Asaiah Edwards is a program associate for the Community Engagement Exchange program. His role includes supporting the CEE team with virtual program initiatives, onboarding tasks, fellow engagement, and assisting development of fellowship curriculum.
Prior to joining the CEE team, he was a temporary program associate for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, where he was tasked with a very similar role in addition to monitoring the Givitas platform for alumni and staff engagement post-fellowship. Passionate about international development and relations, Asaiah brings a background in service and academia that proves very useful to the educational and interpersonal practices of the CEE program.
Asaiah attended The College of New Jersey where he received his bachelor’s degree in Spanish and international studies with a specialization in Latin American and Caribbean studies. He has a background in community service and engagement through the Bonner Scholars Program, where 80+ intentionally diverse students are chosen to complete about 1200 hours of service towards the end of undergrad. He worked very closely with the nonprofit organization Meals on Wheels as a site leader, where he monitored volunteer attendance, recorded the amount of meals delivered, planned community awareness events, and maintained correspondence between the organization and the scholarship organization. He retained a solid relationship with Meals on Wheels post-graduation by assisting with marketing and fundraising efforts.
In addition, Asaiah’s experience in academia is highlighted through his roles as a student tutor in various subjects ranging from Spanish to political science, and as an Oral Proficiency Leader and teaching classes different methods on how to improve their Spanish speaking. Outside of school, he briefly worked as an English coach for the virtual platform Conversifi, where he coached different university students from both Mexico and Spain.