On behalf of Project RACE, I am so excited to introduce my awesome new Project RACE Teens Co-President, Alexis Cook! Alexis is talented, smart and dedicated and we are delighted to welcome her to our team. Whether it be as a leader at her high school or out serving in her community, Alexis is all about loving people and bringing them together.
“I’ve often heard my parents say, build a longer table, not a higher fence,” Alexis shared. “This quote speaks to the need for conversation and community, versus bias and separation. I got to grow up being both sides of the same coin. I come from both an African American and Caucasian background and I am proud to be both!
Alexis is the youngest of three incredible girls born to Wade and Debbie Cook. Wade is black and Debbie is white. Both of Alexis’ older sisters are students at Duke University. When asked about her multiracial heritage, Alexis replied, “Growing up in an interracial family was a blessing because I got to learn from two cultures instead of just one. “
Alexis embodies our core values and philosophies here at Project RACE. She is about to enter her senior year at Eaglecrest High School in Aurora, Colorado, where she is in the top one percent of her class and will be serving as Student Body President. Alexis is compassionate and caring; energetic and enthusiastic. She’s also a great public speaker! She is a servant youth leader with HOPE worldwide and a youth ministry student leader with the Denver Church of Christ. She has also worked in a nursing program with a young African immigrant from Arusha, Tanzania to help the newcomer practice her English and assimilate into American culture. A golfer, cheerleader, and editor of her school magazine, Alexis is busy with many valuable things, but is determined to make a contribution to multiracial advocacy.
I have had the honor to work alongside some amazing teen advocates here at Project RACE and am looking forward to partnering with Alexis to see what our team can accomplish for the growing multiracial population in the coming year.
-Karson Baldwin, Project RACE Teens Co-President
Photo: Alexis Cook and Karson Baldwin, Project RACE Teens Co-Presidents