Neil Panchmatia was raised in Kenya, but now calls Portland, OR home. He is pursuing a dual Masters in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling/ Sociology at Portland State University. His passion lies in the confluence of campus and community activism seeking equity and an intentional inclusion of marginalized voices such as those of the queer community, people of color, immigrants and refugees. He aims, as a future counselor, to provide support, empowerment and professional care to these groups. Neil received the Oregon Regional and Pride Foundation Community scholarships.