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We Are All Marquette: Celebrating Black Alumni Leadership in Our Community


Feb 18, 2021 11:30 AM

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Sheena Carey, Jour '81, Grad '83
Internship Coordinator & Lecturer, College of Communication @MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY
Sheena Carey, Jour ’81, Grad ’83, serves as internship director and lecturer in communication studies for the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University and is a consultant in the areas of intercultural communication, cultural sensitivity and workforce diversity, small group dynamics, and teambuilding. Sheena is currently leading the Diederich College of Communication Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion strategic planning and implementation, and is also serving as a moderator for a podcast series that grew out of the Marquette University mural project: Our Roots Say That We're Sisters. Additionally, she is a Faculty Fellow for the Marquette Center for Teaching & Learning for inclusive teaching and a co-chair for the Womxn of Color Employee Resource Group. She is a graduate of Marquette University's Master of Arts program in Speech Communication and completed post-graduate coursework in Rhetorical criticism, Literary theory, and Africana Philosophy.
Makda Fessahaye, Law '14
Director of Employee Relations @CITY OF MILWAUKEE
Makda Fessahaye, Law ’14 serves in Mayor Tom Barrett’s cabinet as the City of Milwaukee’s Department of Employee Relations Director and previously served in Governor Evers’ administration as the Administrator for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections’ Division of Adult Institutions. Makda is immediate Past President of the Wisconsin Association of African-American Lawyers, and a member of Marquette University Law School’s Diversity Recruitment Committee, a member of Dominican High School’s Alumni Board, and a member of Women in Focus. Makda was named as the recipient of the 2020 Wisconsin Women in Government Rising Star Award and named to Madison365’s Most Influential Black Leaders List. Makda received her undergraduate degree in 2011 from Northwestern University and her Juris Doctor from Marquette University Law School in 2014.
Nkozi Knight, Prof St '08
Assistant Director- CLR/Standards & Governance Distribution Services @NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL
Nkozi Knight, Prof St '08 is the manager of Investment Client Services of Northwestern Mutual. Nkozi has a passion for exercising a “servant leadership” style that helps individuals and nonprofit organizations achieve their goals through his own organization Knight Investment Group. He loves helping people grow both personally and professionally. He is a graduate of Marquette University with a B.A. in Law Studies where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He also has a graduate certificate from Marquette University in Community Leadership and is pursuing an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Wisconsin. He currently serves as the founding President of Marquette University’s Black Alumni Association. As a city native, Nkozi and his wife Jessica currently reside North of Milwaukee in the Village of Germantown with their 6 children.