Nicola “Uatuva” Norman joined the Institute as a Community Programs Coordinator to direct the Institute’s youth engagement program Mission Thrive Summer in April 2018. She is an alumna of Morgan State University, where she graduated with a degree in nutritional science and co-founded the campus’s first Organic Community Garden serving as coordinator for 3 years. Nicola has an extensive background facilitating working with youth and community in Baltimore City through health promotion education classes and workshops, event & program planning, and utilizing integrative health modalities to facilitate holistic, educational and cultural experiences to participants of all ages. She is a ServSafe certified food handler and received training in the trauma-informed approach organizational framework through Behavioral Health Systems; which she weaves into training and youth engagement interventions. She is particularly interested in providing space and services to communities that have been historically excluded in contributing to program development for public health solutions, best practices, and healthy outcomes.