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Education Justice

Gianna Judkins was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and attended Howard University where she majored in Legal Communication. Gianna’s future plans upon graduating are to attend Law School to pursue a Juris Doctorate while also pursuing a Master’s in Education Policy. Her ultimate career goal is to be a game-changing political maverick who will one day serve this nation as a White House Advisor. Lastly, Gianna believes in the power of young people and in being the change that you seek. She centers her life around a quote given by First Lady Michelle Obama during the First Lady’s Bowie State University commencement address, “Be an example of excellence for the next generation and do everything you can to help them understand the power and purpose of a good education.” The First Lady’s example of excellence was one that Gianna hopes to achieve while also making a substantial, impactful and lasting change in her community. Gianna carries the Howard University motto of “Truth and Service” wherever she goes and looks forward to upholding those values as a 2016-2017 YP4 Fellow.


Racial Justice

Gustavo Figueroa studied at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. His focus of study involved a double major in Biology and Environmental Studies. He was involved in social justice work and movements at Lawrence University including co-founding Alainza, which was a Latin@ organization aimed to provide support and community for leadership Latin@ students, and he was involved with the Lawrence Enhancing Diversity in the Sciences (L.E.D.S.), where he helped direct a workshop on ally ship and intersectionality. Figueroa is also interested in exploring environmental justice and the connections it has with global politics, as well as promoting more ethnic inclusion in the science classes.


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Iris Stegman is a native of Oakland, California. Iris proudly wears the title “Social Justice Warrior”. Though initially a mechanical engineering major, her summers spent canvassing for the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and the ACLU-inspired her to pursue a career in the social sector. Iris was a student at Carnegie Mellon University double majoring in Decision Science and Policy and Management. Her top priorities included dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline and mitigating the negative effects urban revitalization has on poor communities of color. She has been highly involved in her school’s chapter of College Democrats and was determined to cure the political apathy that existed within Carnegie Mellon’s tech-focused student body. Upon graduation, Iris hopes to work at a non-profit or a political consulting firm. With her Decision Science degree, she hopes to prove that big data and data analytics can and will improve the judgment and decision making within the social sector.


Education Justice

Ismael Gomez is a first generation college student who strives to be the first in his family to earn a Bachelor’s degree and a Ph.D. His motivation for accomplishing his academic goals is fueled by the hope that his successes would inspire Hispanic youths to pursue post-secondary education. Ismael demonstrates his passion for empowering the Hispanic community by working for the Nash-Rocky Mount Schools Migrant Education Program. Through this program, Ismael has had the opportunity to tutor students who move from state to state due to their parent’s migratory agricultural work. These students often do not perform well in school due to the varying academic standards across the U.S and the abrupt interruption of their academic year. Ismael has worked to narrow the gap in the education of these children by tutoring them in the subjects they struggle with the most. IsIsmael has served the Hispanic community by being a mentor and encouraging Hispanic youths to pursue post-secondary education in order to strengthen the Hispanic community. Ismael served as the president of the Math and Science Club as well as a student ambassador at Nash Community College and was the former vice president of the Collegiate Academy of the North Carolina Academy of Sciences. These experiences have refined Ismael’s leadership skills, which he has put to use when he worked with migrant youths. Ismael has pursued a career in Biological research and is hopeful that he will be able to serve as an example for other Hispanic youths to follow. Scholarships from NASA and grants funded from North Carolina State University served as evidence that Ismael is a serious and motivated student.


Racial Justice

Jabari Crenshaw was born and raised in Raleigh, NC. Jabri‘s goals have been to help inner city communities starting with his hometown. Jabari started a program called “Family Evolution” which is a Mentor and Education program that helps inner city kids have access to resources and information that will help them succeed. It is also in place to bring the community together as well and to collectively unite and bring resources together and help provide for each other. Jabari comes from a larger family and that has shaped his lens for social justice. Coming from a household of 5 siblings and a single parent, Jabari’s upbringing was very humble. He learned how to adapt to his surroundings at a very young age. In poverty-stricken families and communities, there seemed to only be a few outlets for young black males. Street Life or Sports life, having an education and going to get a college degree wasn’t the main topic. Jabari worked very hard and received a full scholarship to Wingate University and after two years of playing football, Jabari had to leave his university due to poor decisions. From those decisions, Jabari would rebuild himself. Jabari wants to make sure that the bridge to get young black youth in inner cities on the right track gets built and stays strong. Jabari knows their story and what it takes to succeed. Jabari wants to pursue a degree in early childhood education.


Education Justice

Jahque Bryan-Gooden is a woke womxn on a mission. She is dedicated to serving others and embodies the qualities needed to be a catalyst for change in her community. She is passionate and committed to many issue areas that include racial justice, women’s’ rights, economic equality and educational equity. She is a first generation college student and recognized the impact that education has on both an individual and a community and aspires to enter the field of education reform to bring forth these benefits. Jahque holds the belief that all people are responsible for contributing to meaningful community development. She hopes to use her personal, academic and professional experience to continue to fight white supremacy and be an advocate for marginalized communities. In her spare time, Jahque enjoys writing spoken word, going for walks and traveling. Above all, she hopes that even small changes can result in lasting effects.


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Carolina Sosa is originally from Centreville, Virginia. Carolina is proud of her Colombian and Ecuadorian heritage. Her commitment to social change started in high school, where she started her own mentoring program for low-income students. She is recognized as a Girl Scout Gold Award Winner, Youth Service America Everyday Young Hero, ANNpower Fellow, Centreville Citizen of the Year, and the 2015 PTA Youth Advocate. Attending the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, she was a tour guide, an elementary school tutor, and was involved with the school paper. Carolina enjoys mentoring youth, advocating for social justice, traveling, and learning languages.


Campus: University of Texas at San Antonio- San Antonio, Texas Fellowship Class Year: 2016

Farhan Ahmad was a joint B.S. /M.D. candidate at The University of Texas at San Antonio with interests in public health, policy, and neuroethics. He was the co-founder of VideoMed, a project dedicated to providing free mental health care to the homeless, which is featured on Xconomy, Fox, and NPR affiliates. Farhan has also led his work on Alzheimer’s disease at the United Nations General Assembly and collaborated with NGOs to develop student-led global health projects in Peru.


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Chrystal Koech is a filmmaker and writer based in Boston, MA where she worked on a short documentary about the domestic workers’ rights movement. She graduated from Tufts University in 2015 with a BA in American Studies, with coursework in education, film and gender studies. She got her start in multimedia and film through Tufts University’s Program for Narrative and Documentary Practice, during which she produced three short-form multimedia projects.