I completed my undergraduate studies in Biomedical Science and now currently work in CPG Research and Development. But more importantly- as a black scientist, I understand the struggles and obstacles that underrepresented minorities often encounter in stem fields. I am a firm believer in the concept of ""paying it forward"" i.e. that when one receives support they have an obligation to extend that help to others. In the context of the black community, our collective progress is deeply intertwined and by supporting and mentoring others we strengthen the entire community.