My name is Brianna Isaacs; I am a senior and international studies major at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA; but originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. I am a goofy, naturalista who loves to travel, experience different cultures and spend time with friends and family.
What made you become engaged within your community?
Growing up, it was always instilled in me to become engaged in my community. What makes me want to continue to be engaged within my community is my passion to give back to the community. I see the impact that is made within the community and within yourself when you engage in that community.
What is "Girls Going Global"?
Girls Going Global is a non-profit organization that aims to expose African-American girls to the cultures of the world. Martice Sutton, founder of Girls Going Global, strives to empower the travel potential in young girls. Girls Going Global seeks to provide young ladies with more opportunities to travel, gain universal competence, and increase the awareness on the importance of becoming a global citizen.
Girls Going Global means so much to me. When I was younger I was blessed with the opportunity to travel outside of the country. Not so many young girls or boys were blessed in the same way. My role in Girls Going Global as Off-Campus Coordinator provides me with the opportunity to speak to third grade students in the Atlanta area twice a month, and expose them to different cultures through different presenters and activities. I am able to expose them at an early age to have the desire to travel.
Why is community involvement important to you?
Community involvement has been instilled in me since I was 12 years old. My middle school and high school taught me the importance of giving back to your community. It is something that was instilled in me at a young age and is something that I will continue to do throughout my life. Community involvement has played an essential role in my life in terms of the support and empowerment that I have received from the community in my life. Giving back to the community that you live in gives you the opportunity to be a part of something that is bigger than you.
Who or what in your life inspires you to be a leader?
My mom inspires me to be a leader. My mother has always had some form of leadership role throughout her career and in the community. She is confident, outspoken, and empathetic; a great team player, and loves to be involved in the community. Her confidence in her ability to lead is what inspires me to not only want to be a leader, but to continue to improve on my leadership skills.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Five years from now I see myself working at the State Department in the Bureau of Culture and Educational Affairs department.
What is most important for you to achieve in your life right now?
There are two things that are important in my life for me to achieve. The first thing that is important to achieve, of course, is my dream to work for the state department. It has been a dream of mine from an early age and I will continue to work hard until I reach my dream. The second thing that is important for me to achieve in my life right now, is to be able to positively impact the youth whose lives I am a part of. There are so many women in my life that have had such a positive impact on my life, and have made me who I am today. I want to be able to have that same impact on the students that I have I worked with.
What advice would you give to young girls wanting to step up into leadership roles, but are afraid to?
The advice I would give to young girls who want to step up into leadership roles but are afraid to be, is to believe in you! Stepping up into a leadership role can be very scary, but when you believe in yourself and are passionate about what you do, everything else will fall into place.
Have you ever wanted to give up?
There have been plenty of times when I wanted to stop and just give up. What made me not give up was thinking about all of the people who were rooting for me to succeed. My family and friends are my biggest fans and to just give up would not only be giving up on them, but also giving up on myself.
Why do you think black women should consider themselves as queens?
Black women should consider themselves as queens because we are worthy to be such. When you think of a queen, you think of elegance, beauty, intelligence, leadership, women who demand respect, and women who hold themselves to a higher standard. Black women in my eyes have these same traits! When we consider ourselves to be queens we hold ourselves to a higher standard and recognize our worth.