BOLD Scholars 2017-2019

Congratulations to the First BOLD Cohort!

The inaugural group of BOLD Scholars from Ithaca College completed their 2 years in the BOLD program as of May 2019. Their Campus Impact Project for the 2018-2019 Academic Year: Engaging Mental Health in People of Color (EMPOC), was a huge success, and now exists as a student organization on campus. This cohort worked very closely with Dr. Belisa Gonzalez, Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity. Dr. Gonzalez served as the faculty mentor for the 2017-2019 cohort and has continued as a key stakeholder on the BOLD Advisory Board. 

Several of the scholars are now pursuing Helen Gurley Brown Fellowships through the BOLD Program. 

The nine women of the first cohort are:

  • Nabilah Abdalla began a year long fellowship in January 2020 at the Tompkins County Workers' Center

  • Chasia Bambo took on a second major and will graduate in May, 2020, with dual degrees in Biology and Accounting. 

  • Hannah Cayem will began her fellowship at the Musicianship in Washington, D.C., in January 2020. Hannah will be creating and running programs that bring music to students' lives through after-school programs, field trips, and summer camp. 

  • Candace Cross will be in a year-long fellowship at the Praxis Project in California. Candace will be focusing on health and racial justice policy, public health training and capacity building, and field organizing. 

    Candace on August 27th, 2019: "Nearly one month into my fellowship placement here at The Praxis Project I have already began to utilize the teachings learned from my experience of being apart of the inaugural cohort of the BOLD Women’s Leadership Network of Ithaca College. My work at The Praxis Project centers around public health and racial justice policy, community training and capacity building of grassroots organizers to make sure that they have the capacity to continue to perform the work needed in their individual communities. Praxis insures that groups are empowered and are supported to have a seat at the local, state and national levels of political power. Some of the most notable teachings that I have put into practice are leading through an inclusive lens and inter-group dialogue. So far my work at Praxis has revolved around advocating for sugary drink taxes in California and how to use the revenue of those taxes and invest them into community health initiatives. Throughout this process we have been using a social justice lens approach to make sure the genuine concerns of communities are being addressed. I’m helping the policy director and executive director plan briefings across the state to open dialogues and inform the different communities of color the potential impact of introducing statewide surgery drink taxes. The teachings of my first year in the BOLD programming was extremely instrumental to understanding how to lead all different types of people. Especially, how to have productive inter-group dialogue is a skill that I developed in the BOLD programming and it is extremely exciting to be able to translate that skill in my fellowship.

  • Grace Elletson began her fellowship in September, 2019, at the VTDigger in Vermont as a general reporter covering politics and areas of public concern throughout the state of Vermont. Check out everything she has written here: https://vtdigger.org/author/grace/

  • Julissa Martinez will be in a year-long fellowship at El Puente Leaders for Peace and Justice as the College Coordinator.

    Julissa on August 15th, 2019: "As a College Coordinator at El Puente for MS 50 Community School my role entails enforcing the College Access For All initiative with my students. I am in charge of facilitating college access workshops for students and their families and also organizing and taking students on college trips. One of the best things about my job is I have the privilege of running the Urban Mentorship Initiative course which I took my senior year at Ithaca College, and I now have the opportunity to take my students to Ithaca. My position allows me to expose my students to the importance of college by making the idea of going more accessible and realistic by providing them with resources they need to develop a postsecondary plan."

  • Avery Santiago began her fellowship at the Museum of Fine Arts in Florida in January, 2020. 

  • Kat Walsh will be in a year-long fellowship at New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT), working with the Community Engagement Director to create content for the NYWIFT website and social media platforms, and work with the teams that plan large scale events. Read some of the articles that Kat has written: 

  • Laura Waxman began her year-long fellowship at UPROSE in NYC as the Climate Justice Organizer.  

These 9 women were selected from an applicant pool of over 100 applicants. The cohort began their BOLD experience when they traveled to NYC for a reception at the Hearst Foundation, Rutgers University–Newark, and upstate NY from October 6 – 8, 2017, for the first BOLD summit and retreat, where they met with the 80 BOLD Scholars across the country and over 50 highly successful professional women participating in panels, presentations, and round tables.