Changemakers Fellowship

Our Fellowship

The Changemakers Fellowship is tailored for individuals who are passionate and dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of #RealCollege students from the Great Lakes region. The program offers a unique opportunity for current students to develop leadership skills in advocacy, organizing, and supporting advocacy-related work aimed at addressing basic needs insecurity among underrepresented student populations. Our goal is to empower and equip the next generation of leaders in education and beyond through this fellowship. We encourage you to explore this page to learn more about the Changemakers Fellowship and how it can help you make a meaningful impact in the lives of students.

Meet our Fellows – 2023/2024 Cohort

Praise Daniels 

I am Praise Daniels a sophomore majoring in computer science at Wilbur Wright College. I am an ambivert; I can be pretty conserved, but when the need arises I can be rather outgoing. I am a Christian and I believe my faith in God makes me stronger. Growing up, I faced and overcame a lot of challenges ranging from my finances and education to my health. Overcoming these challenges has only made me stronger and better equipped to navigate life. I really look forward to the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of other students.

Xochitl Regalado

My name is Xochitl and I am a second year graduate student studying speech-language pathology at Governors State University. I’m excited to continue to grow my leadership and advocacy skills, while connecting with like-minded individuals.

Alana Taylor 

Hello my name is Alana Taylor. I am currently a senior at governor state university. My major is communication science and disorders. I love to crotchet

Montserrat Hernandez

Hello! My name is Montserrat Hernandez and I am an undergrad student in the CDIS program here at GSU. I am bilingual, I speak Spanish and English. Last year I took an Intro to Sign Language course. So I have basic knowledge on sign language. I am a first generation college student and going to college has always been my dream. I am very excited to get to work with people that have the same passion for helping others!

John Williams

I love helping people out no matter the situation. Im very outgoing, I love to to enjoy myself at every giving chance I get and try to make sure everyone else is having a great time too. I stay positive even when things don’t seem to be looking up. I have great people skills I’ve done a lot of canvassing and sales to a point where I learned how to connect with people, build relationships, trust, and established different ways on making life better for other people.

Masuma Khan

I love helping people out no matter the situation. Im very outgoing, I love to to enjoy myself at every giving chance I get and try to make sure everyone else is having a great time too. I stay positive even when things don’t seem to be looking up. I have great people skills I’ve done a lot of canvassing and sales to a point where I learned how to connect with people, build relationships, trust, and established different ways on making life better for other people.

Cedric Frison

I serve the community on a number of levels related to mentorship, violence prevention, and justice reform. I have a wife, four daughters, one son, two granddaughters, and an 8-month-old Blegian Malanois. However, I have positioned myself to have a certain amount of flexibility to maximize my time and advocacy efforts.

Ryan McCaffery 

Marz Ezeji

Meet Marz Ezeji, they are studying Animation at the Downtown Milwaukee Area Technical College Campus. They are a Milwaukee Northside native and alum of Public Allies Wisconsin 2021-2022 & 2022-2023. They are currently working part time at Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, where they focus on providing art, community, and education, as the Membership Development Specialist. Marz is also in the first, Love on Black Women Cohort. Love on Black Women is known for supporting Black Womxn in the community from financial assistance to connecting people to a trusted & loved community who share resources. They have always been fueled by their passion for providing brave spaces for healing centered around BIPOC in the community. As well as, their interest in the arts, social justice, and community building. You can find Marz creating, collaborating, or making someone laugh all over the city of Milwaukee.

Pacifique Uwiringiyimana

Greetings everyone, My name is Pacifique Uwiringiyimana, and I’m thrilled to be part of this fellowship cohort. Currently a senior at Northeastern Illinois University, I am majoring in Community Health and have gained valuable professional experience in various roles. I have worked as a Concierge at The Breakers at Edgewater Beach, where I built trusting relationships with clients facing cognitive difficulties, ensuring their safety and health by helping them with medication management and appointment coordination. Additionally, I have been actively involved as a student ambassador and a mentor in the FYE Peer Mentor program, where I have had the privilege of connecting with and supporting fellow students on their academic journeys. These experiences have deepened my passion for serving others and fostering well-being in communities. With my goal of becoming a pharmacist, I am dedicated to making a positive impact on the health and education of communities. I am excited to learn from all of you and contribute my own unique experiences and perspectives to our fellowship cohort.

2022 - 2023 Cohort

 

 

Gee Squiers-Davis

Gee is a senior at Northeastern Illinois University. They are pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Women, Gender, and Sexuality with a minor and focus on LGBTQ and Disability Studies. Gee is passionate about mental health access & equity, fitness, & acquiring new knowledge. When they aren’t studying or working, Gee can be found lifting weights, cuddling their cat, Charlie, or cycling around the city.

Gregory Halik

Gregory is a senior pursuing a degree in Justice Studies and Criminology at Northeastern Illinois University. He has a keen interest in mental health advocacy, prison reform, and improving accessibility to healthcare and social services for marginalized communities.

 

 

 

Xochitl Regalado

Meet Xochitl, a graduate student enrolled in the master’s program for speech-language pathology at Governors State University. Along with her academic pursuits, she enjoys building meaningful connections with those around her and learning more about her community. She is eager to develop her leadership and advocacy skills further while contributing to important causes close to her heart.

Alana Taylor

Alana is a junior student pursuing a communication science and disorder degree at Governors State University.

 

Jermaine House

Jermaine is a senior studying Business Management at Milwaukee Area Technical College, where he is also involved in several organizations, including the National Society of Leadership & Success, Men of Color Initiative, Uplift Scholar, and Black Student Union. When he’s not studying or participating in extracurricular activities, Jermaine shares his passion for boxing by teaching the sport in his spare time. 

 

Jessica Molinar

Jessica is in her 2nd semester of graduate school at Governors State University. She holds a master’s degree in communication disorders and is pursuing a career in Speech Pathology. She enjoys volunteering, watching true crime documentaries, and going on walks in her free time.

 

 

Nasima Daud

Nasima is an undergraduate student at Northeastern Illinois University, diligently pursuing her degree in Sociology and complementing it with minors in African and African American Studies as well as Child Advocacy Studies. With her impressive two-year background in working with youth and families as a Recreation Leader at the Chicago Park Districts, she is thrilled to leverage her experience in her current fellowship.