Onisha Etkins

Onisha Etkins is a 4th year PhD Candidate in Population Health Sciences/Social and Behavioral Sciences. Her dissertation work explores the impacts of racism on mental health in Black communities through the lens of Intersectionality Theory. She also combines her experience as a dancer with her research to explore how healing processes already existing within marginalized communities can be used to foster joy, pleasure, and positive mental health. Whether she is conducting research, organizing movement healing workshops, or leading community teach-ins she enjoys the opportunity to center story-telling, community care, and joy. She is Guyanese-American, grew up in a Caribbean diasporic neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY, and her community continues to be the motivation for the work she does.