My name is Aaron Crawford. I was born and raised in Oakland, California but now live in Las Vegas, NV. I am a student of Clark Atlanta University with a major in Business Administration. I have always had an interest in attaining justice in my community. I served as Parliamentarian at the #1 Black Student Union in California (Laguna Creek HS), I currently serve as Mr. Sociology in Clark Atlanta University’s Sociology Association.
2017/2018 Change Agents
- Aaron Crawford
- Aizha Thompson
- Amara-Nycole Sealy
- Amira Waldron
- Andrew Pink
- Antanisha Green
- Anthony Felder
- Anthony Johnson
- Ariel Smith
- Ashley Borneo
- Ashley Wilson
- Azuree Wynn
- Bria Fisher
- Brianamarie Trice
- Britanie Grant
- Brittney Neville
- Camera James
- Caprice Powell
- Cyerra Mitchell
- D'Anthony Davis
- Deja Dorsey
- Diamond Gray
- Diondrai Brown
- Dizhanique Postell
- Eddie Hawkins
- Elyse London
- Emmanuel Badru
- Erica Thompson
- Erika Lawson
- Gabrielle Grace
- Ghadah Bin Humaid
- Isaiah Bayas
- Jalen Williams
- Jazmine Smith
- Jessie Scott
- John Washington
- Jordan Barry
- Jordyn Booth
- Joshua Gregory
- Kairon Barrett
- Kayla Newsome
- Kristopher Shemwell
- Kyra Wilson
- Madisyn Dudley
- Mariah Slaughter
- Melaine Ferdinand-King
- Mike Watson
- Nettia Conyers
- Nicholas Porter
- Nigel Van Jacobs
- Rakesha Kelley
- Raphael Richardson
- Rashad Kuku
- Reginold Kelley II
- Renaldo Askew
- Renee Ingram
- Ronasia Perry
- Shacorria Stallings
- Shanice Bryant
- Shantee McKay
- Shanterria Nesmith
- Shavanna Lamar
- Shekinah Tidwell
- Stevon Anderson
- Talani Grier
- Taylor Camp
- Taylor Colquitt
- Taylor Hayes
- Taylor Smith
- Terancenia Cooper
- Troy Jones
- Uriah Woodyard-Fair
- Victor Nwadike
- Wanjiru Givens
- Wendell Malik Wilson
- Xavier Henderson
- Zandria Redding
- ZyKerria Lanier
Aizha Thompson is a college sophomore studying at Clark Atlanta University. She will graduate May 2020 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Media Arts concentration on Radio/TV/Film and further her career at a local radio station as a radio host. She is passionate about the enrichment of growth within young children and possesses the qualities of patience and understanding. While volunteering as a Lowery Institute Change Agent she promises to fulfill and instill hope within the young children’s future and career goals.
I am Amira Waldron. A senior, psychology major at Spelman College. With my major I have decided to enter the field of education. As a future educator, my intentions and future actions will be based upon my vision to change and mold the future education system. A system that is more just, relatable, and filled with less biases.
My name is Antanisha Green. I am a sophomore criminal justice major from Memphis, Tennessee. I attend Clark Atlanta University. I plan to become a criminal defense attorney and after graduation to attend Howard University Law School. I’m currently an active member of Module African Union, CAU Pre-Alumni Council, and National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ). I finished my freshman year making deans list both semesters and maintain a GPA above a 3.2.
Ariel Alexandria Flora Smith is from North Aurora, Illinois. She has graduated cum laude with her BSW from Clark Atlanta University’s Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work in May 2017, and has returned to CAU to pursue a Master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in Health and Mental Health. She has served on the executive board for Organization for Social Change as the president in 2016, fighting for social justice within her community and she has been a member of a young women’s empowerment organization S.O.A.R True Eagle Beauty for over 5 years. In addition, Ariel has been serving CAU’s Athletic Department as a student assistant to the Equipment and Operations Manager for four years. Recently, Ariel has been granted with a Graduate Assistant opportunity within the Athletic Department specifying in game day operations and wishes to continue in athletics utilizing her Social Work degree.
Ashley Borneo is a senior, History Major with a concentration in Caribbean studies at the illustrious Spelman College from Long Island, New York. As a daughter of the Spelman village, Ashley has had the opportunity to serve as both a volunteer and a mentor on campus and in the local community. While at Spelman, Ashley has participated as a Priceless Ambassadors Mentor for anti-sex trafficking in Atlanta, served as a Museum Ambassador at the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, as well as a Volunteer Archivist at the Spelman College Archives. Ashley also had the opportunity to study abroad to conduct cultural research in both Portugal and Ghana during the summers of 2015 and 2016. Both experiences exposed her to local culture and customs which broadened her knowledge of cultural perspectives. In addition, Ashley was inducted into the Spelman Chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society during the Spring of 2016 and was a recipient of the Caribbean Student Scholarship of 2017. Having a passion for bridging cultural relationships, Ashley desires to one day launch her career in global affairs in the United Nations.
My name is Azuree Wynn and I attend Clark Atlanta University. I am a returning student at the university, majoring in criminal justice with a minor in sociology. My overall career goal is to be a criminal prosecutor and own my own firm. I currently don’t participate in any activities on campus but that is something I plan on changing.
My names Bria Alexandra Fisher and I am from Chicago Illinois. I am a returning second year student at Clark Atlanta University. My major is Criminal Justice and my minor is Sociology. My career goal is to become a Central Intelligence Agent. I am currently in the Honors Program and last semester I ended with 3.83, which is making the Dean’s list for spring 2016.
