Meet the 2018-2019 Lowery Institute Change Agents
Clark Atlanta University
Ashley Kinsey is studying Early Childhood Education at Clark Atlanta University. Her goal is to become a kindergarten teacher and to use her talents and knowledge to make a difference in the world one step at a time. She was born and raised in Georgia and graduated from Stockbridge High School. She loves to travel, while being able to see and experience new cultures and activities. She enjoys volunteering with Providence Baptist Church’s children’s nursery. Also, she enjoys volunteering with other companies and organizations whose goals are to bring joy to families and children dealing with problems such as domestic violence, health concerns, and homelessness. Additionally, she loves spending time with her family and friends and listening to music.
Jordan Juanita Whitey Barry is from St. Louis, MO and moved to Atlanta to attend Clark Atlanta University three years ago. She has been a change agent for the past two years and it has fulfilled her desire to serve. She believes in the motto “Service before Self” and the debt we pay to live on this earth is through our service. She came to Clark Atlanta University for the education but what she has gained through her involvement is much more. She has been surrounded by the most influential people in the world, which includes The Lowery Institute. She plans to continue to serve and grow as an Agent of Change.
Danazia Ruth is from Miami Florida. She is a Junior at Clark Atlanta University and is pursuing a major in Mass Media Arts with a concentration in journalism. Further, her dream has always been to make change in the community.
Niyah Theus is a sophomore at Clark Atlanta University. Her goal is to strive for her community and to lend a helping hand to those in need. With the help of the Lowery Institute she can achieve that goal.
Terrish Owens is from Woodbury, Georgia. She is twenty-two years old, and has a one year old son, who she adores. He’s the reason she chose to get her Masters degree in social work with a concentration in family and child being. She has a deep understanding of family problems and she wants to help. Many people find Terrish very honest and loyal. Also, along with her other values, her number one characteristic is happiness. I enjoy helping people and making them feel loved.
Dwaina Thomas is currently a sophomore at Clark Atlanta University where her major is biology. She is involved in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, The National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, Minority Association of Pre-Health Students, Clark Atlanta Honors and Scholars Program, Breaking the Cycle Atlanta, a Lowery Institute Change Agent.
She is pursuing a career in the medical field and one must maintain patience, poise, and be able to work in high energy situations. After reading The Immortal cells of Henrietta Lacks, she instantly knew she wanted to go into biology. Biology has always been one of her favorite subjects. Her career goal is become a Pathologist. However, science is an infinitely growing field that requires scientist and doctors to be on their toes. She wants to help find cures, develop new procedures for surgery, work with stem cells, and genetics. The field of biology is endless and with her drive; she will help make a difference.
Muhannad Almutairi is a senior at Clark Atlanta University. He is from Saudi Arabia. Since Fall 2013 he has been in the United States. When he came to the United States, he attended the English Language Institute located in Ann Arbor Michigan. Here, he learned about United States society and the culture. After two years of learning the language, he moved to Atlanta to attend Clark Atlanta University, which is a great opportunity. In conclusion, he has learned a lot from being far away from home for a few years, which has made him independent. Lastly, he is truly happy to be here and to have this experience with another country.
Passion Peoples is from the Hill District of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was raised by a single mother, who received help from her grandmother and aunt. She graduated top of her class at Barack Obama Academy of International Studies. Her major is Sociology with a double minor in Criminal Justice and Political Science. She participated in a YouTube channel ‘CAU Code’, and is also apart of organizations on campus including: NAACP, NABCJ, and CAB. Lastly, she recently became a Research Ambassador for the Center for Undergraduate Research as well as obtaining the position as the President of the Research Club. Also, she volunteered as a teacher’s assistant at Dunbar Elementary School for fourth graders Spring ’18 semester. After Clark Atlanta University, she plans to attend Law school.
Ibrahim Alsharari is a junior at Clark Atlanta University and majors in Criminal Justice. His eventual goal is to become a police officer in his country of Saudi Arabia. His interests include social equality, justice reform, and the correction progress.
From research about the Lowery Institute, he found out that The Lowery Institute exemplifies the ongoing fight for social justice that began in the Civil Rights Movement, which Ibrahim identifies because he is an individual from the Middle East-North Africa (MENA) region. He is honored to be a part of this distinguished organization.
Kyra Wilson was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She is a Junior at Clark Atlanta University and is pursuing a major in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Having those responsibilities has made her a selfless person, who resembles humbleness and strength. She maintained a 3.2 GPA in the 2017-2018 school year, and also was involved in the sophomore class council. Lastly, it will be her pleasure to serve as a change agent for the second year in a row.
