About the SOCA Board

Meet the Student of Color Alliance's Executive Leadership board members

Natividad Zavala (He, Him, His)
Qué tal todos, this is Natividad Zavala (He, Him, His). He is pursuing a master's in development focusing on Human Security. His family is originally from Mexico, but he was born and spent most of his formative years in Oregon. Prior to attending GSPIA, he has been able to wear a few different hats, he worked as a political staffer in local government, in development work focusing on international education with the Peace Corps, in the nonprofit sector, and as a community and labor union organizer with SEIU. He is very passionate about issues relating to social justice and equity. He is also a soccer fanatic, poetry enthusiast, avid reader, and enjoyable conversationalist, so don't hesitate to reach out.
Natividad Zavala (He, Him, His)
Uchenna Mbawuike
Uchenna Mbawuike is a Master’s of Public Policy and Management Candidate (MPPM) focusing on Nonprofit Management at Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA). She also works full-time as a research specialist at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing managing several federally funded projects related to late-life cognitive disorders. Uchenna joined SOCA because she wants to uplift BIPOC student voices within GSPIA. She hopes that SOCA will help create a more inclusive environment for BIPOC students. In her free time, Uchenna loves a good Yoga and Pilates class and to Book Club with a twist with her friends.
Uchenna Mbawuike
Adelina Treviño Bradshaw
Hailing from Texas, Adelina Treviño Bradshaw is a second generation Chicana. She is studying for a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) with a focus on Public and Nonprofit Management. A former playwright, her hobbies include writing, baking, and being a passionate but mediocre seamstress. Adelina joined SOCA because she believes in the healing power of safe spaces and the need for GSPIA to become a more inclusive, supportive, and decolonized environment. She is honored to follow in the impressive footsteps of the SOCA founders and hopes to continue to foster and champion this community during her time in graduate school.
Adelina Treviño Bradshaw
Gifty Owusu-Tawiah
Gifty Owusu-Tawiah is pursuing a Master of International Development (MID) with a major in governance and international public management. My hobbies include cooking, traveling, and reading. I enjoy trying all different kinds of food and reviewing them for my food blog. I joined SOCA because I want SOCA to be a beneficial resource in every way possible for BIPOC students and their allies to make GSPIA a welcoming and inclusive environment.
Gifty Owusu-Tawiah