Jordyn Fuggins is a third-year student at UC Santa Barbara currently working to obtain a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in history. Jordyn has a passion for understanding systemic social issues and wishes to pursue a career as a civil rights lawyer so that she can actively work against systems that create and perpetuate social inequality. Currently Jordyn is a co-chair on the retention committee of the Underground Scholars Santa Barbara organization and a Jackson Social Justice Legacy Scholar Intern with the MultiCultural Center. Both of these positions have reasserted Jordyn’s passions and her hopes to effect meaningful change in the world. Jordyn is also a McNair Scholar and her research is centered on how media representation of black transgender youth influences the rates of poverty, carcerality, and homelessness among these youth. Her research criticizes binary thinking. It brings to light the negative effects gender and race binaries have on the lived experiences of marginalized communities.