I am a current junior at Wake Forest University studying Communications and Politics. During my time here I have participated in many social justice initiatives, including a week-long service trip on LGBTQ advocacy and Branches, a social justice retreat. Previously, I worked with The Anna Julia Cooper Center on an independent research project on gentrification in Winston-Salem. Most recently, I worked as an education policy intern at The Century Foundation where I researched education disparities amongst marginalized students. Currently I am a student employee at the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Wake Forest University, where I plan and participate in diversity education workshops for students on campus. Attending a predominantly white institution forced me to confront my blackness, and learn to celebrate it rather than hide it through assimilation. I believe that in times as politically tumultuous as these, we need intersectional stories of black millennials at the forefront because we are the future. I am so excited to be apart of the Black on Campus cohort and to have a platform to center black college students such as myself.
Lauren Lumpkin is a senior at American University in Washington, D.C. She is a proud Cleveland, Ohio-native and a lover of all things media. Lauren has previously interned with Bloomberg BNA and NBC Washington. This semester she is interning with The Washington Post, covering local news on the Metro desk. On campus, Lauren is a resident assistant and editor-in-chief of The Blackprint, American University's first and only news and culture website for students of color. She has covered hate crimes on campus, protests, and white privilege and supremacy. Lauren has also interviewed celebrities like Gabrielle Union, Common and Daymond John. Lauren enjoys tackling issues surrounding race, power and privilege, and looks forward to examining these topics further with BLACK ON CAMPUS and The Nation. Outside of journalism, Lauren studies Chinese. In 2017 she was awarded the Critical Language Scholarship to study Mandarin in Taiwan. She has also studied in Beijing and Harbin, China. Lauren eventually wants to find ways to intersect her knowledge of China with her passion for news and reporting. After graduation, Lauren wants to continue reporting as a full-time journalist. Lauren believes the world needs diverse storytellers who can report honest and truthful news. She hopes her work will motivate and inspire more journalists of color.
Deja Dennis is a mass communication major, creative writing minor from Peoria, Illinois. She is currently a sophomore at Xavier University of Louisiana. She aspires to be a screenwriter creating scripts for television and film. Her first love is poetry, as she started writing in middle school. During her first year in college, she produced two digital shorts highlighting people of color and wrote for two black publications in New Orleans. She was also the winner of the Truman Capote Creative Writing Award. She is an active participant in XU Media, an organization at Xavier highlighting the media skills of the students. She participates in XU Radio's Girl Talk as a writer and on air talent. She is also the head script writer for an upcoming series to be featured on social media. Her main goal is to express her creativity through digital storytelling, giving people of color a voice.