Edlin Veras is a first-generation PhD candidate and instructor. He earned his B.S. degrees in Criminal Justice and Sociology at Clayton State University while a student-athlete, mentor, and AmeriCorps team member. He later matriculated to Georgia State University to complete his M.A. in African-American Studies. Stemming from his own experiences with relocating from the Northeast to the Deep South, his research is diasporic, exploring issues of colorism, racialization, and identity among African descendants in the U.S. and Latin America. His ethnographic dissertation project examines the disparate treatment of Haitians and Haitian descendants living in shanty towns in the Dominican Republic and their experiences with colorism, racism, and xenophobia. His work can be found in The Journal of Public and Professional Criminology and The Sociology of Race and Ethnicity. Beyond research, Edlin is committed to mentorship, public sociology, and accessibility through his collaborative efforts with OwnYourIam, an organization centered on educating and spreading awareness about colorism and textureism. In his spare time, he likes to travel, run, and play dominoes. Edlin is honored to be a part of the Kosove Society at the University of South Florida and is looking forward to serving our community.