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 Latino Studies and Education Studies
Diana 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.
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 is originally from Binghamton, NY, but grew up splitting her time between there and Ithaca. She is currently working as the president of Active Minds at Ithaca College, a national student advisory committee member at Active Minds, panels with ICFoodforThought on student food insecurity, and holds campus and community peer lead panels on mental health throughout Ithaca. She is passionate about human services, advocacy, mental health, and working within family systems. She enjoys reading. crocheting, and working as a teacher at Ithaca Montessori school. Kelly hopes to work in non-profit community health after graduation.
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 was born and raised in Syracuse, NY, and has Colombian and Puerto Rican roots. On campus, she is involved with FYRE, as a student associate in diversity and inclusion, and she is also a program coordinator with the Center for Civic Engagement! She is 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.
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.