I was born in Oklahoma and raised in Detroit, MI. Growing up in the Midwest, I was afforded many opportunities to express my creativity through the arts (African Dance, Cheerleading, and Fashion Club, to name a few). I attended Cass Technical High School; there, I studied under the Art and Graphic Design curriculum. In my search to express my creative freedom upon graduation, I enrolled in the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Florida, majoring in Graphic Design and minoring in Photography and Journalism. I would find many ways to express myself at this institution through the Arts and STEM. My extracurricular consisted of the DIVAS Dance Team, Stars Computing Corps, Epsilon Pi Tau Leading International Honor Society for Technology, National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), AmeriCorps Alumni, an ambassador and presenter at top Conferences: Women of Color in Stem Conference and Black Engineer of the Year Award Conference (BEYA), my sorority Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., and Phi Theta Kappa.
I am Jykia Johnson Hayes. My husband Christopher and I are residents of Tuscaloosa. We share a bonus daughter, Kristen, and two sons, Jace and Jazir.
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