My name is Brianamarie Trice. I am a sophomore Political Science major at Clark Atlanta University. I grew up in Chicago, IL with strong family values. At age four my father was murdered, which has instilled a passion for justice within me. Previously I have served as CAU Suites President 2016-17, and received esteemed honor as Best Student Attorney in Illinois 2015-16. I currently serve as Community Service Chair for the Bold, Beautiful, & Chic Society at Clark. I am also involved in other organizations, including the Sheila A. Doyle Foundation in Chicago. My work is focused on making a lasting impact the lives of those who have grown up like me. I am passionate about my future law career, and plan to become a criminal attorney. I am eager to serve the Atlanta community!
My name is Britanie Grant. I was born in St. Catherine, Jamaica. I moved to the United States five years ago to utilize the education system. I was born May 31,1998. I live in a single parent home with my four sisters and father. My mother moved away to London, England when I was about three years old to provide for my sisters and I. I am now a sophomore at Clark Atlanta University majoring in Mass Media Arts with a concentration in film and Television.
My name is Camera Arshell James I’m from Richmond, VA. I’m currently a senior at Clark Atlanta University pursuing my degree in Sociology. I’m apart of two honor societies currently, Kappa Mu and Alpha Kappa Delta. I’m a concerned person who is willing to do anything for anybody. I love to help people in any way possible and assist with the growth development of others.
My Name is Deja Dorsey, Sophomore Mass Media Arts major with a concentration in Radio, TV, and Film at Clark Atlanta University. I am from Philadephia, PA but reside in the suburb area. My aspirations are to work at BET or E! in front and behind the camera. I will love to get my masters degree in education, then take the skills and experiences I learned in the real world and open up my own camp or school to teach students mass media.
Diamond Gray is a Senior at Clark Atlanta University, majoring in Social Work. She is from a small, Southern city, Americus, Georgia. She has a natural passion for helping others and making an effective difference in her community. Her goals and aspirations include developing a non-profit organization aiming to transform youth into knowledgeable, aware, and determined leaders of the community. She also aspires to continue her education by pursuing her Master’s degree in Social Work at Howard University. She has a passion to have a career working with youth in all aspects. In addition, she is a proud member of Clark Atlanta University’s Honors and Scholars Program, Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society, and the prestigious Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. She serves as the President of the Organization of Social Change, on the Student Government Association Street Team and a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Fulton County. She will be serving as a Change Agent at Forrest Hill Academy, where she hopes to inspire and impact youth.
Hailing from Pittsburgh, Diondrai Brown attends Morehouse College as a Economics major, with hopes to begin a real estate career after graduation. During his time as a Bonner scholar, Diondrai has participated in a multitude of service projects ranging from ensuring the housing of people with disabilities to teaching engineering to 5th graders in Southwest Atlanta. Diondrai plans on staying in Atlanta after graduation to continue his dedication to the at-risk communities and assisting in their self determination.
Eddie L. Hawkins, Jr., a native of Baltimore, MD, is currently a Man of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA where he is working towards a Bachelors of Arts in Religion. During his time at Morehouse thus far, he has served as the Deputy Attorney General for the Student Government Association. He led the development of the Evolution Mentors Certification Program which trains mentors in effective mentoring practices.
Prior to attending Morehouse College, Eddie attended Baltimore City College High School, in Baltimore, MD, as a full International Baccalaureate (IB) student. Eddie also served as the Student Commissioner for Baltimore City Public Schools, where he was responsible for representing the 85,000 student body to the Board of School Commissioners and District Administration.
Eddie is also the Founder and President, of The Hawkins Foundation (THF) with the mission of improving the lives of people and conditions of communities worldwide. THF was officially established in February of 2016 out of Eddies’ desire to give and to serve. Our vision is to positively impact the lives of 1,000 people by 2020.
After completing college, Eddie plans to continue working to expand the impact of THF locally, nationally, and internationally.
My name Elyse London, a sophomore pre-med biology major from Birmingham, Alabama attending Spelman College. At Spelman College, I am involved in the Health Careers Program, P.U.L.S.E. programming board, and NAACP and also on the Dean’s List. Although my career aspirations are rooted in pediatrics emergency medicine, I am also passionate about helping to build the whole child whether it be through education, nonviolent initiatives, or even boosting their confidence and letting them know that they too are capable of achieving their goals.
Emmanuel Badru is a junior Psychology major and Atlanta native at Morehouse College. Badru serves in a multitude of roles at Morehouse, including being a Bonner Scholar, CASA programming board member, Morehouse Psychological Association board member, and New Student Orientation leader. Badru also serves as part of the leadership team of Mimi’s Pantry. After graduating, he intends on completing graduate school and moving into the career of sports psychology and medicine.
Hello, my name is Jalen Williams I am a senior psychology major from Hayward, California and I attend Morehouse College. My career goals include creating new innovative therapy methods to cope with stress as well as eventually opening my own private practice. In my time at Morehouse I have had the opportunity to have several research experiences including research on condom use self-efficacy and research on how different ethnicities receive treatment for depression. I am happy to say this is my third year being a change agent and I will be working in Mimi’s Pantry the upcoming school year.
My name John Washington. I’m originally from Richmond,Virginia. I am Freshman at Morehouse college in Atlanta, Georgia. My major is International studies. I intend to become a Diplomat or work in the field of Foreign relations with the State Department. I want to help developing countries especially in West Africa.
My name is Joshua Gregory. Firstly, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to be a part of this program. I have briefly worked with younger students before and look forward to being involved with them again. I currently work at the front desk on the night shift at the Holiday Inn Express in Lawrenceville, and have been there for 2 years. I took a hiatus from school, but am ardently awaiting my return this semester. I will be taking online courses at Georgia State Perimeter campus in Dunwoody, where my current major is Medical Science. My plan is to one day become a surgeon and help give people a second chance. My other interests include journalism, photography and music.
