Sandra Marquez: I am a recent graduate from San Francisco State University. I obtained my BA in Sociology with a minor in Health Education. As an undergraduate, I performed my own field research on gender dynamics and grocery shopping practices by collecting data through field observations and qualitative interviews. I have also been an intern for the building and planning department for the city of San Pablo for ten months, which has given me a lot of exposure to research in city and planning projects and administrative and customer care experience. I am looking to apply for a master’s degree in public health for the next academic year and keep working on researching and providing services for low-income and underrepresented communities.
Finn Black: I am a graduate student at San Francisco State University, where I am working on my master’s degree in geography. I became involved in the HIV field through activism in my queer and trans communities, first in my hometown of Philadelphia, and then later in the Bay Area. As a student, I’m interested in the health of populations displaced by gentrification and my own research focuses on how housing insecurity impacts the lives of people living with HIV. I chose to study geography because I believe maps are a powerful tool for telling stories and centering the experiences of marginalized people. When I’m not in school, I spend the rest of my time organizing with a free clinic in the East Bay, riding my bike, and rock climbing.