Nica is one of our leaders for Mission u 2019 Issue Study: Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Dr. Monique Morris
Nica is an undergraduate student at the University of Washington (UW) studying law, societies, and justice; entrepreneurship; and gender, women, and sexuality studies. She serves
as the Student Fellow for Advocacy and Activism at Wesley Club at UW and as the Youth Coordinator at Beacon United Methodist Church in Seattle. Nica is a lifelong United Methodist
and third-generation United Methodist Woman, having started involvement in the mission of the PNW UMW from an early age. She is also an emerging leader of the Greater Northwest
Area working to envision a more liberated Church.
A variety of educational opportunities and programs have led to Nica’s leadership in this year’s study on Pushout. She was a part of the 2018 cohort of the General Board of Church and Society’s Ethnic Young Adult internship, through which she experienced working at a national policy advocacy agency and developed an understanding of social justice issues and faith-based organizing work. In 2019, she participated in United Methodist Women’s Holy Disruption cohort. Holy Disruption brought together a group of young women from all over the United States to do a five-month-long educational intensive on Pushout and how the school-to-prison pipeline impacts Black and brown girls. She brings this training into her work of leading Mission u attendees through Pushout and inspiring them to disrupt the many manifestations of the school-to-prison pipeline in their communities.