Genet Lakew is a digital storyteller with a passion for expanding conversations around the Black diaspora, womanhood, migration, mental wellbeing, and other similar social themes. She is a digital marketer at the National Urban League, the leading civil rights and urban advocacy organization devoted to economic empowerment and social equality for people of color. As a millennial at a historic institution, she is an integral part of a new civil rights movement that fuses the rich legacy of activism and political struggle with contemporary thought and leadership.
True to her belief that to whom much is given much is required, Genet started a scholarship to help make college a reality for children of Black immigrant parents at her former high school. The Mekonnen Family Scholarship, named to honor her loved ones who believed in education as a path to liberation, is designed to champion young people with big dreams but limited resources.
Genet is a proud graduate of Howard University, where she majored in print and online journalism and minored in African studies. Attending a historically Black university as an African immigrant deepened her understanding of global Black experiences, which span boundaries, ethnicities, languages, and histories. Genet continued to delve deeper into the Black diaspora at New York University, where she earned an M.A. in Africana Studies. She has published chapters in two books on the African diaspora, most recently in Slavery, Migrations, and Transformations: Connecting Old and New Diasporas to the Homeland.
Genet was born in Ethiopia, raised in Arlington, VA, and has called New York City home for 6 years. She is a lifelong learner who regularly soaks up history and stories through podcasts, documentaries, books, and photography.