If you don’t like the way the world is, you change it. You have an oblig­a­tion to change it. You just do it one step at a time.—Marian Wright Edel­man
Founder of Chil­dren Defense Fund

Meet Nashville’s Next Leaders

We are excit­ed to launch the inau­gu­ral cohort of Gen­er­a­tion Lead, a 10-mon­th pro­gram for young emerg­ing lead­ers in Nashville. Gen­er­a­tion Lead con­sists of 12 cur­rent col­lege stu­dents who are ready for the next step in their lead­er­ship jour­ney. Through this pro­gram, Gen­er­a­tion Lead­ers will expand their sense of iden­ti­ty, deep­en their social and civic aware­ness and learn to ampli­fy their voice through lead­er­ship, engage­ment, advo­ca­cy and devel­op­ment.

Mohamadu Bah
Mid­dle Ten­nessee State Uni­ver­si­ty 
Major: Com­put­er Infor­ma­tion Sys­tems

Career or pro­fes­sion­al inter­est: Man­ager for a For­tune 500 com­pa­ny or an I.T. for a com­pa­ny
Three words to describe your per­son­al­i­ty: extro­vert, kind and deter­mined.
Place(s) you call home: Mem­phis and Africa
Dream Job: To work for Google or help a com­pa­ny get on the For­tune 500 list
Favorite Food: chick­en
Favorite Quote: “Great things in busi­ness are nev­er done by one per­son. They’re done by a team of peo­ple.” –Steve Jobs
Ways pro­fes­sion­als can reach you: mbb4s@mtmail.mtsu.edu

Qier­ra Doss
Mid­dle Ten­nessee State Uni­ver­si­ty
Major: Eng­lish

Career or pro­fes­sion­al inter­est: I’m look­ing for­ward to becom­ing a high school Eng­lish teacher and begin­ning a non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion for the advance­ment of young wom­en of col­or.
Three words to describe your per­son­al­i­ty: Unafraid, live­ly, and buoy­ant
Place(s) you call home: Mem­phis, TN
Dream Job: I’m look­ing for­ward to start­ing off as a high school Eng­lish teacher, gain­ing tenure, with the end game being a col­lege Eng­lish pro­fes­sor.
Favorite Food: Every­thing!
Favorite Quote: “I did not come this far to only come this far.” –Unknown
Ways pro­fes­sion­als can reach you: doss.qierra@gmail.com

Allie Gar­cia
Cum­ber­land Uni­ver­si­ty
Major: Crim­i­nal Jus­tice

Career or pro­fes­sion­al inter­est: Crim­i­nal Justice/ Law
Three words to describe your per­son­al­i­ty: Quirky, sil­ly, gen­uine
Place(s) you call home: The library
Dream Job: Lawyer
Favorite Food: choco­late cake
Favorite Quote: “We are the ones we’ve been wait­ing for, we are the change that we seek”
Ways pro­fes­sion­als can reach you: insta­gram: _sim­plyal­lie_

Israel Her­nan­dez
Travec­ca Nazarene Uni­ver­si­ty
Major: Mar­ket­ing

Career or pro­fes­sion­al inter­est: Busi­ness Man­age­ment & Mar­ket­ing
Three words to describe your per­son­al­i­ty: Per­sis­tent, Respon­si­ble, Moti­vat­ed
Place(s) you call home: Nashville is home to me because it saw me grow and helped me reach my goals.
Dream Job: My dream job would be Mar­ket­ing Direc­tor for MLS or any sports orga­ni­za­tion
Favorite Food: Mex­i­can Street Tacos
Favorite Quote: They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds. — Dinos Chris­tianopoulos
Ways pro­fes­sion­als can reach you: israelhndz@live.com

Jose Lazo Oviedo
Ten­nessee State Uni­ver­si­ty
Major: Polit­i­cal Sci­ence

Career or pro­fes­sion­al inter­est: I plan on becom­ing a col­lege pro­fes­sor and research­ing pol­i­cy that focus­es on edu­ca­tion or immi­gra­tion.
Three words to describe your per­son­al­i­ty: Respon­si­ble, Ambi­tious, and Indus­tri­ous
Place(s) you call home: El Sal­vador, Lebanon, TN, Smyr­na, TN, and Nashville, TN
Dream Job: Being a tenured polit­i­cal sci­ence pro­fes­sor.
Favorite Food: Pupusas
Favorite Quote: “Knowl­edge is pow­er. Infor­ma­tion is lib­er­at­ing. Edu­ca­tion is the premise of pro­gress, in every soci­ety, in every fam­i­ly.” Kofi Annan
Ways pro­fes­sion­als can reach you: josehlazoviedo@yahoo.com or josehlazoviedo@gmail.com

