Honoring HNU's Black Alumni Leaders
In celebration of Black History Month, take a moment to see how some of our Black alumni are working to lead, inspire, and make the world a better place.
Tiana Davis Kara ’06, executive director of #BUILTBYGIRLS empowers teens to pursue technology careers
“My vision is for #BUILTBYGIRLS to truly, truly take the industry by storm and amplify the voices of girls who are eager to step into the tech industry but are hesitant and concerned with its current state.”
“I want to be an example and show these kids what’s possible. I have come so far and I want them to see that, like me, they can do anything.”
Adamaka Ajaelo, MBA ’10, Founder of Self-eSTEM, is making sure young women of color have access to STEM careers
“I heard from too many women that they dreamed of being a programmer or a scientist but didn’t have the support to enter and remain in the STEM career pathway.”
Muryam Gourdet ‘14 is determined to change the face of science—and through her actions as a mentor and role model, researcher and academic, she is doing just that.
“Muryam’s grassroots mentoring efforts, aimed at broadening participation in science, are innovative, effective, and amazing.”
“One person can’t do this work alone … It takes collective power to push for meaningful change.”
Denise Aaron ’01, Founder of Ladies First 510, is getting Oakland women to talk openly—and take action—on health challenges that disproportionately trouble women of color.
“(The Sisters) set a standard: Once you leave Holy Names, you’re not just going to do a job. You’re going to establish a career and figure out how you’re going to give back.”
“I love what I do. I don’t feel like it’s work. I go to make a difference. We help, we heal, we change lives.”
“HNU was, and is, a community committed to social justice. My education prepared me to become a strong voice in the global community and an advocate for women’s equal rights. I spent years working for Fortune 500 companies and Silicon Valley startups and my experience in these male-dominated industries highlighted the gender pay gap crisis. I founded The Equal Balance Movement to ﬁght for equal pay for all women.”
“After spending decades working in public education, I saw how the system impacts–or doesn’t impact–students of color. I saw the importance of an educated community. I’m a lifelong educator and I’m doing what I can to educate people, especially young people, on the importance of involvement and advocacy in the political process.”