My name is Kayla Newsome and as a child, I’ve always wanted to help solve problems. I had an internal drive to work through challenges head on. It’s something about the challenge of being presented with an undefined problem that really ignites my thought processes and motivates me to develop a solution. I knew that I wanted to excel at being a problem solver in my workplace as well. My love for mathematics and sciences also contributed to my decision of becoming an engineer. I am a dual degree industrial engineering major with a concentration in mathematics attending Clark Atlanta University. Being an African American young woman and yearning to pursue her my education in two STEM degrees, is something that most of my peers doubted. “Math & Engineering aren’t for girls” is something that sadly, I heard daily. Despite the obstacles that I know I may face pursuing a predominantly male occupation, I know that I can break through the barriers presented by the glass ceiling. I always persevered to accomplish my dreams and goals. I have received various awards for Engineering, my determination, and for being heavily involved in my community. I am currently an Engineering Intern for the City of Atlanta. I have learned how to complete significant tasks such as how to program a traffic signal camera, how to get dimension measurements for architecture, how to take traffic controller cabinet inventory, etc. I plan on interning for several other companies and laboratories throughout my college matriculation in order to solidify my chances of having a full-time job in line once I graduate. In ten years, I plan on excelling in everything that I do, not only to prove to my peers that I am just as qualified as they are, but also to prove to myself that a being double minority does not define my character, nor my abilities professionally. I want to become a motivational speaker and mentor for other young women interested in STEM. I want to teach them not to get intimidated by someone who is “more” qualified for a job due to their gender, race, financial status, etc. I want to help minorities to excel in everything that they put their minds to.
Hello My Name is Kyra Wilson and I am a sophomore at Clark Atlanta University. My major is Business Administration with a concentration in finance. I was born and raised in Chicago, IL. Freshman year I was apart of Residence Hall Association and I was crowned Miss Beckwith (hall queen). Now I am in Sophomore Class Council, I am also on the deans list, and I hold a scholarship through Clark for my outstanding academic achievements. My future career goal is to become a financial advisor, get my masters in education, and become a math teacher.
My name is Nigel Jacobs and I am a sophomore Dual Degree Engineering Major at Morehouse College from Buffalo, NY. My goals for the future are to own my own company where we’ll make STEAM education programs for inner city children and make afro-centric videogames. Not only am I a Change Agent, but I am also the Treasurer for the Atlanta University Center Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, a member of The Morehouse College Glee Club, and a member of Next Gen Men. I received the Independent Health Community All-Star Award in June 2016 and the National Federation for Just Communities Community Youth Leader Award in January 2016.
Hello, my name is Rakesha Kelley. I’m from Memphis, TN. I’m a first semester sophomore majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology. I’m passionate about helping others and seeing others happy. I love to love and to give back! I look forward to having an amazingly successful and fun year with you all!
Reginold D. Kelley II, Sophomore Sociology major, Criminal Justice minor from Memphis, TN. He’s a Change Agent, President of The Association for Civil Equality, Chief Administrative Officer of The Hawkins Foundation, a member of the NAACP, a member of Safe Space, and a Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Scholar at Morehouse College.
My name is Renee Ingram. I’m from Montgomery, Alabama. I am currently a junior at Clark Atlanta University studying Social Work. I have a passion for working with the youth and hope to use my degree as a school social worker. I eventually aspire to be on a school board as well as create my own mentorship program for middle school to high school age girls in my hometown. In addition, I am currently a member of several organizations on campus: Femdelacreme Mentorship Program ,Social Work Club, CAU Honors and Scholars Program, and lastly the Joseph and Evelyn Lowery Institute Change Agent Program. My greatest accomplishment to date is my membership into the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society.
My name is Shacorria Stallings . I attend Clark Atlanta University . I am a advance masters students with a concentration of social work. I plan on becoming a forensic social worker. I do not participate in any extra curricular besides being involved heavily in my church, surroundings communities, and volunteering at schools within the Spalding county district. I have accomplished achieving my bachelors degree at Clark Atlanta University with being a graduate with honor roll and a GPA of a 3.4 .
My names is Shanice Bryant. I am a sophomore Social Work major, Psychology minor at Clark Atlanta University. I am from Moncks Corner, SC, a small town north of Charleston. My career goal is to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and eventually a lawyer to aid black and brown communities. I have a strong passion to change the world for the better, so that all people can prosper and enjoy a fulfilling life.
Stevon Anderson is a growing young man from Compton, California and an only child to his mother. He uses the energy developed by his influencing environment of gang violence and poverty to in turn discover a way to detangle these cycling conditions. He notices that each person is given a gift to present to the world, he notices that his potential arose from some uncontrollable experiences held in his childhood. Stevon knows that if he was able to make it to his high school graduation with academic accomplishments, and a Junior now at Morehouse college with the help of some local community members who invested in him he could reach the life of someone else to help them discover a piece of their driving force. He aspires to improve community conditions while increasing his knowledge of inner city schools with developing skills learned in Sociology.
My name is Talani Grier I am a sophomore at Clark Atlanta University. I am a fashion merchandising major minoring in business management from Freeport,Illinois. I plan on becoming a high profile celebrity stylist as well as be an advocate for young women who have low self esteem as well as feel as if they have a weight problem. Because of my dreams and aspirations and helping others is the reason why I started my business at the age of 16. I plan on showing people that being young, black successful, and a woman is possible.
My name is Teracenia Cooper. I’m from Hemingway, South Carolina. I’m a 2nd year graduate student in the Whitney M. Young School of Social Work at Clark Atlanta University. I earned my Bachelor’s in Sociology from South Carolina State University. My passion is working and helping others especially children. After I graduate with my Master’s in Social Work, I want to work with abuse and neglect children and children involved in child exploitation.
