Zach Gillespie is a driven and intellectually curious scholar who has embarked on an academic journey focused on unraveling the complexities of social justice and equity. As a Native of Harlem, New York, he brings a deep understanding of urban communities and their dynamics to his studies. Currently in his first year of pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Africana Studies, Zach’s academic pursuits are a natural extension of his passion for advocating change and addressing systematic inequalities.
Zach’s academic foundation was laid at NYU, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies. His commitment to academic excellence is evident in his involvement with the NYU Prison Education Program Research Lab.In this role, he engages in research that focuses on shedding light on the financial burdens faced by families who support incarcerated loved ones, highlighting the far-reaching implications of the criminal justice system on communities.
With his unique blend of academic acumen, lived experience, and passion for social justice Zach is poised to contribute significantly to the field of Africana Studies and the broader discourse on equality and social justice.