Daniela is a third year PhD candidate in chemical engineering at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. She was born in Congo, grew up in South Africa, and moved to the United States with her family as refugees in 2016. Daniela is passionate about making energy equity a reality through her research and hopes to inspire others with her story.

Taylor Carey (GSAS'24) is a graduate student at the European Institute at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.  

For Women’s History Month, she spoke with us about how her unique perspective as an historian allows her to notice the missing information about women of color in historical records. She also reflects on how the experiences of the women in her family have inspired her, her identity as a Black and Puerto-Rican woman, and why taking up space can make an impact now and in the future.

Nafisa Ali is a student pursuing her Master’s in Data Science at the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Prior to coming to Columbia, she studied electronics and communication engineering in India and worked as an advanced data scientist at a leading healthcare consulting firm. She is passionate about women’s right to access education and healthcare. For Women’s History Month, Nafisa spoke to us about how her experiences in India have inspired her to create a change for future generations of girls.

Suane Larissa Bispo dos Santos is a student at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Originally from Brazil, she came to New York City with her family in 2023 to pursue a Masters degree in Public Administration. For Women’s History Month, she spoke with us about role models who empowered her growing up, raising her son in a male dominated society, and how she hopes to inspire young girls and give back to her community.