NIEHS Environmental Health Core Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, NY
Luz Guel (she/they) is the Community Engagement Core Coordinator for the NIEHS Environmental Health Core Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. As the CEC coordinator, Luz fosters collaboration and multi-directional communication among environmental health scientists and frontline communities (CBOs, clinicians, advocacy groups, educators, policymakers, etc.,) on the role of environmental exposures in health. Through academic-community partnerships, Luz ensures that environmental concerns that affect the community’s health, particularly Harlem and the Bronx, guide the Center’s research priorities. As an educator and researcher within the Department of Environmental Medicine & Public Health at Mount Sinai, Luz uses community-based participatory research (CBPR), community science and anti-racist approaches to collaborate with NYC communities to address environmental (in)justices. Their research is rooted in understanding how systems of oppression, such as colonialism, imperialism, white supremacy, continue to disproportionally affect the health and wellbeing of BIPOC communities throughout NYC.