Jaila Allen

2019 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Jaila Allen is an activist who was born in Atlanta, Ga. She is currently a sophomore at Brandeis University as a Posse Scholar, double majoring in Health: Science, Society & Policy and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies. During her time at Brandeis, she has been active in the cultural groups on campus, joining the e-board as secretary of both the Brandeis African Students Organization and the Caribbean Culture Club. Along with having jobs at the Office of Student Financial Services and the Campus Center Team since her freshman year, Jaila is great at managing her extracurriculars, school work and jobs. Last summer, she volunteered with Breakthrough Manchester, working to promote the educational growth of minority rising seventh graders by teaching advanced mathematics and origami. In addition to teaching both of these subjects, she was also on the Leadership Board where she worked directly as a liaison between the director of the program and the other teaching fellows, and the Team Events Committee where she assisted in designing programming that helped engage the community through social events. As an avid activist, Jaila hopes to one day work in healthcare policy promoting health equity for queer and minoritized people. In Fall 2019, she will be abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark where she hopes to participate in research opportunities surrounding work in public health, be exposed to leading healthcare professionals and take full advantage of all the new food that Denmark has to offer. Along with all of her advocacy and academic interests, Jaila loves to read science fiction and crime novels, listen to old school R&B music and binge watch shows on Netflix.