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Hi, I’m Ashley —

writer, advocate, strategist, and consultant

I graduated from the University of Cincinnati (UC) in 2016 with a B.S. in Neuroscience. My interest in social justice catalyzed when I co-founded The Irate 8, a student-activist movement, on UC’s campus in response to the fatal police shooting of Samuel Dubose.


After graduation, I worked and organized at BYP100 as a Communications Manager. Now, I leverage my background in neuroscience, leadership, organizing, and social justice to create strategic communications and digital content for organizations, businesses, campaigns, and universities. For example, At the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), I consult as a Digital Organizer, and recently took the digital lead on the BREATHE Act, a visionary, modern-day Civil Rights Act.


I write about social justice, identity, race, and politics for publications such as GQ, Playboy, Teen Vogue, The Root, and Essence Magazine. I also cover the State of the Union addresses annually as a part of Rep. Maxine Waters’ Millennial Media Row. Currently, I attend the College of Law at the University of Cincinnati with a full scholarship. I'm a fellow of the Nathaniel R. Jones Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice, ensuring that my law study includes a grounding education in the way that law intersects with race, class, and gender.

Speaking Engagements

Student Government Fall Retreat

September 2019

Keynote & Facilitation: SG Works For Who?


McMicken & The African American Community

February 2019

Panel: Charles McMicken’s Legacy


Miami University Diversity and Inclusion Committee

July 2018

Keynote: Activism 


Social Media Week

April 2017

Panel: From Slacktivism to Social Justice Warriors


WILL Social Justice Conference

March 2017

Panel: Social Action


Black Feminist Symposium

February 2017

Workshop: Moments vs. Movements

Ohio Consortium of Multicultural Centers in Higher Education Symposium

October 2016

Keynote: Student Activism or Proactive Measure to Create Institutional Change


NAACP 107th Annual National Convention

July 2016

Panel: Community Policing


Diversity and Inclusion Conference

March 2016

Keynote: The Irate 8


Innovate for Change

February 2016

Panel: Race and Higher Education


Elect Her

November 2015

Keynote: Servant Leadership


Cincinnati Social Media Week

February 2015

Panel: Social Media Influencers​

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Awards & Accolades

Academic Awards & Honors

Social Justice Fellowship

Presented by the Nathaniel R. Jones Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice, August 2020

Cincinnatus Presidential Scholarship
August 2012 - August 2016

University Honors
August 2012 - August 2015


Other Awards & Honors

30 Under 30 Award

Presented by Cricket Wireless & 101.1 The Wiz, October 2020

Miss Black Ohio USA
November 2016-November 2017

Leisan Smith Founders Award
Presented by LGBTQ Center, April 2017

Marian Spencer Equity Ambassador Award
Presented by Office of Equity and Inclusion, March 2017

Black Girls Rock
Presented by Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity Inc. April 2016

Spirit Of Cincinnatus Award
Presented by Cincinnatus Honorary Society

Student Trailblazer Award
Presented by African American Alumni Affiliate, February 2016

Sigma Phi Women’s Honorary
Awarded Membership, February 2016

National Undergraduate Social Activism Award
Presented by Sociologists for Women in Society, November 2015

Summer Commencement Ivy Chain
Presented by University of Cincinnati, August 2015

Usoni Award
Presented by African American Cultural and Resource Center, Feb 2015

CWEST Women's Honorary
Awarded Membership, February 2015

The Lambda Society
Awarded Membership, January 2015

Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honorary
Awarded Membership, January 2015




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