Meet Our Wonderful Interns!
Florida International University
Marcos Garcia was born in Três de Maio, Brazil and moved to the U.S. in 2006. After graduating from Doral Academy Preparatory Highschool, Marcos began to pursue a Bachelor in Sustainability and the Environment with a certificate in Agroecology at FIU. He is an ICATCH scholar at the Agroecology program at FIU. Marcos serves as the President of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS) as well as the Garden Manager for the Organic Garden at FIU’s main campus. His interests lie in sustainable farming technologies, environmental and agricultural policy. As an ICATCH scholar, Marcos hopes to continue developing skills and research background needed to effectively apply sustainable farming practices in real world situations in order to improve food security and environmental issues. Marcos aims to use his leadership roles to work towards promoting inclusion, diversity, and increase minority representation in the agricultural field.
St. Louis, MO
My full name is Sarah Renee Harris and I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri where I grew up a very spontaneous, adventurous, and curious child. I am currently enrolled as a junior at Langston University majoring in Agribusiness with hopes of completing my bachelor’s degree in the Spring of 2022. My educational inspirations consist of acquiring my bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness that would help aid me in pursuing a spot in a graduate degree program. My activities outside of class include serving as the Youth & College secretary for NAACP on the national level and the chapter level for Langston University’s chapter. I record and take note of everything related to the NAACP, for example, I type agendas for every meeting held. I am a new employee with the agricultural department of Langston University where I record research data on Microsoft excel. Also, in my free time, I run a small business online selling personal health and beauty products. My overall career vision is to one day have my own Farm & create a Farmer’s market that will distribute organic goods and services to consumers. I also see myself starting my own non-profit organization that will play a huge role in helping low-income households.
Tennessee State University
Kanita Hutchinson is from Atlanta, Georgia. A 2x Alumna of Tennessee State University where she earned her Bachelor’s in Biotechnology (2017) and Masters in Agribusiness Management and Analysis (2019) in the College of Agriculture. While attending TSU, she participated in various organizations, from the Student Government Association, Tennessee Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (TLSAMP), Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANNRS), Tiger Women in Agriculture, just to name a few amongst the awards and honors she has received.
Currently, Kanita is the Program Director for a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, Trap Garden, where their mission is to help build, sustain, and empower low-income communities by assisting in the creation of community gardens and the promotion of healthy eating.
Continuing to excel by serving her community by volunteering and others, Kanita’s personal goals at NWIAA is to be an advocate for sustainable education, food justice and women through agriculture. Her goals to diversity the industry to encourage individuals that agriculture is more than just farming, it's beyond those limitations. Agriculture involves business, biotechnology, engineering, nutrition, and so much more!
Kanita is planning to pursue a Doctorate degree with career aspirations of working with people through food, research, and sustainability. As an individual, Kanita truly takes full advantage of what her university and community continues to provide in her future endeavors. She prides herself in striving to break barriers, making a change, and creating a way for others to apply themselves while being a humanitarian in their communities.
Florida A&M University
Food Science & Business Agriculture Student
College of Agriculture & Food Science
I am currently a 4th year Food Science and Technology student with a minor in Agribusiness at Florida A&M University from Miami, FL. I am interested in legal legislation that affects the health and safety of our community and ensuring sustainable practices that protect the environment. Issues such as the rising amount of food deserts, unsustainable agricultural and ocean farming, biofuel production are some of the conflicts on my agenda. Additionally, I am also interested in Homeland security with issues such as international trade & commerce where foreign insects, animals, food, drugs, and disease/pathogens make their way across the borders proving to be detrimental to domestic crops, animals, and the general population. I know my way around a computer using basic skills using word & excel and have just begun to learn to code. I am an inaugural and active member of the NAACP in South Miami and was part of the group to bring about a chapter that far south. I plan to achieve my master’s degree in public health and join the U.S public health service.
