Nicole Tinson became actively involved in community service while enrolled at Dillard University serving in various leadership capacities including: President of the NAACP chapter, the Social Action Chair for the Beta Gamma chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and a founding member of the Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100). She was also a Young People For (YP4) fellow and an Emerging Leaders intern through the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and interned in the Office of Congressman Cedric Richmond (LA-02).
While at Dillard, she was selected for the inaugural White House HBCU All Star program and succeeded in confirming First Lady Michelle Obama as Dillard’s commencement speaker. Thereafter, she attended graduate school at Yale Divinity School to study the intersections between politics and religion. While there, she organized student protests and demonstrations and effectively worked with Yale’s administration and student leaders on ways to be more inclusive of the diverse student body, including increasing funding to hire faculty of color and changing a college’s name.
Nicole has had the opportunity to speak at the US Department of Education, the White House (under the Barack Obama administration), Take Back the Night, Black and Engaged, Wonder Women Tech, Dillard and Yale University. She is also the member of the Community Justice Speakers Bureau.
Nicole has received numerous awards including: HBCU Buzz 30 Under 30 award, NAACP Meritorious Woman award and has been inducted into Dillard University’s 40 Under 40. Nicole currently is an Advisory Board Member of MC Lyte’s Hip Hop Sisters Foundation as well as a board member for Pay Our Interns.