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Derek Fitzgerald

Howard University

Derek Fitzgerald is a Biology major at Howard University, where he maintains a 4.0 GPA in the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program. He is a member of Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity and the Gentlemen of Drew Social Club. He also serves as Sophomore Class Treasurer. Originally from Round Rock, Texas, Derek aspires to become an orthopedic surgeon.

Caleb Bobo

University of Kansas

Caleb Bobo is a Political Science major at the University of Kansas, where he is in the Honors Program and University Scholars Program. He is a member of Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity and volunteers at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County and the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence, Kansas. Originally from Ballwin, Missouri, Caleb aspires to become a policy analyst for the U.S. Department of Education.

Rashaun Bennett

Davidson College

Rashaun Bennett attends Davidson College, where he majors in Political Science. He is a Davidson College Presidential Scholar and a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar. On campus, Rashaun is a senator in the Student Government Association and a consultant in the Davidson College Speaking Center, where he helps students improve their public speaking and presentation skills. Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, Rashaun aspires to become education lawyer.

Elliot Williams

Villanova University

Elliot Williams is a Communications major at Villanova University, where he is a Presidential Scholar, the highest and most prestigious designation. He is involved in RUIBAL- Villanova Campus Ministry and Project R.E.D. (Retention Empowerment & Development). While he aspires to become a broadcast journalist, he remains passionate about educating young people. He has served as a mentor and tutor through various programs in the Philadelphia area.

William Searcy

Yale University

William Searcy is a Political Science major at Yale University. Upon arriving at Yale, he was selected to participate in the Dwight Hall Urban Fellows Program, which affords him the opportunity for civic engagement in the city of New Haven. He is founder of the Black Pre-Law Association at Yale College and represents the Afro-American Cultural Center on the Yale Intercultural Affairs Council. Originally from Dacula, GA, William aspires to become a lawyer and elected official.

Joshua Jackson

Brown University

Joshua Jackson is a Political Science and Ethnic Studies major at Brown University. He serves as Minority Peer Counselor at the Third World Center and Executive Board Member of Brown Democrats. Joshua hopes to become a human and civil rights lawyer.

Andrew Gonzales

Brown University

Andrew Gonzales is a Political Science and Education Policy major at Brown University. He is a Questbridge National Scholar and volunteers at Making Moves, a mentoring and tutoring program for high school student athletes in Providence, Rhode Island. Originally from Richmond, California, Andrew hopes to become a lawyer or elected official.

Louis Laine’

Swarthmore College

Louis Laine’ attends Swarthmore College, where he majors in Philosophy and Political Science. He volunteers in Dare 2 Soar, where he tutors students ranging from 6 to 15 years old in math and reading comprehension. He is also involved in Swarthmore’s Writing Associates Program and Senate Assembly. Originally from Newark, New Jersey, Louis hopes to become an attorney.

Osayande Aihie

University of Denver

Osayande Aihie is an International Business and Socio-Legal Studies major at University of Denver. As a high school senior, he received the Ernst & Young Youth Entrepreneur of the Year award and he currently interns at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship in the Bay Area of California. Osa aspires to become a corporate CEO.

Edward Hill

Northern Virginia Community College

Edward Hill is a Business Administration major at Northern Virginia Community College. He is founder of the campus business club and president of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He is also a member of the National Association of Black Accountants. Originally from Dale City, Virginia, Edward hopes to become an accountant. Edward is the first community college student selected to participate in the Institute. His acceptance is contingent upon his enrollment in a four-year college or university.

Donald Abram

Pomona College

Donald Abram is a Politics major at Pomona College, where he is a Posse Foundation Scholar. He is a minister at Greater New Mt. Eagle Missionary Baptist Church in his hometown, Chicago, Illinois. He is also a group facilitator at Pomona Partners, a mentoring program for middle schools students in Claremont, California. In addition to the ministry, Donald aspires to public office.

Jerrel Baker

Morehouse College

Jerrel Baker attends Morehouse College, where his only grade other than “A” has been one “A-.” He is majoring in Political Science and Economics and hopes to practice law in the future. He is a Bonner Scholar, signifying that he receives a prestigious scholarship that rewards him for committing time to community services that he might otherwise need to spend at work to support himself through college. Jerrel completed over 700 hours of community service during his first semester at Morehouse. He has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity in Atlanta, and assisted in a relief project in Tuscaloosa, Alabama after a tornado devastated that community in 2012. He is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society. He is also a writer and editor for the campus newspaper. Jerrel is a native of Atlanta, Georgia.

