Mechiya Jamison

Class Year: 
Current Position: 
RAY Conservation Diversity Fellow: Communications Coordinator
Current Organization: 
Environmental Leadership Program
Chicago, IL

Mechiya Jamison was born in Chicago, Illinois. Though raised in Atlanta, she would visit Chicago every summer. So when asked where she is from, she expresses a dual sense of belonging to both places. Mechiya attended the University of Illinois at Chicago where she studied Urban Studies and Public Policy. Throughout her college career, she held the roles of UIC Heritage Garden leader, UIC recreation center employee, Student government representative, and a UIC Latino Cultural Center student educator. Outside of UIC, she continued to make strides as an America Needs You fellow, a policy intern for the Illinois Environmental Council, and the curator of "Moving Freely", a highly revered exhibit that centers mobility justice, Black joy, and building collective power for the Black Brown communities on the south and west sides of Chicago.

Mechiya Jamison is a multidisciplinary thinker, planner, facilitator, storyteller, writer, placemaker, curator, poet, recording and visual artist, and activist. She is the current Communications Coordinator for the Environmental Leadership Program, and a Mobile Artist for city-wide initiative We Will Chicago.