I don't know what my race is. I mean, I know I don't identify as one race. And to feel forced to choose is a specific cruelty that I would like to uproot. My skin is brown, so I knew the road of least resistance would be to identify as Black. Any hints at suggesting otherwise would accost me as one who is trying to deny my "race." I was born in the beautiful land of Guyana, known as "the land of six peoples." I grew up there until age 12, and I think it is for this reason that I never saw myself as any one thing. Indeed, it was even strange to me to have to identify my race in America, as I found it such an odd and useless construct —useless that is, other than for racism.
To be a female psychologist studying death and technology is to be totally out of your lane. In fact, if that describes you, we've probably already met. That's how few of us there are. But with coronavirus changing how we are all able to mourn, this specific expertise just got a lot more relevant.
I want to celebrate all the moms in my life, but I have spent years on mother's day exhausted going from one place to the next with the hopes of getting home in time to maybe celebrate me. It's a challenge for me to balance it all in one day — even on a day, that's supposed to be about celebrating me. But this year is going to be different, in more ways than one.
Andreia Gibau is the reigning Miss New York USA 2020 and works as a public speaker, writer, and philanthropist. Gibau considers philanthropy being the core of who she is due to being an immigrant from Cape Verde and being born into poverty. Gibau immigrated to the United States at the age of 7 and faced many challenges living in an inner city and not speaking English.
Through her initiative “More Than Enough," she serves as an advocate for inner city and underprivileged youth by instilling confidence and empowering them to live to their full potential despite their circumstances.
Andreia is a graduate of St. John's University with a degree in public relations. She was named Phoenix magazine's 30 under 30 for philanthropy and speaks 4 languages which has been a great asset since she's an avid traveler. Gibau is a former Miss Teen United States 2015 and Miss Earth USA 2017 where she placed in the top 16 at Miss Earth in the Philippines.
As the Head of Diversity and Inclusion and Cross-Cultural Marketing at Unilever, Mita's efforts to build an inclusive culture are being celebrated. Under her leadership, Unilever was named the #1 Company for Working Mothers by Working Mother Media in 2018. She also co-created the first of its kind Cultural Immersions series to increase the cultural competency of marketers training over 4,000 marketers to date.