Sureyma has studied the intersectionality of gender and race and has a strong passion for empowering communities and fighting against social injustices. At RDA she supports project teams by interacting with focus groups, assisting with data collection, and research.
Prior to RDA, Sureyma participated at Northwestern University’s Summer Research Program (SROP) in which she worked with the head of the Performance Studies Department. She conducted her own auto-ethnographic research on the intersections of women of color, sexuality and dance at Columbia College Chicago’s Afro-Latinidad Festival. Sureyma later interned for the Public Defenders Service in Washington D.C. (PDSDC) as an intern investigator. As an active community member, she comes to RDA with the ability to communicate with people from different backgrounds and bring them together for a common cause. She helped develop a program and partnership with R.E.A.L.M. Middle School and Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., which now continues at Mission High School in San Francisco. This program includes monthly workshops on mentorship, womanhood, and leadership for the young women in the school.