Wanjiru Givens is from Boston, Massachusetts. She is currently an undergraduate student at Spelman College, and is studying History with a concentration in Asian Studies. She serves as the United States Peace Corps Ambassador for Spelman College, the Historian for Spelman College’s Pre-Alumnae Council Executive Board, the Student Government Associate for the Spelman College History club, and on the board for publicity for S.K.I.R.T.S Inc. She is also a scholar mentor for the UPS Community Service Program. As an UPS scholar she has dedicated over 475 hours and counting of community service thus far to Fickett Elementary School in Atlanta, George. She provides effective enrichment activities for 4th graders through building confidence and intellectual exploration through academics as a teacher assistant. She is also a committed member of Phi Beta Delta, Phi Alpha Theta, The National Council of Negro Women, Beyond Curves, the Portuguese Club, the Chinese Club, and the History Club. In addition, Wanjiru Givens had 3 month internship in Sao Paulo, Brazil for the Non-Profit organization, Fundacao Julita in Sao Paulo, Brazil. While she was there she was able to continue her activism in Salvador de Bahia and attended the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janierio. In continue on her love of culture and diversity she also studied aboard in Morocco of spring 2017. Here at the Institute she lends a helping hand Dunbar elementary school as a tutor, she helps manages Mimi’s Pantry, which helped provides food college students from 3 different universities in the Atlanta University Center, and assist in many initiatives. One of her favorite quotes is “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Wendell Malik Wilson, a junior Sociology Pre-Law Major from Houston Texas, at Morehouse College. I intend on going to law school after undergrad, and eventually move back to my home town of Houston Texas. I enjoy scuba diving, reading, and good conversation in general. I am an Eagle Scout and formerly a Junior Ambassador to the United Nations. Currently on campus at Morehouse I am on the board of directors for the Morehouse Spelman Pre-Law Society, also I serve as an SGA Attorney General.
Zandria Redding is a 2nd year graduate student in the Whitney M. Young School of Social Work at Clark Atlanta University. She earned her Bachelors in Psychology with a clinical concentration from Georgia Southern University. An Atlanta native, Zandria has developed a passion for helping others especially in her community and aspires to deter youth from entering the prison population as well as assisting those recently released from incarceration.
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Ghandi
My name is ZyKerria Lanier, I’m a sophomore attending the Illustrious Clark Atlanta University. I’m from Norfolk, Virginia. I’m a Psychology major with a minor in Criminal Justice. I plan on going into the Navy after I graduate to become an officer. After that, I’ll continue to go to school to get my Masters and a Doctorate. My dream goal is to open my own firm dealing with troubled kids who need someone to listen because they’re not getting the attention at home, or whatever the case may be. As far as extra curricular activities, I’m in Helping Hands, I’m the secretary for Spirit Boosters, and I’m in the Pre Alumni Council. Back in high school, I got awards for having great leadership skills.
2015/2016 Change Agents
- Malika Flowers
- St. George ''Andrew'' Pink
- Mariah Slaughter
- James Parker
- Jordyn Nicole Booth
- Darius Bonner
- Bria Ford
- Keon McKcay
- Brinyae Thompson
- Clifton Crawley
- Victoria Lay
- Autrell Williams
Malika S. Flowers is a graduate student at Clark Atlanta University where she is working to obtain her Masters Degree in Social work. She received her undergraduate degree in Communication with a concentration in Media Studies from Kennesaw State University. Her ultimate goal is to work with community leaders to develop policies that will positively impact underrepresented populations and inspire youth to get involved in local movements.
Malika Flowers is a Change Agent serving at Forrest Hill Academy.
St. George “Andrew” Pink is a junior majoring in religion and philosophy at Clark Atlanta University. He is a student in the Isabella T. Jenkins Honors Program where his hard work and discipline has placed him on the Dean’s list each semester with a 3.76 cumulative GPA.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida, he found a love for music and athletics at a very young age, and he excelled in both areas.
A cum laude graduate from the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School, he majored in vocal studies and lettered in two varsity sports. Growing up he attended and participated in church, where he honed the gifts of singing and speaking. He answered his call to minister the Gospel young and since then has hit the ground running. As an athlete, performer, and scholar, Andrew knows the power of God’s touch in his life on the field, on stage, and in the classroom, and is eager to share that power with anyone who will listen.
St. George “Andrew” Pink is serving as a Change Agent at M. Agnes Jones elementary school.
Mariah Slaughter is currently a sophomore at Spelman College majoring in Psychology, with a minor in Organization and Management. Aside from her social justice involvement with the Joseph and Evelyn Lowery Institute as a Change Agent, she is also heavily committed to community service as a Bonner Scholar at her institution. She is also a member of NCNW, Morehouse College’s SGA E-board. and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. After she graduates, the Atlanta native plans to continue her studies and become an Industrial and Organizational Psychologist, eventually opening up her own consulting firm.
Mariah Slaugter is serving as a Change Agent at M. Agnes Jones elementary school.
James Parker is a senior at Morehouse College majoring in Spanish and Political Science. In addition to his role as a Change Agent for the Joseph & Evelyn Lowery Institute for Justice and Human Rights, he serves as the President of the Morehouse Student Ambassador Team and Executive Director for the Morehouse Student Educators Club. He is also the Administrative Manager for the Presidential Ambassadors, Lead UPS Scholar, Education Practice and Policy Scholar, Columnist for the college newspaper, and Recruitment Ambassador for Achievement First public charter schools. James is from Hampton, Virginia, and after graduation he plans to teach, attend graduate school, and develop education policies for think-tanks and non-profits.
James Parker is serving as a Change Agent at Brown Elementary School.
