Alumnae Profiles: Jainaba Fye, C'2013
Jainaba Fye graduated in December 2013 with a degree in international studies with a concentration in international development. From a young age, she recognized the importance of preserving the Earth and the importance of living sustainably.
While at Spelman, Fye served as a Sustainable Spelman Intern, Green For All College Ambassador, and Toyota Green Initiatives Ambassador. These opportunities allowed her to implement campaigns and initiatives serving minority communities that are disproportionately affected by environmental degradation.
She currently serves as a program officer for the Mhina Tumaini Foundation, an international nonprofit designed to meet the health and education needs of youth.
In 2011, she developed the Miss In Action Girls Empowerment Workshops held in Kigali, Rwanda, and Baltimore, Md. Fye will be launching the Miss In Action Green Series in 2014. The Green Series focuses on empowering young women to impact their communities by introducing concepts of sustainability and creating an appreciation for the environment. Fye developed the green series because she wants to inspire younger generations to inherit sustainable habits that will benefit their communities.
Fye has an interest in international education and believes in the importance of educating children, especially young women, in developing countries. In May of 2013, she participated in the Think Tank on Global Education at Harvard's Graduate School of Education Programs in Professional Development. While there, she worked with Harvard faculty and Think Tank participants to develop curricular frameworks that promote global competency. Fye plans to earn her masters degree in international education policy.
Always active, Fye is also the co-author of the children's book, Princess Halima and the Kingdom of Affia. The story illustrates the life of a brave African princess and chronicles her many adventures.
Set to be released this year, the story also highlights the rich history of great Western African empires in their antiquity.