Michael DeVore

Claflin University

Michael DeVore maintains a 4.0 GPA at Claflin University, where he majors in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. On campus, he actively participates in the National Association of Black Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He also serves on the fundraising committee for the Black Executive Exchange Program. In the surrounding community, he works on service projects sponsored by the Rotary Club and tutors children at the Boys and Girls Club in Orangeburg, SC. Michael is an entrepreneur who H enjoys innovation and hopes to head a technology corporation in the future. Michael hails from Estill, South Carolina.

Wesley Dixon

Yale University

Wesley Dixon is a sophomore at Yale University, where he is majoring in Environmental Engineering. While completing the requirements for that degree, he hopes to begin his pursuit of a Master of Public Health degree. In addition to his academic work, Wesley is quite active as a coordinator of the Social Justice Network at Yale. He is a member of the executive board of the Black Solidarity Conference, the nation’s largest student-run intercollegiate conference. He is a research assistant at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, and he is a student manager at the Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale. While in high school, Wesley spent two summers as a Telluride Association Scholar and participated in a program that brings together talented students from around the world who demonstrate intellectual curiosity and motivation. Wesley’s hometown is Pembroke Pines, Florida.

Robert Fisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Robert Fisher attends the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he maintains a 4.0 GPA as a Political Science major and History minor. His outstanding high school academic record earned him recognition at UTC as a William E. Brock Scholar and a Provost Scholar, His outstanding collegiate record have catapulted him into leadership roles in the university’s Honors Program, where he has served as co-chairman of the recruitment committee and as the program’s liaison to the undergraduate admissions office. He is also very active in student government, having served as a Senator and currently as Student Body Treasurer. He was the Federalist Party Presidential nominee at American Legion Boys Nation and the Congressional Debate State Champion during his high school years. He has volunteered on mission trips in locations from New Orleans to Guatemala. The aspiring attorney’s hometown is Clarksville, Tennessee.

Caleb Jackson

Hampton University

Caleb Jackson majors in Broadcast Journalism and serves as a staff writer for the student newspaper at Hampton University. Because of his outstanding high school record, he was named a Hampton Scholar, which carries a four-year scholarship to that institution. He serves as the sophomore class representative to the Scripps Howard School of Journalism’s Executive Board and is also a Senator in the Student Government Association. He is also a member of Hampton’s Freddye T. Davy Honors College. His peers at Hampton elected him Mr. Sophomore, in recognition of his numerous contributions to campus life. He tutors children at the Eva C. Mitchell Childhood Care Center and has joined his fellow Hamptonians in delivering clothing, food, and toys to New York after Hurricane Sandy. His hometown is Dallas, Texas.

Julian Lane

Johns Hopkins University

Julian Lane majors in Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University. While taking a challenging set of courses, he participates on the varsity track and field team as a High Jump athlete. He is also very active in a group of minority male students who are dedicated to helping fellow undergraduate men of color complete their degrees at Hopkins. In preparation for a career in medicine, Julian participated in the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program at the University of Virginia in 2012. He was one of 35 undergraduate students chosen to participate in a class offered by the Johns Hopkins School Medicine to introduce undergraduates to the culture of medical school. He has also shadowed the director of the Pituitary Tumor Center at Hopkins. He is a resident of Glen Burnie, Maryland.

Khallid Love

Princeton University

Khallid Love is a Mathematics major at Princeton University, where he arrived with ambiguous career plans. While taking classes, he realized that he had a passion for math, which he traced back to his childhood experience of computing sales taxes without the use of a cash register in his mother’s store. He now plans to pursue a PhD in Mathematics and become a college professor. Currently, he serves as a math tutor and a math grader for undergraduate courses at Princeton. Khallid also volunteers as a math coach through Let’s Get Ready, a program that helps underprivileged high school students prepare for the SAT. Khallid’s hometown is Charlotte, North Carolina.

