Samendy is a first-year Master of Architecture student at the University at Buffalo. Her academic interests include designing low-income housing, small businesses, and researching developing countries within the Caribbean. Prior to joining the Food Lab, Samendy earned her Bachelors in Architecture with a minor in Education from the University at Buffalo. Samendy joined the Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab as a volunteer research associate in July of 2018. Samendy is currently involved in research and design across Lab projects to aid diverse communities through education, food, and inclusion. This work has helped supplement her current education through understanding planning from a community and food perspective. Outside of the Food Lab, Samendy enjoys painting and biking.