Selam Kidane is a recent graduate from Saint Mary's College of California, with an undergraduate degree in Sociology with a minor in Ethnic Studies. Born in Portland, Oregon, her family origin stems from Eritrea, located in east Africa. She was introduced to Initiatives of Change through her alma mater and will be an intern this upcoming summer (2012). Throughout her time as a student leader she has collaborated, planned, and facilitated a number of social justice events that discuss various social problems, such as race, economic class, and the idea of understanding how our individuals roles fit into performing in a global society. This upcoming fall, Selam will attend the University of Southern California to pursue a Master's in Clinical Social Work. Her career aspirations are to work in a hospital setting advocating and assisting patients with their plans for pre and post medical care. In her free time Selam enjoys listening to music from her country, studying new cultures, and watching movies.