Val’Ontay Linzy was born in Denver, CO, and raised in Oklahoma City, OK for almost half of her life. She is the oldest of 4 children who are all 5+ years younger than her. Living in Oklahoma City has exposed Miss Linzy to agriculture through the non-profit organization NWIAA (National Women in Agriculture). She has been apart of this organization since she was 12, and she is now 18 years old. She continuously works with the organization to grow charitable donations of fruits & vegetables that provide the community with fresh & healthy local food. During her years of service, she has learned a lot about agriculture and children while helping the community flourish. Val'Ontay has always loved helping people and being a great model to not only younger children but older adolescents who may have struggled with trials and tribulations in life. She currently attends Langston University to further her education in the agriculture industry by receiving a bachelor of science degree in agribusiness. She plans to transfer to her dream college in Florida at Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University (FAMU) in Tallahassee, FL.
Val'Ontay chose to reach out to the community through pageant life. From a young age, Miss Linzy watched the show toddlers and tiaras and has seen how much influence, fun, and pride the young girls carried themselves with, walking on stage. As Val’Ontay grew older and researched the multitude of pageant systems, she then realized there were more to pageants than the awards & glitz. Many successful titleholders had platforms to promote grace, elegance, and being a beacon of life for other participants and outsiders to follow. Val’Ontay truly desires to make the world a better place in her own way, by volunteering and working alongside a reputable non-profit organization. Miss Linzy’s humble beginnings and the experiences she has already persevered through have only motivated Val’Ontay more to participate and spread her wings in the pageant system. This is a major platform of her ministry, by way of taking everything beautiful about agriculture and taking a cohesive approach to do what she loves with her beauty and brains.
In summer 2018, Val'Ontay attended her very first pageant (National American Miss Oklahoma State Pageant) where she received Top 10 Finalist of over 150 young girls, 2nd runner up in Community Service, and Best Thank You Note of Oklahoma City. This was an experience she will never forget in which motivated her to continue doing pageants. As she continues her pageant journey she is enthusiastic about representing America's Miss Agribusiness Pageant in Central, OK. She plans to promote the pageant program while continuing to teach children about agriculture and volunteering in multiple schools and communities with her current title. Val’Ontay is pleased to have the opportunity to make this an unforgettable experience that directly aligns with her mission and vision to make the most out of her platform; one of her favorite quotes are, "It's not about wearing the crown, It's about what you do while wearing the crown and so on after."
Kennedy Manuel is originally from Houston, Texas, and is currently a Junior at Tuskegee University where she is majoring in Animal Science. Her interests are in community activism and Sustainability. She hopes to pursue a career as a Wildlife Conservationist. Some skills that Kennedy has that will help the organization is her ability to community organize, teamwork, critical think, and her ability to adapt.
I am Sadica Murphy, a junior, Health Science major at Spelman College. My goals are to become a pediatric surgeon and assist the healthcare field in reducing the morbidity rates in the US through the use of sustainable agriculture, particularly aquaponics, in low-income and food desert areas. I also aspire to advocate for my patient's needs by working closely with lawmakers to create legislation for healthcare. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, advancing my ballet technique, and watching content contributing to my growth as a person and future professional.
Imani S. Muhammad, B.A
Juris Doctorate Candidate, May 2023
Southeastern Louisiana University Law Center
Imani S. Muhammad, B.A
Imani Muhammad is a first year law student at Southern University Law Center. She has bachelor’s of science in political science and has worked closely with many projects involving the community. She is dedicated to change in her community and a consistent advocate for women and minorities.
RA, BSU President, & SUB
Hello, my name is Onteya Zachary- I am a full-time second year student at Prescott College pursuing a double major in Education and Cultural and Regional Studies and in my freetime, a social justice gypsy actively engaging with the world and my role within it. Grounded and inspired by my upbringing on the Southside of Chicago - a diverse, global oriented Angel city, I am committed to understanding the needs of communities. I am a witness to the change dynamics that shape opportunity and empowerment within societies and I am passionate about collaborating with the organizations and groups that seek to bring social justice to the forefront. Further, environmental advocacy is a love language for me as I recognize healthy neighborhoods are a massive catalyst for healthy persons. I look forward to working with and learning from the team! I am excited about networking and welcome all connections, thank you!