Radiance is a second-generation Belizean-American from central Illinois. They attended Illinois State University and graduated summa cum laude as the Lincoln Laureate for 2020 with a B.S. in Sociology and minors in Women’s and Gender Studies and Latinx/Latin American Studies.
Before their undergraduate career, Radiance served on community development projects with World Vision and Amigos de las Américas. During their time at Illinois State, Radiance performed nationally with the Gamma Phi Circus and championed initiatives to increase inclusivity and cultural responsiveness in course curriculum and student organizations.
Radiance was also intimately involved in their hometown as a community organizer with the Climate Action Campaign Blono, Black Lives Matter Blono, and the People’s COVID-19 Response Team. They worked closely on local climate response plans, housing rights teams, pretrial justice advocacy, and alternative food systems. Additionally, serving under Alderperson Jennifer Carrillo was a formative experience for Radiance in that it allowed them to learn from a fellow organizer and queer person of color using a position of power to further the goals of the community. This experience facilitated Radiance’s choice to bring their community work to a legal career.
Radiance’s professional interests include areas such as poverty law, housing rights, and environmental justice. They are eager to continue increasing community access to and ownership of land, resources, and public services.
In their free time, you can catch Radiance practicing yoga or reading by the pool.