Melissa Sweeney

Melissa is a freedom fighter and credits her mother for modeling the importance of political activism. From a very young age, Melissa became involved in social justice issues as a result of the inequalities she found herself witness to; in such circumstances, she found it impossible to close her eyes and not take responsibility for fostering change.

Melissa graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2002, focusing her studies and practice on interracial partnerships. She worked in a variety of mental health settings including Martin Luther King Elementary School, The Goldberg Couple and Family Therapy Center, Catholic Charities, as well as Four Winds Hospital- all located in Syracuse, NY. She later became the Educational Coordinator at the International Center for Cooperation & Conflict Resolution (ICCCR) at Teachers College- Columbia University in New York, NY. Apart from her work at Columbia University, she also studied Conflict Resolution and Peace Education.