Meet the CEO

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Guissella E. Cruz Rodriguez

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Hi! My name is Guissella Elizabeth Cruz Rodriguez. I am 21 years old and I am currently a fourth year Service Scholar at Florida State University majoring in Sociology with a minor in Political Science. I am Puerto Rican and Nicaraguan American and was born and raised in Miami, FL. During my time at Florida State University, I had the opportunity to conduct research and get involved in the legislative process at the Florida capitol. I am passionate about serving survivors of sexual violence. I am dedicating my career to centering the experiences of BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities subject to sexual violence.

I created this initiative is to bring awareness to different forms of sexual violence that are not commonly recognized as rape and sexual abuse. My goal is to shed light on the consequences of sexual violence, specifically image-based sexual abuse and revictimization trends among young people. We dedicate our candles to BIPOC survivors to empower them to take back their narratives  and share their stories. My goal is not to re-traumatize or trigger any survivors. Rather, I want to make space for our stories that are often silenced. If you've ever been subject to sexual violence:  I believe you, I see you, and I support you. Regardless of the circumstances, you didn't deserve what was done to you. This one's for my inner child, for myself, and for us. 

Education

Research 

Presentations

2018-2022

Florida State University

2015-2018

John A. Ferguson Sr. High School

2020

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative Program

2020-Present

FSU College of Social Sciences and Public Policy

Tallahassee, FL

2019-2021

FSU College of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Tallahassee, FL

2020

FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights

Tallahassee, FL

2019 - 2021

FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights

Tallahassee, FL

2021

Florida Undergraduate Research Conference

Orlando, FL

2021

FSU Global Scholars Showcase

Tallahassee, FL

2021

FSU President’s Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence

Tallahassee, FL

2021

Florida Undergraduate Research Conference

Tallahassee, FL

2020

FSU Undergraduate Research Symposium

Tallahassee, FL

Bachelor of Science in Sociology
Minor in Political Science

Anticipated Graduation: Spring 2022

High School Diploma of Distinction

International Baccalaureate Diploma

CITI Certified

Certification to conduct research on human subjects

Sociologist
Conduct research investigating the consequences of image-based sexual abuse victimization among BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ youth

Hate Crime Research Assistant

Conduct intensive statistical analysis investigating the relationship between hate crimes & confederate monuments in the US.

Human Rights Research Assistant

Conduct research 30 hours/week with Dr. Terry Coonan & Vania Aguilar investigating Human Trafficking resources in FL.

Legal Research Assistant

Manage heavy information and conduct research supporting pro-bono immigration and human trafficking cases.
Render translation services for undocumented people. File and mail US Citizenship and Immigration Service forms.

Presenter

Cruz Rodriguez, G. (Presented 2021, December). A Study of the Consequences of Image-Based Sexual Abuse Victimization among BIPOC Youth Survivors. Poster presented at FSU’s 2021 Global Scholars Showcase.

Presenter

Cruz Rodriguez, G. (Presented 2021, December). A Study of the Consequences of Image-Based Sexual Abuse Victimization among BIPOC Youth Survivors. Poster presented at FSU’s 2021 Global Scholars Showcase.

Presenter

Cruz Rodriguez, G. (Presented 2021, October). A Study of the Consequences of Image-Based Sexual Abuse Victimization among BIPOC Youth Survivors. Poster presented at FSU’s President’s Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence.

Presenter

Lantz, B. and Wegner, M. (Presented 2021, February). Symbols of White Supremacy: The Relationship between Monuments to the Confederacy and Hate Crimes. Poster presented at Florida Undergraduate Research Conference, Florida State University.

Presenter

Lantz, B. and Wegner, M. (Presented 2020, April). Symbols of White Supremacy: The Relationship between Monuments to the Confederacy and Hate Crimes. Poster presented at FSU’s Undergraduate Research Symposium.

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