Elijah L. McDavid, III

Morehouse College

Elijah L. McDavid, III majors in Religion at Morehouse College. He is a College Board AP Scholar, a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society, and a mainstay on the Dean’s List. Elijah has interned at several churches, including the historic Alfred Street Baptist Church in old town Alexandria, Virginia, where he became a licensed minister last summer. At Morehouse, he is a Chapel Assistant at the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel. He was inducted into the Academy of Preachers in January 2013. He is an accompanist and vocalist in the Morehouse College Glee Club. Elijah hails from Arlington, Virginia.

Andrew Mulinge

University of Maryland

Andrew Mulinge attends the University of Maryland and majors in Government and Politics and hopes to work one day as an education policy expert. He has been named a W.E.B. Du Bois National Honors Society member and received other scholarships in recognition of his academic achievements in high school, where he was elected student body president. As a member of the Du Bois Society, he founded a mentoring program for middle school children in Adelphi, Maryland, a community close to his university campus. Andrew promotes his major to prospective students as a College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Ambassador. He also chairs the student organization Community Roots, where he arranges events that promote community. Andrew volunteers for organizations such as America Reads/America Counts. His hometown is Clarksburg, Maryland.

Ronald James-Terry Taylor

Syracuse University

Ronald James-Terry Taylor is the recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship at Syracuse University. He is a Syracuse University Coronat Honors Scholar, in which he received one of the four-year merit scholarships that was presented to the top students admitted to the College of Arts and Sciences. He also represents his university as an Opportunity Nation Scholar. As a testament to his outstanding academic ability, he served as a teaching assistant in the Public Affairs Program during the spring of his freshman year at Syracuse. The aspiring lawyer serves as a research volunteer with the Cold Case Justice Initiative. He is also the founder and president of a youth mentorship program, the Community Project Rejuvenation, which, among other things, provides summer tutoring for kindergarten through third grade students in his hometown of Hempstead, New York. He also founded a similar program to serve middle and high school students in Syracuse. Ronald hopes to become Mayor of Hempstead.

John Alexander Whisnant

George Washington University

John Alexander Whisnant is enrolled at George Washington University as a Psychology major. He is involved in the university’s Honors Program and is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. While working hard to earn top grades, he works in customer service for the GW Office of University Events and as a community service aide for the campus police department. He is a member of the George Washington Voice Gospel Choir. Upon graduation, Alex will continue his studies to become a psychotherapist. Alex is a resident of Suitland, Maryland.

Alex Williams

Skidmore College

Alex Williams attends Skidmore College and majors in Management and Business. On campus, Alex serves as an executive committee member on the Skidmore College Honors Forum, a distinction earned by the college’s top students. He is also active in the Summer Search Leadership Development Program, a five-year program in New York City that prepares students for academic success and civic engagement. Last summer, Alex interned for the National Urban League and News Corporation. The aspiring lawyer and politician began his preparation for those roles when he met former New York Governor David Patterson on the subway. Governor Patterson was one of his recommenders for the Institute. Alex is a native of Bronx, New York.

Kevin R. Brinson

University of Georgia

Kevin R. Brinson is enrolled in the Honor’s College at the University of Georgia, where he majors in Finance and International Business. He holds memberships in the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the Golden Key International Honor Society. As a freshman, he founded Seeds of Knowledge (SOW), an initiative that employs students to create and distribute learning materials to children. He also serves as a Senator in the Student Government Association. Kevin plans to pursue a career in business consulting. His hometown is Peachtree City, Georgia.

Chance Craig

Brown University

Chance Craig is a Public Policy and American Institutions major at Brown University. Chance grew up in Marvell, Arkansas, where he was valedictorian of his high school class and became the first student from his county to be admitted to an Ivy League institution. At Brown, he is the community service chairman for the Black Student Union and undergraduate representative for the university’s Diversity Advisory Board. Chance demonstrated his commitment to service last summer by teaching middle school students in New Orleans through Breakthrough Collaborative. He also serves as a minority peer counselor to first year students at Brown. Chance aspires to become an attorney.

Skylar D. Dunn

University of Southern California

Skylar D. Dunn is the first Tennessee State University student admitted to the Institute. He participates in the university’s Honors Program and is pursuing a degree in Business Administration. While maintaining a perfect grade point average, he finds time to tutor elementary school students in Nashville. Last summer, Skylar interned in the International Charitable Giving Program at MGM Resorts in Las Vegas, his hometown. He also visited local hospitals as a Childhood Cancer Foundation volunteer. His career goal is to become a sports agent.

