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Victoria Grace Assokom-Siakam, Nonprofit Management Apprentice

 National Leadership Program, Summer 2018

Victoria Grace Assokom-Siakam is smiling in front of the RespectAbility banner

Victoria Grace Assokom-Siakam

Victoria Grace Assokom-Siakam was a Nonprofit Management Apprentice in the National Leadership Program at RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities. Through her work at St Louis ARC, Assokom-Siakam has worked with individuals with disabilities to expand their opportunities whether at work or at home. These experiences with people with disabilities have motivated her to join RespectAbility and to help ensure that people with disabilities have the financial resources to pursue their ambitions. At RespectAbility, Assokom-Siakam will be helping the development team in two major areas: the initiative to increase and strengthen partnerships with philanthropic organizations and the grant-seeking process.

Assokom-Siakam is a third-year student at Washington University in St. Louis pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in International and Area Studies – Development. Her own Cameroonian-American background, as well as growing up in multicultural Washington, D.C., has motivated her to study marginalized diaspora communities such as those of Arab or African descent in the U.S. During the academic year, Assokom-Siakam is an intern for the Center for Community Health Partnership and Research through the Institute for Public Health at Washington University. There she creates promotional material for center events and researches violence prevention.

Assokom-Siakam is interested in elements of urban spaces such as architecture, transportation, public policy and how people interact with these spaces. She still is exploring possible professions. Currently, her interests include public health, politics and user research. An example of user research is how people use a public park.

In her free time, Assokom-Siakam enjoys listening to comedy acts. In addition to the occasional run, to stay physically active, Assokom-Siakam plays rugby on the women’s club team at her university. She also likes frequenting restaurants with friends and family to try different food. Assokom-Siakam highly recommends inapa, also known as eru. Inapa is her favorite Cameroonian dish: a peanut sauce cooked with bitter leaves similar to spinach and beef.

Assokom-Siakam wrote two pieces during the 2018 Summer Apprenticeship. Check them out on our website:


RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities. Learn more about the National Leadership Program and apply for the next cohort! Contact [email protected] for more information.



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