Maryan Osman was born and raised in San Diego and is the daughter of Somali Refugees. In the interview she explores the themes of her relationship with the city and her community, in particular her connection to City Heights and the Southeast. She highlights the impact that growing up in a very diverse community had on her and the sense of ‘comfort’ it provided.

Maryan then talks about her experience in college where she started getting involved in community work with her friends. From there, she explains how she started working at Mid-City CAN and her current role in the organisation and their projects.

Following the topic of community work, Maryan explains her views and experience on community-led initiatives and leadership.

Finally, she narrates her experience during the Covid-19 pandemic and how that impacted her, her community and the way community-work is done.