Imagine a world where all of the stories we told displayed immigrants with dignity and respect, where their added value is acknowledged, and where acceptance reigns over discrimination.
Love 4 Immigrants is a social space for immigrants’ support. It aims to connect immigrants to their communities, as respected, loved, and heard individuals by sharing their narrative through art and storytelling.
Maribel Rodriguez loves her roots and her parents’ countries, Colombia and Puerto Rico. Having been to both countries and growing up in Brooklyn, NY a melting pot of many cultures, she has a love for people of diverse cultures and walks of life. She studied photography at The Rochester of Technology and Social Enterprise at American University This is where Love 4 Immigrants was founded as a graduate capstone project out of the frustration of seeing immigrants being depicted in the media in untruthful and inhumane ways. In addition to creating Love 4 Immigrants, she is an educator with LearnServe International.
Saja Othman & Sewar Omari
Design and Marketing Team
Saja and Sewar are visual communication designers with a focus on design for social innovation. Based in Jordan, they are interested in the role of design in supporting and advocating humanitarian, cultural, and social matters in the MENA region. They love collaborating on projects that shed light on the social issues of the Arab area and promote a better understanding of its rich culture. They founded The Valve Studio in Amman, where they work with impact organizations and businesses all over the world. Helping them shape their brands, promote their impact efforts, and design their communication materials.
Ifunanya is a social entrepreneur, educator and innovation specialist with experience managing innovation projects, design sprints, and advising businesses on social impact. Her experience includes work inside and outside the classroom.
She most recently taught courses on leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship for programs based at Stanford and Columbia University, respectively. As a first generation immigrant who also spent her formative years in her home country of Nigeria, she understands the importance of identity, culture and healing. She received her M.A in social enterprise with a concentration in innovation and project management from American University.
Blog Content Creator & Exhibit Support
Wendy is a social change advocate and college student. She loves to read (currently re-reading the Percy Jackson series), watch Marvel movies, write articles, and eat a lot of Bolivian food! She loves her Bolivian roots and visits family whenever she can. She is studying Political Science at Virginia Tech and currently lives in Northern Virginia.
Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant
Bethany is a social change advocate interested in connecting people and resources. She holds a BA in Economics from UMKC and a MA in International Affairs from Marquette University. She is a researcher and evaluator in the field of international development. She is particularly interested in intersections between economics, gender, and financial literacy as well as migrant and immigrant rights. She is originally from the Midwest and is currently on assignment with Jesuit Refugee Service in South Sudan.
Instagram Social Media Curator
Mulenzi is based in Uganda he is a sign language instructor and volunteer special needs unit teacher for deaf kids in primary school. He holds a bachelor’s degree in procurement and logistics management, with some programming skills Mulenzi is passionate about charity technology and inclusion having spent most of the years with the Deaf Community he has gained most experience about them, his love for immigrants and refugees became more of something after he became a caretaker of refugee orphan kids from South Sudan one of whom is deaf.
Syed Saud ul Hassan
Social Media Curator
Masters in Public Administration, Vice Chairman The CEMS Pakistan, Director Mairaj Academic Consortium, Lecturer of English, National Youth Assembly District Member, WWF Green Card Holder, DICE Fellow, Represented My Country & Enterprise at many International Platforms, trainer, debater, and public speaker. Other than that Syed loves to meet new people and his hobby is to have collaborations to better the globe for us and for upcoming generations too. He has a vision to spread humanity, love & gratitude.
Vanessa Gonzalez-Wright, LMSW
Vanessa is passionate about cultural identity development and the impact of racism and oppression on the mental health of BIPOC. She currently serves as the Assistant Director of Latinx Student Development and supports the undocumented student community at Towson University. Her educational background is in social policy and community organizing and she is a licensed social worker. Vanessa received her B.A. in Sociology from California State University, Northridge and her MSW from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Vanessa enjoys spending time in nature, time with friends and family, and loves cooking.
Social Media Content Creator
Amanda is a sociologist, marketing/digital services coordinator, podcast host and founder, passionate about making social change, and connecting people. She has her BS in Sociology from Oregon State, where she also studied Feminist/Gender Theory. She has worked in the non-profit industry for over 15 years. As well as organizing her own donation drives and events to help her local community. She focuses on giving women a platform to share their voice and their journey. Empowering each other is her mission. She currently resides in Southern California, where you can find her enjoying a good book and glass of wine.
Siddhartha is a nature lover, software engineer, and aspiring environmental activist. He was born and brought up in Eastern Indian and holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Applications. He is also an experienced rock climber and mountaineer, preferring to spend his free time traveling, especially in the Indian Himalayas. In the future he hopes to contribute technological solutions to environmental problems and he believes in making a better world by focusing on the commonalities between people from a diverse world.
Freelance Writer and Graphic Design Curator
Laura Trask is the Associate Director of Development and Communications at Ayuda, where she oversees Ayuda’s external events, communications, fundraising and donor management. Prior to joining Ayuda in November 2017, Laura worked abroad in Chile and most recently, Guatemala. In Chile, Laura worked as the development coordinator for a local organization that supports at-risk youth in Santiago. In Guatemala, Laura was a sponsorship coordinator for a local foundation that provided quality education, nutrition and access to healthcare for low-income students.
Laura received her B.A. in Journalism and Foreign Relations from James Madison University. She holds a graduate certification in NGO Management from James Madison University, and a certification in Human Rights: Immigrant and Refugee Rights from the Henry Dunant Foundation.
Social Worker and Migration Specialist
A social worker in the NGO called Movimiento por la Paz y el Desarme based in Madrid, she works in a reception center for migrants from sub-Saharan Africa.
She is Italo-Romanian and she holds a degree in Sociology and a Master degree in migrations and international cooperation. Experienced in working within the social and cooperative field in Spain and abroad, specifically Kenya and Honduras.
She loves reading, improving herself through new challenges, and she is a big fan of podcasts. She loves traveling as much as she loves her cat Upendo. She believes giving importance to human rights is the key to making change.
Artist , Writer and Curator
Seyram Agbleze is a Ghanaian writer, artist and curator. He was educated at Central University College. His work focuses on shedding light on the arts of Africa. He is a recipient of the Thetis Blacker Award (2019) and the author of Journey of West African Textile Traditions and Reflections: Random Thoughts of a Ghanaian Artist.
Seyram believes everyone has a right to a dignified life. He enjoys traveling and experimenting with different mediums of art.
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We asked our community what Love 4 Immigrants means to them…here’s what they said:
It means that we are all humans before anything and that we need to look past nationalities, country of residences, and not only understand our shared values, but appreciate what makes us different. – Florence from Washington, DC, USA
Remembering and restoring dignity of those who live both inside and outside of our country’s borders. – Shivani from Chicago, IL, USA