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Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Chelsea is the daughter of Jamaican immigrants. Raised by a single-mother who was a social worker, much of her adolescence was spent reconciling with the concepts of liberation, equity, and justice.

 

Due to her involvement with issues concerning transitional justice, women's rights, and social movements, Chelsea has traveled to Burma, Turkey, and Tunisia. While overseas she engaged with NGOs, activists, journalists, and policymakers to further investigate strategic movement building...

 

Akua Obeng-Akrofi was born in Accra, Ghana and raised in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Akua’s passion for community involvement was first ignited as a child in Georgia, growing up in the solace of the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta. There, she was introduced to sports, became comfortable in her identity as an African, developed a deeper understanding of blackness through the lens of the African Diaspora, and attained mentors who guided her in her development as a leader...

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Stephanie is studying Public Affairs, New Media Arts, and Sociology at Baruch College. She is the Creative Assistant of Refract Magazine, a college magazine dedicated to non-fiction literature. Stephanie has managed the social media for over five companies. She is a creative, regularly taking part in many different types of art such as; music, writing, photography, and videography.

After working closely with young girls in various parts of Jamaica, she discovered how vital it was to reassure them of their power. She made it her mission to help girls of color realize that they are just as bright and beautiful as everyone else...

Iris received her Bachelors of Arts from Columbia University in the City of New York, where she majored in Economics and competed as a member of the Varsity Track & Field Team. She was active on campus as Treasurer of the Black Students Organization, and has since transitioned to serve as Treasurer for the New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives...


Niteesa Brooks is a New Jersey native and recent Columbia University graduate, where she received her Master’s Degree in Social Work.  Niteesa competed as a track and field athlete at Long Island University-Brooklyn, where she studied Sport Science and Psychology...

 

Growing up in the suburbs, Tyra experienced firsthand the reality of racial tensions that often manifest as discriminatory practices and  being racially profiled. However, this ignited within her a desire to accomplish greatness. Whether it’s drafting the meeting minutes and compiling emails  for WEBelieve's Executive Team, being a Federal Policy Director for Youth Caucus America, one of the Atlanta GirlUp Coalition Leaders, the Georgia State Director of Unified Democracy, or a writer for The PRODYGII Team, there’s no doubt that she works hard to promote and advocate for her community...

Terri Turner is a Philadelphia native currently enrolled in her second year at Columbia University. She is also a dedicated member of Columbia’s Track and Field team, her main events being the 800m. Terri is working toward obtaining her degree in English with a concentration in Ethnic Studies. Following her obtainment of a bachelor’s degree, Terri plans to further her educational pursuits by attending law school. Terri’s aspiration in life is to provide justice for minorities that endure discrimination and harassment. She has seen and personally experienced the hardships that minorities face due to their race and wants to actively implement change within our society....

 

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