Kevin M. Felisme

American University

Kevin M. Felisme attends American University and majors in Justice and Law with a concentration in Public Policy. He is passionate about criminal justice issues and has interned at the Vera Institute of Justice, an independent, nonpartisan think tank in Washington, D. C. He is a native of Manchester, New Hampshire, where he engaged area youth through programs such as My Turn, which promotes the importance of college education. He also volunteered as a teaching assistant at a local residential facility for roubled boys. He hopes one day to assume the title Attorney General of the United States.

Isiah P. Guinyard

North Carolina A&T

Isiah P. Guinyard is an Elementary Education major at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. On campus, Isiah is a student ambassador and president of e Tau Sigma National Honor Society. Through high school, he was member of former Chancellor Michelle Rhee’s high school cabinet in the District of Columbia Public Schools. He currently participates in Rhee’s new initiative, Students First, which advocates for education reform. Isiah will participate in the Institute as a YSA Scholar. The Youth Scholar Academy is the program in which the Institute’s talented college students teach high school boys during week-long residential sessions in Washington. Isiah is preparing for a career as a teacher but would also welcome the opportunity to become Chancellor of D. C. Public Schools.

Jeweleon P.C. Jones

Emory University

Jeweleon P.C. Jones majors in Business Administration at Emory University. He is a peer mentor and serves as a facilitator for the Crossroads Program, a retreat designed for first year students. He recently participated in the Google BOLD Immersion and LeaderShape Institute programs, and aspires to a career in marketing. Last summer, Jeweleon studied in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His hometown is Powder Springs, Georgia.

Dominique R. Merriweather

Morehouse College

Dominique R. Merriweather attends Morehouse College. Although he is a Political Science major, his passion is teaching. He will participate in the Institute as a YSA Scholar, and will coordinate the Institute’s efforts to serve high-potential high school boys. At Morehouse, his campus activities include connecting with Atlanta youth through the Bonner Office of Community Service. He is also a Residential Advisor. He is a U. S. Student Ambassador and a member of Future Business Leaders of America. His ometown is Fairburn, Georgia.

Justin E. Owumi

Colby College

Justin E. Owumi is a Biochemistry major at Colby College. In preparation for a career in medicine, Justin worked as a student researcher at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston as a participant in Harvard Medical School’s Project Success. He has also participated in the Harvard Medical School Pre-Medical Institute and the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program at the Duke University School of Medicine. He currently contributes to cancer research at Colby. In addition to his rigorous academic program, Justin competes in track and field as a hurdler and long jumper and serves as a teacher for elementary and middle school children in programs such as Colby Cares About Kids and the Student Teaching Practicum. Justin hopes to become a pediatric cardiologist.

Andrew C. Peterson

Morehouse College

Andrew C. Peterson is a Physics major at Morehouse College and serves as historian for the campus chapter of the Society of Physics Students. Last summer, he furthered his training in physics while working as a research assistant in the College of Engineering at Colorado State University. He received an award for his proficiency in mathematics and serves as a tutor in Morehouse’s Mathematics Department. He is also very talented in the field of Economics. Andrew demonstrates his commitment to service through this participation in Mentoring Atlanta, a character development program that serves children throughout the city, particularly around the Atlanta University Center. Andrew hails from Bastrop, Texas.

Ajwang M. Rading

University of California – Los Angeles

Ajwang M. Rading attends the University of California at Los Angeles, where he majors in Political Science. Ajwang was the student body president of his high school in Corona Del Mar, California, where he also served as an elected official for the Newport Beach Youth Council. At UCLA, he is an officer for the Undergraduate Student Association Council. Ajwang’s community service, which includes extensive work with the homeless, has earned him national recognition. He plans to pursue a career in public service.

Antuan K. Weeks, II

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Antuan K. Weeks, II majors in Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology . Committed to community improvement, Antuan has interned at the Maynard Jackson Youth Foundation, which provides leadership training to select Atlanta high school students. He also earned Employee of the Year honors from the Metropolitan Atlanta YMCA for his service. While away from MIT after a serious car accident last fall, Antuan served as a research and teaching assistant in Morehouse College’s Leadership Center. He hopes to become a legislator and specialize in economic policy.

