Arlaina Harris was born and raised on the S. Side of Syracuse, where her parents still live. She attended Syracuse City Schools and went on to earn her B.A. of Psychology at the University of Rochester. With an interest in mental health and suicide prevention for underprivileged youth, she returned home after undergraduate school and became a Youth Development Professional at Elmcrest Children’s Center where she worked for 3.5 years. Though she loved direct practice, she decided she wanted to have more of an impact on the systems and structure of human service organizations to improve service delivery and quality of care. She went on to attend Syracuse University Falk College and earned her Master of Social Work (MSW) with a concentration on macro-level social work. She is dedicated to working towards de-stigmatizing mental illness, especially among communities of color and cultivating safe spaces for people to embrace their truths and accept healing. Arlaina is heavily involved in projects that drive community development and is very keen on relationship-based strategies that promote inclusive growth. She currently is a partner/owner of Our Glass Consulting, LLC which focuses on transforming workplace culture through diversity and inclusion, leadership and fulfillment training. She is also the owner of the newly founded apparel brand, Wear You, LLC, which is aimed to celebrate mental illness by encouraging people to embrace their truth with vulnerability, acceptance and self-love in a way that spreads empathy, compassion and awareness. Additionally, Arlaina serves on the board of Café Sankofa, a Black-led culture & wellness cooperative located on the South Side of Syracuse.