I'm Zayda Sorrell-Medina and I am a PhD candidate at the University of California, Irvine in the department of Urban and Environmental Planning and Policy. I am an interdisciplinary researcher and my research aims to understand the role and impact of organizations in addressing community problems affecting marginalized populations. My present research investigates the impact of US immigrant-serving nonprofits in contributing to immigrant inclusion in US cities. I also have over ten years professional experience in nonprofit management and community engagement. I am the founder of Yemaya Productions, LLC, a social enterprise that specializes in the development of community based programs that addresses urban problems by integrating art and research.