Jasmine Casanova-Dean

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Jasmine (she/her) is a first-generation college and high school graduate of her family. She identifies as a Black Afro-Latina. Jasmine has lived in Portland Oregon for all of her life; her family immigrated from Cuba in 1980 and traveled from Miami to Portland in 1981.

Jasmine went to Western Oregon University where she joined the Student Hall Government and helped create community events and educational seminars with the student body. She then transferred to Portland State University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in criminology and criminal justice, with a focus on police reform and community engagement. 

Jasmine has worked within the immigration field helping immigrants and refugees gain status and fight deportation. Her time at Unite she has hosted a anti-blackness seminars and tranings on abolition and alternatives to safety within Oregon,  Jasmine also helped organize the first ever Black Existence March in 2020, along with calling for city councils across Oregon to defund the police and place the funds in alternative safety programs and back into the community. Jasmine enjoys hiking in the fall, watching anime and reading manga on cold fall days, and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

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she/her/hers

Language(s) Spoken

English, Spanish

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