The Fellow Experience

2021 Cohort

Aria Sanders

Oklahoma Center for Community & Justice

Aria Sanders is a Langston University graduate. Originally from Saint Paul, MN, Aria moved to Oklahoma for her undergraduate degree.  After attending a career fair, she learned about Tulsa Service Year and met the director and other fellows and decided to apply.  Aria is excited to be in Tulsa and serves as the Tulsa Service Year fellow at the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice.

Audrey Pope

Still She Rises

Audrey graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2020 with a major in Women's and Gender Studies and minors in Political Science and Anthropology. Interested in the intersections of technology, ethics, and social justice, Audrey applied to law school and was admitted through a deferred admissions program that granted her two gap years. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, she returned home to Oklahoma and worked at the Tulsa Public Defenders's Office and remotely with the Tech Policy Lab at the University of Washington before being accepted as a Tulsa Service Year fellow. She is now very much looking forward to working at Still She Rises as a Legal Resources Specialist and is excited to spend the rest of her deferral period enjoying all that Tulsa has to offer before moving to Boston in the fall. In her free time, Audrey enjoys reading, playing cards, and loving on her two dogs.

Brandon Warren

Terence Crutcher Foundation

Brandon is a community organizer, global citizen, former student, and believer in the liberation of oppressed peoples through systematic change and now serves as the Tulsa Service Year fellow for the Terence Crutcher Foundation, a social justice organization seated on Black Wall Street. In college, he pursued and was granted a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Minor in Urban Studies from Texas Christian University and a certificate in Global Human Rights from The University of Pennsylvania's Carey Law School. During his journey, he worked on local political campaigns, the U.S. Census Bureau, and interned with the Department of Veteran Affairs, and was an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Post-graduation, he became a fellow with Dr. Jared Williams' Campaign for City Council District 6 in Fort Worth, TX, as well as worked with United Fort Worth, pushing for a progressive vision for the city, collaborating with various organizations like the AFLCIO, Working Families Party, Black Voters Matter, and the Atatiana Jefferson Foundation. When not spending time promoting positive change, Brandon loves reading books, bumping Kendrick through his car speakers, and working out at his local gym.

Chelsea Espinosa

Strong Tomorrows

Chelsea Espinosa is working as a Case Manager at Strong Tomorrows to provide support and resources to expectant and parenting students at the Tulsa Public Schools. Her interest in mitigating healthcare disparities and barriers to access as well as her experience in advising high school students through the college application process led her to this role.

Chelsea holds a Masters in Biomedical Sciences from Rutgers University and a B.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a minor in Global Health and Health Policy from Princeton University. She plans to apply to medical schools that are committed to social justice and cultural competence.

Originally from New Jersey, Chelsea is ready to discover Tulsa and be part of the community.

Daniel Te

Tulsa Innovation Labs

Daniel Te is the Cyber & Data Analytics Fellow at Tulsa Innovation Labs through Tulsa Service Year, which aims to make Tulsa the nation’s most inclusive tech community. He is interested in sustainable, responsible urban development and is excited to see Tulsa grow in the years to come.

Daniel graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and a minor in Urban Studies, studying the intersection of spatiality, moral obligation, and racial justice. In his free time, he’s a multi-medium artist, enjoying everything from digital cartooning to beatboxing.

Faith Nichols

Leadership Tulsa

Faith is a believer in the power of leadership development. As a Tulsa Service Year fellow, she serves at Leadership Tulsa and will use her programming experience to create, evaluate, and facilitate processes to improve impact and efficiency at LT. A Tulsa native and recent graduate of The University of Tulsa, Faith is deeply connected to her community and is looking forward to diving deeper into the world of Tulsa nonprofits.

Francis Irenge

Urban Coders Guild

Originally from the DRC, Francis moved to Oklahoma to attend the University of Oklahoma. As a Tulsa ServiceYear fellow, he serves at Urban Coders Guild as the Administrative Coordinator. Francis is most excited to work alongside his peers and get to know the city of Tulsa.

Grace Poulos

Take Control Initiative

Grace Poulos is the Tulsa Service Year Data & Policy Fellow for Take Control Initiative, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to birth control in Tulsa. Through quantitative analysis, poignant research, and interactive outreach, she looks forward to promoting health and gender equity in Tulsa.

Grace obtained her B.A. in International Studies from the University of Tampa, accompanied by a Minor in French and a Concentration in African Studies. While attending UT, Grace was awarded a research fellowship to examine how contemporary African feminist literature has influenced the social movement within the African diaspora. She traveled to London, England to collect data and presented her findings at various conferences. Grace also created a sustainable development initiative in Ghana, which focused on women’s education and confidence in the workplace. As demonstrated in her past projects, Grace has an immense passion for gender equity and looks forward to continuing this journey with TCI.

Originally from Chicago, Grace grew up surrounded by artistry and diversity. She loves to oil paint, visit unique art exhibits, explore new vegan food spots, and travel any chance she gets.

Jessica Hooper

The Ronnie K. Irani Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth

Jessica recently graduated from The Theatre School at DePaul University with her BFA in Theatre Arts and a minor in Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies. She will be spending the next year working as the Tulsa Service Year fellow for the Ronnie K. Irani Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth. In her free time she likes to watch reality tv dating shows, embroider, and spend time with her family.