Emani Hunter is a graduating senior, criminal justice major, who attends Clark Atlanta University. Her passion in life is saving the generation of tomorrow by ensuring a positive upbringing to the foundation of today.
Atallah Aljohani is an international student at Clark Atlanta University. His major is Criminal Justice. He is a senior, and will graduate next semester.
Tanaeyah Davis is a Masters of Social Work student at Clark Atlanta University. She received a B.A in Psychology from William Paterson University. After graduation she hopes to work as a school Social Worker.
Anthony Felder, a native of Orlando, FL, is currently a scholar attending the prestigious Morehouse College, where he is progressing to acquire a Bachelor of Arts with a Sociology Major, and a Chinese Studies Minor. So far during his tenure at Morehouse, he has worked intensively with the Bonner Scholar Program, and he also holds the position as a president of the student-led Morehouse Sociological Association.
Within the Lowery Institute he is working as a site leader for the Voice of the Institute for Change and Empowerment (V.O.I.C.E.), as well as lending a helping hand with Mimi’s Pantry.
Actively pursuing his aspirations of sociological research, Anthony plans to pursue graduate studies in hopes to eventually obtain his Ph.D. in sociology, and be a prominent author in the field of academia.
Kenyon Spotts is a freshman, political science major, from Cleveland,
Ohio. He has lived in Cleveland his entire life so coming to Morehouse is a completely new experience for him. To give a quick recap of his life, he was born in University Hospital on October 14, 1999. He lived with his Mother and had contact with his father here and there. When he turned 5, his mother sadly passed away and he moved in with his uncle. His Uncle treated him as one of his own and he still lives with him to this day. He is interested in lots of things but has a strong love for philosophy. Philosophy looks into the complexity of the human mind and our existence in general; it makes him question everything around him and he adores it. Coinciding with his love for philosophy is his desire to help those around him in any shape or form. He believes that the best way for him to help everyone, is to take up a role in politics.
Our government is severely lacking in open-minded individuals focused on change, and he believes I can help start that process. He wants to change the world around so no one has to suffer and everyone may have the best opportunity to succeed. His uncle has instilled in him those values, and it pushes him to be an even better person than he was the day before.
I am a senior sociology from Washington, Dc currently attending Morehouse College. As the first in my family to attend college, I take my duty seriously to be a role model to my 8 sisters. I am proud to be an honor student at Morehouse, and I see the value in being involved with both community and campus life. In just my short time on campus I have been involved in organizations such as Corella and Bertram Bonner Service Scholar, Joe and Emma Adams Service Scholar, New Student Orientation Leader, Sophomore Class Council Director of Community Service Outreach, Vice President of Perdue Resident Hall, Change Agent for the Joseph E. Lowery Institute of Justice & Human Rights, Morehouse Pre-Alumni Association, Vice President of Morehouse’s Sociological Association, Community Service Chair of Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Before college, I was accepted as a part of President Obama’s inaugural class of mentees for The White House Initiative, My Brother’s Keeper. As a freshman in college, I had the opportunity to work on Capitol Hill under Congresswoman Robin Kelly of Chicago Second District. While serving in her office, I had the amazing opportunity to speak at the DNC Convention and the Congressional Black Caucus Phoenix Award Dinner. During my Sophomore term, I was able to work at both the Obama Foundation and the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance National Office simultaneously.
Dominique Cassamajor is from Durham, NC, in his junior year at Morehouse College, and studies Theatre Arts and Performance Studies. Throughout his collegiate career, Dominique has served many roles both on campus and off-campus including as a Lead Resident Advisor, Student Ambassador, Presidential Ambassador, Teach For America Conference Presenter, Camp Counselor, Peer Mediator, Active Tutor in Atlanta Public Schools and more. This summer, Dominique spent his time conducting meticulous research on the gentrification and public policy of Southeast Atlanta, GA as a UNCF Mellon Mays fellow at Emory University. He has also created a self-sustained 4-week intensive research workshop catered towards aspiring Artistic Directors at the University of Georgia. Although he has a passion for activism and social justice, Dominique also spends his time playing basketball, roller skating, directing plays, acting in student short films, and laughing at dad jokes. As a first-time Change Agent, Dominique is avid to serve as a catalyst and servant for the many initiatives that the Joseph & Evelyn Lowery Institute has to offer.
Jahine Grady is currently a Junior at Morehouse College studying Psychology with a Neuroscience minor. He is deeply interested in mentorship and mental health within communities of color. When he is not participating in community service events, he can be found serving as the Director of Health and Wellness for Morehouse’s NAACP. After graduating from Morehouse, he plans to attend medical school to become a successful psychiatrist.
Colin Releford is from Griffin, Georgia. He is a Junior Marketing Major at Morehouse College. Also, he is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., the Maroon Tiger Golf Team, and the Morehouse Business Association. Also, he values family, friends, hard work, and leadership.
