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The Image Initiative, Inc.® is proud of our alumnae. 

Many of the women who have participated in our programming have gone on to achieve wonderful accomplishments such as attending and graduating from universities and colleges, opening businesses in their communities and most notably giving of their time to return and engage with our future alumnae.


Alumnae Spotlight Series

Semaj Campbell-Blakes and Dr. Symone Campbell
Semaj Campbell-Blakes and Dr. Symone Campbell

Twin sisters Semaj Campbell-Blakes and Dr. Symone Campbell, natives of Syracuse, New York, commenced their involvement with the Sisters Empowering Sisters conference in 2012 during their sophomore year at Nottingham High School. From 2012 to 2014, Semaj and Symone participated in the conference thrice, recollecting vividly the indelible moments that shaped their adolescent years.

Subsequently, they graduated from high school and pursued their undergraduate studies at SUNY Buffalo State, completing their degrees in three years. Both sisters pursued Master’s degrees in Africana Studies from SUNY Albany. In 2019, Semaj and Symone embarked on separate doctoral endeavors, with Semaj enrolling at Syracuse University to specialize in History, while Symone pursued her studies at Howard University, focusing on media, culture, and communications.

Today, Semaj holds the position of program coordinator at the Image Initiative, Inc., alongside fulfilling additional roles, such as a teaching associate at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and an academic consultant within the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Syracuse University. Dr. Symone Campbell is currently the inaugural Race and Tech Postdoctoral Fellow within the Applied Data Science and Analytics department at Howard University while also contributing as a member of the alumni board for the Image Initiative, Inc.