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River Falls, Wisconsin 54022
River Falls, Wisconsin 54022
This is a campus activist.Nikki Shonoiki is a upperclassmen at University of Wisconsin- River Falls studying Intercultural Communications with a minor in Social Justice. Growing up in a lower middle class mixed-race community in South Minneapolis, MN she gained an appreciation for cultural and economic differences and the effects those differences have on society. Nikki herself is a cultural hybrid born to a Nigerian father and African American mother she felt tugged between following American culture while still holding on to her father's heritage. She has a twin brother and an older sister who has 2 sons. Nikki began paying attention to politics in High school, specifically when the twin towers fell. Until then she didn't realize the impact she could make on her community through political activism. When she arrived at UWRF and began taking courses in Political Science, she found where her passion lays. After being on Student Senate for 2 .5 years she's gained more knowledge about politics and more experience in political activism. In Spring 2008, she ran for local political office as a Pierce County Board Supervisor and won making her the only women, only minority and youngest member of the board in living memory. She has served as the Director of Diversity and Women's Initiatives on UWRF's Student Senate and is currently a Co-founder and Co-Chair of Rise Up for Women's Rights. She is also an Intern for United Council of UW Students, Wisconsin's State-wide Student Association and on the Board of Directors of Choice USA, a national pro-choice advocacy organization. After her Post-Secondary career at UWRF she hopes to continue on to Graduate school in order to receive a Masters in International Business. With this degree she would like to manage and/or start social justice organizations around the world that deal with major social issues such as poverty, women's rights, equal rights, genocide, etc., with the hope of creating positive change in at least one person's life.
General Interests: Being Facetious (Sarcastic), People, Places, Things, Being in the mix of everything, Knowing whats going on around campus, Not being bored pretty much, Discussing politics and how the world is headed toward utter destruction, Laughing a lot...
Favorite Music: R&B, Slow Jams, Hip Hop, Rock/Alternative, Neo-soul; Favorite Artist; Jon B., India. Arie, Adele, Algebra Blessett, Jennifer Hudson, Janita, Mya, Nelly Furtado, Jo Jo, Ne-Yo, NickelBack, Tamia, The Fray, Amel Larriuex, Ciara, Jamie Foxx, Tabi Bonney
Favorite Books: I like Mystery and Paranormal type books: Balefire series, Sweep series, Black Dagger Brotherhood Series, The Hollow's Series, The Cassandra Palmer Series, The Mercy Thompson Series, etc.
Political Views: Very Liberal, Very Progressive
Occupation: Student and County Board Supervisor
Networking Goals: Idea sharing, Mainly networking with students from Midwest schools to do a regional conference or convention around student rights.
Added on 04-18-2009
Updated on 04-19-2009