Jasmine Casanova-Dean


Black Lives Matter Organizer

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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. 

She is learning Spanish from her family and with independent study. Learning Spanish is a big priority for Jasmine and being able to speak to her family in their language is very close to her. Before joining Unite Oregon she was a legal assistant at a immigration firm helping families gain status. 

Jasmine enjoys hiking in the fall, watching anime and reading manga on cold fall days, and enjoys spending time with family and friends.



Language(s) Spoken

English, Spanish

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