Jonah Toay

Tulsa Authority for Economic Opportunity

Jonah Toay is the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Fellow through Tulsa Service Year at the Tulsa Authority for Economic Opportunity where he is excited to help create a dynamic and equitable business environment for Tulsans. After graduating with degrees in Political Science and Arabic from the University of California-Berkeley he had studied political systems around the world but decided that he could create the biggest impact by coming home.

While at Cal he worked to make campus climate more inclusive for new students and worked with foreign affairs groups on campus to hold research seminars, speaker panels, and days of service. Despite this, he had a deep desire to give back to the city he grew up in which led him to work for City Hall, the Tulsa Community Foundation, and a nonprofit that aims to increase civic engagement among young Oklahomans.

Although he spends most of him time making data-driven policies to improve the lives of Tulsans, he also enjoys collecting old cookbooks, tending to his garden, and the company of his friends and family.

Jyra Lowrance

Tulsa Birth Equity Initiative

Jyra Lowrance is a proud alumna of Hampton University and is from Rock Hill, SC. She serves as the Community Engagement fellow for Tulsa Birth Equity Initiative and is eager to advocate and incorporate diversity inclusion in maternal healthcare. She looks forward to making an impact in Tulsa and learning from the community, all while spreading agape love! When asked what she enjoys to do, she replied, "I am always in the mood for food, so pick a place - let’s eat!

Kayla Valencia

Tulsa Innovation Labs

Kayla Valencia is joining the Tulsa Innovation Labs team through Tulsa Service Year as the Partnerships fellow and is excited to engage with this new community and support the data-driven initiatives of TIL. Kayla graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Communication Studies and certificates in Civic Engagement and Integrated Marketing Communications. With a work background in operations and business development, Kayla is passionate about creative problem solving and impactful solutions. As an LA native, Kayla is pumped to explore all Tulsa has to offer in terms of people, food, and outdoor experiences!

Lydia Jeong

Tulsa Changemakers

Lydia is a proud midwestern, Korean-American working as Program Manager with Tulsa Changemakers through Tulsa Service Year. She is a recent graduate of the University of Tulsa, double majoring in Arts, Culture, Entertainment Management and Music. Her values of racial equity, arts advocacy, and equitable outcomes for youth have been largely molded by her experiences in the nonprofit sector and her multicultural identity.

She is a lover of all arts, being a long-time violinist and pianist playing for the Tulsa Symphony, and enjoys conscious hip hop/rap, graphic design, kimchi, and watching films.

Maria Hernández

Take Control Initiative

Maria is a first-generation researcher, mentor, educational advocate, and proud daughter of Mexican immigrants. She is excited to be serving the Tulsa community as Take Control Initiative's Education & Outreach Fellow through Tulsa Service Year. Maria is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with minors in Nonprofit Organizational Studies and Social Justice. At the University of Oklahoma, Maria developed an interest in the qualitative intersections of educational trajectory, familial influence, mental health, and gender in Latinx communities. She is devoted to using her educational privileges to advocate for underrepresented voices in academia and broader change-making spaces.

Morgan Rowe

Tulsa Economic Development Corporation

Morgan Rowe was born and raised in Tulsa, and she is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. Morgan serves as the Community Outreach Associate for TEDC Creative Capital. In this role, she’ll be able to further her passion for serving the community through facilitating partnerships and providing resources to local small businesses. In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking, running, and checking out local events— like karaoke nights, food festivals, and exercise classes.

Perry Asibey-Bonsu

36N

Perry is a recent graduate of Drew University where he studied Biology and English. He is fascinated by how early-stage startups evolve from conception to shipping their first product. He looks forward to learning about providing strategic and operational support to startup teams as 36 Degrees North's Tulsa Service Year Fellow. In his free time, Perry enjoys exploring literature, digital media, and software development.

Quinn Carver Johnson

American Song Archive

Quinn Carver Johnson serves as the Tulsa Service Year fellow at the American Song Archive, assisting with social media and community outreach. Johnson is a graduate of Hendrix College with a degree in Performance Studies and English, with a focus in creative writing. Johnson's poetry has been published in various journals, both in-print and online, including Rappahannock Review, Right Hand Pointing, Flint Hills Review, and elsewhere.

Tiyahna Garrett

Tulsa Regional Chamber

Tiyahna Garrett is a born and raised Washingtonian.  They are a proud Howard alumni and are excited to be a Tulsa Service Year fellow working at the Tulsa Regional Chamber.  Tiyahna is passionate about activism and reform and currently is working on their masters in management in criminal justice from the University of Maryland.

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Aria, TSY Fellow at The Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice

"During recruitment I could see the dedication to TSY and the city of Tulsa. I loved seeing people who looked like me involved in something bigger than their own lives and I wanted to also be a part of something bigger than myself. I knew I would grow and serve in purpose."

Alumni

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Brandon, TSY Fellow at Terence Crutcher Foundation

"I chose Tulsa Service Year because it provides the opportunity to directly work in the field you want to work in while you’re also able to see tangible change in the community you’re working in."