Seven Questions with Damilola
by WREN Staff on Oct 10, 2018
Our nest is getting bigger! Meet WREN’s newest staff member and Policy Assistant, Damilola Ajisegiri.
1. Where are you from?
I was born in Nigeria but grew up in Snellville, GA. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in Psychology & a minor in Women Studies. I then moved to South Carolina to get my Master’s in Social Work.
2. What did you do previously before coming to WREN?
I recently graduated from the University of South Carolina with my Social Work degree this spring and I’m currently working on finishing another in Public Administration. During my time in South Carolina, I’ve had the privilege of working with the Center for Child and Family Studies analyzing all of the South Carolina Quality Assurance data for the Department of Social Services.
3.What drove you to get involved in this cause?
I always used to joke that I never knew how oppressed I was as a woman until I took a women studies class lol, 🙂 but in all seriousness, my women studies class & beyond has helped to identify for me both an area and population of people that I want to help motivate and uplift. So, having this opportunity to work with WREN as part of the Policy and Government Relations team is a sweet spot for me, by allowing me to combine my passions and interests.
4. When you’re not working, how do you like to spend your time?
I have recently started a blog about my life post-graduate school, the blues and lessons, and I am both excited and passionate about using that medium to discover more about myself. But when I’m not thinking of my blog, I am either watching Harry Potter movies or old 90’s sitcoms. I’ve also started to dabble a little in the DIY world & have successfully made a make-shift shelf. 🙂
5. If you could meet one woman from any period of time, who would it be?
Bell Hooks, simply because she is the author of one of my favorite books – Feminist Theory from Margin to Center – I relate so much to that book as it relates to all of my identities as being an African, a black person, and a woman. I would just want to pick her brain and get insight on how to continue to live life boldly and unapologetically, and for her to sign my book lol.
6. What is one mantra that you live by?
Is it cheating if I select two? They are interrelated. 🙂 But my mantra is that, delay is not denial- just because you didn’t get something now doesn’t mean it wasn’t meant to be and secondly never underestimate the start of small beginnings
7. What’s one thing you’re excited about that’s coming up in 2018/2019?
Growth. This upcoming year is bringing about a lot of transitions for me and I am excited for the many possible possibilities and experiences.