April 7, 2014 by admin
Congratulations to Alayah Glenn on her induction into The Order of the Golden Fleece! Glenn, a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was inducted into the prestigious organization on March 21st. Founded in 1904, the Order of the Golden Fleece is the university’s oldest and highest honorary society. Those eligible for selection must possess exemplary character and have made a significant, lasting contribution to the university.
Glenn co-founded the Caribbean Student Association, a small community of students that seeks to educate and celebrate Caribbean culture and its contribution to the modern world. Her passion stemmed from personal ties with the region and her knowledge of the economic and political barriers that keep citizens from accessing higher education. To help aid this problem, Glenn has created a scholarship endowment to have students from the Caribbean attend UNC. Glenn said, “I wanted my time at UNC to be defined by my using the resources and privilege I have available to me to empower the communities I belong to and that I can support.”
Glenn contributes part of her success to Movement of Youth. Glenn said, “ Movement of Youth is critical to any success I’ve had at this university and beyond. Seeing Atrayus as an example and knowing his work ethic and passion allowed me to be more transparent about the things that I cared about and motivated me to imagine that I could make a change.”
Following graduation, Glenn will be working in Montgomery, Alabama as a Justice Fellow for the Equal Justice Initiative. The non-profit organization and law firm challenges issues of racial discrimination and poverty. She hopes that her experience, both past, present, and future, will continue her growth as a leader and advocate for social equality.