Jordyn Nicole is a Sophomore at Spelman College, currently pursuing her Teacher’s Certification as an Early Childhood Education major from Atlanta, Georgia. Jordyn is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor’s Society. Aside from her will to succeed, Jordyn is also a member of several campus organizations, most of which serve disadvantaged children in attempts to closing the achievement gap. Jordyn has served as an intern for Lady University, a local mentoring network in Atlanta and a tutor with Intisar Inc. Most recently, she served as a Teaching Fellow at Breakthrough Miami, where she taught sixth grade English in the Miami-Dade area during the summer.
When not working to grow the minds of brilliant children, Jordyn enjoys painting and hiking in the local community. Jordyn is also an avid quote “collector”. Her favorite quote comes from James Allen’s, As a Man Thinketh. It reads, ” Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so you shall become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.”
Jordyn’s ultimate goal is to create a culturally diverse curriculum, one in which makes it impossible for those most deserving to fail. As a Change Agent, Jordyn promises to put forth a tremendous effort in aiding to resolve conflict which in turn will promote classroom success for all.
Jordyn Booth is serving as a Change Agent at M. Agnes Jones elementary school.
Darius Bonner is a graduating senior at Clark Atlanta University majoring in Social Work. In addition to his role as a Change Agent for the Joseph & Evelyn Lowery Institute for Justice and Human Rights, Darius is a tailor/clothing designer. He is a hard worker, leader and really inspires teens do be greater. Darius created a student movement called Extraordinaire gentleman, which teaches young men how to become the perfect gentleman. After graduation he plans to pursue his career in fashion, attend graduate school, and become a clinical social worker.
Darius Bonner is serving as a Change Agent at Forrest Hill Academy.
Spelman College – Graduating Senior, Political Science major from Kennesaw, Georgia.
Goals: Upon the completion of my master’s degree, I plan to begin my career as a campaign analyst and political strategist, in the hopes of garnering a position as a senior campaign manager for a presidential candidate. My ultimate goal is to receive my Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science before becoming a senior advisor for the White House in the Office of Political Strategy and Outreach.
Quote: “As a Change Agent, I aim to have a dynamic and lasting impact on the students of Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School. I truly believe that children are the foundation of all that our country has yet to become. It is therefore essential to teach nonviolence and communication early, so that these values stay with them as they grow into our nation’s future leaders.”
Campus Involvement: Creative Director and Branding Chair of the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance – Spelman College Chapter; Member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society; Member of Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society;
Member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International; Member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars
Bria Ford is serving as a Change Agent at Bethune Elementary.
Keon McKay, raised in Omaha, NE attends Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. He is a dual-degree Applied Physics and Mechanical Engineer major. Keon has conducted research at Creighton University School of Medicine, Center for Promoting Health and Health Equality where he investigated the Health Disparities of Organ Donation in the African American Community. Aside from research, Keon lead eight missionary trips, groups ranging from 17 to 56 people, in the community of Madison, Wisconsin in the summer of 2015 working for a non-profit organization, Youth Works. A Morehouse College Bonner Scholar, Keon has demonstrated his commitment and passion for service, completing over 1,120 hours in community service, primarily working with low-income elementary students, traveled to Cape Town, South Africa for a dialogue on racial reconciliation. With an interest in cinematography, Keon has worked on projects ranging from small-scale social media videos to large-scale documentaries. As a Morehouse College Bonner Scholar, a National Society of Black Engineers Senator, member of the Collegiate 100 Atlanta, and an advocate for his community, Keon continues to display an immense amount of love and support for his community.
Keon McKay is serving as a Change Agent at Brown Elementary School.
Brinyae Kathryn Thompson is a junior at Clark Atlanta University majoring in Mass Media Arts with a concentration in Radio, Television, and Film. In addition to her role as a Change Agent for the Joseph & Evelyn Lowery Institute for Justice and Human Rights, she serves as the President of the Atlanta University Center Texas Club and the Clark Atlanta University At Large Representative. She is also a member of the Student Elections Committee, the Judicial Hearing Board, the Retention Committee, Clark Atlanta University’s chapter of the NAACP, and the National Council of Negro Women. In addition to her involvement on campus, she is a mentor for Femdelacreme and Queen’s Corner under the leadership of Clark Atlanta University’s Miss Junior, as well as a co-host of “The Spill,” a new show in the Atlanta University Center. Brinyae is from Dallas, Texas, and after graduation she plans to attend Columbia University’s Journalism School in New York to receive her masters degree, and have her own talk show.
Brinyae is serving as a Change Agent at Bethune Elementary School.
Clifton Crawley is currently a second year Masters of Social Work student at The Whitney Young School of Social Work at Clark Atlanta University. Clifton has an extensive history as both a volunteer and as an employee in the field of social service. The Youth Empowerment Stability Mentors program or Y.E.S. mentors was formed, focusing on mentoring children from the age ranging from 12 to 17 concentrating mostly in the Pittsburg, Mechanicsville, and Summer Hill communities of Atlanta Ga. These neighborhoods are some of the most notoriously violent, poverty stricken, and crime prevalent neighborhoods in the city of Atlanta.
Serving with the title of Vice President for the Youth, Empowerment & Stability Mentors (YES), I assisted the students with their reading, introduced them to career options, but more importantly I served as positive male role model for students to lean on and to encourage.
My duties at Atlanta Psychotherapy are to meet with clients in home or the field and assist them in following their prescribed assessment plan from their therapist. Following a pattern in my life for service, I saw and I took advantage of this opportunity beginning my work serving the needs of men that were experiencing mental and emotional hardships. Helping facilitate the plans by guiding these men towards becoming better functioning people in society is rewarding. I have served as a para professional for psychotherapy organizations for the past four years.
At National Youth Placement Corp, Clifton Crawley, worked as a Case Support Worker serving as Case Manager of foster children. Clifton provided counseling for foster parent and foster children , while also coordinating treatment services with therapist and foster children. Clifton worked directly with the Department of Human Services and the Department of Juvenile Justice to provide services for foster children. Clifton lived the mission and goal for the foster program which was to ensure foster children’s well being and protection during foster care.
