Position: Higher Education Program Participant
Eva-Vera Kouassi (she/her) was born in Ivory Coast and moved to Los Angeles, California at the age of 17. She graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in political science and French, and now lives in Riverside. Her degree allowed her to have a deeper understanding of racial injustice and Immigration issues. Being an immigrant herself, she decided to participate in the Black immigrant rights fight to make a difference, defend marginalized communities, and educate others. That decision landed her an Internship with the UCLA Dream Resource Center. She was placed with BAJI (Black Alliance for Just Immigration), where she is still working as an organizer in the Inland Empire.
Eva is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration at Loma Linda University and wants to give back to her community through immigrant advocacy work and by supporting those who do not have access to healthcare coverage. Eva is hopeful for a better future for Black Immigrants and believes that community organizing is a key to tremendous societal changes.