Student Spotlight

Maisha Lenae Daley
Senior, Political Science

Maisha has been part of the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholar Program, Cohort 5, and she is graduating this spring in less than four (4) years with a major in Political Science and a minor in Sociology, with a career goal of becoming an attorney.The program provides academically talented first-generation, low-income students with financial resources, academic support, and mentorship to give them an opportunity to graduate debt-free from Florida Atlantic University in four years or less. By graduating debt-free from Florida Atlantic University within the targeted timeframe, Maisha exemplifies the transformative impact of the program.

Kaila Palmer
Communication Studies and Political Science

Kaila Palmer is a senior at FAU double-majoring in Communication Studies and Political Science. Kaila is poised to embark on the next chapter of her academic journey, as she sets her sights on pursuing a Master of Arts Degree in Communication with a specialized focus on Digital Media starting this fall. Throughout her time at FAU, Kaila's involvement on campus has been nothing short of impressive. Her passion for extracurricular activities has not only enriched her college experience but also earned her well-deserved recognition. In Spring 2023, Kaila's outstanding contributions to Student Government were honored with the prestigious Senatorial Excellence Award, a testament to her leadership and dedication to making a difference in her community.

Daejah Pierre Jules
Senior, Linguistics

Daejah Pierre Jules is currently a senior at Florida Atlantic University, pursuing a degree in Linguistics and aiming to become a Speech Language Pathologist. Before graduating in the Fall of 2023, Daejah is taking a summer internship where she plans to shadow Karina Lee, a speech pathologist. During her time at FAU, Daejah has taken on leadership roles in Tau Sigma and Black Writers Collective and has become an ambassador for the College of Arts and Letters. She also works part-time as a Program Development Student Assistant at the Career Center. Additionally, she has showcased her own poetry at various events on campus and received the TAP program scholarship in the Spring of 2023

Ameion Hamlet
Senior, Sociology

Ameion Hamlet is a senior student at Florida Atlantic University with a major in Sociology. Through the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy, research, and educational institute, Ameion landed her internship with Tyson Foods, a modern, multi-national, protein-focused food company producing approximately 20% of the beef, pork, and chicken in the United States. Ameion serves as a Governmental Relations Intern in Tyson's Washington D.C. office. In the last year, Tyson Foods and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation became partners to invest in future leaders by giving internship opportunities to students like Ameion."Working with Tyson Foods has allowed me to see government relations from a different perspective and gain knowledge on different topics, like food insecurity or animal welfare. I am more in tune with the agriculture space now," said Amaion during her interview with Tyson Foods.

Senior, Language, Linguistics, and Comparative Studies

Natalia Gutierrez is a 24-year-old Senior student at Florida Atlantic University with a major in Language, Linguistics, and Comparative Studies, and a minor in English. She has recently interned in the House Republican Conference which led to two full-time job offers on Capitol Hill.

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Junior, Communication Studies

Kali Jobs is a junior at FAU with a major in Communication Studies and a Minor in Film and Video. Kiley is interning with UFC in Las Vegas this semester as a Production Intern. She is working in the Originals Production Department with the UFC located in Las Vegas, NV. Creating content, assisting with shoots, and helping out at the live events have been a blast for her.

Kennedy McKinney
Kennedy McKinney
Sophomore, Multimedia Journalism

Kennedy McKinney is a sophomore at FAU with a major in multimedia journalism. The Jacksonville native has been involved in journalism since middle school. During her first year at FAU, McKinney and her peers felt the need for a publication that would represent the Black community, address issues pertaining to the community, and share their accomplishments. The first Black newspaper of FAU, The Paradigm Press, was founded a few months later in March 2020. As a founder and editor-in-chief of the newspaper, McKinney believes the publication is growing and serving its purpose every day. She says that although the newspaper takes a lot of time and effort, the process has been rewarding. McKinney plans on attending law school after graduation and aspires to be a social injustice correspondent. Her advice to other students is to find something that you like and get involved with the student organizations, and also make sure to manage your time properly. Kennedy was featured in a cover story for Legacy Magazine:

Lucas Wilson
Lucas Wilson
Ph.D candidate

<p>Lucas Wilson is a candidate for a Ph.D. in Comparative Studies under the supervision of Alan Berger, FAU’s Raddock Family Eminent Scholar Chair for Holocaust Studies. In the past year, Wilson has had his work published in several volumes, including the <em>Flannery O’Connor Review</em>, for which he won the Sarah Gordon Award, <em>The Struggle for Understanding: Elie Wiesel’s Literary Works</em>; <em>Teaching Jewish American Literature;</em> and <em>Twentieth-Century and Contemporary American Literature</em>. He is, moreover, co-editing with his supervisor a collection of essays tentatively titled <em>Emerging Trends in Third-Generation Holocaust Studies</em>. His work has been accepted into several other edited collections, including <em>Canadian Holocaust Literature</em>; <em>Silenced Masculinities</em>; <em>Becoming: Transformative Storytelling for Education’s Future</em>; and <em>Crossing Sacred Borders: Writing Journeys in Literature and Culture</em>. Further, his non-academic work has been published in <em>LGBTQ Nation</em>, <em>Queerty</em>, and <em>RVA Magazine </em>&nbsp;and he also conducted and transcribed a series of oral histories of children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors that are now publicly accessible through the College of Charleston.<br /><br />This year, he has also taught at University of Toronto (where he was also both a Research Assistant and a Writing Tutor), as well as at Seneca College.</p> <p>&nbsp;Wilson completed his BA in English from Liberty University and finished his MA in English from McMaster University. He then complete his MTS with a Certificate in Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University, graduating first in his class.</p>

Camie Liz
Cameron Wheeler
Commercial Music

Commercial Music Major, Cameron Wheeler (professionally know as Camie Liz), won the 2019 iHeart Radio Jingle Ball Competition in LA. She will be performing for Jingle Ball at the Forum in LA on the 6th of December opening for Katy Perry, BTS, Billie Eilish, Camila Cabello, Lizzo, Halsey, Normani, and French Montana.

Alisha Hoath
Alisha Hoath
Studio Art

Alisha is a senior majoring in Studio Art with a focus in sculpture. This summer she interned with NBC Universal's Late Night With Seth Meyers as a general production intern. Throughout the summer Alisha worked on database and social media management, studio support, and other administrative tasks. Over time she found her passion within the wardrobe department. Previously, Alisha interned with Pretty Vulgar (a makeup company within Sephora) and Statements 2000 (a metal sculpture and art company). "FAU genuinely changed my entire outlook on the school system. It has given me countless opportunities to be the best person I can be and has introduced me to incredible people, staff and students, who continue to support and inspire me."