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12 April 2022

Dr. Rev. Maricarmen Laureano: Forming a Friendship with God to Edify Others

Emerge: Escuelas para la Vida y Salud Integral is a non-profit organization that was born out of a dream. Dr. and Rev. Maricarmen Laureano founded Emerge with her husband Billy Jusino to empower communities and…
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06 April 2022

Ximena Diaz-Velasco: MANO Intern Prepares for Career in Landscape Architecture

Amid the pandemic, Ximena Diaz-Velasco partnered with local artists and a group of friends to create a mutual aid fund to support excluded workers including undocumented and immigrant communities ineligible to receive aid under the…
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30 March 2022

Moy Mendez: Cultivating Change Through Ministry

“It’s almost like a calling. A deep desire that I have inside to be able to provide a leg-up for people that look like me, people that share my story—a person of color.”
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23 March 2022

Fabiola Torres-Toledo: Becoming One of Nature’s Ambassadors

Stony coral tissue loss disease is a waterborne disease that began threatening corrals in Florida, then expanded to the Caribbean. To protect these organisms and stop the disease from spreading, divers must apply amoxicillin paste…
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16 March 2022

Margarita Flores: Intrinsic Discoveries

“We were at church one day and I remember I told my grandmother, ‘mom [we used to call my grandmother, mom], I want to be like him’ and pointed at the priest, and she just…
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09 March 2022

Shley Suarez-Burgos: MANO Alumni finds her place in Ocean Advisory Council

Born in Miami, Florida to Cuban and Puerto Rican parents, Shley Suarez-Burgos was involved with coastal life at a young age; however, she never anticipated a career in conservation until she was struck by a…
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