Tanya Omolo is a dual degree graduate student at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the School of Social Work at The University of Michigan. Her early childhood years were spent living in Moscow, Russia, and Mombasa, Kenya, before moving to California. Growing up in a multi-cultural and multi-racial family fueled her interest in global racial and gender disparity. She completed her B.A. in Sociology at Pomona College, focusing on racial and gender formation. Her current research and policy focus predominately concentrates on the intersection of racial and gender inequality within global and domestic political systems and communities. She is passionate about stripping regressive policies that allow systemic violence, sexism, and injustice to persist. Tanya aims to use her social work and public policy degree to create social change by growing and empowering people from within community and social systems through community-based discourse, policy education, and political advocacy.