Jonique Lyles attended North Carolina State University and is the founder and former president of S.P.E.A.K., Students Proactively Engaged towards Activism Knowledgeably. Understanding issues, systematic inequalities, and recognizing the lack of student activism, she created the foundation of S.P.E.A.K. Over the course of the first year, S.P.E.A.K received the chancellor’s Creating Community Award. She and the organization stand on the principles of, enriching ourselves to enrich our communities and aiming towards the activation of change and empowerment. As a student government senator, president of S.P.E.A.K., an Undergraduate Admissions Intern, and the social action chair of the Mu Omicron Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., she aimed to implement change within the university to increase access, equality, and inclusive culture. She eventually aims to extend past the university to work on economic and educational development, political participation, community growth and advocacy, and policy work to create a middle ground between varying socio-economic groups.