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Crystal Strong
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Crystal Strong

Program Associate, MANO Project

Through her work with Hispanic Access Foundation’s MANO Project, Crystal helps to place young BIPOC professionals in meaningful paid internships with federal agencies across the U.S.

Crystal came to Hispanic Access with an extensive professional background delivering social services involving immigrant communities, children and youth in foster care, veterans, residential treatment and wilderness therapy, and a variety of healthcare settings. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and is deeply committed to creating access and equity for all within the mental health, public health, and environmental health sectors. With a deep love for the outdoors, Crystal also strives to encourage communities to find connection with nature and wellness.

Why she works for Hispanic Access…

“I am passionate about delivering programs and services that enhance people's quality of life and make a positive social impact. I was excited by the various ways that Hispanic Access is accomplishing just that and more; I leapt at the opportunity to join. Doesn't hurt that the team is an incredibly smart, kind, and passionate bunch!”

In her spare time…

“In my free time I enjoy being active outdoors, preferably in water if it's available. I also love going to the cinema or seeing live shows (remember those?). The more snacks, the better!”

Her favorite book…

“A book I recently guzzled down was Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui. This book deeply explores this question, and (surprise!) the reasons are many. From survival, to competition, to therapy, to health. This book is a love letter to swimming. A swooning note to a hobby, a sport, a state of mind.”

A person she finds inspirational…

“I find great inspiration in Brené Brown and her work. A notable researcher, writer, and teacher, Brené is inspirational to me because she has reminded the world in recent years of the uncomfortable, life-giving link between vulnerability and courage. Important to note, I am a social worker by trade and am very much biased.”