Farida Erikat is a Community Health Specialist with the UC San Diego Center for Community Health, Refugee Health Unit. She recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UC Irvine and a minor in Education.
As the daughter of Palestinian immigrants and a life-long resident of San Diego, Farida has knowledge of the barriers that exist for immigrants and refugees. She hopes to support this growing population by assessing their needs in order to address institutional inequities. In her current role as a Project Specialist with the San Diego Refugee Communities Coalition, she partners with Community Health Workers to provide targeted services to their respective communities as part of the county COVID Community Outreach Project.
During her time in university, Farida worked as a Peer Writing Tutor and engaged with youth in various capacities. She has a keen interest in youth mentorship and advocacy, particularly in marginalized communities. Currently, Farida also serves as the Youth Justice Fellow at the Majdal Center where she seeks to create a space of empowerment for the Arab youth of the immigrant and refugee community.