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Iris is a poet and social justice advocate. Hailing from New York City, she is a first-generation Guyanese- American. Her journey has allowed her to empower communities through health care advocacy, education and environmental justice. In 2018, Iris was selected as a semi-finalist Fulbright Scholar for an English Teaching Assistantship in South Africa. Currently, Iris is a journalist in training with the Maynard Institute of Journalism Education as well as working on a solo poetry piece to debut at the 2020 Afro Solo Arts Festival. She earned her BA in Political Philosophy and African American Studies from Syracuse University.