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Zane Landin (he/him/they/them)

LIVED EXPERIENCE
Disability & Mental Health

KEY INFORMATION

Place of Birth: San Dimas, CA, USA
Current location: Chino, CA, USA
Age: 24 years old
Language/s: English only
LGBTQIA+: Pansexual
CALD/Heritage: Half Hispanic (Mexican), 25% Asian (Chinese), 25% European (German, French)
Diagnoses: Migraines, Depression, Learning Disability
Healthcare Access: Primary Health Care, Mental Health, Secondary care

BIO

Zane Landin identifies as Hispanic, queer and disabled, and is a champion for these communities and intersectionality through entrepreneurship, writing and activism. Zane is a multi-award winner for his advocacy, named on the prestigious D-30 Disability Impact List 2022, and has extensive experience as a speaker, on National Advisory Boards and Councils. Zane is a proud first generation graduate, recently achieving a Bachelor of Science in Communication and Public Relations from Cal Poly Pomona, and is passionate about improving accessibility in education for diverse individuals. This passion has extended to workplaces and the promotion of disability inclusion and digital accessibility, which he often believes can be an afterthought. Zane has enjoyed and gained extensive skills and insights as a 'serial intern', with notable internships at USAID, NASA and General Motors to name a few.  

Zane attended the first-ever Mental Health Youth Action Forum in Washington D.C. where he met President Biden, Selena Gomez, Dr. Murthy, and Dr. Biden. Out of hundreds of applications, Zane was one of the 30 young advocates across the country who were selected to advocate for mental health at the White House in 2022. He is a passionate storyteller who writes for a range of publications including the Power of Positivity and Entrepreneur about wellness, psychology, and culture. He has been featured on over 30 platforms like Seek the Joy Podcast, Forbes, and Coming from the Heart Podcast.

As a positive change maker, Zane has channelled his energy into elevating other lived experience voices alongside his own. He is the founder of PositiveVibes Magazine, which is a digital magazine dedicated to telling authentic stories about mental health, wellness, and inspiration. 
 
Zane is driven by storytelling and how we can leverage powerful stories to create a more inclusive world for all to thrive.

ACHIEVEMENTS & EXPERIENCE

  • Founder and CEO of PositiveVibes Magazine - mental health digital magazine and podcast series (2020 - Present)

  • Founder and President of Landing Dreams PR - public relations agency representing clients who specialize in mental health (2022 - Present)

  • Mental Health Youth Action Forum through MTV and the White House (2022)

  • Cashman & Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists Fellow (2022)

  • Hispanic Public Relations Association - Los Angeles Chapter 

  • Student Representative (2020 - 2022)

  • Secretary and Scholarship Committee Chair (2022 - Present)

  • National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) - Young Adults Leadership Council (2021 - 2022)

  • Young Invincibles - National Youth Advisory Board (2021 - 2022)

  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund - Media and Entertainment Summit Mentor (2021)

  • National Communication Association - National Student Advisory Board (2020 - 2021)

  • NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

  • BACCHUS Student Committee - Region 6 Representative (2018 - 2019)

  • Marketing Coordinator - Fundraising and Communications KCMarketing Coordinator - Fundraising and Communications KC (2020 - 2021)

  • For We LGBTQ+ Company - Content Creator and Social Media Specialist (2020)

  • Toastmasters - Toast of the Towne Member (2022 - Present)

  • Awards and Fellowships

    • Diversability, D-30 List (2022)

    • Member of the Kellogg Honors College

    • Presented research at the RSCA Conference, McNair Symposium, and CARS

    • Accepted into the Western Regional Honors Council Conference 2022

    • Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program

    • Cal Poly Pomona, Research Distinction

    • Cal Poly Pomona Office of Undergraduate Research, Achieve Scholars Program

    • PRSA Los Angeles, Scholarship Recipient

    • Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Scholar 

    • Achieve Scholars Program

    • Hispanic Public Relations Association, Los Angeles Scholarship 

    • LAGRANT Foundation, Scholarship

    • Marketing EDGE, Montesi Scholarship

    • American Association for People with Disabilities, NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship

    • Cal Poly Pomona, Access & Disability Alliance (ADA) Scholarship and Diversity Champion

    • Cal Poly Pomona Communication Department, Communication Legacy Scholarship 

    • Cal Poly Pomona, President’s Council Scholarship

    • Golden Key Honor Society Member

    • Pacesetters Scholarship

    • Lambda Pi Eta – Communication Honor Society, Inducted Member

    • Ethics and Policy Student Fellow, California Center for Ethics and Policy

    • Creating a Path Towards Success, California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

    • Campus Compact, Newman Civic Fellow

  • Co-curricular activities while at Cal Poly Pomona

    • Disability Resource Center Peer Mentor (2020 - 2021)

    • Bronco Startup Challenge

    • Content Marketing Team member (2019)

    • Content Marketing Team Lead (2020)

    • NASA CPP Business Startup Program

    • Public Relations and Marketing Team member (2020)

    • Active Minds Club Founder and President (2020-2021)

    • Sources of Strength Suicide-Prevention Program Peer Leader (2020 - 2022)

    • Principles of Community Committee Member (2021 – 2022)

