We are a community of leaders, technologists, organizers, politicians, academics, educators, students, and parents that share one common experience: serving as the Student Associate or Student Member of the Howard County Board of Education (SMOB).

The Student Associate position of the Board of Education of Howard County was established in 1988 to provide a seat at the table for a current student. Those who filled this role were able to participate in public discussion but were left without a voice when the time came for the Board to make a decision and act. After observing nearly 20 years of Student…

Today marks the beginning of my 27th year. You might think that’s cause for celebration. In my book, turning 27, and thinking on the number 27 in general, is actually cause for reflection. Before you begin making your own assumptions as to what caused the number to be a noteworthy one in my life, let me share a story with you: a man recently immigrated to the US, offers all the money he has in his pocket — 27 quarters — to a person in need he meets on the streets of Washington D.C. He does this because at that…

Period.

Today, I went to a medical building I’ve visited since childhood. Before I walked in I noticed something different standing tall next to the American flag. Against the backdrop of fall and changing leaf colors was a large “Make America Great Again” sign. After utter shock, I began to wonder, what message does that send to the employees, patients, and communities this center serves including myself. I personally felt uncomfortable and immediately unwelcome. …

Today, we’re launching #ShareSafely, a community-powered initiative that leverages data to improve safety in the sharing economy.

In February, I penned my story of attempted sexual assault as a passenger in a car I requested using application-based ridesharing. I was afraid and unsure of posting about this. However, I shared it then and I am sharing it now in hopes of sparking industry dialogue and change. Application-based ridesharing is not going anywhere and it is still part of my life. I have intentionally removed the name of the company where this incident occurred because my story isn’t a tally mark…

Technology is powerful.

Long gone are the days of sprinting to Blockbuster to get a newly released Lindsay Lohan movie; now with a few clicks I have the Parent Trap and more from the comfort of my sofa. I never need an IOU, because of Venmo. No need to map my long runs: there’s an app for that. We’re the app-for-that generation and I love it. It’s convenience, it’s fun, and it’s my life today.

I’m city-born and suburban-raised, car-pool and bus stops were the norm. After high school, I chose city life and haven’t turned back. I’ve never owned…

adejire

i care. i do. i am. inspired by true events. @sharesafely @brookingsinst @btwfoundation. #27Quarters.

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