Malaika Michel-Fuller

University of Northern Colorado

Malaika Michel-Fuller is a junior undergraduate at the University of Northern Colorado, studying English, minoring in Sociology, and pursuing emphases in Secondary Education and Teaching English as a Second Language. Malaika is a transformative campus leader active in bridging the gap between access and opportunity for students and community members. Student Senate is Malaika's primary avenue for enacting social change, and for the past three years she has played a prominent role in cultivating a more inclusive campus climate. As the current Student Trustee on UNC's Board of Trustees she approaches governance with quiet, intelligent determination to make change through active participation, grass roots mobilization and deep research on issues. A self-described first-generation, underserved student of color, Malaika brings not only her innate intelligence, curiosity, empathy and diplomacy, but also invaluable perspective to leadership discussions about how UNC supports students. When Malaika speaks in a Board of Trustees meeting about the FAFSA verification process as an obstacle to student retention, she speaks from a place of personal experience. Malaika's willingness to use her personal experience as a bridge to meaningful conversation, tenacity in exploring multiple perspectives and genuine interest in others' success make her an unparalleled consensus-builder.

Dr. Andy Feinstein
University of Northern Colorado

Personal Statement

I belong to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nations (CSKT) of the Flathead Reservation. I spend summers on the reservation with my maternal grandfather's family. As time passed, I noticed differences in my family's lives and mine. Many relatives depend on public assistance for sustenance. Children lack academic motivation and see no tangible benefits of education in their community. An inefficient and nepotistic employment system leaves tribal members working jobs that do not provide adequate financial support or viable growth opportunities. This early exposure revealed my calling to return to my roots, and I entered college with a dream of utilizing secondary education to fight educational inequality. However, my time on campus and in my surrounding civic community provided space to discover my own potential as a change agent and explore the complex nature of systems-level change. This fostered my desire to serve my tribe beyond the classroom. I feel strongly about civic engagement, and on my campus I enact social change through an interdisciplinary, grassroots lens. Whether leading chants at Take Back the Night or delivering leadership seminars for first years, I am most fulfilled when I invest in the collective welfare of my fellow peers, colleagues, and residents.

Malaika Michel-Fuller
English, minor in Sociology, emphases in Secondary Education and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL): Class of 2020
written 2019

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Sarah Lutes, UNC Asheville Seda Sahin, Univeristy of Connecticut Bernardo Villarreal Rodríguez, Universidad de Monterrey Elizabeth Paige, University of Baltimore Itzel Velazquez, University of Central Arkansas Jordan Borenstein, University of Central Florida Hunter Caudillo, University of Central Oklahoma Delali Nenonene, University of Dayton April Singleton, University of Delaware Amanda Wittebort, University of Denver Mikaela Lopez, University of Houston-Downtown Nicolas Robledo, University of Illinois at Chicago Natalie Benson, University of Indianapolis Jocelyn Roof, University of Iowa Kaitlyn Frick, University of Kentucky Dyamond Gray, University of La Verne Sarah Nichols, University of Maine at Augusta Maheen Haq, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Madison LaCure, University of Massachusetts - Boston Marvens Pierre, University of Massachusetts Amherst Elizabeth Anusauskas, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Twisha Mohapatra, University of Massachusetts Lowell Shravya Jasti, University of Miami Jalen Rose, University of Michigan-Dearborn Robert Harper, University of Minnesota Danielle Friz, University of Missouri - St. Louis Daisy Ward, University of Montana Adrianna Pittman, University of Montana Western Lizbeth Perez Hernandez, University of Nebraska Omaha Kaitlin Griffin, University of New Hampshire Joyce Yao, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Yesika Sorto Andino, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Adriana Zarate, University of North Georgia Hector Robledo, University of North Texas at Dallas Malaika Michel-Fuller, University of Northern Colorado Sashay Carroll, University of Northern Iowa Carson Ball, University of Oklahoma Carter Gale, University of Pennsylvania John Farris, University of Redlands Mary-Kate McGeary, University of Rhode Island Lina Tori Jan, University of Richmond Nina Schneider, University of San DIego Nyteia Tyler, University of San Francisco Karen Padilla, University of South Carolina Beaufort Danica Leaphart, University of South Carolina, Columbia Shaneika Bowra, University of the District of Columbia Livia Karoui, University of the South Jordyn Gaurkee, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Emiliana Lopez, University of Wisconsin - Madison Zach Atkins, University of Wisconsin - Parkside Madison Hale, University of Wisconsin-Superior
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