Ashley is passionate about increasing access to global literacy, and amplifying the voices of young changemakers around the world. Whether it be women’s empowerment, civic engagement, or storytelling, Ashley believes true multicultural education inspires bold thinking and creativity which allows young people redefine any field of work, and create their own places at the table. Serving as a U.S. Department of State Youth Ambassador to Uruguay helped Ashley realize the importance of multicultural, diverse, and inclusive education - and the varying privilege and access students have to make study abroad reality. Ashley is excited about her role in empowering the next generation of barrier-breaking innovators and Nobel Peace Prize winners through cross-cultural understanding and collaboration!
Where Ashley has studied abroad:Uruguay, Taiwan
Where Ashley wants to study abroad:Philippines, Morocco, Peru
Jersey-born Keyana Simmons is an avid educator of urban youth. As a graduate of the Howard University College of Arts and Sciences, she invests in her passion for service and science through her work with DC Public Schools. Keyana has also maintained a lifelong passion for travel. Since beginning her travels at the age of 12, she's experienced 5 out of 7 continents and 11 amazing countries. Determined to empower tomorrow's future today she is a strong supporter of international travel for high school scholars through non-profit organizations and non-governmental organizations. Excited to serve as Vice Chair for Project Exchange, she looks ahead to pay forward what was so graciously given to her, the power of experience and gift of vision.
Where Keyana has studied abroad:Cuba, Belize, China, France
Where Keyana wants to study abroad:New Zealand, Australia
Born in the Dominican Republic, Rosa Ramirez earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Roger Williams University in 2012. Due to her own experiences migrating to the United States at age 14, she is very passionate about education, youth development, and cultural exchange as tools to empower disadvantaged youth to positively transform their lives. A few of her international experiences include serving in the Peace Corps as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language in China, from 2013 to 2015 and as an Adult Mentor in Youth Ambassadors, a 9-month program (including a 3 week-cultural exchange abroad) funded by the US State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and Administered by AMIGOS de las Americas in Montevideo, Uruguay. She dreams to found a service-learning, non-profit organization with the goal of empowering underserved youth by providing them with the opportunity to participate in meaningful and enriching international projects that address community needs.
Where Rosa has studied abroad:Brazil, China, Uruguay
Where Rosa wants to study abroad:Morocco, Spain
Traci Johnson is a 53-year-old, very active grandmother. She has been teaching 6-8 the grade Leadership at Shahala Middle School for 11 years. She is an animal and kid lover who spends her spare time running, playing soccer, kayaking, and extreme racing. Traci is excited to be on this board and help out her wonderful ex student Ashley who has a love of helping others.
Where Traci wants to study abroad:Israel, Greece, Italy