Nazirah Purnell

is a Rise HBCU Fellow from Williamsport, Pennsylvania and a graduating senior at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, the nation’s first degree-granting HBCU. Here, she is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, a Pre-Law certification, with a minor in English. Nazhas a fueling passion for education reform and plans to pursue a career where she can fight education inequity in urban settings to create disruptive change in the Black community. Nazirah enjoys running with her track and field team, reading, and completing her natural hair care routine.