care, and singing! A fun fact about Michaela is that her college A cappella group won a Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award for their debut album!

Nora Gibbons

Nora is passionate about restorative and transformative justice, self-directed education, and the rights of young people. She has worked at summer camps, language classes, and alternative education environments. Nora recently graduated from LIU Global, with a BA in Global Studies, after living, studying, and researching in several different countries. Her research culminated in a case study on student’s perceptions of conflict resolution practices in their school communities and the potential for alternative conflict resolution systems to empower students. Currently, she lives in Missoula, Montana, and works at Glacier Lake School, Montana’s first democratic, self-directed school. Lately, she has been super into cooking, reading, acro-yoga, and learning how to skateboard, although she still falls off the skateboard often!

René J. Valenzuela

René J. Valenzuela is a proud immigrant who is an active and avid supporter of transformative social justice. Their identity as an immigrant has been central to his exposure and involvement in seeking justice and radical change for marginalized communities. He is particularly passionate about immigrant rights and college access for marginalized youth and has had many opportunities to engage in both lines of work over the past five years. During their free time, René loves to dance, find new music to vibe to, go on runs, and care for his plants. They call Chicago and the Mexican-U.S. border their home, and they are eager to be moving to New York in the coming months. At Camp Equity, René is excited to meet campers from different places with different experiences, and share a virtual space where everyone can learn from one another.

Rozina Kanchwala

Rozina is an energy and environmental professional with nearly 15 years of global academic and work experience in the environmental sector. She is a Fulbright scholar; she spent a year in India studying agrarian distress and then completed her Masters degree in Environment and Sustainable Development at University College London. She currently serves as the diversity, equity, and inclusion manager for the Clean Energy Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C. Rozina worked in the solar energy industry for over seven years doing education and advocacy work with a focus on energy justice. She recently started Eco.Logic, a nonprofit to help people get engaged and find solutions to the climate crisis.

Shreya Basu

Shreya (they/them) is from the Bay Area and was born and raised in San Jose, CA. Shreya really cares about the intersections of art, identity, mental health, education, and justice. They always hope to further understand how their identity (their privileges and marginalizations) inform their role in creating material change and support for their own and other marginalized communities. A lot of their past experiences in organizing has been alongside Asian Pacific Islander and LGBTQ+ communities. They have worked as an organizer for API-Equality Northern California, the Claremont College's Asian American Resource Center, and the Saturday Tongan Education Program. Shreya has past experience working with students in different settings and studied Human Biology and Feminist Studies in college. Some things that make Shreya happy are eating (especially their Ma’s food), being outdoors in the sun, listening to music, watching quality animations, making art, and spending time with friends! Creating and reimagining with friends through art is what Shreya hopes to always do.

Stephanie De La Hoz

Stephanie De La Hoz was born in the Philippines and immigrated to the United States as a young child. She grew up in Florida and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish Education and a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management. She has worked professionally as a high school teacher and also in program management in the nonprofit sector. She served for 27 months as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia where she trained public school teachers and facilitated youth development projects. She currently is in the process of starting her own nonprofit to continue to serve children in low-income communities in Florida and in Colombia.

We created Camp Equity in response to the combined forces of the global pandemic and the current manifestation of the human-rights movement, to give exposure to incredible non profits at the grassroots level and engage groups of diverse young people in conversation about this moment in time.

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