Konah Brownell

Development Intern

Konah Brownell is a recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Journalism, with a minor in Information Technology. Originally from Monrovia, Liberia, Konah’s family was forced to flee their homeland due to her father’s activism as an environmental and human rights lawyer. This experience deeply shaped Konah’s worldview, fostering her passion for social justice and inspiring her to advocate for positive change.

From an early age, Konah discovered a profound love for poetry as a powerful means of self-expression. At the age of 12, she penned a poignant poem titled “Silent Voices of the Little Ones.” This moving piece was born out of her frustration and longing for her mother’s full attention and respect when expressing her thoughts and emotions. This personal experience ignited a lifelong dedication to the craft of poetry, and today, Konah continues to captivate audiences on Instagram with her evocative compositions that resonate deeply with readers from all walks of life.

During her university years, Konah’s intellectual curiosity and analytical skills were honed through diverse experiences. As a writer for the Daily Collegian, the campus newspaper, she crafted insightful articles covering a range of social justice issues. Konah’s writing prowess also extended to her role as a writer for Her Campus Magazine, where she contributed regular articles and actively participated in initiatives focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Notably, she played a pivotal role in organizing events that fostered understanding and provided safe spaces for writers of color to express their concerns and perspectives.

In addition to her literary pursuits, Konah is an avid long-distance runner. She has already achieved remarkable milestones, such as completing the Providence Marathon and several half

marathons. Driven by her resilience and determination, Konah aims to conquer more marathons in various states, pushing herself both mentally and physically in pursuit of personal growth and achievement.

Konah’s desire to effect change extends beyond her writing and athletic endeavors. Inspired by her father’s activism, she aspires to pursue a career in law, driven by her passion for justice and advocacy.