Meet the 2017-2018 Leaders for Change


The Leaders For Change are student interns for The Center for Student Leadership, Ethics & Public Service with an intent to raise awareness of local, national, and global issues and encourage students to become more engaged and active in combating issues. Each student intern brings their unique worldview into their work to conceptualize programming centralized around an issue with lasting impactful solutions. The Leaders for Change mission is to help students become more ethical, effective leaders and engaged citizens through education, empowerment and engagement opportunities.

Leaders for Change events strive to:

  • Educate students about inequities and oppression that communities face
  • Encourage students to think critically and broadly about the root causes of inequality
  • Empower students to be informed and engaged citizens committed to finding creative solutions to advance social justice
  • Connect students with the resources and tools to positively impact their communities

Meet our 2017-2018 Leaders for Change

Fumi Agboola

Fumi Agboola is a junior pursuing a B.S. in Elementary Education with a STEM Concentration and a minor in Nonprofit Studies. She was born in Raleigh and raised in Cary, North Carolina. Along with Leaders for Change, Fumi is involved in a number of organization on campus and in the community. She is President of Education Council, a College of Education Ambassador, a member of Passport to Success, an Engaged Service Scholars Program, a participate in the inaugural cohort for the Social Innovation Fellows Program, and a Teaching Assistant for Nonprofit Leadership and Development (COM 466). Fumi has worked with a number of nonprofits in the local community including volunteering with the Helps Education Fund, and interning at the WakeEd Partnership. After graduating from NC State, Fumi wants to complete her Master’s Degree in Public Policy or Public Administration and work in the field of Education Policy.

Malasia McClendon

Malasia is a second year student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a Concentration in Law & Justice. Prior to her employment with the Center for Student Leadership, Ethics & Public Service Malasia served as a Summer Start Mentor with New Student Programs and currently works at University Recreation. Malasia joined the Center for Student Leadership, Ethics & Public Service student staff as a Leader for Change Intern in September 2017. As a Leader for Change Intern Malasia expresses her passion for social justice by organizing programs that address issues such as inequality and poverty. Malasia strives to educate students of these issues and support them in their attempt to discover new perspectives and explore possible solutions. Malasia also served as a CSLEPS ambassador in the Summer of 2017 which allowed her to support the summer programs and efforts of the office. Aside from the CSLEPS office Malasia contributes to the NC State Community by serving as the current President of the NC State Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People which she reactivated in the Fall of 2017.

Jena Phillips

Jena is currently a second- year student at NCSU studying Political Science with a concentration in International Politics with minors in Law and Justice and Arabic. After participating in an Alternative Spring Break (ASB) project in Belize through the Center for Student Leadership, Ethics, and Public Service (CSLEPS), Jena was selected to act as Team Leader for an ASB trip to Nicaragua this coming March. Additionally, she serves as a Leader for Change intern in CSLEPS, to raise awareness of local, national, and global issues and encourage students to become more engaged and active in combating issues. She spends her weekends with the Power Sound of the South Marching Band serving as a Color Guard Captain. Outside of NCSU, Jena works at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice law firm and enjoys hiking and traveling the world.