Jonique Lyles joined the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security as a Policy and Research Fellow in September 2019. Currently she is a Masters of Arts Candidate at The Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs and student ambassador for the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. While at The New School she began in the Transdisciplinary Design program working as a Research Assistant with Parsons DESIS (Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability) Lab. Her time led to practicing participatory service design methods around the US Incarceration system, public services and education along with selected participation in the United Nations summer study program. Prior to joining the NGOWG, Jonique was an AmeriCorps College Adviser serving in rural North Carolina supporting and advocating for college access. As an undergraduate at NC State University she obtained a BS in Political Science and remained active by founding an artistic activism group called ‘S.P.E.A K’ (Students Proactively Engaged towards Activism Knowledgeably) advocating for various issues faced by Black communities, cultural groups, gender and sex Identity, political and education access, environment, and international human rights. Her time spent expanded as a Fellow of Young People For, interning in public service, serving in student government, and being the social action chair in her local Chapter of the Mu Omicron Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Jonique is from Sugarland (Poolesville), MD.