My name is Jayson Tower and this is my 4th yr on the board. I entered the board with experiences in housing instability, homelessness, mental health issues related to trauma and other provisions within a circumstance of life as a trans*, queer, disabled, Catholic individual who left home at 18. Within the timeframe of the last few yrs I have also found myself within many different scenerios that have allowed me to exist within academic spaces which have also brought with it learning experiences which served to give further context to the world. Framing our life experiences and identities in terms of context rather than by one of an external series of events I believe is the key to understanding the violence we may encounter and the systematic structures which influence different factors of our lives. It is with this knowledge and understanding I believe we can move forward and perhaps one day live in a world void of structuralized violence.