Day in the Life: Ava DuVernay

Owaves Team Activist, Filmmaker

Day in the Life: Ava DuVernay As a filmmaker, Ava DuVernay has brought attention to extremely important racial and social issues in America. Many of her films, like 13th and Selma, showcase the struggles that Black people have faced since the times of slavery. Media is a form of activism. DuVernay has used her platform and her storytelling skills to educate others …

Day in the Life: Bryan Stevenson

Owaves Team Activist, Lawyer

Day in the Life: Bryan Stevenson The prison industrial complex is one of the most prevalent forms of institutional racism.  One incredible lawyer, Bryan Stevenson, has tackled this issue since the 1980s. Despite Black people only making up 12.1% of America’s population, they constitute 34% of America’s prison population. His work has exonerated several innocent Black individuals unjustly incarcerated by the justice …

Day in the Life: John Lewis

Owaves Team Activist, Author

Day in the Life: John Lewis I remember walking into the church in Atlanta, Georgia where Martin Luther King Jr. preached his messages of equality and empowerment. MLK Jr. was supported by several activists and leaders in the Black community. One of these activists was the incredibly inspiring John Lewis. Much to our dismay, John Lewis passed away on July 17, 2020 …

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Day in the Life: Lauren Serpico

Owaves Team Entrepreneur, Student

Day in the Life: Lauren Serpico   Meet Lauren Serpico, a Senior Community Developer at Owaves! Originally from New York, Lauren moved across the country to San Diego, where she currently lives. She describes herself as a digital nomad, juggling her time amongst working at Owaves, running her Instagram fitness account @holyhiit.fit, and offering (now virtual) personal training lessons. As an advocate of …

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Day in the Life: Serene Issa

Owaves Team Student

A Day in the Life: Serene Issa Meet Serene Issa, a Community Developer at Owaves! Serene will be a senior at the University of California, San Diego this fall and is studying Cognitive Behavioral Neuroscience. She has lived in a few different places growing up, being born in Arizona and then moving across the world to Abu Dhabi, UAE where she spent …

Day in the Life: Calo Huang

Owaves Team Student

Day in the Life: Calo Huang   Meet Calo Huang, a community developer at Owaves! Calo is currently in Canberra, Australia where he is pursuing a master’s in Science Communications. His passion for health and circadian rhythms is not only reflected in his work at university and Owaves, but also in his day-to-day life. Calo makes sure to incorporate exercise and relaxation …

Day in the Life: Madi Coli

Owaves Team Student

Day in the Life: Madi Coli   This week we are featuring Madi Coli, a Community Developer at Owaves from Mountain View, California! She will be a junior at University of San Diego in the fall and is double majoring in Marketing and Environmental Studies. Madi loves spending time outdoors and is passionate about living a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle. When she isn’t working …

Day in the Life: Elaine Fang

Owaves Team Student

Day in the Life: Elaine Fang   Meet Elaine Fang, a community developer at Owaves! Elaine recently graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Psychology BSc and business minor and will be pursuing a Social and Organizational Psychology Masters at the London School of Economics in September. As a mental health advocate, Elaine is big on developing healthy habits …

Day in the Life: Katherine Johnson

Owaves Team Scientist

Day in the Life: Katherine Johnson   Anyone who has heard of the book/movie Hidden Figures knows of Katherine Johnson, the NASA mathematician who made groundbreaking discoveries. Growing up in a time when segregation was still a reality, Mrs. Johnson overcame many struggles. She was one of the three Black students to integrate West Virginia’s graduate schools. She was a teacher, a …

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Day in the Life: Barack Obama

Owaves Team Activist, Lawyer, Politician

Day in the Life: Barack Obama   When Barack Obama became the first Black president 12 years ago, it was not only a historical moment, but it was also a victory for Black communities who wanted proper representation for their voices. While president, he made several decisions to tackle the social and economic disparities in America. He made health insurance more accessible, …