Raisa is a senior at Columbia College graduating in 2021, studying Neuroscience and Behavior. She is from Queens, NY. As a RCSS intern, she is working on the Reflections on COVID-19 Project to provide Columbia students and faculty a safe space to virtually discuss the impact on COVID-19, specifically on the issues of racism, xenophobia, and health disparities.
Raisa is passionate about mental health and disability advocacy, research, and teaching. She has served as the President of Active Minds and the Vice President of Synapse to advocate for support for individuals with mental illnesses and brain injury. She has co-launched Unmasked: a mental health peer support community app. She is part of the COVID-19 Student Service Corps. She is also an Educator for the Lang Youth Medical Program and teaches FGLI 7th grade students from the Washington Heights community on health sciences. In her free time, she enjoys reading books, watching Netflix and anime, taking photos, and trying new food.