Meet the Founders

Racheida Lewis
Born and raised in Washington, D.C. Racheida (EIT) is a Gates Millennium Scholar and a GEM University Fellow who graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with minors in Mathematics and Physics in May 2013. She received her Master of Engineering from the University of Virginia in Electrical Engineering in May 2015. Racheida has a passion for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Education and giving back to the community around her. She volunteers a lot of her time at a local elementary school in Charlottesville aiding students in mathematics. She is also apart of the National Society of Black Engineers where she has held various leadership positions that has enabled her to expand her passion throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Engineering Education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Her ultimate career goal is to teach at the university level.


Ashley Jackson 

Ashley Jackson, a native of Westmoreland County, Virginia, is a December 2013 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University. There she majored in Biomedical Engineering and Physics and was involved in a host of organizations and activities which included the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Kinkz and Curlz Club, and the Eta Tau Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is currently pursuing a Master of Education in Teaching and Curriculum for Middle School Mathematics at VCU. Having had little resources financially to attend college, Ashley became a Gates Millennium Scholar, a VCU Provost Scholar and a Fary Memorial Scholar. Having the opportunity to give back in such a way as T.R.I.U.M.P.H. has allowed her to do is a lifetime dream. “As long as I am lifting as I climb, I feel that my purpose is being fulfilled,” she says. She is currently pursuing a Master of Education in Secondary Math at VCU. Ashley aspires to one day become a professor herself in order to encourage other young people, especially African American females, to pursue science, technology, engineering, or math degrees.



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