Soror Akila A. Bryant was initiated in 2014 into Gamma Kappa Chapter on the campus of Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama, where she served as Parliamentarian and became her chapter’s first Leadership Fellow in 2015. In addition, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Animal and Poultry Sciences and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2016 after serving as Vice President of the Pre-Veterinary Club, a member of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS) and a Pre-Veterinary Scholar.
Since she was a child, Soror Akila has dreamed of “being the voice for animals, like Dr. Doolittle”, her passion lies in working to provide the best care and support for clients and their pets in addition to mentoring and encouraging minority students to pursue STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) degrees with a focus in Agricultural Sciences and the field of Veterinary Medicine. Her passion has carried her to West Lafayette where she is currently a second-year veterinary student at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a Student Ambassador, and Lead Role Model for the “This is How We Role Program” which provides fun interactive science and math experiences to kids K-4 who are educationally disadvantaged with the long-term goal of diversifying the veterinarian-scientist workforce. Additionally, she previously served as Social Chair for Veterinarians as One Inclusive Community for Empowerment (VOICE) and formerly served as Lead Counselor for Purdue Agribusiness Science Academy (PASA) Summer Institute.
Furthermore, she served as a member on the Curriculum Committee and Wellness Committee where she developed and published a recipe book titled “Pawsitive Eats.” Soror Akila enjoys traveling and has been to several countries and five of the seven continents. Last year, she was able to merge her love for animals and traveling when she journeyed to Guatemala for a study
abroad program to volunteer with ARCAS, a Wildlife Rehabilitation and Rescue Center. In her spare time, Soror Akila enjoys spending time with her family and friends, volunteering, reading, writing, developing her green-thumb, and keeping up with her spunky 12-year-old toy poodle, Cozmo and bearded dragon, Mushu.
Soror Akila is a member of West-Side Missionary Baptist Church, Saint Louis, Missouri and is currently under watch care at Second Baptist Church, Lafayette, Indiana where she previously served as a member of the choir. She has two sister-cousins and a significant sweetheart. Soror Akila is the daughter of Rev. David Bryant III and proud legacy of Silver Soror and Life Member Rev. Jettie Bryant.
Pearl of Wisdom: James 1:2-4 NIV “ Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”