Dr. UniQue C. Starks is a New York native who creates action-driven initiatives for the advancement of historically under-resourced communities. Starks’ exposure to limited resources and inadequate school systems caused her to see the dangers of social injustices within the black community. Dismantling inequities across disadvantaged communities has become her purpose. Dr. UniQue C. Starks earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from CUNY Brooklyn College, Masters of Social Work from the Silver School of Social Work at New York University, and Doctorate in Social Work at the University of Southern California. Starks’ life commitment is to the betterment of systematically deprived communities and it is thoroughly expressed throughout her work and professional accomplishments. Currently, Dr. Starks serves in dual capacity as both a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Justice at Columbia University as well as in the capacity of Executive Director of Bridge Street Development Corporation.