Manyi Ayuk poses for photo with her family

So much pain, so much joy

Manyi Ayuk reflects on the dualities she’s experienced as a Cameroonian American and as an activist for social change.

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Manyi Ayuk ’21, CLA, is a 2020 SEED scholar.

Starting points for change

“Lean into community wherever you feel the most at home. Give yourself the patience to find people that understand you. Give yourself time to remove yourself from the alienation that comes from juggling identities. That’s when revelation begins.”

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Manyi Ayuk wearslong braids, a navy top, gold necklace, and hoop earrings in front of dark blue cloudy background

Manyi Ayuk ’21

Psychology and Public Health, College of Liberal Arts

SEED Scholar