Mr. Crawley also volunteers for a number of elected positions serving as the Graduate Student Representative for the State of Georgia for the Georgia Branch of the National Association of Social Workers. He is committed to his alma mater serving on the Executive Board for the Atlanta Chapter of the Morehouse College Alumni Association.
Clifton Crawley is serving as a Change Agent at Forrest Hill Academy.
Spelman College, Sophomore, Sociology Major, Oklahoma City, OK
Goals: Aspiring to be a lawyer who works on the behalf of underserved and underprivileged students.
Quote: As a change agent, my focus is the concern and well being of youth in the community surrounding the AUC. Additionally I also wish bring awareness to the detrimental trend of the School to Prison Pipeline.
Positions on Campus:
Member of National Council of Negro Women – Spelman Chapter
Victoria Lay is serving as a Change Agent at Bethune Elementary School.
“For almost my entire life, I was preparing to be the man that I am today. I attend Morehouse College and my name is Audtrell Williams. During this past summer I created a company called AlumBuddy, LLC which connects students and alumni from every institution. Serving the community has been something that I loved to do since my high school career. I am ready to be honed into a greater leader by the Joseph E. Lowery Institute.”
Autrell Williams is serving as a Change Agent at Brown Elementary School.
- Tyra Beaman
- Mike Watson
- Claressa Lesley
- Anthony Horton III
- Jessie Scott
- Charles Brown
- Daleesha Cadore
- Noah McQueen
- Makeeda John
- Lauren Fleming
- Kumari Upshaw
- Aisha Evans
- Bria Toussaint
- Alexis Irving
Tyra Beaman is currently a rising Senior at Spelman College studying International Studies with a Cultural Studies concentration and a minor in Spanish. She is an Honors Program student, on the Dean’s List with a 3.75 GPA, and served as Freshmen and Sophomore Class President. Tyra is a native of Richmond, Virginia. Most recently, she began the first Intercollegiate Race, Class, and Gender Identity Discussion between racially and socio-economically diverse groups of Metro Atlanta college students.
Tyra Beaman is serving as a Change Agent at Bethune elementary school.
Michael Watson, young man of Morehouse from Philadelphia here in Atlanta to make a difference! He is a Cinema Television and Emerging Media Studies major at Morehouse College and is very passionate about making a difference through media and entertainment. He loves to inspire and motivate others and is also known as a poet, rapper, motivational speaker, and young business man. His goal is to someday make a huge impact and be am inspiration to the youth as he strives to be a better individual each day!
Mike Watson is a Change Agent serving at the Andrew and Walter Young Family YMCA.
Claressa Lesley is a Junior, Accounting major from Queens, NY and attends the illustrious Clark Atlanta University. Since attending Clark Atlanta University, Claressa has been actively involved on her campus and around her community; member of CAU’s Pre-Alumni Council, National Association of Black Accountants, Making A Difference Movement, a volunteer with New York Cares and a mentor with Girls PRIDE Project. She has also held the title as Miss NAACP 2014 -2015 and is currently the Vice President of National Council Negro Women at CAU’s campus. Claressa Lesley aspires to be a financial analyst at a Fortune 500 company after receiving her CPA within the 5-year accounting BA/MA program. After working a couple years at the company, she wishes to open her own accounting firm or work with a non-profit organization to help with funding and budgeting.
Claressa Lesley is a Change Agent serving at Bethune Elementary
Anthony Horton is a Business Administration Major with a concentration in Accounting and double minoring in Chinese Studies and Economics at Morehouse College. Anthony is originally from Memphis TN, but shows great interest in life abroad. He has been on summer abroad trips to Stirling, Scotland and Harbine, China. While in America, Anthony spends most of his time at Morehouse College as a student and a Morehouse Bonner Scholar, where he works as a Morehouse Mentor for Education and alongside Atlanta Community Partners. Anthony dreams to gain his CPA and work at a Big Four Consulting Firm, and after he retires he will become the Principal and President of his own all male educational institution.
Anthony Horton III is a Change Agent serving at M. Agnes Jones Elementary School.
My name is Jessie Anne Scott, and I just moved to Atlanta from Osseo, Minnesota. I am a freshman at Clark Atlanta University pursuing a Master’s Degree in Social Work. My passions include working with children, writing, and racial equity work.
Jessie Scott is serving as a Change Agent at M. Agnes Jones elementary School.
Charles Brown is a native of Savannah, GA. He is a junior at Morehouse College. He majors in Political Science with a minor in Sociology. He aspires to become a lawyer and to one day become the President of the United States. In his spare time he likes to play basketball, video games, and read. Charles Brown is a man on a mission.
Charles Brown is a Change Agent serving at the Andrew and Walter Young YMCA.
Daleesha Cadore is a junior majoring in political science and philosophy at Spelman College. She is set to graduate in 2017. She is a hardworking and diligent student who consistently works to succeed. As a Dean’s List student and member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, she is inspired to consistently strive for academic success. Daleesha is also a member of several campus organizations which allow her to be involved in some of her joys, such as politics and work with the homeless. These activities include the NAACP, Enactus, We the People Help the People, and Project House. Additionally, she has served the student body as the Chief Justice for the Sophomore Class Council. When not working with one of these organizations, Daleesha can be found tutoring and mentoring local elementary students as a UPS Scholar, in hopes of inspiring some of America’s young minds.
Daleesha desires to be able to dedicate her life to bettering others. With aspirations of being a public servant, she plans on later attending law school and then working in local politics, in hopes of one day becoming a U.S. Senator. As an aspiring lawmaker, Daleesha wishes to one day be able to give back to her community by making sure that the laws that govern them allow them to live up to their highest potential as human beings.