Joseph Amos

Ohio State University

Joseph Amos studies Actuarial Science at the Ohio State University, where he is a Dean’s List student. Joseph came into college prepared for his chosen major through his participation in the Minority High School Actuarial Academy, an initiative that enabled him to work closely with actuaries. His campus involvement includes membership in the Actuarial Science Club and the Undergraduate Economic Society. Away from academia, Joseph volunteers his time as a YMCA counselor. He hopes to pursue a career as an actuary.

Jerome S. Bailey

Hofstra University

Jerome S. Bailey is an aspiring middle school teacher, double-majoring in Social Studies Education and History at Hofstra University. For his academic achievements, he is enrolled in the university’s Honors College and earned memberships to the Phi Eta Sigma and Delta Alpha Pi honor societies. Jerome is a resident student representative and serves as secretary on the executive board of the African Caribbean Society on campus. Last summer he interned at the office of a US senator in Melville, NY. While in high school, Jerome and a fellow classmate created a journalism course for students that it is now part of the curriculum. He participated in the Institute as a Youth Scholar Academy (YSA) Scholar.

Kahlil M. Blount

University of North Carolina

Kahlil Blount is a Pogue Scholar at the University of North Carolina. With a near-perfect Grade Point Average, he is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. In addition to his studies as a Political Science and Economics double-major, Kahlil tutors students for whom English is not their primary language and mentors at-risk youth in Chapel Hill. He enjoys acting and spoken word performance. He will intern at the US Department of State this summer and is preparing to become a Foreign Service officer.

Ryan M. Carter

Hampden-Sydney College

Ryan Carter double-majors in Economics and Psychology at Hampden-Sydney College. He is a member of the university’s baseball team and maintains a perfect 4.0 Grade Point Average. Ryan is a peer mentor to first-year college students and is the head resident advisor to all freshmen on campus. Last summer, he served as a residence counselor for middle and high school students at the W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars Institute in Princeton, NJ. He aspires to a career in law or business.

Nicholas Hall

Vanderbilt University

Nicholas Hall is an Ingram Scholar at Vanderbilt University, where he is a Human and Organizational Development major. A member of Vanderbilt’s Mock Trial team, he hopes to attend law school and become an attorney. Nicholas is involved in student government as director of First Year Relations. He also serves as a residential advisor to first year students and is a university tour guide. As president of the Tavis Smiley Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council, Nicholas organized a leadership program at UCLA for 200 youth. Last summer, he spent two months in Uganda working for a non-profit that supports African children.

Brandon Harris

Lincoln University of Pennsylvania

Brandon Harris studies Political Science and Religion at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, the nation’s oldest institution for the higher education for African Americans. An aspiring minister, Brandon serves as an intern at a local church, where he is active in developing the youth group and leading the children’s ministry. He is director of the interreligious council on campus and was a student representative on the university chaplain search committee. He one day hopes to start a foundation in his grandparents’ name, to honor their contributions during the civil rights movement. He is currently the political action committee director for his NAACP chapter.

Aaron Landrum

University of Pennsylvania

Aaron Landrum double-majors in Health and Societies and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. An aspiring doctor, Aaron spent the previous two summers participating in Harvard Medical School’s summer internship program, Project Success, and has published in the journals of the American Academy of Asthma and Immunology and the New England Society of Allergy. Aaron has volunteered for service initiatives both domestic and abroad. He has traveled to Fiji as a member of a missionary group, assisted Hurricane Katrina victims, and volunteered at homeless shelters in his hometown of Boston.

Raymond Sawyer

University of North Carolina

Raymond Sawyer is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies. He was a Morehead-Cain Award recipient, one of the most prestigious undergraduate scholarships in the nation. He has engaged in volunteer work in Uganda and spent a study-abroad semester in Spain. In addition to his academic achievements, Raymond exemplified school spirit as a member of the Marching Tar Heels band. He was also a member of Kappa Kappa Psi, the National Honorary Band Fraternity, and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. He hopes to become an ambassador and represent the United States abroad. To that end, he is currently in South Korea study as a Fulbright Scholar.

Brandon Stallings

Yale University

Brandon Stallings majors in Political Science at Yale University. While serving as class president at his high school, he founded Men Acquiring Leadership and Excellence (MALE) to help prepare young men for leadership. In New Haven, he is the corporate sponsorship co-chair of the Yale Black Solidarity Conference and is the community outreach chair of the Black Men’s Union, where he helps design curriculums for after-school programs. Brandon hopes to attend law school and become a lawyer.

