Ambereen Siddiqui is a first year PhD student at UCI. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2019 with a dual Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish. She is studying the connection between natural hazards and community mental health, with a focus on how membership in a marginalized group might impact one’s resilience to hazards. Her research centers philosophies of mutual aid, participatory action research, and intersectional feminism in the hopes of working with communities to dismantle the legacies of environmental racism and exploitation they have experienced.
In collaboration with the Sustainability Resource Center, CooperAcción Santa Ana, and CRECE Cooperativa, Ambereen is working with UCI Community Resilience Projects to research market conditions for new co-ops in Orange County and assist with weekly workshops that emphasize community ownership and economic justice.