I am developing an accessible research paper on the effects of gun violence on mental health in low-income communities, to explore how that affects students who end up in higher education. The paper aims to educate those with more privilege and includes a proposal for the UCSB campus to create a more specific resource for students with this type of trauma, as these students are all too often left behind and forgotten to the point where they are not all able to continue in a higher education setting. I bring a personal perspective to this, coming from a low-income community that experiences gun violence regularly. Each year since I have begun my bachelor's degree, a man of color I know from my community has been lost to gun violence; I am doing this for them and those who couldn't be here today. Expanding from here, I will do my own work to give back to my community, which I feel needs it most.