Cyntoya, from Niles, MI, graduated from Michigan State University where she studied Spanish (Secondary Education) and Sociology (BA, 2012). She has since been active in education, teaching Spanish, mentoring students, and eventually moving to Colombia as a two-time recipient of the Fulbright ETA scholarship (2014, 2015). Cyntoya has lived and worked with Black communities in the U.S., Colombia, and Ecuador. From 2019 to 2022, she was the Resident Director for CET’s program in Cali, Colombia, then joined the Institutional Relations team in July 2022. Over the years, she has developed a passion for connecting people from diverse communities of the African diaspora through language education, arts and music, and promoting awareness of African descendants in the U.S. and Latin America.