White House Mentee Grade: 12
AMATE (African American Males Aiming Towards Excellence) – President Grade: 11,12
Student Ambassador Grade: 11,12
Student Editor – Newspaper Grade: 12
Anchor/Producer – TV Production Grade:11,12
Improv Team Grade: 12
Started a mentoring program at a elementary school Grade: 11,12
Junior Deacon At My Church Grade: 11,12
Active Public Speaker Grade: 10-12
Interviewed the President of the United States February 27, 2015
Freedom award winner Grade: 11
Named Comeback Kid Of The Year By The Board Of Education Grade: 12
Senior: Psychology Major/ Mental Health Concentration
Goals: Aspiring to attend graduate school and become a Forensic Psychologist.
Quote: “As a Change Agent, my goal is to promote self-love as well as love for others within our communities.”
Positions Held: Member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society, Member of Movements of Praise, Member of Carribean American Students Association, and Resident Advisor (for 2 years).
Makeeda John is a Change Agent serving at Bethune Elementary School
Lauren Fleming is a junior Political Science major at Spelman College hailing from the red clay hills of Louisville, Georgia. In addition to being a Change Agent for the Joseph and Evelyn Lowery Institute, Lauren serves as a Congressional Intern in the District Office of Congressman John Lewis. At Spelman, Lauren serves as a Bonner Community Service Scholar, Social Justice Program Associate, Co-Community Service Chair for the National Council for Negro Women, and a member of the National Society for Collegiate Scholars, Golden Key International Honour Society, Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society and Dean’s List recipient. Lauren desires to always work in a capacity that will affect positive change in the lives of underprivileged, oppressed, and often unrepresented people. Upon graduating college, Lauren plans to attend law school where she will simultaneously earn her Juris Doctorate and Masters in Public Policy to secure her aspiration of become a civil rights attorney.
Lauren is serving as a Change Agent at Brown Middle School.
Each individual is born with a unique gift or set of gifts. Those gifts are the basis for which an individual’s life is purposed. I was born to serve through acting, music, and creative writing. Having balanced a lucrative and fulfilling career in entertainment while simultaneously achieving high academic honors throughout my matriculation at Spelman College, I consistently demonstrate my ability to balance my academics and performing arts. My name is Kumari Upshaw and I aspire to use my gifts to inspire, heal, teach, and move the world.
I have always been fascinated with television and music. From writing stories, lyrics and plays, to casting some of my material for performances, I never ceased to use the gifts I was blessed with. I picked up a violin in fourth grade—the first year I was eligible to join the school orchestra, and crafted my innate ability to grasp and play instruments. I auditioned for the All County Youth Orchestra, and made first-string.
My failed attempts to attend a performing arts high school resulted in me attending my neighborhood school—an institution of drugs, alcohol, civil disobedience, constant violence, disorder, vulgarity, and disarray. The negative environment and lack of support within my school system challenged my ability to achieve academic success. I was unable to matriculate amongst like-minded peers; however, my experience taught me— that which doesn’t break you, only makes you stronger. I remained focused to rise above my circumstances.
I credit my success to my Creator, and to the greatest parents and grandparents (on my mother’s side) I could have ever been blessed to have. Their unconditional love and support, belief in me and my dreams, refusal to accept mediocrity, and steady encouragement in my creative, intellectual, and spiritual, growth has been the foundation of my success.
My passion for the creative and performing arts is merely the vehicle for impact that I primarily use to affect the change I hope to see. This, in addition to my combined superb academic ability, social consciousness and awareness, and strong sense of self and self belonging, have cultivated the servant leader scholar and change agent that I am today. I am living proof that an investment in me, is a choice to change the world.
Kumari is serving as a Change Agent at Brown Middle School.
Aisha Evans is originally from Ardmore, Oklahoma. She graduated from Spelman College with Bachelor’s of Art degree in Psychology. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Social Work at Clark Atlanta University. She is a new member of the National Association of Black Social Workers. Her ultimate goal is to work to become a licensed social worker and continue to provide guidance and counseling to families and children.
Aisha Evans is serving as a Change Agent at Forrest Hill Academy.
Bria Toussaint is a senior at Spelman College. She is studying Comparative Women’s Studies with a minor in Economics and a concentration in Social and Human Rights Issues. Bria is currently the President, Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chair(Woman) of the girl’s empowerment non-profit organization, Girl-Power Foundation, Inc. (GRL-PWR). She is a member of the Bonner Scholars Program at Spelman College. As a member, Bria has made the commitment to serve as one of Spelman’s community service leaders while completing 150 hours of community service each semester throughout her time at Spelman.
As a Bonner Scholar, Bria has also served as the Bonner Intern her Sophomore year. As intern, she was in charge of training, mentoring, and directing the 20 Freshman Bonner scholars during their freshman year in the program. Bria has also established her organization, GRL-PWR, as a Registered Student Organization at Spelman College. This program allows for 50 Spelman Students to serve as GRL-PWR Mentors to 50 young girls attending the local Elementary and Middle Schools. Last semester, Bria studied at Stanford University where she focused on non-profit management and human rights. During her time at Stanford, she completed a Media Empowerment training for survivors of Human Trafficking with the assistance of the Stanford Law School.
This summer, Bria worked with the non-profit organization the YouthQuest Foundation. At the YouthQuest Foundation, Bria assisted the organization in planning and implementing their annual golf tournament fundraising event and creating a recruitment video for their 3D Printing program for at-risk youth. Bria has also worked at KIPP STIVE Academy and served as an English teacher in San Jose, Costa Rica. Bria is a member of the Eta Kappa Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. She has received numerous awards and recognition including, the Lois DeBerry Servant Leader Award at the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Southern Regional conference and a feature in the May 2014 issue of Ebony Magazine as a “Hero Next-door.” Bria’s plans for the future include working at a non-profit consulting firm and managing the global non-profit, GRL-PWR.
