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"They were Women then, my Mama's Generation
Husky of Voice-Stout of Step
With Fists as well as Hands
How they Battered down Doors
And Ironed starched white Shirts
How they led Armies, Headdragged Generals
Across mined Fields, booby-trapped Ditches
To discover books, desks, a place for us
How they knew what we Must know
Without knowing a page of it

-Alice Walker

Tamika Janee Vinson was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1976. She earned her B.A. in Communication and minor certificates in Spanish and Journalism from the University of Cincinnati (UC) in 1999. During her undergraduate tenure, she was an active student leader as a news reporter for The News Record and College of Applied Science's "Technically Speaking" magazine. She also served as At-large Senator and Diversity and Cultural Affairs Coordinator for Student Government.

In addition, she has served on numerous panels and forums at UC, culminating in opportunities to represent the University at the National Conference on Diversity in Higher Education in 1996 and 1997. A recipient of numerous awards, she is most proud of her publication in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, National Dean's List and Golden Key National Honor Society.

Upon graduation, Tamika returned to Columbus to accept positions with the Columbus Messenger and Columbus Post as staff and contributing writer, respectively. Serving as a general assignment reporter, she was exposed to a plethora of issues which has cultured her thirst to pursue a career in pubic affairs. Contemplating a career in public affairs and broadcasting, much because of her rewarding collegiate internships with Cincinnati's FOX19, NBC WLWT News 5 and Jacor 700 WLW, she decided to take her writing to the screen. As a result, she enrolled into the Master of Mass Communication program at the University of Florida to pursue a career in production.

Currently, Tamika is a second semester graduate student in Telecommunications, hoping to dually host and produce a community affairs talk show. In addition to her academic pursuit, Tamika continuously pours herself into mentoring through Gator Pals, volunteering with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (Zeta Chapter), or serving through ministry at New Covenant Believer's Church.

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