Jamila Rice is an Organizer at Californians for Justice in Fresno. She is a recent Political Science graduate of Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, AL. In 2018 she graduated Magna Cum Laude and earned several disciplinary distinctions. During her tenure at Tuskegee she was involved in the University Ambassador Program, she served as the Student Government Association Judicial Advisor for the 2017-2018 school year, was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society, a third-year New Student Orientation Leader, president of the Bioethics Debate Team and a member of the President’s Men and Women Leadership Panel. All while working as a work-study interpreter for Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site and owning a custom tea business called Beautiful Tea.
During the summer of 2016 Jamila was a George Washington Carver Intern at Iowa State University where she conducted research on ways to assist migrant and seasonal farm workers in agricultural emergencies while also developing and disseminating 4-H material to youth in Iowa ages 7 through 12.
In the summer 2017 Jamila interned at Yosemite National Park as the Volunteer Office Outreach Intern. She assisted with Yosemite’s Volunteer in Parks (VIP) Program and outreached to surrounding communities of color in an effort to have them volunteer with National Park System and reclaim National Park land as their own.
Most recently, Jamila has completed a 6-month fellowship with the Forest Service in Boston, MA. During her time with the Forest Service Jamila assisted the Emerald Necklace Conservancy Canopy Classroom Program at Northeastern University which educated 3rd graders from inner-city Boston about the urban wilderness.
Jamila served as the Edison High School CFJ chapter president in 2013, where she participated with CFJ throughout high school as well as participating in SYLA and Advanced SYLA.
Jamila is excited to be an Organizer with Californians for Justice. She is looking forward to inspiring youth to fight for social and economic justice. Her favorite quote taken from a former CFJ organizer is, “A butterfly has no boundaries.”