Bria Toussaint is a Change Agent serving at Brown Middle School.
Alexis Irving is Sophomore Biology Major Public Health Minor from Natchez, Mississippi at Spelman College. At Spelman College, Alexis is a member of the National Negro Women’s Council,a Spelman Ambassador, and a Spelman College Bonner Scholar. After graduating college, Alexis hopes to attend John Hopkins medical school in hopes of becoming a pediatric oncologist and to simply make a difference wherever she is.
Favorite Quote: “I am the daughter of a king who is not moved by the world, for my God is with me and goes before me. I do not fear, for I am his.”
Alexis is serving as a Change Agent at Bethune Elementary School.
- Shalynda Davis
- Lexus Phillips
- Madisyn Dudley
- Imani Stokes
- Tainesha Owens
- Miriam Areta
- LaShoney Frink
- Jahlessa Vincent
My name is Shalynda Davis and I am from Rocky Mount, NC I am 24 years old. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and I am in my second year of my Masters in Social Work at Clark Atlanta University. I am currently working 2 jobs as well as my internship at Forrest Hill Academy and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with all that are apart of the Joseph and Evelyn Lowery Institute.
Shalynda is a Change Agent serving at Forrest Hill Academy.
Lexus Phillips, 20, is a Comparative Women’s Studies major/Sociology minor from Memphis, Tennessee with a passion for social justice. A junior at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, Lexus has been an influential member of multiple social justice oriented organizations on campus. As an executive board member of Afrekete, Lexus has played a role in the planning and execution of various events on Spelman’s campus that advocate for the equality and inclusive of LGBTQ students on campus. As a new addition to Spelman Social Justice Fellows Program, she hopes to continue expanding her advocacy for LGBTQ youth through her implementation of the Queer Peers Networking Initiative. Through her work with the Lowery Institute, she hopes to enhance the lives of young people in a way that will inspire them to understand the importance of giving back to their communities. After graduation, she will go on to receive a Masters of Social Work degree. Her goal is to establish her own non-profit organization that will serve as a hub for social justice activism, youth crisis center, and community healing space.
Lexus is a Change Agent serving at M. Agnes Jones Elementary School.
Madisyn Dudley. Freshman from Clark Atlanta University from Suwanee, Georgia studying Computer Engineering with a concentration in Computer Science. I am a part of the Isabella T. Jenkins Honors Program and aspire to be a software developer.
Madisyn is a Change Agent serving at M. Agnes Jones Elementary School.
Imani Stokes: Clark Atlanta University, Senior, Psychology major, Los Angeles, CA
Goals: Aspiring to be a Clinical Psychologist with my own private practice.
Quote: “As a Change Agent I will do my best to provide students with alternative ways to resolve conflict with their peers, so there is less emotional, mental, and physical distress in the school environment, which will ultimately improve success in the classroom.”
Positions on Campus:
Member of Psi Chi: The International Honor Society in Psychology
Member of Golden Key International Honour Society
Former member of the Philharmonic Society
Imani is a Change Agent serving at Bethune Elementary School
Tainesha is serving as a Change Agent at Forrest Hill Academy.
Miriam Areta is currently a sophomore mathematics major/psychology minor at Spelman college. Currently residing in Marietta, GA Miriam was born and raised in Bat Yam, Israel to two Ethiopian Jewish parents. Miriam is currently serving as a Bonner Scholar and Social Justice Associate at Spelman College. Her social issue focus topics are homelessness/poverty and hunger, stigmas surrounding mental Health/mental diseases in the Black Community, and diverse media representation of Black Women. Aside from her dedication to social impact, Miriam also participates in intramural basketball, PEPers, NCNW, and Peace + Love AUC. Upon graduation, Miriam plans to change the world, little by little. She plans to start by opening a non profit homeless shelter for the youth of Atlanta and eventually opening an orphanage in Ethiopia.
Miriam is serving as a Change Agent at Bethune Elementary School.
LaShoney Frink is a second year graduate student at Clark Atlanta University’s Whitney M. Young Jr. School of School of Social Work. She selected Social Work as a major because she wanted to help improve the lives of others less fortunate than herself There at Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work, LaShoney serves as President of Clark Atlanta’s Chapter Association of Black Social Workers. In addition, LaShoney also works closely with the State of Georgia Representative “Able” Mable Thomas as one of her committee members. Today, LaShoney encourages young people, especially women and girls, to pursue an academic career. LaShoney now speaks to the young generation about the importance of education. LaShoney also started her very own non-profit organization called HEARTS (Helping Everyone Achieve Rewards Towards Success). Her organization’s aim to help less fortunate families in her community. Her life example teaches us to put God first, follow your dreams, no matter how great they are and how hard it seems!
Quote: Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars. Les Brown
LaShoney is serving as a Change Agent at Forrest Hill Academy.
Spelman College, Junior, English major, Brooklyn, NY
Goals: After graduating college, my goal is to attend law school. After attending law school I will become a prosecutor in which I will prosecute crimes against women and children. After practicing for seven years, I plan to sit as a judge.
Quote: “As a change agent I plan to serve as a positive role model for the students and particularly to the young girls. I plan to teach the young girls about confidence, being their own beautiful self and providing them with STEPS that will allow them to succeed as they graduate and succeed in life.”
Positions on Campus:
Spelman College Residence Hall Association Executive Board
Spelman College Community Standards Review Board
Peer Assistant Leader
This summer: I was a camp counselor at New Grace Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Jahlessa is serving as a Change Agent serving at Bethune Elementary School.