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Alfie Scholar Haley Cummins Featured as One of 100 Young Local Changemakers

October 17, 2019

Seattle U student Haley Cummins

Seattle U student Haley Cummins (Strategic Communications ’21) is one of 100 young local changemakers featured in the We the Future exhibit curated by the Gates Foundation Discovery Center. 

Alfie Scholar Haley Cummins (Strategic Communications ’21) is featured as one of 100 young local changemakers at the We the Future exhibit that opened on October 5, 2019. The Amplifier’s national We the Future education campaign, curated by the Gates Foundation Discovery Center’s Youth Ambassador Program, exhibit showcases ten young national social change leaders and their movements. The local young changemaker part of the exhibit features 10 local youth activists each month from October 2019 through March 2020. The purpose of the exhibit is to recognize, elevate, and celebrate the power of young leaders who are making a difference in the community.

Haley Cummins, who is featured in the first set of 10 local activists, was nominated by Tanisha Williams, Program Manager of Alumni Relations at Highline College, for her presentation at 2019 Young Educated Ladies Leading (YELL) Female Summit at Highline and her commitment to helping youth of color at Highline to discover their authentic selves, excel academically and find their voices.

“When I first found out that I was nominated, I was shocked. Before this, I would’ve never considered myself a changemaker, and that’s partly because I would compare myself to those I looked up to and didn’t feel I did enough. However, I feel very thankful and truly humbled that someone saw something in me and the way that I try to uplift others,” said Cummins. A recent Highline College graduate and now a transfer student at Seattle University, she hopes be able to consult with organizations and help them to see the value of including the underrepresented in their decision- and policy-making processes, especially the decisions that have a direct impact on the underrepresented. She also hopes to continue to find ways to uplift and empower her fellow youth of color to use their voices and discover their authentic selves. “I believe that our most powerful tool is our voice and when it goes uncultivated, we are unable to live to our fullest potential.”

The exhibition runs through March 21, 2020 at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center in Seattle, WA.

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