Naomi Samuel is a Dallas native, born and raised in Garland, Texas, but considers Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to be her second home. Or really, where her heart resides. She’s currently a first year Master’s student at Cornell University’s Industrial & Labor Relations school. Before this, she spent time as a researcher at the University of Texas at Arlington and had worked in management consulting after graduating from Southern Methodist University in 2019 with degrees in Marketing & English.
She’s been advocating for diversity and writing poetry since she was a child. As an interdisciplinary graduate, she strongly believes that at the intersect of multiple domains of knowledge, exists new forms of practice to make the world more equitable for historically disenfranchised groups.
She’s particularly interested in designing creative interventions to increase racial equity in the workplace. She’s been an outspoken advocate of ending natural hair discrimination via #TheCROWNAct; and is currently a fellow of The CROWN Campaign, an interdisciplinary, grassroots effort to advance federal policy prohibiting natural hair discrimination. She loves leading and holding space to have conversations around what innovation is necessary to make the world more inclusive, and reduce group-based discrimination and harms.
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“There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made.”Michelle Obama
“If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.”Maya Angelou
“And miles to go before I sleep.”Robert Frost, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”