Nyteia Tyler

University of San Francisco

Nyteia Tyler, a third-year student at the University of San Francisco, is a campus leader working towards social justice in communities of color, predominantly black communities. She served as an Esther-Madriz Diversity Scholar, focusing on social justice, community organizing and the intersections of hip-hop through a sociological lens. Through this program, she interned at San Francisco Rising, an electoral alliance that builds political power of working class communities of color. Nyteia worked on the "College For All" campaign in its first pitch for the November 2018 ballot to make tuition free for California residents at state colleges and universities. She serves as the social justice chair for the Advocacy Committee under the Associated Students USF Senate, where she helps coordinate student led social justice initiatives and oversees the Green Initiative Fund for Tomorrow (GIFT) in support of environmental reforms. She's also the Community Engagement Intern for the South of Market Community Action Network (SOMCAN), a community-based organization serving low-income, immigrant youth and families; her work with SOMCAN is through the Community Empowerment Activist program of the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good at USF. In addition, she serves on the board of the Black Student Union and as the President of Esther-Madriz Activist Scholars Club.

Father Paul Fitzgerald
University President
University of San Francisco

Personal Statement

Since the killing of Trayvon Martin in 2012, I was compelled to engage in social action. I was drawn to the University of San Francisco's unique location and role as a Jesuit institution in fostering a more just society. My experience and exposure to social issues and community organizing has helped me build a foundation for my role as a campus and community leader. Working with the Black Student Union, I found my true identity, passion and motivation through our work to uplift, inspire, and advocate for black communities on and off campus. Learning about the root causes of social problems, and working with housing rights, transit justice, and voter engagement organizations for systemic solutions has shaped me into the growing activist I am. I want to strengthen my advocacy skills, hold decision makers accountable, and use my voice to make a difference. We must push forth equity and equality in education, the workforce, and society as a whole. I want to help increase representation in ALL fields and show people how much we can make a difference if we unite and take collective action. As a first-generation, low-income black woman from Detroit, I believe anything is possible.

Nyteia Tyler
Computer Science major (and African American Studies minor): 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 Andrew Spencer, University of St. Thomas 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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