BA Candidate - Urban Policy and Social Change, Minor: Social and Public Policy
Jakiyah’s hometown of Chicago inspired the forming of her concentration: Urban Policy and Social Change. With a minor in Social and Public Policy, Jakiyah is focusing on education, housing, and justice policy. She is particularly interested in how the intersection of those three policies impacts the lives of Black people living in cities. In her work, she studies how Black populations respond to urban policies along with analysing how social movements are born. Classes such as Sybil Cooksey's “Why Black People Tend to Shout” and Kwami Coleman's “Hearing Difference: The Commercial Music Industry and the American Racial Imaginary” propelled her interest in research around migrations and Black urban life.
In summer 2019 as a Gallatin Global Fellow in Urban Practice, Jakiyah worked in Berlin, Germany, at Each One Teach One e.V. She conducted research at the intersection of memory culture, decolonization, and public policy through studying toponyms in the neighborhood of Afrikanisches Viertel (African Quarter).
Jakiyah is the NYU Student Government Assembly Chairperson and is part of the executive committee that oversees the NYU Student Government Association, the main representative student body at NYU. Within the Gallatin community, Jakiyah is also an Americas Scholars who traveled to the Dominican Republic to study music and borders and later to Louisiana to study climate disaster. In 2019, Jakiyah was one of only ten students named to Washington Square News’s Influentials List.