Woman of the Month
By: Raven Gillus
We are so happy to highlight Quieysha McDougle for our Woman of Month. Quieysha is the co-founder and president of a nonprofit organization called, Project U.P.L.I.F.T. The organization is dedicated to mentoring, uplifting, and molding young girls into women who are able to conquer challenges at Winston Salem State University. Last month, Quieysha was just crowned the 81st Miss Winston Salem State University, where she is pursuing an undergraduate degree in political science in addition to justice studies.
We got a chance to speak with Quieysha about her passion for uplifting others, her career path, and more! Here is how our interview with Quieysha went.
Q: You have just been crowned 81 st Miss Winston Salem State University earlier this month, how does that feel?
A: I’m super excited! It still feels surreal, since we have been home. But, I’m excited to get back to campus and I’m happy about all of the new opportunities to come.
Q: What inspires you to uplift others?
A: I grew up in a household with parents who didn’t finish school. But, I always had teachers in my life to mentor me. Not everyone has those mentors like I did. Coming into college, I saw that everyone doesn’t have those people to guide them thru life. It drove me to create a spirit of mentorship.
Q: How important is education to you?
A: Education is very important. We’re talking about knowledge, not just school. But, especially college, it teaches you about yourself, how to handle your finances, and how to make connections. College isn’t for everyone, but I push college to the people I know because it can definitely help you in where you want to go in life.
Q: How important is the field of politics and justice studies to you? Do you plan to connect that with your passion for uplifting others?
A: Being an African woman it’s very important in my community. In the pre-law track, civil law, corporate law, etc. we need people in the diaspora to show our people that we are fighting for you. It will allow little brown girls to say, ‘I can do that’. I’m always looking for people who look like me, so I can give back to people in my community.
Q: What is your dream job?
A: I want to be attorney. I don't know what law necessarily I will go into. It can change once I get into law school. Maybe even a judge. But something that has to do with law.
Q: I notice your Instagram bio says “gracefully broken”. What is the significance of that to you?
A: Gracefully Broken is a song by Tasha Cobbs Leonard. In the summer of 2019, I was kind of at my lowest point, as a financially independent college student. I saw my niece praise dance to it and I broke down because it made me so emotional, especially because of what I was going through at the time. It reminded me that God was still making a way for me. No matter what you go through, you will come out stronger.
Q: As we all are in quarantine; do you have any words of encouragement for our readers?
A: I highly encourage all of the women to stay empowered! It’s so important to write down your goals, and love yourself through this time. It will pass.
We couldn’t think of anyone better than Quieysha to have as our Woman of the Month. We are inspired by her poise, her dedication and her amazing work that she does for young girls and women in her community. As she goes into her senior year as Miss Winston Salem State University, she leads by example to show other young women the importance of following your path, empowerment and serving your community. We hope that you have been inspired and can take something beneficial from Quieysha’s words.
To find out more about Quieysha McDougle and Project U.P.L.I.F.T follow her on Instagram