University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Imani Chabikuli attends the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was one of the select number of incoming students who was awarded early admission to the Kenan-Flagler Business School. As a result, he majors in Business Administration and Biology. He was also awarded the Ferguson Carolina Scholarship and is a member of Honors Carolina. He is a singer and was selected to be president of the UNC Clef Hangers, one of the country’s preeminent collegiate acapella groups. He co-founded with his sister the Muruta Foundation, which raises money to support an orphanage and a girl’s school in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Imani plans to pursue a career in healthcare management after graduation. He spent his formative years in Pretoria, South Africa, and now calls Chapel Hill, North Carolina home.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Timothy McLendon has earned a perfect 4.0 Grade Point Average while studying Political Science and English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a recipient of the Fred Morrison Scholarship, which covers his full tuition as a member of the highly selective Honors Carolina program. Timothy was named a Will Froelich Fellow, which is awarded to only ten students within the Honors Carolina program. Timothy contributes to the student community by organizing community service events, mentoring fellow Honors students, and serving on the board of directors for Carolina Union. He also serves as a member of UNC’s Honor Court, upholding academic and disciplinary standards for his fellow students. Timothy spent last summer researching the impact of landmark court cases under the guidance of English Professor Stephanie DeGooyer. Timothy’s hometown is Mooresville, North Carolina.
Southern Methodist University
Kirk Ogunrinde attends Southern Methodist University, where he majors in Computer Science and Journalism. He is a Mustang Scholar and Rotunda Scholar recipient, which are among the university’s top academic honors. He writes for the SMU Daily and serves as the Vice President of SMU’s Association of Black Journalists. Additionally, he mentors first-year students through the university’s Student Engagement office and organizes professional development opportunities for his peers through the Hegi Career Leaders Program. Kirk hopes to use technology and data as a journalist to uncover stories that are often untold. Arlington, Texas is his hometown.
Joel Omolade is studying Political Science and Community Health at Tufts University. Witnessing the impact of COVID-19 in his hometown of the Bronx, New York inspired him to pursue a career at the intersection of public health and law, with the goal of advocating for communities that lack access to medical resources. In the summer of 2022, he published a report on the links between discrimination and obesity in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Joel also started a podcast on entrepreneurship. At Tufts, he serves as Senate Outreach Committee Chair for the Tufts Community Union, is the captain of the Mock Trial team, and participates with the Tufts Pre-Law Society.
Osiris Russell-Delano is a political science major at Brown University. As a research assistant in the Department of Political Science, Osiris is currently working to republish abolitionist Hosea Easton’s 1837 treatise, under the guidance of political science Professor Melvin Rogers. He also serves as the Vice President of the Black Pre-Law Association, where he conducts professional development workshops. He aspires to become a civil rights attorney. He has already gained valuable experience in the field, having conducted legislative research and wrote policy briefs for two congressional candidates. Before enrolling at Brown, Osiris led his Mock Trial team at Phillips Exeter Academy to a state championship and received a state award for “top witness. He is also a gifted musician and poet, having amassed over 100,000 streams across platforms for his music. He proudly represents the Bronx as his hometown.
Christopher Wright is a sophomore government major at Harvard University. He benefits from the Jackie Robinson Scholarship. He has his sights set on a career in finance. Chris recently interned with a Boston-based venture capital firm focusing on sports among other related areas. His passion for sports also shines through in his work as a sportswriter for the Harvard Crimson, where he covers the women’s ice hockey team. Outside of his career interests, he demonstrates his leadership skills as Secretary of the Harvard Black Men’s Forum. He calls Gallatin, Tennessee home.