Students for Economic Justice 2016 Fellowship
Jeffrey DeVante McKennie is a military kid who was born in Japan but claims San Diego as his home since he’s lived here for over 10 years. He is currently attending San Diego Mesa College as an honor student majoring in Ethnic Studies with an emphasis in Black Studies and double majoring in Law. He is also the Co-President of the Black Student Union on campus. Jeffrey plans on graduating and transferring to either UC Berkeley or UCSD and eventually would like to pursue a JD to become a lawyer so he can help out the Black community, mainly but not solely.
His parents served 22 years in the military, but throughout that career they never gave him anything less than he needed when it came to their support, encouragement and tough love to make sure he succeeded and didn’t end up on the same path they were on. Jeffrey strives to be the best he can be in everything he does, and intends to make the best of every opportunity given to him. He also works on music and poetry as a passion and enjoys every bit of it, it puts him in a state of relaxation and gives him the calmness he needs to get through his day. He applied to SEJ to help learn life experiences that can lead him to be a better person for the future while also helping those in need so that he may touch someone’s heart in a positive light.