D is a proud Asburian and serves as one of our Project Managers and Trainers. D has demonstrated her commitment in being an advocate for change through their involvement with the Coalition of Activist Students Celebrating and Accepting Diversity and Equality (C.A.S.C.A.D.E) LGBTQ+ organization, serving as public relations chair and vice-president during their undergrad matriculation at Howard University, where they received their Bachelor of Science in Psychology, minoring in Photography. During their time as Vice President, they were able to launch the Lavender Fund, a LGBTQ+ scholarship. D continued her path for social justice, receiving their Master in Social Work degree, concentrating in Children, Youth, and Families, from the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work at the University of Southern California. During their matriculation, D and fellow students revitalized the Black Social Workers Caucus on campus, where they focused on highlighting black social workers, community engagement, activism, and career acceleration. Upon graduation, D and fellow alumni banded together to organize a solidarity march in honor of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmad Arbery, and all people who have been murdered due to police brutality.
D’s commitment to fighting social injustice continues with their grassroots organization, Social Workers in Solidarity, that highlights and destigmatizes the perception of Social Workers. They also are partnering with the National Association of Black Social Workers-Greater Los Angeles in creating a holistic family center for black and brown families of Southern California, helping families heal from generational trauma. Utilizing their minor in Photography, D founded Elegant D Photography, that caters to black small owned businesses and entrepreneurs, helping them enhance their business visually and economically.