Karli Wells was an African American Studies major in the South Carolina Honors College at the University of South Carolina. She previously served on the State Farm Youth Advisory Board, a grant-funding organization that allocates $5 million every year for service-learning projects and community enrichment programs. Karli was a member of the Association of African-American Students and served on the executive board of the USC chapter of the NAACP. She has worked to establish a student organization called Students Invested in Change, which focused on affecting positive social justice change.