Speakers 2017

TEDxCUNY is pleased to announce the 2017 Cohort of Speakers. These individuals range from a variety of different professional fields and intellectual backgrounds, and we hope that you enjoy the ideas they intend to share.

Adam Ortiz and Jasmine Aequitas are a pair of creators, native New Yorkers, and parents to Ciro Ortiz, the Emotional Advice Kid, recently featured on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Adam Ortiz and Jasmine Aequitas are a pair of creators, native New Yorkers, and parents to Ciro Ortiz, the Emotional Advice Kid, recently featured on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

ADAM ORTIZ
& JASMINE AEQUITAS

Sonia K. González is a doctoral candidate at The City University of New York School of Public Health where she is earning a Doctorate of Public Health with a focus on Community, Health & Society. She is particularly interested in research concerning poor young people of color, mHealth specifically to improve sexual health education and connection to clinical services. She is currently the Health-Tech Project Director with the Healthy CUNY Initiative.

Sonia K. González is a doctoral candidate at The City University of New York School of Public Health where she is earning a Doctorate of Public Health with a focus on Community, Health & Society. She is particularly interested in research concerning poor young people of color, mHealth specifically to improve sexual health education and connection to clinical services. She is currently the Health-Tech Project Director with the Healthy CUNY Initiative.

SONIA GONZALEZ

Olga Lucia Torres is an attorney, speaker, writer, teacher, and inspirational story. She was working as a criminal defense attorneyin New York City when in August of 2000 she suffered a traumatic brain injury. The injury left her with a seizure disorder, balance problems, cognitive and memory loss, and other side effects. After years of rehabilitation, Olga now facilitates narrative medicine workshops at Columbia University Medical Center and teaches at the CUNY School of Medicine.

Olga Lucia Torres is an attorney, speaker, writer, teacher, and inspirational story. She was working as a criminal defense attorneyin New York City when in August of 2000 she suffered a traumatic brain injury. The injury left her with a seizure disorder, balance problems, cognitive and memory loss, and other side effects. After years of rehabilitation, Olga now facilitates narrative medicine workshops at Columbia University Medical Center and teaches at the CUNY School of Medicine.

OLGA LUCIA TORES

Eli Fola, a winner of the Student Speaker Competition, is a Nigerian born, New York based multimedia artist, vocalist, saxophonist, DJ and music producer. His debut EP, “The Platform”, was released on March 28, 2016. He is the founder of Tech Afrique, an independent record label and event company that serves as a platform for releasing his projects and is the musical sound Eli Fola is pioneering. Eli Fola is currently a graduate student at The City College of New York pursuing a master’s degree in Branding and Integrated Communications.

Eli Fola, a winner of the Student Speaker Competition, is a Nigerian born, New York based multimedia artist, vocalist, saxophonist, DJ and music producer. His debut EP, “The Platform”, was released on March 28, 2016. He is the founder of Tech Afrique, an independent record label and event company that serves as a platform for releasing his projects and is the musical sound Eli Fola is pioneering. Eli Fola is currently a graduate student at The City College of New York pursuing a master’s degree in Branding and Integrated Communications.

ELI FOLA

Tyler Bird holds a MA in International Affairs, concentrating on cities and social justice. He works at CARTO as a Community Development Strategist and Grants Manager. Tyler currently focuses his work on empowering and educating communities, via trusted organizations across the US and the world, to leverage technology for social good.

Tyler Bird holds a MA in International Affairs, concentrating on cities and social justice. He works at CARTO as a Community Development Strategist and Grants Manager. Tyler currently focuses his work on empowering and educating communities, via trusted organizations across the US and the world, to leverage technology for social good.

TYLER BIRD

Hanna Kit was born in a small town of Chernivtsi, Ukraine. Hanna came to the US in 2007, after her mother was identified as a victim of human trafficking and exploitation. In 2015 she graduated from Brooklyn College, with a double major in Finance and Business Law. After graduating she went on to volunteer for Sanctuary for Families, a non-pro t working with victims of gender-based violence. She has focused her work on an outreach program targeting Ukrainian and Russian populations, educating them about the dangers of human trafficking.

Hanna Kit was born in a small town of Chernivtsi, Ukraine. Hanna came to the US in 2007, after her mother was identified as a victim of human trafficking and exploitation. In 2015 she graduated from Brooklyn College, with a double major in Finance and Business Law. After graduating she went on to volunteer for Sanctuary for Families, a non-pro t working with victims of gender-based violence. She has focused her work on an outreach program targeting Ukrainian and Russian populations, educating them about the dangers of human trafficking.

HANNA KIT

Kim Goulbourne is a chronic creator, designer and self-taught developer originally from Jamaica. She currently works as a Designer at thoughtbot, a product consultancy in NYC, while crafting purpose-driven experiences under her creative alias, Bourn.

Kim Goulbourne is a chronic creator, designer and self-taught developer originally from Jamaica. She currently works as a Designer at thoughtbot, a product consultancy in NYC, while crafting purpose-driven experiences under her creative alias, Bourn.

KIM GOULBOURNE

Andi Dixon is a Ph.D Candidate in Communications at Columbia University, where she interviews humans and databases—both key sites of inquiry and insight. Dixon’s work considers the use of data as evidence in the public policymaking process, focused on the contemporary history of data analytics in policing, public safety, and security. Her previous work experience includes public media production and reporting for This American Life and Georgia Public Broadcasting.

Andi Dixon is a Ph.D Candidate in Communications at Columbia University, where she interviews humans and databases—both key sites of inquiry and insight. Dixon’s work considers the use of data as evidence in the public policymaking process, focused on the contemporary history of data analytics in policing, public safety, and security. Her previous work experience includes public media production and reporting for This American Life and Georgia Public Broadcasting.

ANDREA DIXON

Elise Crull is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York. Her research focuses on the philosophy (and history) of modern physics, as well as the intersection between science and metaphysics. In short, she spends a lot of time thinking about entanglement, quantum decoherence, gravity, and spacetime. She also enjoys teaching her students at CUNY to think critically - and creatively - about the complex, evolving relationship of science and technology with society.

Elise Crull is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York. Her research focuses on the philosophy (and history) of modern physics, as well as the intersection between science and metaphysics. In short, she spends a lot of time thinking about entanglement, quantum decoherence, gravity, and spacetime. She also enjoys teaching her students at CUNY to think critically - and creatively - about the complex, evolving relationship of science and technology with society.

ELISE CRULL

Desiree C. Bailey was born in Trinidad and Tobago, and grew up in Queens, NY. She is the author of the action chapbook In Dirt or Saltwater (O’Clock Press, 2016). She has an MFA from Brown University and has received fellowships from the Poets House, the Nor- man Mailer Center, Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Kimbilio and Princeton in Africa. She is also a recipient of the Poets and Writers Amy Award.

Desiree C. Bailey was born in Trinidad and Tobago, and grew up in Queens, NY. She is the author of the action chapbook In Dirt or Saltwater (O’Clock Press, 2016). She has an MFA from Brown University and has received fellowships from the Poets House, the Nor- man Mailer Center, Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Kimbilio and Princeton in Africa. She is also a recipient of the Poets and Writers Amy Award.

DESIREE BAILEY