Alyssa V. Townsend

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Junior, Journalism and Mass Communication – PR/ Minor-Cognitive Science

Alyssa TAlyssa is currently in her third year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studying Journalism and Mass Communications, specializing in Public Relations and minoring in cognitive science. Alyssa is also involved with Tar Heel Beginnings through the Office of New Student and Carolina Parent Programs, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the Black Student Movement’s Celebration of Black Womanhood and the Minority Student Recruitment Committee. She has an affinity for words, quotes and inspirational sayings and an appreciation for art, in every form. She is thrilled to be taking part in the Cultural Competence Leadership Institute and grateful for the opportunity to expand her horizons.

“Diversity, inclusion, cultural competency and leadership have always been areas I have valued and done my best to learn more about at every opportunity. I feel that in the world we live in, it is especially important to understand where the people around us are coming from in order to best communicate to and learn from one another. I have participated in programs such as LeaderShape, a diversity workshop sponsored by Target, HAVEN training, SafeZone training, and I have learned a lot about the students that comprise the Carolina student body through my position in New Student and Parent Programs. I thoroughly enjoy opportunities such as these that allow me learn about others and their perspectives. I feel that diversity, inclusion, cultural competency and leadership and important, especially when working with others in a University setting, and I am excited about the opportunity to gain more knowledge about each of these subjects.”