BackgroundInterview Date:April 2019
Gender Identity: Non-Binary
Sexual Orientation: Pansexual
Graduation Year: December 2020
High School Experience: Private school in Buffalo, NY with a graduating class of about 35 students. There was a culture of going to college.
First Generation College Student: No
Major: Computer Science
Extracurricular Activities: I’m part of the Atlanta University Center chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, I [have a leadership role] in the Atlanta University Center chapter of Aurora Game Development Club, and I’m a member of Afrekete, which is an organization at Spelman that supports and advocates for LGBTQIA+ students on campus. I’m also a part of the Joseph and Evelyn Lowery Institute and I am a change agent so I do a lot of social justice and community service work with them.
Have any of your extracurricular activities had a particularly big impact on your experience?
The Lowery Institute helped me get started with social justice and community service work within my community. My freshman year we did something called the Barbershop Series where we talked about certain issues that affected the Black community with people at the barbershop. This year I worked on Mimi’s Pantry where we give out food to college students who aren’t on a meal plan or a meal plan that doesn’t give them enough food to eat. I also write blogs and articles for them, so that gives me more social justice and community service work.
Afrekete has helped me be more comfortable with myself and giving me an environment where I can be open about my sexuality and gender, whereas some other parts of campus I might get weird looks or not be as welcomed.
The National Society of Black Engineers has been a community of support for me in the technology and sciences area. Through them, I’ve been to conferences where I’ve been able to talk to top companies which helped me get my internship last summer.