Asia Reese is a Sophomore attending Spelman College, majoring in Comparative Women’s Studies, and minoring in African Diaspora Studies. The Change Agent work is centered around the mantra taught from their grandmother “blessed to be a blessing”. Asia was raised in a predominantly black, low in-come part of Baton Rouge, LA, and is proud of how her childhood and heritage molded her into the person she is today. Much of her community service focuses on addressing the school-to-prison pipeline and violence centered around gender & sexuality. She is additionally interested in how art and writing can be utilized for political change and social advocacy. Asia’s goals are to become a university professor, scholar-activist, recognized author, and eventually a University president. This past summer, she was selected as part of the first cohort for the Leadership Alliance’s First Year Research Experience to research Black Queer Media Representation at John Hopkins University’s Krieger School of Arts & Sciences. On campus, she is part of the Spelman College’s Social Justice Associate Program, Spelman Ambassador program, National Council of Negro Women, Alpha Lambda Delta, and a Honors College Student.
Autumn Simmons is a third-year Sociology & Anthropology major attending Spelman College, from Kalamazoo, Michigan. In her two years at Spelman College, Autumn has invested time and service to the Fine Arts community and Social Justice advocacy. She has volunteered at the Spelman Museum of Fine Arts as a museum ambassador working closely with the curator of education to develop community inclusive programs for all visiting demographics. Autumn is also apart of the Spelman College Social Justice Fellows Program. Through social justice advocacy, she participates in several social justice based organizations including Girls Going Global and Difficult Dialogues. Autumn is looking forward to galvanizing her role as a community leader and scholar as a first-time Change Agent.
I’Jae Alvarado is entering her Junior year at Spelman College, to continue her education as a candidate for a B.A in Political Science. She has always been an outstanding student. She served on several boards and school organizations such as event chair for Lytehouse, a mentorship organization at Morehouse College, along with Digital Media coordinator for the number 1 HBCU newspaper, the Maroon Tiger. In addition, she serves 4 hours per week in community service at Thomasville Elementary School in Atlanta. She has worked on several political campaigns throughout Atlanta and participated in many voter awareness drives.
Raquel Thomas is a Sociology and Spanish double major at Spelman College. She is a Georgia native with a passion for social justice. Raquel is particularly interested in learning as well as educating others about cultural sociology and the roles of gender, class and poverty, and generally social inequality. She is a member of the Ethel Waddell Githii Honors Program, a Spelman College Social Justice Associate, and an Executive-Board member of S.K.I.R.T.S. Inc. Raquel spends her free time going to concerts, cooking vegetarian recipes that she finds online and getting to know people. She describes herself as a lover of people and an advocate for equality for all!
London Johnson is a sophomore psychology major from San Antonio, Texas and attends the illustrious Spelman College. Currently at Spelman, she serves as a photographer for the Reflections yearbook, and is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. She also volunteered at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta and with the Cool Girls Organization in her free time.
Mikayla Nash is a Sophomore Economics Major, Management and Organization Minor at Spelman College from San Diego, California. She has not yet found a set career path, however she aspires to explore entrepreneurship as well as a career in the investment-banking field. She also plans on opening a non-profit organization to help mentor at-risk high school girls, so they may grow into young, powerful, strong women. A few fun facts about her are she loves to travel, she is into CrossFit, and she enjoys listening to Podcasts in her free time.
Neely Woodroffe is a junior general science dual degree engineering major attending Spelman College. Hailing from the sunshine state, she is Miami, Florida born and raised. As an engineering major, she aspires to work with assistive technology and find inexpensive manufacture methods so that they can be more accessible to people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. When not in class or studying, Neely serves as a mathematics classroom facilitator at Booker T. Washington High School. Along with her passion for serving the community around her, Neely loves to sing, read, and write poetry.
Gabriella Gladney is a sophomore Sociology and Comparative Women’s Studies double major at Spelman College. She was born and raised in Houston, Texas as an only child. At Spelman, she became a member of the Edith Waddell Githii Honors Program, Alpha Lambda Delta, and a Social Justice Fellowship Program.
Elyse London is a junior pre-med biology major at Spelman and a native of Birmingham. At Spelman College Elyse is a HCOPPP, Health Careers Club member, scholar, and also apart of the P.U.L.S.E. programming board. Elyse has the career aspirations of becoming a pediatric emergency medicine physician. Miss London has a deep love for community service and mentoring younger generations.
Deborah Lillian Wallace is from Midland Texas and is a junior attending Spelman College. She is an Economics major with a double minor in Management and Organization and Fashion Merchandising.