Ary Bryce

MSW Intern

P: (503) 284-8000

E: ary.bryce@thebpi.org

Ary (they/them pronouns) is proud to call themself the Master of Social Work (MSW) Field Placement Intern at the Black Parent Initiative. Ary was placed at BPI to learn in the field how best to practice social work skills, but Ary has expressed that the experience they have had so far has been exponentially greater than that. BPI has welcomed them into their community like no other and in doing so has allowed them to learn in the ways that they thrive. Ary states, “I know that I am in a place where my intersectional identities are uplifted and seen as strengths because I am being taught how to use my knowledge as instruments for change and healing. My time at BPI gives me the opportunity to work directly with the families in the Home Visitor program, plan and facilitate parent nights, and explore new ways to support our communities with their mental health goals.”

 

Ary is originally from the East Coast where they grew up in the land originally held and cultivated by the Quinnipiac and Mattabesic nations; known as Southern Connecticut. They later got their Bachelor’s degree in Public Health and Education at UMass Amherst. Ary moved to this area originally held and cultivated by the Multnomah, Chinook, and other indigenous nations or what is known as Portland in the Summer of 2014 in order to explore the natural beauty unique to this region, build new community amongst other like-minded folx, and eventually continue their education into mental health and the disparities that exist in Black communities.

 

In their spare time they love exploring the outdoors and swimming with their partner, friends/family, and doggo Delilah. When indoors you can find Ary playing video games, reading, sewing, watching movies or hanging with their cat, Charlie, or leopard gecko, Khal Drogo.

 

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