Nina Giddens

Xavier University of Louisiana
Class of 2023

Providing accessible healthcare for all.

Nina believes in the importance of investing in and uplifting one’s community. After being afforded opportunities to travel internationally, she realized that many of her peers faced boundaries that prevented them from having experiences abroad. Rather than be discouraged by the limited number of resources, she created opportunities for her classmates by establishing partnerships with local organizations, one of which led to a passport scholarship program and international travel experiences for 25 students.

As a summer youth counselor, Nina witnessed African American children making disparaging remarks toward one another. Disheartened by this and proud of her African heritage, Nina started the organization Mimi Ni Afrika, to build esteem in her community—educating youth about their African American heritage by holding workshops celebrating African culture, dance, and music. Inspired by her study abroad travels, experiences serving the less fortunate in Peru, and watching her grandmother struggle to afford her cancer treatments, Nina plans to continue to invest in her global community and pursue her passion of becoming an advocate for affordable healthcare.

Leadership:

  • President: National Beta Club
  • Soloist: I Am Arts Dance Company
  • President: New Grant Chapel Young People’s Division
  • Student Representative: School Governance Council
  • Ambassador: Global Youth Ambassadors Program
  • Ambassador: 21 st Century Leaders