MEET OUR ANGELS
Manuel S. Faria was born in Caracas, Venezuela, to a family of immigrants from Maderia, Portugal. He has more recently become an immigrant himself, having moved from Caracas to Miami with the intention of finishing his secondary education and ultimately starting college. Currently, he is pursuing an A.A. in Biology within The Honors Program at Miami Dade College, hoping to transfer to a selective institution. At MDC, he is involved with Planned Parenthood, the STEM Student Association, and Model United Nations, where he serves as a student leader in each.
His ultimate goal, however, is to become a board-certified psychiatrist with a private practice that mostly serves low-income families. He is passionate about mental health, sustainability, and social equity. Besides science, Manuel is also deeply interested in economics, sexuality studies, and art history – all of which he loves to read about! If you ever see him, don’t be afraid to approach him, ask him a question, and enjoy a short conversation – he loves to make friends and connect with other people.
Kenmel Guzman is a STEM AA major at Miami Dade College. Originally from Honduras, Guzman moved to the United States in 2010. He graduated from Coral Gables Senior High School in the top 30 percent of his class.
After graduating from Miami Dade College, Kenmel plans to transfer to a four-year accredited university to earn a bachelor’s degree in biology before pursuing a doctorate in medicine. Aside from his academics, he is a devoted student leader, partakes in extracurricular activities and volunteers around campus. He is a senator and newly elected president of the Student Government Association, as well as a member of the honorary Phi Theta Kappa chapter at Miami Dade College.
Kenmel’s well-rounded individualism, attention to detail and excellent communication skills differentiates him from others. Outside of school, you can find Kenmel at an art gallery as he is fascinated by the visual arts. He also indulges himself in the world of literature, historical dramas and novellas. He loves playing volleyball and cooking. Kenmel believes optimism is a happiness magnet; if he maintains a positive and happy outlook, good people and good things will find him.
Jose Arango was born and raised in Medellín, Colombia. When he was a high schooler in Colombia, homophobic bullies harrassed him after discovering his relationship with another student. However, he turned it into a growing experience that helped him acquire a profound sense of justice and the desire to help other queer Latinx students.
Jose moved to the United States at age 17 and found an opportunity to be open about his sexuality. Although he initially lived in California, he relocated to Florida where he enrolled in college. He is the co-vice president of The Pride Club at Miami Dade College Wolfson campus and actively coordinates and participates in events for LGBTQ+ youth. Jose hopes to transfer to a four-year university, major in business administration, and with the help of his twin brother, start their own business.
Daffodyle Saget was born in Haiti. At age 5, her family emigrated to the United States so they could provide her with more opportunities. As she grew up, she soon learned that access to those opportunities was not easy and that her race, class, sex and sexuality would become barriers and burdens.
She felt isolated in her predominantly white schools, humiliated by her financial circumstances, lacking in her femininity and upon realizing her bisexuality, ashamed. The treatment she received from her peers, family, church and society took a toll on her. She internalized that negativity, and it started to affect her grades and social interactions. With the help of an observant counselor, she was able to overcome her depression and become brave enough to get involved in her school GSA and become more active in the LGBTQ+ community.
Daffodyle took a year off after graduating high school. That year, she officially came out and gave back, traveling to Haiti to work at an orphanage whose children she was able to relate to and pass the baton of healing. She later enrolled at Miami Dade College to study sociology. Daffodyle wants to examine the barriers she and others face and educate others on these issues using multiple platforms and focusing on social issues by making documentaries, creating art installations and putting these issues into context in films and novels.
A native of Miami, Florida, Tremaine “Trey” Jones identifies as an Afro-Bahamian American Queer. He recognized his queerness at age 5; however, due to his Catholic and Episcopalian background and Bahamian heritage, he believed that exploring his queerness was not a possibility. Due to his supportive mother and sister, Trey was able to explore his queerness and support his community.
After graduating high school, he organized an effort to end the criminalization of youth of color in Miami with Power U Center for Social Change. Active in the community, Trey is involved with organizations that provide support groups for LGBTQ+ youth in shelters. He also coordinates events for gay, bisexual and queer men of color, and co-created a summer-long social justice leadership institute for youth.
Trey is a past board member of the Alliance for GLBTQ Youth. He has also collaborated with the Miami-Dade Department of Health’s Miami Collaborative, PrEP Workgroup and Black Health Initiative. In his free time, Trey enjoys taking care of his godson, rollerblading and practicing the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira.