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Meet Mikayle Lowery

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mikayle Lowery.

Mikayle, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Since my earliest years, I’ve observed and experienced a substantial lack of minorities within educational and political spaces. What started me participating in sociopolitical spheres was my passion for supporting diversity and inclusion via storytelling and civic engagement. Therefore, as an African American woman, I aspire to spearhead educational and political programs that combat exclusivity and welcome inclusivity. Hopefully, my forthcoming programs will be an additional solution to encouraging minorities to engage and have seats at sociopolitical tables.

In 2019, I completed my B.A. in Communication from the University of California San Diego (UCSD). My next goal was to get a worldview. I chose London as a place to study and learn how they deal with inclusivity and exclusivity within their culture. Working with and learning from the people of London provided me with another way to bring diversity into sociopolitical spaces back home. In addition, I worked with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) which focused on developing leaders, engaging the public and uplifting marginalized and underrepresented communities. Also, I’ve worked with Bloomberg to learn about the financial markets and how it impacts individuals and groups the world over. This path led me to a wonderful experience, working for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
My path has been far from easy. I was born into a family of 10 so there were many challenging times, especially when my parents divorced and I was only seven years old. Because I was so young at the time of their divorce my self-esteem was greatly affected. Fortunately, my siblings surrounded me with love, support and friendship. Our bond became everything to me and gave me the strength to transform into a confident and determined woman. I followed my passion in communication and used my personal experiences as a tool to work, engage and participate with underrepresented and disenfranchised communities.

Please tell us about your story.
I am a person who is fascinated with people and what impacts their behavior. I love social projects and constantly travel, even internationally to experience different social settings. Receiving my BA in Communication from UC San Diego has been my greatest achievement to date, but I plan to move forward and get my Master’s degree in Community Development and Action. I enjoy doing social projects for struggling small businesses in my spare time and tea parties with my 4 sisters. I am also an art enthusiast. I paint, support local art programs and act in community theatre houses for fun.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
The fondest memory of my childhood were the times my family and I would all go hiking in the Santa Monica mountains. We would start our hikes with challenges to see how high each of us could safely get; it was such a grand celebration when I, the baby of the family, would make it to the highest peak. Then we would end those hikes with swimming and a picnic.

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