"My name is Orchadia Anna-Alicia Mclean, I go by Katie and I currently work at a startup called Client Joy and I also do events and marketing for TiE Oregon, it is kind of like a social enterprise, on our non-profit side we teach high school students entrepreneurship.
I am originally from Miami… I was born in Poughkeepsie, New York. My family is actually immigrants from Jamaica. My grandparents came in the late 80s, so my kind of history is different because I’m not really African-American, I am Jamaican-American. So for me I relearned a lot of American history in high school, like what it means to be black in America because my perspective is a little different. So I went back and forth from Jamaica a lot as kid, it's like my second home.
Especially talking about place and community, I have be interested in that since I started my public health program, or maybe even earlier than that when I was in undergrad. I took a class about changing populations. Our professor was telling us about a lot of people who are working in the poultry industry, I went to school in Alabama, so the people working there, were not native speakers of Spanish, even though their nationality is Mexican. They were actually the Maya people, the indigenous people. For me that was interesting to think about how whole villages have uprooted themselves and moved to places in the United States, like Alabama and North Carolina. That really changed my perspective on what it is like to have communities within nations, within nationalities."