George Williams

Michigan State University

George Williams is a Civil Engineering major at Michigan State University. In addition to his coursework, George served as a research assistant in his university’s undergraduate research academy last year. He has also interned at the engineering and environmental services firm, NTH Consultants, in preparation for a career in environmental consulting. He is a resident mentor and represents his residence hall in the Student Government Association. George is also vice president of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and a member of the Michigan State Italian American Club. He is engaged in programs in his hometown of Detroit that are committed to providing support and mentorship for underprivileged youth.

Michael Williams

University of Michigan

Michael Williams is an Afro-American Studies major and Urban Studies minor at the University of Michigan. He is a Spirit of Detroit recipient for his outstanding achievement and service. His community work includes serving as the youth program manager for Gospel Against AIDS, where he educates young adults about prevention, and preserving historic neighborhoods in Detroit through landscaping. He serves as political action chairman to the NAACP and Black Student Union on campus. Michael credits an experience in Vietnam for inspiring his passion to a career in urban planning and public policy, where he one day hopes to facilitate positive social change in his community.

Strewart Zellars

University of Georgia

Stewart Zellars double-majors in Economics and Mathematics at the University of Georgia. In addition to being a recipient of the Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholarship, Stewart is a member of the inaugural class of Gates Millennium Scholar Peer Mentors. He serves as a Senator in the university’s Student Government Association. Stewart is a member of the American Red Cross National Youth Council and was presented the Augusta Red Cross Youth Volunteer of the Year Award in 2009 for his service. He hopes to become a high school economics teacher. Stuart will participate in the Institute as a Youth Scholar Academy (YSA) Scholar.

Lawrence B. Brown

Oakwood University

Lawrence Brown is a sophomore at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama. Oakwood is a historically black institution affiliated with the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. According to its mission, the university “promotes harmonious development of mind, body, and spirit; and prepares leaders in service for God and humanity.” Lawrence’s hometown is Stockton, California, but he attended Pine Forge Academy in Pennsylvania. At Oakwood, he purses a major Music Composition and Recording Arts and is an accomplished pianist. He hopes to become an orthopedic surgeon. This summer, he interned at Commonwealth Orthopedics, where he observed surgery almost daily.

Darren Campbell

Hampton University

Darren Campbell attends Hampton University where he majors in Accounting. On campus, Darren serves as a member of the Men’s Caucus, an initiative that organizes activities geared towards fellowship within the campus community. He has participated with Honors Quest Community, a service initiative, as chair and was an active member of Hampton’s ROTC program. Darren aspires to become an accountant.

Charles R. Lee, III

Duke University

Charles R. Lee is a Political Science major at Duke University, where he serves as a resident assistant and a member of the Brown House Council, which represents 60 students living in his residence hall. Charles received the Wesley Fellowship, where he is responsible for evaluating the current state of racial affairs and poverty in Durham, North Carolina. He is also active in the Financial Education Partnership, where he participates in biweekly discussions of financial issues. Charles served as student body president and valedictorian of his high school class. After completing his undergraduate studies, he plans to attend law school and become a district attorney and judge. During the summer of 2009, Charles interned at the Children’s Law Center. The following summer, he interned at the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland.

Lincoln Liburd

Stanford University

Lincoln Liburd grew up in St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where he was both valedictorian and student body president at the Gifft Hill School. He now attends Stanford University, where he has earned the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence. He is a Management Science & Engineering major and a Computer Science minor. Lincoln learned computer modeling, mathematical reasoning, physics, and African American history at the W.E.B. DuBois Summer Engineering Academy at Princeton in 2007 and returned the favor the following summer by working at the Stanford Summer Engineering Academy. During his first summer in the Institute, Lincoln interned for Community Wealth Ventures, Inc.

Albert T. McWilliams

Yale University

Albert McWilliams aspires to become a lawyer and politician. He is double-majoring in Political Science and African American Studies at Yale University. During his first semester in New Haven, he helped to create an organization that is dedicated to campus-wide unity through philanthropy, mentorship and service and serves on the executive board of the Black Student Alliance. During his high school years in Plainfield, New Jersey, he was selected to deliver a keynote speeches at the President’s Dinner during his sophomore year and at graduation his junior year. He was also elected student body president and played on the varsity tennis team.

