Cassandra Michel is a senior at the University of Miami, double majoring in psychology and community and applied psychological studies, with minors in English and Biology. As a low-income first-generation college student and Haitian American, Cassandra is passionate about advocating for and empowering underrepresented communities. She is also passionate about integrating her interests in research, service, and minority communities to understand structural factors that drive health disparities related to criminal justice and mental health. In the future she hopes to pursue an MPH and a PHD in psychology so she can conduct interdisciplinary research that addresses psychosocial factors that negatively impact racial-ethnic minorities and justice involved individuals. She aspires to use her research findings to create culturally competent, evidence-based interventions tailored to address health disparities among marginalized communities.