Ayla Gelsinger is a current MSW candidate focusing on family, youth, and children’s services. She is a first-generation college student and recently graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with degrees in Communication Studies and Psychology. During her undergraduate career, Ayla published independent research, participated in various research labs, and presented her work at multiple conferences. Ayla was a Court Appointed Special Advocate for four children in the foster care system and volunteered with children that experienced trauma in various capacities. Ayla is interested in studying new methods of trauma detection in grade school and hopes to one day implement policy that will identify trauma earlier in life. Ayla is also interested in developing community-based restorative programs for teenagers that have experienced sexual abuse. Ayla is currently a part of the Oral History and Disability Justice Initiatives.