30/30 Faudia Baijnauth
Co-Founder: Indo-Caribbean Alliance
Caribbean Heritage: Guyana
Location: New York
Born in Berbice, Guyana and moved to New York in 1988, Faudia Baijnauth is a co-founder and the Chairperson of the Indo-Caribbean Alliance, Inc. (ICA). She is responsible for the overall governance and direction of the organization which has grown to become one of the leading Caribbean organizations in Queens. Faudia's primary role is to ensure that ICA advocates and creates programs and services for Indo-Caribbean residents in South Queens.
Over the last five years, the organization has successfully advocated to re-drawn the political boundaries of certain City Council districts to increase the voice of this community; ICA has also helped hundreds of residents become new voters and have engaged them them to be more involved within their neighborhoods, a project Faudia has personally overseen. ICA has also created a Indo-Caribbean Special Collection of literature and media materials housed at Queens Library. It is the only community center for Guyanese and Trinidadians in Queens - Richmond Hill, where programs for young people and families are delivered on a daily basis.
Faudia graduated with a BA in Political Science from Baruch College and earned her Master's in Social Work from Hunter College. Faudia is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) who, during the day, works for Housing & Services Inc., (HSI), helping to end chronic homelessness and those at risk of displacement through the operation and development of permanent supportive housing in New York City.
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