Founding Staff

Founding Staff

Leah Derray

Leah Derray was a senior at IU-I studying Africana Studies with a minor in Civic Leadership. Leah organized with Indy10 Black Lives Matter Indianapolis for several years. Leah has a passion for art, in all its forms, and a passion for human safety and liberation.

Sha-Nel Henderson

Sha-Nel Henderson graduated from IU-I with a degree in Communication Studies and a Theatre certificate. She is an Indianapolis native that deeply enjoys theatre and serving her community. In 2019, she performed in “The People Speak”, produced by the Africana Repertory Theatre of IUPUI (A.R.T.I.). That summer, she also had the honor of performing in OnyxFest with talented Black artists.  During the academic year 2020-2021, she served as the President of IUPUI’s Black Student Union. With her leadership, BSU was able to provide students with care packages, cultivate safe virtual spaces, create special programming such as “Black Women Matter”, and serve the community during the elections. Her interest in helping students lead to mentoring opportunities on campus. She worked as a peer mentor in the School of Liberal Arts to help students find internships, build networking skills and resumes.  Whenever the opportunity arises, she finds a way to intertwine her passion for both community and theatre alongside advocacy.

Terrence Lambert

Terrence Lambert is a hardworking and dedicated individual who puts education at the forefront. Constantly learning is what drives him to grow as an individual and be successful. The art of storytelling combined with constantly asking questions as a kid is what led him to pursue a career in Journalism and Multimedia. As a writer for the Indianapolis Recorder, he believes his experiences have culminated to support his future career goals and aspirations.