Monae is a Brooklyn native, who moved out to California and joined the UC Davis staff in 2016. She identifies as BlaQ and Deliberate in every way, with a passion for authentic connection, and disrupting respectability politics. Monae attributes most of her foundational understanding of social justice to her time spent working and taking courses at Temple University. Her goal is to promote critical consciousness amongst students, faculty and staff, in order to dismantle the root of all oppressions; she is for healing and liberation. Her socio-political interests include: African Diasporic relations, critical consciousness for liberation, authenticity, intersectionality, identity development, queer issues, advocacy and allyship, Africana and Eastern philosophy, and healing practices.