BIO

Mr. Wilson Okello is a student of poetry, believing in the power of creative expression as a method to generate critical self-reflection, inspire confidence, and achieve agency. Son to the high expectations of an immigrant father and a mother who’s love and support are the backbone of his pursuits, he desires to repay their stewardship by assisting others in the transformation of themselves and their communities. Born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, he attended Youngstown State University where he earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Education. From there, he accepted a fellowship to attend the University of Rhode Island, where he earned his Masters of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies–College Student Personnel. Currently, Wilson is on doctoral fellowship at Miami University, where he is an instructor in the departments of Social Justice Studies and Black World Studies. Bridging the scholar-artist divide, his research employs the revolutionary tradition of Black feminist thought to critique and advance development theory and pedagogical praxis. He is the founder of the Truth to Power Project. Featured twice on TEDx, Wilson, a sought-after speaker, is recognized for his expertise in agency and self-determination, providing people with the tools to attain an authority to live life on their own terms. Fundamental to his work is reinforcing the fact that one’s story and voice in this world are both legitimate and relevant. His recent accomplishments include the University of Rhode Island recognizing him with the Distinguished Achievement Rising Star Award, and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) naming him an Outstanding Professional. His deepest desire is to assist others in locating, cultivating, and living out their dreams.