MBS alumna Eriqah (Foreman-Williams) Vincent ’06, a tireless advocate for environmental and social justice, spoke with members of the GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) Club on Thursday, February 25.
An MBS graduate and native of Newark, Eriqah Vincent has dedicated her career and her volunteer outreach to making the environmental conversation in America become more inclusive and equitable at all levels. She currently serves as Network Engagement Director for Power Shift Network — a nonprofit made up of a network of youth-led social and environmental justice organizations working together to build the youth clean energy and climate movement.
She spoke about the challenges that she has faced in life as a Black woman and the mentors who have helped guide her along the way. “I’ve had the pleasure of being raised by some pretty strong people — some family members and some not,” she said. “I have seen resilience and strength from the women around me. My mother is a force and my grandmother is also a force.”
She recalled being inspired by the stories of her mother’s activism in Newark in the 1960s. “My mom was the secretary of a student club at her high school and was in the middle of organizing some of those demonstrations in Newark,” she said. “She passed along some of that advocacy spirit to me.”
Vincent said that her environmental and social justice work with the Power Shift Network “really fuels my spirit. It’s very proud work for me.” She also gives back by serving on the HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Green Fund as well as the Morristown-Beard School Alumni Board and the Black Alumni Alliance.
As a student at MBS, she said that she gravitated towards performing arts classes and appeared in many plays, dance concerts and choral performances in Wilkie Hall. Her favorite teachers included Andrea Deventer for dance, Dr. Patrick Horan for English, and Troy Rusnack for Spanish.
Thursday's GLOW presentation kicked off a speaker series focused on women empowerment. Throughout the remainder of the year, the GLOW Club plans to bring women with diverse backgrounds and perspectives to speak to the group.