Shweta Iyer, originally from Mumbai, India, is pursuing a M.S. degree in City and Regional Planning from the Pratt Institute. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Sir Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy School of Architecture in Mumbai in 2018, and is multilingual. Previously, she has been involved as a researcher in affordable housing policies, and as a junior architect and designer for residential developments in Mumbai. Currently, Shweta’s graduate thesis focuses on recognizing and understanding the ‘story or practice’ of a community-based organization working at the grassroots level to mitigate vulnerabilities caused by displacements and segregation in Jackson Heights, New York City.