“Diversity is a fact, inclusion is a practice and equity is a goal.”
— TONYA MOSLEY

BRIC is a collaborative effort by people with different skills, talents and stories. All unified by the understanding that they and their work are part of a bigger network. A single brick part of a wall, conscious of the need for more than one brick to build anything at all.

Although the organization has its roots in Philadelphia, we welcome the process to be replicated wherever unification is needed.  Build the world you want to see, BRIC by BRIC.


OFFICERS

  Veronica Ayala -  Co-Founder  /  Public Relations Coordinator   is originally from Puerto Rico, yet currently calls Philadelphia her home.  She studied Architecture at Temple University and posseses a tireless concern in urban affairs. She is most passionate about how the built environment affects our daily lives, and believes in everyone's ability to participate in a greater conversation; one that affects the way we live and the pursuit to improve it.

Veronica Ayala - Co-FounderPublic Relations Coordinator 

is originally from Puerto Rico, yet currently calls Philadelphia her home.

She studied Architecture at Temple University and posseses a tireless concern in urban affairs. She is most passionate about how the built environment affects our daily lives, and believes in everyone's ability to participate in a greater conversation; one that affects the way we live and the pursuit to improve it.

 
  Daniel Cruz -   Co-Founder /  Graphics Coordinator  is a Temple University graduate with a bachelors of science in architecture. He has called Kensington, Philadelphia home his entire life but has gone to high school and college in the North Philadelphia section of the city. Daniel has witnessed urban blight in these communities and hopes to use BRIC and architecture to bring about change to the North Philadelphia area.

Daniel Cruz - Co-Founder / Graphics Coordinator

is a Temple University graduate with a bachelors of science in architecture. He has called Kensington, Philadelphia home his entire life but has gone to high school and college in the North Philadelphia section of the city. Daniel has witnessed urban blight in these communities and hopes to use BRIC and architecture to bring about change to the North Philadelphia area.

  Connor McCabe -  Outreach Coordinator   is a Senior at Temple University who is graduating Spring 2017. As a member of BRIC, urban design has become his passion. He lives in Philadelphia and is excited to see where his career as an architect takes him. 

Connor McCabe - Outreach Coordinator 

is a Senior at Temple University who is graduating Spring 2017. As a member of BRIC, urban design has become his passion. He lives in Philadelphia and is excited to see where his career as an architect takes him. 

  Maria Blaszczyk  - Director of Finance and Investors Relations  is a Senior International Business Administration major at Temple’s Fox School of Business with a concentration in Sales & Business Development and a minor in Spanish. At Temple, Maria is involved in Temple Women’s Club Lacrosse, Fox School’s International Business Association, and Temple’s Service Immersion Program. Outside of Temple, Maria works at the Continental Midtown as a server. Maria enjoys traveling the world and yoga, and hopes to incorporate these passions into her post-graduate plans, which are still largely undecided.  As a member of BRIC, Maria handles matters in the areas of finance and investor relations. Maria hopes to bring together her academic understanding of business with her passion for community service and development as an asset for BRIC and their efforts to enrich the North Philadelphia area.

Maria Blaszczyk - Director of Finance and Investors Relations

is a Senior International Business Administration major at Temple’s Fox School of Business with a concentration in Sales & Business Development and a minor in Spanish. At Temple, Maria is involved in Temple Women’s Club Lacrosse, Fox School’s International Business Association, and Temple’s Service Immersion Program. Outside of Temple, Maria works at the Continental Midtown as a server. Maria enjoys traveling the world and yoga, and hopes to incorporate these passions into her post-graduate plans, which are still largely undecided.

As a member of BRIC, Maria handles matters in the areas of finance and investor relations. Maria hopes to bring together her academic understanding of business with her passion for community service and development as an asset for BRIC and their efforts to enrich the North Philadelphia area.

 
  Monesha Carter  - Director of Cultural Relations  Monesha studied Psychology at Texas State University, and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Theology Cultural Anthropology at Eastern University. Monesha’s passions has led her to reconcile cultural relations through anthropology (study of humans) and psychology, in the Philadelphia community. Monesha plans to pursue a career as a Psychological Anthropologist after graduation to further elevate, educate and empower people and communities all over the world.   Prior to joining the Philly Bric team, Monesha worked with victims of domestic violence, where she offered support, crisis intervention, and state resources.   Monesha is a lover of Jesus, travel, food, education, social justice movements, and laughing with friends and family.

Monesha Carter - Director of Cultural Relations

Monesha studied Psychology at Texas State University, and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Theology Cultural Anthropology at Eastern University. Monesha’s passions has led her to reconcile cultural relations through anthropology (study of humans) and psychology, in the Philadelphia community. Monesha plans to pursue a career as a Psychological Anthropologist after graduation to further elevate, educate and empower people and communities all over the world.
 
Prior to joining the Philly Bric team, Monesha worked with victims of domestic violence, where she offered support, crisis intervention, and state resources.
 
Monesha is a lover of Jesus, travel, food, education, social justice movements, and laughing with friends and family.

 Diamante Ortiz - University Ambassador   is a Political Science major (Class of 2020), with a deep passion for grassroots organizing. Born and raised on the Southside of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where she began understanding the impact of gentrification. Later on, as she attended Temple University and witnessed in her first year, the mass effects of gentrification and the growing tension between the campus and residing neighborhoods. Diamante began to get involved in her community by joining B.R.I.C. in Spring 2017. Since joining, she serves as campus liaison and works alongside multiple organizations that implement community service. One day, she hopes to see a larger partnerships in North Philadelphia through events and initiatives that could bridge the gap.

Diamante Ortiz - University Ambassador 

is a Political Science major (Class of 2020), with a deep passion for grassroots organizing. Born and raised on the Southside of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where she began understanding the impact of gentrification. Later on, as she attended Temple University and witnessed in her first year, the mass effects of gentrification and the growing tension between the campus and residing neighborhoods. Diamante began to get involved in her community by joining B.R.I.C. in Spring 2017. Since joining, she serves as campus liaison and works alongside multiple organizations that implement community service. One day, she hopes to see a larger partnerships in North Philadelphia through events and initiatives that could bridge the gap.


staff

  Lauren Benegas  - Graphics Department

Lauren Benegas - Graphics Department

  Nhat Nguyen  - Graphics Department

Nhat Nguyen - Graphics Department

  Kerry Hohenstein  - Graphics Department 

Kerry Hohenstein - Graphics Department 

  Johan Samarxhi  - Website Management 

Johan Samarxhi - Website Management 

  Isaac Howland  - Outreach Department

Isaac Howland - Outreach Department


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