Serena was born in Ottawa, Canada where she pursued her bachelor’s degree in Global and International Studies with a specialization in Global law and Social Justice at Carleton University. Serena has a vested interest in the advancement of racial equity as a young black woman of St. Lucian and Trinidadian descent. During her undergraduate career she advanced her interests through the study of critical race theory, intersectional feminism, human rights law and social justice. She was featured on Carleton.ca for authoring the Political Economy chapter of the country report of Haiti completed by the Canada’s Assistance in Haiti course. She also completed various research projects on the advancement of women and girls’ education in developing countries during her time at Carleton University. Serena is an enthusiastic young professional that believes in the strength of diversity and inclusion programs as aids for the betterment of Canadian and international society. She is empowered by community involvement and has dedicated her time volunteering in Ottawa throughout various community led organizations. She is most fulfilled by her 14 years spent as a student and a volunteer at the Cultural Arts Studio of Afro-Caribbean Dance.