Nicole Muzette Augustine, is the creator and founder of RIZE Consultants, Inc. In the early 1980s, Nicole was born in Inglewood, California amidst the infamous "crack epidemic" in America. This was her first exposure to social injustice, racial inequity, and the traumatizing origins of many people of color in the United States. Her tale is one of resilience and opportunity, as she soon moved on from Inglewood, to be raised in the more conservative and affluent town of Edmond, OK.
After experiencing the stark contrast of both living environments, she became intrigued by the core reasons for differences in community outcomes.
Nicole went on to pursue a Bachelor degree in Sociology from Cornell University, later receiving her Masters of Public Health from The George Washington University. RIZE was created to provide an opportunity for prevention professionals to be innovative partners and engaged stakeholders, leading the field, and committed to creating healthy and resilient communities
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As much as RIZE empowers, serves, and encourage growth for our communities and clients, we firmly hold these values true in our own organization. Meet and rise with the RIZE team!
October 2022, Donna Marie was hired by the HBCU Collaborative Network as Project Director to manage the Network and lead its grant initiative, COVID19 Collegiate Resilience Program. Through engaging interns, collaborative network meetings, communication campaigns, and grant management, she works with local HBCUs to promote wellness and positive public health messages on campus, to enhance resilience and decrease health disparities.
Donna Marie would like to see the network expand throughout the state and the country, connecting professionals working alongside students at HBCUs to share best practices, challenges and solution-oriented conversations, and stories of successful outcomes in student health and wellness. She is excited about the journey she has embarked upon and desires to do good work that is notable, sustainable, and helpful to the communities she serves.
In addition to working with HBCU Collaborative Network, Donna Marie is a socially engaged, performance artist, actress and activist. She enjoys using theatre and performance arts to share messages of culture, engage communities, and promote understanding. Donna Marie enjoys acting, theater, and performance arts. Everything from poetry to music, graphic arts, and architecture. Good natured and content, Donna Marie revels in the peace she finds in self-care and spending time alone, as much as the joy she finds in performing for audiences and blending into the crowd.
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