My name is Farzana Linda and I currently work at Chhaya CDC, a nonprofit that works to develop the South Asian community economically and sustainably. I work primarily with tenants and landlords, and bridge the disconnect between both groups as well as fight to confront the unfair treatment and exploitation of tenants from immigrant communities and those who are marginalized or disenfranchised. Through my experiences at Chhaya and Public Allies, I've learned how important it is to not forget our own roles in the systems of oppression and prejudice in this world. Continuous dialogue is important but we must remember that all of us are subject to being socialized to have certain views and ideas, and this affects how we perceive and understand one another. It is my goal to help people recognize this and learn to process and confront our internal biases and prejudices without being afraid of them or having our world/self-views be threatened. In particular, my long term goal has always been to dismantle patriarchy, which I believe can only begin at a young age, as well as empowering women and children.