Emmelyn Hernandez is a graduate student at the University of Southern California’s Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, with a concentration in Social Change and Innovation. Emmelyn graduated from the University of San Francisco where she received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in English. She is passionate about working with non-profit organizations, serving low-incoming communities, and empowering youths to be our future leaders. Her background as a research assistant, working with children living in transitional housing, and mentoring high school students in underserved communities, has led her to pursue a macro-level social work career. She is a first-semester intern who is interested in creating awareness of LGBTQ+ youth issues and mental health. Her areas of interest are but are not limited to, mental health advocacy, LGBTQ+ advocacy, and poverty. Emmelyn’s goal for the future is to bring about social change to her community and other marginalized communities by providing support, resources, and research-based solutions.
There seems to be an attack on the LGBTQ community in recent years, especially on our already vulnerable LGBTQ youth. I wish I was exaggerating, but an article published by the Human Rights Campaign last year declared that “2021 Officially Became the Worst Year in Recent History for LGBTQ State Legislative Attacks,” stating that more than 250 …