Ms. Ayotomiwa “Tommy” Fashola is a sophomore Sociology major at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) and a member of its prestigious Richard A. Henson Honors Program. Ms. Fashola is an able advocate of diversity and is motivated to devote her life to protecting the rights of victims of social injustices. Tommy has risen, through progressively important leadership roles, as a force to combat inequity and a voice to advance conversations that lead to positive change. Trusted and respected by her peers, Tommy was elected to serve as the 2020-2021 Sophomore Class President of the Student Government Association. She has distinguished herself as a champion of UMES, representing campus as a Hawk Ambassador, as a Student Assistant in the Office of Residence Life, and as the student member of the university's Food Committee. Tommy is a member of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and is a Councilwoman for the organization, “Men of Distinction,” that empowers male students to advocate for themselves and to partner to promote their personal and professional success. For several years, Tommy volunteers as an usher and with the food bank of her church, Tower of Praise.
If service is your lifestyle, your reign will never end. I am Ayotomiwa Fashola, currently a sophomore at the illustrious University of Maryland Eastern Shore. With a 3.9 cumulative GPA, I am in the field of sociology with the aspiration to be a counselor or therapist in my near future. I would love to be the person I wish I had when I was younger to talk to. I want to be the change of my community and help people see that there is more good in this world than bad. I believe that may be why my drive is so high for community service and leadership activities because if you start small once you do more they'll be more people willing to engage with you. Given the opportunity to help people to better themselves and to even one day be better than myself is something I strive for. Being a leader takes a lot of responsibility and determination. All things that I do today are helping me build my future.