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Ashanta Gleason

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Ashanta Gleason - Board of Directors

Ashanta K. Gleason, born in New Orleans but primarily raised in Baton Rouge following Hurricane Katrina, embodies resilience and advocacy deeply rooted in her Louisiana upbringing. Currently pursuing a degree in history with a minor in psychology, her academic journey fuels her passion for educational reform and equity.

Since high school, Ashanta has been actively engaged in civic activism, focusing on issues such as the scarcity of black male educators in public schools. Her commitment extends beyond research, as she has worked with organizations like Humanities Amped, Brothers Empowered To Teach, The Power Coalition for Equity and Justice, Black Voters Matter, and E Pluribus Unum Fund, dedicated to building power in education and promoting equity in communities. After her first year of presidency at the Southern University chapter of NAACP, under her leadership, Southern University was named the 2023 College Chapter of the Year at the 114th NAACP National Convention and was awarded the opportunity for the Race and Justice award. Additionally, Ashanta was honored with the inaugural Brock/Boykins-Towns Leadership award at the same convention.

Furthermore, in 2023, Ashanta was selected as an inaugural member of NextGen America's Gen10 cohort, highlighting young organizers, activists, artists, and voices for change that are making a difference in the movement for societal change. Her leadership roles within the NAACP and recognition from NextGen America showcase her dedication to amplifying marginalized voices and driving societal change.