Anas Saba
Bel­mont Uni­ver­si­ty 
Major: Finance

Career or pro­fes­sion­al inter­est: After col­lege I would like to work full-time for one of the major com­pa­nies in Nashville and pick up some pro­fes­sion­al expe­ri­ence. I am a peo­ple ori­ent­ed per­son, so I am excit­ed work­ing with and for oth­ers. I hope to find a com­pa­ny that allows me to do that, as well as can provide oppor­tu­ni­ties for inter­na­tion­al work. I am also excit­ed by oppor­tu­ni­ties to work in a grow­ing com­pa­ny with a star­tup cul­ture.
Three words to describe your per­son­al­i­ty: Car­ing, approach­able, pos­i­tive.
Place(s) you call home: Nashville, TN, Brent­wood TN, Bel­mont Uni­ver­si­ty.
Dream Job: Own­ing a small busi­ness that makes peo­ple hap­py!
Favorite Food: Pret­ty much any­thing my mom makes! Espe­cial­ly her pas­ta!
Favorite Quote: “The thing that men and wom­en need to do is stick togeth­er. Pro­gres­sions can’t be made if we’re sep­a­rate forever” –Q-tip, A Tribe Called Quest
Ways pro­fes­sion­als can reach you: anas.saba@pop.belmont.edu

Hana Sadun
Mid­dle Ten­nessee State Uni­ver­si­ty
Major: Biol­o­gy

Career or pro­fes­sion­al inter­est: Med­ical Doc­tor
Three words to describe your per­son­al­i­ty: ambi­tious, com­pas­sion­ate, dili­gent
Place(s) you call home: Nashville, TN
Dream Job: Trau­ma Sur­geon
Favorite Food: Maqluba (spe­cial Kur­dish dish with rice, veg­gies, and meat)
Favorite Quote: “Suc­cess is no acci­dent. It is hard work, per­se­ver­ance, learn­ing, study­ing, sac­ri­fice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learn­ing to do.” Pelé
Ways pro­fes­sion­als can reach you: hjs3g@mtmail.mtsu.edu and hanasadun@gmail.com

Jas­mine Reyes
Mid­dle Ten­nessee State Uni­ver­si­ty
Major: Social Work

Career or pro­fes­sion­al inter­est: I would like to open my own prac­tice after I get my master’s degree and serve wom­en in dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions. I am also inter­est­ed in social pol­i­cy and immi­gra­tion poli­cies.
Three words to describe your per­son­al­i­ty: Kind, out­go­ing, pos­i­tive
Place(s) you call home: Miami, Flori­da
Dream Job: Licensed Social work­er
Favorite Food: any Lat­in food
Favorite Quote: “Let all that you do be done in love” 1 CORINTHIANS 16:14
Ways pro­fes­sion­als can reach you: reyes.val15@yahoo.com

Lore­na Tor­res
Fisk Uni­ver­si­ty
Major: Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion

Career or pro­fes­sion­al inter­est: Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion major with an inter­est in Con­sult­ing and Man­age­ment
Three words to describe your per­son­al­i­ty: Adven­tur­ous, Deter­mined, and Easy-going
Place(s) you call home: Hous­ton, TX
Dream Job: Estab­lish a con­sult­ing firm for minor­i­ty businesses/communities
Favorite Food: Posole Verde
Favorite Quote:“If you have faith as small as a mus­tard seed, you can say to this mul­ber­ry tree, ‘Be uproot­ed and plant­ed in the sea, ‘and it will obey you.” Luke 17:6
Ways pro­fes­sion­als can reach you: lorenatorres710@gmail.com

Lin­da Williams
Mid­dle Ten­nessee State Uni­ver­si­ty
Major: Social Work

Career or pro­fes­sion­al inter­est: I would like to start work­ing in social work health help­ing fam­i­lies and have the expe­ri­ence work­ing at a non-prof­it and gain­ing more infor­ma­tion about at-risk com­mu­ni­ties. Then, I’d like to do more inter­na­tion­al social work to gain more diver­si­ty in my work field. The last thing I want to do is open my own com­mu­ni­ty cen­ter which would also be a shel­ter.
Three words to describe your per­son­al­i­ty: qui­et, ambi­tious, opti­mistic
Place(s) you call home: Mem­phis, TN
Dream Job: A social work­er that con­nects to every indi­vid­u­al
Favorite Food: chick­en and pota­to stew
Favorite Quote: “My mama always used to tell me: ‘If you can’t find some­thin’ to live for, you best find some­thin’ to die for.” –Tupac
Ways pro­fes­sion­als can reach you: linda.williams271@gmail.com

Learn more about the program

Conex­ión Améri­c­as and the Ten­nessee Edu­ca­tion­al Equi­ty Coali­tion are excit­ed to launch the inau­gu­ral cohort of Gen­er­a­tion Lead, a 10-mon­th pro­gram for young emerg­ing lead­ers in Nashville.

