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Najha Zigbi-Johnson
Current Company Name: Research Assistant (RA)
Hutchins Center for African & African American Research
Class of
2009
Education / School 1: Guilford College
Education / School 2: Harvard Divinity School
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Najha Zigbi-Johnson

Hutchins Center for African & African American Research
Class of
2009
Najha Zigbi-Johnson attended Guilford College, a Quaker school in Greensboro, North Carolina. Inspired by MCS’ commitment to equity and social justice, Najha has pursued comparative religion and justice and policy studies. She studied abroad in Havana, Cuba during the Spring of 2015, and conducted an independent research project on the Afro-Cuban religion, Santería, and its centrality in the Cuban tourist economy. Najha also traveled to Spain in summer '16 to explore the history of Catholicism and the religious syncretism of Southern Spain. She followed this work with her honors thesis on Santería, the Pan-Atlantic African Diaspora and its intersections with the Black Lives Matter movement.

During her final year at Guilford, Najha led a class she co-designed called “Organizing for an Anti-Oppressive Campus: A Popular Education Practicum.” She understands her commitment to movement-building has stemmed from her time at MCS and continued working in the South as a member of "Ignite North Carolina" and the student-led coalition she co-founded, "Integrity for Guilford", to address issues around House Bill 2 (The Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act), voter suppression and campus organizing. After Guilford, Najha attended Harvard Divinity School and in early 2019, she became a Research Assistant (RA) at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research.

Najha also interned for the MCS Advancement Office (formerly known as the Development Office) in the summer of 2012 and the winter of the 2015-2016 school year, and continues to stay active as an alum.
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Savio Zigbi-Johnson
Class of
2013
Education / School 1: George School
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Savio Zigbi-Johnson

Class of
2013
After MCS, Savio Zigbi-Johnson attended George School, a college preparatory school located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Deciding to attend a boarding high school was a difficult choice for Savio, but with all the opportunities and resources available at George, he is glad he did. One of those opportunities is an expansive language-study offering.

Going into freshman year, Savio opted out of Spanish (which he had been learning at MCS) and began taking courses in Chinese. Although difficult at first, his Chinese improved greatly, mainly due to the teaching expertise of his teacher, Lan Cheng. In the summer of 2016, Savio traveled to China, ready to use everything he learned.

George School offers annual service learning trips to different countries in order to allow students a chance to give back, as well as receive. This was undoubtedly what happened to Savio. Living with a Chinese host family and working with underprivileged students was a fulfilling experience where connections transcended language and culture.

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