Campus Queens - Miss Firebird 2014 - 1015
Kendra Nicole Lewis
Kendra Nicole Lewis was born in Washington, DC to Debra Lewis and Charles Wallace. She grew up in Hyattsville, MD and attended Northwestern High school. In high school she maintained honor roll status and achieved a 4.0 her senior year, while taking advanced placement classes. Kendra also became a founding member of the student organization, Youth Leadership Council, a program facilitated by In Reach Incorporated. In this organization members participated in leadership forums as well as community service projects.
After graduating high school in 2006, Kendra worked for several years as the Director for the DC chapter of a national women's social and networking organization. She planned and executed events such as cooking classes, shopping events and networking mixers. In pursuance of one her passions, photography, she also started Sincere Photography by Kendra. Kendra photographed many events including birthdays and reunions, as well as upscale events such as the Sneaker Ball at the Building Museum in DC. Her work photographing women owned businesses was featured in Crave Book, a book spotlighting and referencing these businesses in DC, Maryland and Virginia.
In 2010, Kendra put both of those loves on hold when she gave birth to her new love, Elijah Kweli Boyd. She stayed at home for the first 6 months to bond with her new baby boy. During this time her yearning to further her education grew, as did her desire to provide the best life for herself and her son. In 2011 she took the hard first step of enrolling her son in daycare and enrolling herself at The University of the District of Columbia. That step put her on the path to an unforeseen and remarkable future.
Kendra is currently a junior pursuing a bachelor's degree in Psychology. After obtaining her degree, she will pursue a master's degree in Social Work. Her career goal is to help underprivileged and at risk children and teens as a youth counselor. At UDC, Kendra has served for 3 years as a new student orientation leader and a Campaign 9:30 student peer educator. She has also helped charter a mental health awareness club, Active Minds, and is a member of Psychology Students for Social Responsibility.
Kendra is blessed and grateful to be Miss Firebird 2014-2015. She is very enthusiastic and passionate about working to create a more positive perception of this remarkable university. She will achieve this through her platform of community outreach to improve the societal issues of homelessness and HIV/AIDS awareness in DC. Kendra believes "What we do today, molds UDC's legacy. I want to help make it great but I can't do it without you. You are the 'U' in UDC!"