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During her undergraduate studies, Briana Gastaldello was exposed to the prevailing social justice issues plaguing our communities and was given a space to discuss them. She loved being a part of those conversations, and that journey to find solutions led her to law school and fueled her desire to become an advocate for those who feel the weight of injustice. She began working with an organization that provides immigration services to low-income individuals and families and continued to work with the Public Guardian Ad Litem Board, learning how to serve the best interests of children in juvenile court. For the Racial Justice Initiative (RJI), she is working on legislative tracking for Illinois and Chicago, researching record expungement and assisting in analytics for the Chicago Police Consent Decree. The RJI allows her to stay engaged in the conversation and provides a channel for her to apply her growing skills to social justice issues in the community.