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.
BOLD Scholars 2019-2020 (Cohort 2)
Anthropology major with minors in African Diaspora and Latinx Studies
Calissa is from Buffalo, NY. She is passionate about the foundations and policies of education in underrepresented groups. What being a Bold Scholar means to Calissa is being a part of a unique group of ladies willing to instill change in a way that that hasn’t been done before. A women she looks up to is her mom because she can tell it like it is when she need to hears it.
Journalism major with minors in Latinx Studies and Education Studies
Diana is from Queens, New York with roots in Bolivia and Ecuador. At IC, Diana became involved in various grassroots organizations focused on creating reentry opportunity programs for formerly incarcerated individuals and advocating for immigrant rights and local reform. She served as the community organizer for the Tompkins County Immigrant Rights Coalition and the Committee on Decolonial Affairs. After falling in love with the work she was doing outside of the classroom, Diana pursued internships within the nonprofit sector, interning with WITNESS and the Ultimate Reentry Opportunity Program. Diana is a recipient of the Helen Gurley Brown Fellowship and will spend the upcoming year at the nonprofit, UnLocal, as the Community Outreach Fellow. At Unlocal, Diana will be working to continue building community partnerships and providing accessible resources to the community. “I am excited to support UnLocal's mission of providing accessible educational resources along with legal support as a vital tool for empowering minoritized communities.”
Sociology major with minors in Counseling and Spanish
Audrey was born and raised in Rockland County, NY. She is passionate about criminal justice reform, and plans to study social work and law in the future. On campus, she was the former co-president of Sister 2 Sister and former Resident Assistant. Currently, Audrey is the EAPL Program Coordinator and an IDEAS Peer Educator. She plans to base her career in New York City upon graduation.
Documentary Studies and Production major with a Writing minor
Ashae is from St. Catherine, Jamaica! If there were 3 things she would say she's extremely passionate about, it would be mental health, cultural retention and social justice. She came to the United States to explore the wider world and connect with people, but in the future, she sees herself settling down in Jamaica to create a production company rooted in generating Caribbean-based stories for the big screen.
Psychology major with minors in Sociology and Counseling
Kelly graduate in 2020 and is currently a Programs Fellow at Active Minds Inc., the nation's largest mental health non-profit organization working with young people to decrease the stigma around mental health and suicide. Kelly is currently a member of the Programs Team, working directly with students to implement programming on their campuses and ensuring they have access to supportive services. Recently, she has helped create a new campaign focused on amplifying the conversation around BIPOC students' mental health and well-being. Kelly has been able to parlay her skills from campus to her new job with Active Minds, and she is so grateful for the continued support from her cohort and the broader BOLD network. Next fall, she hopes to return to school for her Master's in Social Work and Public Health at Syracuse University.
Legal Studies major with a minor in Communication Studies
Markiesha was born and raised in Jamaica, where her interest in law began with the need to be a change agent. 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 AA, where she leads over 100 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!
Breana Nieves Vergara
Sociology major with minors in Education Studies and Latino/a Studies
Breana graduated from Ithaca College in May 2020, Summa cum Laude, with a BA degree. In August, she began her year-long Helen Gurley Brown Fellowship at On Point for College, a non-profit in Syracuse, NY. As a Programming Fellow, Breana will assist in program development and volunteer management.
Sociology major with minors in English and Education
Clare is from the small town of Culver, Indiana, with a family of 7: parents, 2 older sisters, an older brother, and her twin sister. She is passionate about community organizing, youth empowerment, and education in unconventional spaces. In her spare time, she really enjoys hiking, cooking, exploring new places, writing and reading poetry, and listening to live music. Clare is a coffee enthusiast and lover of thrift shopping.