Mona Zahir headshot

Mona is one of the founding student members of the steering committee for Wake Up. Going on three years, Wake Up is an education equity movement in Charlotte, North Carolina designed to empower and give a voice to students who are passionate about education reform. Mona has shared her personal story about her struggles to gain education equity to inspire others to join the cause and speak up for their rights. She believes that socioeconomics should not hinder a student from receiving a quality, sound, and equal education. Mona worked very closely with Teach for America and as a student of Winston-Salem State University, she hoped to encourage more African Americans to join the nonprofit to teach in low-income schools. Mona was also an undergraduate research assistant, a member of the Honors Program, and Vice-President of Black Women for Change.