Shedding Light on the Forgotten
Maria Takele, a graduating senior from Nashville, is majoring in political science with a minor in Africana studies and entrepreneurship. After graduation, she plans to work on a master’s degree in management and marketing.
During her time on campus, Takele has been involved with several programs and organizations. She served as vice president of the African Student Association and graphic designer for Women of Knowledge and Excellence. She is the vice president for both the Diversity Student Leaders Society and Africana Studies Student Association. Additionally, she works closely with Professor Shayla Nunnally as an undergraduate research assistant.
“Through my time working on this research project, I have been able to gain a tremendous amount of appreciation, knowledge, and experience,” Takele said. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time being able to help uncover buried parts of our history and shed light on the forgotten.”
One of her favorite quotes is from Audre Lorde: “When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”