BOLD Scholars 2019-2020

The second cohort of scholars in the BOLD Women’s Leadership Network at Ithaca College is comprised of 8 women including Calissa Brown, Diana Castillo, Audrianna Evelyn, Ashae Forsythe, Kelly Madden, Markiesha Morgan, Clare Nowalk and Breana Nieves Vergara.

Clare Nowalk

Breana Nieves Vergara

Hi everyone! I'm Breana, I was born and raised in Syracuse, NY, and have Colombian and Puerto Rican roots. I'm a junior Sociology major with minors in both Education studies and Latino/a studies. On campus, I am involved with FYRE, as a student associate in diversity and inclusion, and I am currently a program coordinator with the Center for Civic Engagement! I'm so excited to be a part of BOLD, and work with this amazing group of women to both invoke change, but to also learn and grow together. 

Markiesha Morgan

Markiesha Morgan is a junior at Ithaca College, majoring in Legal Studies with a minor in Communication Studies.  She was born and raised in Jamaica, where her interest in law began with the need to be a change. The long-standing legal system in her country fosters a constant struggle with people being unable to acquire adequate legal representation, as well as the system’s failure to instill justice.  She is very passionate about social justice and is committed to her goal of attending Law School to become a Public Defender.  She was selected for membership into Ithaca College’s Gamma Lambda Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Association Honor Society.  When she is not busy helping students with their Mock Trial assignment(s) in her capacity as a TA for Courtrooms and Communication, she enjoys a long walk down to Ithaca Commons.  Markiesha works with the Office of Residential Life as an RA, where she leads a floor of 51 residents and strives to build an inclusive community.  She is the Tournament Director for the Ithaca College Mock Trial Team, Communications Director for the African Students Association and the Event Planner for the Caribbean Students Association.  She is very excited to have a place among the BOLD women of the 2019-2020 cohort!

Kelly Madden

Hi, my name is Kelly-Bernadette Madden and I’m a member of BOLD 2.0 here at Ithaca College. I'm hoping to pursue a graduate-level degree in social work, civic engagement, or advocacy. Here on campus I organize mental health panels to educate the community about student’s mental health struggles. I’m also an e-board member of Active Minds, a student ambassador for CAPS, and an Ithaca ambassador for first year students. Other than that, I work with peer mentoring groups, as an office assistant in The Office of Residential Life, and most importantly, as a part time teacher at Ithaca Montessori School. If I’m not at work, you can find me at home with my mom, because I’m local!

Ashae Forsythe

Audrianna Evelyn

Diana Castillo

Diana Castillo is a Journalism major with minors in Latino Studies & Education Studies. She was born and raised in Sunnyside, Queens with roots in Ecuador and Bolivia where her parents immigrated from. She is actively involved with the 1st Gen organization on campus and the new student org, CODA: The Committee on Decolonial Affairs. She is passionate about social justice advocacy, specifically regarding migrant rights and racial inequality in the U.S. Post graduation, Diana hopes to work with nonprofit organizations that advocate for immigrant rights and highlight the role of U.S. intervention in the Americas. 

Calissa Brown