Team Member Spotlight: Bineta Diouf
Where are you originally from (born and raised)?
I was born and raised in Senegal on the west coast of Africa. I came to the U.S.A. in my teenage years, and I finished high school here. I attended an International High School where most of the students were immigrants so I didn’t feel alienated.
Tell us a little bit about your background… what did you do before joining GPC?
After graduating high school I attended Bronx Community College. I tutored Political Science and was involved in African organizations in the college. I went to Hunter College for my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. After graduation, I got to travel for personal development. When I came back to the United States, I joined some African organizations and I became involved with the community. I tutor english to immigrant African children. I promoted women’s health within the community by teaching the importance of breastfeeding, and also by accompanying some women to their hospital appointments for English translation. I am Doula certified.
What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is when I am doing a workshop and the women are asking questions. It shows that they are listening and that they care.
If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?
I would definitely go to Medina and Mecca (Saudi Arabia) — as a Muslim these are very important cities.
What’s your secret talent that no one knows about?
Really I do not have any secret talents. I wish I knew how to sew or braid hair, but unfortunately I am not good with my hands.
Define yourself in three words.
Shy, honest, caring. I definitely believe in Karma. Whatever you do, good or bad will come back to you, so I am always trying to do good and be a better person everyday.