Stephanie Casting was born to Haitian immigrants in Boynton Beach, Florida and raised in Delray Beach, Florida. She is a rising junior at Columbia College concentrating in Public Health and Psychology on the pre-med track. Despite the drastic change from sunny South Florida to its cold, long winters, Stephanie loves living in New York and exploring the boroughs.
She enjoys volunteering around the city, too, through Community Impact. She has served a mentor as part of the College Road Program. She also volunteers as the PS 129 site coordinator for the Columbia Youth Adventurers, exploring the city with students and as a shelter volunteer for the Housing Equity Project, regularly spending the night at a men’s shelter Midtown.
As a first-generation, low-income student, she loves working with students from similar backgrounds - serving as mentor at various capacities. As a Gates Scholar, she served as a mentor to low-income, high school seniors last summer and throughout this past academic year through the Youth Leadership Summit. She looks forward to serving an Advising Fellow for Matriculate's Class of 2021 this summer working with high achieving, low-income juniors as they prepare to apply to college this coming year. She always looks forward to cultivating spaces in which students feel comfortable enough to wholeheartedly explore their intellectual curiosities and to reach for stars.