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Melissa Centeno

Melissa_9747Melissa supports NoVo’s initiative to advance adolescent girls’ rights. She graduated from Dartmouth College in 2013 with a B.A. in Psychology modified with African and African American studies. While at Dartmouth, Melissa spent time growing with and learning from her peers through the Women of Color Collective. In her senior year, she co-directed a multi-university symposium, Beyond the Brochures, that brought together student activists from across the country to discuss the intersecting forms of discrimination at their institutions.

After graduation, Melissa spent time working with playwright Sarah Jones as she performed her one-woman shows. Melissa is deeply passionate about helping girls and women of color heal and thrive. In her free time, she enjoys reading, laughing, organizing with Black Youth Project 100, and eating as many mangos as she can get her hands on.

“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own” -Audre Lorde