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Ayodele Mason ’17, International Affairs Major, Fine Arts Minor


Why did you choose Trinity Washington University?

I chose Trinity Washington University because I needed a place where I would
be able focus and receive one on one attention, as well as excel as an educated
woman. Also, I chose this institution because I needed a place to allow me to grow as a minority woman. Lastly, choosing this University allowed me to lift some of the financial burden off my shoulders while I attend a four-year University.

How will you use your education to become a dynamic leader in your

I will use what I have learned to speak up and voice opinions about the unawareness of matters in a our community.  By providing awareness I will be able to educate our community. I also want to establish a non-profit organization which will be based in Ghana and will create awareness on deforestation. It will also offer an entrepreneurship opportunity for the villagers while connecting underprivileged inner city kids from DC to Ghana. The program will offer internship opportunities for inner city high school students which will allow them to travel to Ghana. These students will be trained as field coordinators prior to their trip to Ghana. The program will increase entrepreneurship
opportunity for villagers through the agriculture production which can be sold in the local markets. The inner city students will be assigned based on their artistic talent to take pictures, paintings, write poetry, sculptures, printmaking, and videography while they are working on this project in Ghana. Upon completing this project, these students will have a chance to share their experience through art about the importance and impact of deforestation  by exhibiting their work in their own communities in Ghana and DC.

If you could issue a statement to young girls that could be broadcast for
the whole world to see, what would you say to them?

I would tell them to never let anyone dictate who you are or what you want to be. You can lend a helping hand, but don’t let anyone be the author of your own book.

What inspires you?

What inspires me is art which I can use to express my beliefs, opinions, and views on contemporary issues that I and others face. As a woman, I rely on art to help me portray my strength. I also rely on art to promote women empowerment because gender inequality is a huge issue that many women including myself still face today.

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