DEANDRA CADET

“I truly believe that in order to build peace we must start by questioning the narratives we tell and who gets to be seen as human. Through InterAction, we are creating new opportunities that not only challenge oppression in its many forms but also dream up new ways of being and existing where justice, belonging, love and equity are central.”

Deandra is a social entrepreneur and diversity educator. She serves as the Cofounder and Executive Director of InterAction Initiative Inc., working alongside young people of color to develop sustainable strategies for inclusion. As a Haitian-American Midwest transplant from Newark, NJ, she’s still in the process of understanding the complexities of her own identity and story. In 2018, she was named a Dalai Lama Fellow in recognition for her social change leadership. She graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 2015 in Political Science and Peace Studies. While at Notre Dame she was a Kellogg Institute International Scholar, Franklyn E. Doan Scholar, and Frazier Thompson Scholar. Deandra is a diversity educator, social entrepreneur, and an activist in social justice work within her local South Bend Community.