    • Inclusive Excellence Council (2021)

    • Student Health and Wellbeing Sub-Committee on Repopulation (2021)

    • Latino Professional Alumni Chapter Board Member (2021 – Present)

    • Police Safety and Advisory Committee (2022)

    • Student Success Leader with the Strategic Communications Department (2022)

    • BroncoStampede Ambassador (2017-2020)

    • Orientation Services Office Staff (2017)

    • Bronco LEAD Intern (2017-2018)

    • Survivor Advocacy Services (SAS) Intern (2017)

    • Undocumented Center Intern (2018)

    • Men Against Violence Club President (2017-2018)

    • Planned Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

    • Ahimsa Club Communication Officer (2017)

    • Vice-President (2017-2018)

    • President (2018-2019)

    • Project Success Peer Mentor (2017-2018)

    • CEIS Communication Specialist Assistant/Intern (2018-2019)

    • Harvest International Student Editor (2019)

    • iLab/SiiL Marketing Lead (2019 - 2020)

    • College of Education and Integrative Studies (CEIS) Council

      • Director of Public Relations (2016-2018)

      • Council President (2018-2019)

    • Associated Students Incorporated (ASI)

      • Bronco Events and Activities Team Volunteer (2016-2017)

      • Secretary of Education Cabinet Leader (2017-2018) - Chair of the Education Enhancement Committee, served on over 15 university-wide committees like the elections committee, academic senate, CPP budget committee, Homecoming Planning etc. 

    • College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences (CLASS) Council

      • Secretary (2018-2019)

      • Council President (2019-2020)

      • United with Differences Event Chair (2019-2020)

    • Access and Disability Alliance (aDa)

      • Scholarship Committee (2018-2020)

      • Unity Luncheon Co-Chair - first student to co-chair the event (2018-2019)

      • Vice-President (2020 - 2022)

      • Disability Cultural Center Committee Chair (2020 - 2022)

    • Lambda Pi Eta - Communications Honor Society

      • President (2020 - 2021)

    • Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)

      • Cal Poly Pomona Chapter Vice-President and Treasurer (2020 - 2021)

      • National Committee - Vice-President of Career Development (2020 - 2021)

      • Chapter President (2021 - 2022)

    • Multicultural Council (MCC)

      • Vice-President and Treasurer (2020 - 2021)

      • President (2021 - 2022)

    • Cal State Student Association (CSSA) CSU Systemwide Committee Appointments

      • Institute for Teaching and Learning Board (2017 - 2018)

      • Student Mental Health Advisory Committee (2017 - 2019)

      • Services to Students with Disabilities Advisory Committee (2020 - 2022)

    • Communication Alumni Night 

      • Speaker and Programs Committee Chair (2020)

      • Co-Keynote Speaker (2021)

  • Internships and Work Experience

    • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory 

      • Universe Public Engagement Intern (October 2021 - Present)

    • SAGE Publishing 

      • Global Corporate Communications Intern (February 2022 - Present)

    • The PRSA Foundation 

      • Public Relations and Content Development (January 2022 - Present)

    • United States Agency on International Development (USAID) 

      • Virtual Student Federal Service Intern (September 2021 - Present)

    • Plants 4 the People

      • Content Creation Intern (June 2021 - Present)

    • General Motors

      • Global Communications and Brand Intern (June 2021 - August 2021)

    • Covalent

      • Digital Marketing Fellow (May 2021 - August 2021)

    • Siloam Wellness Center

      • Digital Strategy and Content Specialist (May 2021 - August 2021)

    • Accessible Festivals 

      • Social Media and Public Relations Development Intern (April 2021 - August 2021)

    • National Council on Independent (NCIL) 

      • Policy and Advocacy Intern (January 2021 - June 2021) 

    • Empath Worldwide

      • Director of Diversity and Inclusion (February 2021 - August 2021)

    • Internal Newsletter Chair (October 2020 - January 2021)

      • Creative (August 2020 - January 2021)

    • LAGRANT Foundation

      • Scripps Howard Foundation + California Black Media Diverse Storytelling & Journalism Internship (November 2020 - May 2021)

    • U.S. Department of State

      • Federal Service and Digital Media Strategy Intern: Honolulu Federal Executive Board (September 2020 - April 2021)

    • LanComm Business Solutions

      • Public Relations Intern (November 2020 - February 2021)

    • Learn Disability Justice 

      • Digital Marketing and Strategic Communications Director (March 2020 - January 2021)

    • OnMogul

      • Marketing Intern (July 2020 - September 2020)

    • Katz Public Relations

      • Public Relations Staff Assistant (May 2020 - August 2020)

    • Andrew Rodriguez for Assembly 

      • Outreach and Mobilization Coordinator Intern (May 2020 - August 2020)

    • Special Olympics 

      • Marketing and Social Media Intern (April 2020 - August 2020)

    • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

      • Digital Marketing Campaign Intern (August 2019 - April 2020)

    • Pomona Hope 

      • Media and Development Intern (August 2019 - December 2019)

    • County of Orange

      • Communications/Social Media/Media Relations Intern (July 2019  - August 2019)

    • Access Services 

      • Customer Relations Administrative Executive Intern (September 2018 - June 2019)

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