Amaya Black is a current undergraduate student studying Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics (MIMG) at UCLA. Entering her second academic year, this Bay Area native has devoted her life to studying medicine after losing her mother to AIDS in 2015. This devastating event prompted Amaya, a high school sophomore at the time, to pursue medicine and work to not only understand the disease, but improve the stigma associated with HIV and AIDS. She plans to use her status as an undergraduate student to extend her newfound knowledge to her peers and inspire future generations. Amaya currently works as a Student Assistant for the UCLA Department of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, and plans to further engage with the HIV and AIDS community through volunteer work, spreading awareness, and overall furthering her research as well as academic degrees. Amaya is a member of the Sister-to-Sister mentoring program under The Association of Black Women Physicians (ABWP). She has also done work with the UCLA Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS) and spent two and a half quarters volunteering with UCLA Health as part of the Care Extender program at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.