Student Panelist Bios

​Get to know the four Dallas College students joining Chancellor May for the “Overcoming Barriers” Student Panel at Conference Day 2020. The panel discussion will be part of the August 21st General Session.

 
Amya Favors  

Amya Favors

A graduate of Lancaster High School, Amya Favors is a freshman at Dallas College. She is taking her fall classes online through the college’s Cedar Valley Campus and is proud to be part of the Dallas County Promise Program. In high school Amya had the opportunity to work on video production projects and is interested in furthering her understanding of the technical arts through additional study of digital art and design. In Amya’s free time you are likely to find her behind a camera lens. She is also passionate about photography!


Michelle Favors 

Michelle Favors

Not all paths are straight. Michelle Favors' path is no exception. Today she is in the final stretch of obtaining her associate degree – a goal she thought she first started 27 years ago! She originally left college to have and raise her four children. That is until one of her children graduated from a Promise high school and Michelle was given the opportunity to return to college tuition free through the Parent Promise program. At the time (2018) Michelle was a recent widow and decided she wanted to be an example for her children and her community. Serving as a pastor, mother and full-time employee with the City of Dallas is definitely a balancing act. Regardless, Michelle says the Dallas County Promise Program has been a blessing to her life and she is forever grateful for the opportunity to finish what she began and her college degree.


Baylee Ratcliff  

Baylee Ratcliff

An Irving native, Baylee Ratcliff graduated from Premiere High School – a small college-preparatory program based at Dallas College Irving Center. She entered the workforce unsure of her career path, but eventually discovered her passion for real estate while working as a leasing agent. Today Baylee is back in school full-time, working full time, and also a parent full-time. She will finish her courses at Dallas College in December, earn her real estate license and celebrate her daughter turning two come April 2021. Lots of exciting things ahead for Baylee! (Fun fact: she also has a sister pursuing nursing who attended Dallas College to complete her core classes).


Grace Mulumba 

Grace Mulumba

Originating from Africa, Grace Mulumba has overcome many obstacles to pursue a career in Biomedical Engineering in the United States. Starting college at the age of 16, he has always done his best to remain a top student in all his classes while also seeking (and acquiring!) valuable leadership skills. He is currently serving his classmates as Vice President of Scholarship for the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. His dream is to one day serve others as a doctor in the healthcare industry. (Fun fact: Grace has two siblings who have graduated Dallas College and transferred to UTD, and one sibling – his sister – who is still attending our classes to become a future marketing professional).