I am Zayda Sorrell-Medina and I value equity, inclusion, diversity, advocacy, raising awareness, personal empowerment, social change programs, the arts, and spirituality. My personal and professional mission is to advance humanity one person and community at a time through education, research, and the arts. Presently, I am pursuing my PhD at the University of California, Irvine in the Department of Urban Planning and Public Policy. My research areas include evaluating immigrant-serving nonprofits impact, measuring immigrant inclusion and exclusion in US cities, nonprofit theories, and the effects of arts based organizational programs in contributing to social change. By social change, I am referring to any positive change that occurs in the social environment among individuals, groups, communities, cities and beyond. Drawing on qualitative and quantitative methods, my research advances the fields of nonprofit management, immigration, and public policy. I am also the Director of Yemaya Productions, an enterprise that specializes in the development of arts-based community programs that aim to address social and community problems. I have a bachelor’s degree in the Arts from the University of Missouri and a master’s in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh.