As middle and high school students are getting back to school over the last month, Masakhane is also gearing up for our school year programs. First, we start with a new intern group who work with us during the semester or entire school year!
Without further ado, here they are:
Carolina Marrano is a sophomore studying Social Work at Rutgers University-Newark. She has a passion for spreading knowledge and awareness of the issues revolving around sexual and reproductive justice. Her interest in sexuality education emerged after taking a sociology course which focused on sexuality and reproduction that opened her eyes to how much is missing from what is usually provided in schools and how young people should be receiving more information which is provided in an inclusive way without any judgment. Carolina hopes to make a difference by fighting the stigmas surrounding sexuality and painting it in a positive light so that people are able to have conversations about it and not be ashamed by who they are. She is excited to learn a wide variety of new information and be able to meet and work with the people of Newark throughout her experience with the center. In her free time, Carolina enjoys listening to music, creating art or watching movies.
Fatimata Diabate is a fourth-year college student at Montclair State University. She is a Public Health major and a Peer Advocate at Health Promotion. Her passion for health stems from her childhood. At a very young age, she witnessed the Ivorian Civil War. She saw how the tragedy caused destruction and the sense of hopelessness for the Ivorian people. Those scary nights in her homeland ignited an inquisitive nature that is threaded in everything she does. She later realized how blessed she was to have the opportunities here in America. Fatimata’s long term goal is to create a company and use its platform to give back to the Ivorian people. She is going to use her skills from being a health promoter for women’s health back in the Ivory Coast. Her ultimate goal is to create health care facilities and performing art centers for the Ivorian people and children. Fatimata states that she doesn’t want to be a woman of success, but one who is self-made and driven by her success.
Sereina is a senior at Long Island University Global majoring in Global Studies with a minor in Arts and Communication. She is based in Brooklyn, conducting thesis research on the orgasm gap and the coping mechanisms that women develop and share to enjoy sex more. She is passionate about sharing resources, uplifting marginalized voices, and analyzing relationship toxicity in popular media on her Insta stories. She deeply enjoys cooking for friends and talking about sex in any capacity.