Gen­er­a­tion Lead con­sists of 10–12 cur­rent col­lege stu­dents who are ready for the next step in their lead­er­ship jour­ney. Through this pro­gram, Gen­er­a­tion Lead­ers will expand their sense of iden­ti­ty, deep­en their social and civic aware­ness and learn to ampli­fy their voice through 4 guid­ing prin­ci­ples:

Lead­er­ship
Engage­ment
Advo­ca­cy
Devel­op­ment

  1. Build a peer net­work of first gen­er­a­tion emerg­ing lead­ers
  2. Par­tic­i­pate in train­ing and work­shops facil­i­tat­ed by experts in non­prof­it man­age­ment, advo­ca­cy, lead­er­ship and oth­er rel­e­vant fields
  3. Con­tribute their voice to fur­ther the mis­sion and efforts of the Ten­nessee Edu­ca­tion­al Equi­ty Coali­tion and Conex­ión Améri­c­as
  4. Receive one-on-one spon­sor­ship and men­tor­ship to reach goals
  5. Com­plete a short-term social action project that address­es an issue that mat­ters to them
  6. Reflect on their lead­er­ship jour­ney
  7. Engage with com­mu­ni­ty lead­ers to expand their net­works

Gen­er­a­tion Lead­ers…

  • are first-gen­er­a­tion col­lege juniors, seniors or stu­dents in their last year of study start­ing in the Fall 2018
  • and are from diverse aca­d­e­mic dis­ci­plines and attend a two- or four-year insti­tu­tion in the Nashville area,
    includ­ing:

    Bel­mont Uni­ver­si­ty
    Columbia State Com­mu­ni­ty Col­lege
    Cum­ber­land Uni­ver­si­ty
    Fisk Uni­ver­si­ty
    Lip­scomb Uni­ver­si­ty
    Mid­dle Ten­nessee State Uni­ver­si­ty
    Mot­low Com­mu­ni­ty Col­lege
    Nashville State Com­mu­ni­ty Col­lege
    Ten­nessee State Uni­ver­si­ty
    Trevec­ca Nazarene Uni­ver­si­ty
    Van­der­bilt Uni­ver­si­ty
    Vol­un­teer State Com­mu­ni­ty Col­lege
  • val­ue equi­ty, diver­si­ty, and inclu­siv­i­ty
  • are ready to be chal­lenged beyond their com­fort zone to deep­en their lead­er­ship poten­tial

For the pur­pose of this pro­gram, we con­sid­er some­one a “first-gen­er­a­tion col­lege stu­dent” if nei­ther parent/guardian has com­plet­ed a bachelor’s degree in the Unit­ed States. 

If you are not sure whether you fit this descrip­tion, please feel free to apply and make sure to artic­u­late how Gen­er­a­tion Lead would unique­ly impact your lead­er­ship jour­ney.

Gen­er­a­tion lead­ers are com­mit­ted to tak­ing their lead­er­ship to the next lev­el. They are are ready to deep­en their under­stand­ing of them­selves and are eager to find inno­v­a­tive approach­es to address com­pli­cat­ed sys­tems.

Gen­er­a­tion Lead­ers are exem­plary rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Conex­ión Améri­c­as and the Ten­nessee Edu­ca­tion­al Equi­ty Coali­tion in the com­mu­ni­ty. As such, Lead­ers must see this pro­gram as one of their top pri­or­i­ties. From August 2018 to May 2019, they will spend 8 to 10 hours per mon­th attend­ing group ses­sions, men­tor meet­ings, and forums or con­ven­ings where their voice will be need­ed and val­ued.

Par­tic­i­pa­tion will be with­out cost to Gen­er­a­tion Lead­ers. They will receive a mod­est stipend at the com­ple­tion of their Gen­er­a­tion Lead expe­ri­ence.

Impor­tant Dates

Due date for appli­ca­tions
Fri­day, May 11, 2018 11:59 PM CST

Due date for nom­i­na­tions
Fri­day, May 4, 2018 11:59 PM CST

Final­ist Inter­views
Weeks of May 28th and June 4th

Noti­fi­ca­tion of Selec­tion
Mon­day, June 25, 2018 by 5 p.m. CST

Open­ing Retreat
Fri­day, August 3rd to Sun­day, August 5th 

Clos­ing Retreat
May 2019

The retreat dates above are not includ­ed in the 8 to 10 hour com­mit­ment required per mon­th dur­ing the 10 mon­th peri­od.

Con­sis­tent email access is required dur­ing the appli­ca­tion process.