Daren W. Miller

Duke University

Daren Miller attends Duke University. He majors in Public Policy, minors in International Comparative Studies, and pursues a Certificate in Markets & Management. When not in class, he serves as a Senator in the Duke Student Government and represents the university as a member of Dukes and Duchesses. Having built a stellar academic record in his hometown, St. Petersburg, Florida, he is president of the NAACP Youth Council and a member of the Pinellas County Youth Advisory Committee. He arrived at Duke as a Coca-Cola Scholar, Gates Millennium Scholar, and Ron Brown Scholar. During his first summer at the Institute, Daren interned at the Center for American Progress.

Darrell Spearman

Emory University

Darrell Spearman aspires to become an Inspirational Speaker. He prepares for that endeavor by pursuing a degree in Business Administration at Emory University and Biblical Education at the Word of Faith Family Cathedral in Austell, Georgia, his hometown. As one who has overcome significant challenges in his own life, he commits himself to serving others. He has a close mentoring relationship with twin boys, is a leader in Intervarsity Christian Fellowship at Emory, and has participated in service projects in Chicago, New Orleans, and other cities. He is a QuestBridge Scholar and a Gates Millennium Scholar. During his first summer at the Institute, Darrell interned for Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention.

David F. Telfort

Occidental College

David Telfort grew up in Brooklyn, New York, but attends college in Los Angeles. At Occidental College, he is majoring in Urban Environmental Policy and minoring in Education. His career goals include Public Finance. Last summer, he interned at a Wall Street firm that handles private equity deals for J. P. Morgan Chase and Company. Last summer, he forewent an internship at Morgan Stanley to participate in the Institute for Responsible citizenship. He is a Goldman Sachs Scholar. David is the son of a minister and plans to purse ministry as well. During his first summer at the Institute, David interned at Alfred Street Baptist Church.

Rodney Walker

Morehouse College

Rodney Walker is an entrepreneur. He won 1st Place in the citywide business plan competition in Chicago for the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship and 2nd Place in the NFTE National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge. As a result, he is featured in the film, Ten9Eight. He has interned at the Ropes & Gray law firm and at the Chicago Board of Education for current U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. He is a Philosophy major at Morehouse College, where he is a Deans List student and a Senator in the Student Government Association. He is a Kauffman Scholar, UNCF Scholar, and Office Depot Scholar. Rodney interned for the DC College Success Foundation during his first summer at the Institute.

Timothy J. Walker

Fisk University

Timothy Walker is pursuing a Political Science concentration in Public Administration at Fisk University. Passionate about politics, he is sophomore class president at Fisk and interned in the Nashville office of U. S. Congressman Jim Cooper. Last year, he was a Senator in the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature and interned for a Tennessee State Representative. He has also worked in local, state, and national campaigns. An excellent student, Timothy participates in the W. E. B. DuBois General Honors Program. He graduated from high school in Suffolk, Virginia. Timothy interned at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies during his first summer at the Institute.

Chase A. Weldon

University of Chicago

Chase Weldon attends the University of Chicago and is an English Language and literature major. He has been passionate about a career in education since noticing that he was one of only three African American students taking honors courses at his high school in San Antonio, Texas. In Chicago, Chase interned at a charter school where he helped to improve achievement for the area’s African American boys. He is a Management Leadership for Tomorrow Scholar and was also one of 30 students selected to participate in the Harvard Public Policy Leadership Conference in 2010. During his first summer at the Institute, Chase interned for the College Board.

D’Leon Barnett

George Mason University

D’Leon Barnett is a student at George Mason University, where he majors in Integrative Studies with a concentration in Education. D’Leon is president and founder of the Rotaract Club of George Mason University. He is also the founder of The Black Male Colloquium, a program that provides young Black males with the opportunity to participate in culturally empowering seminars. D’Leon has a passion for youth advocacy and community development. A native of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, he is a 2010 Truman finalist. Earlier this year, D’Leon was elected student body president. He is the first African American to earn that distinction in George Mason’s history.

Efren W. Bonner

Yale University

Efren Bonner majors in Mathematics at Yale University. At Yale, Efren serves as a staff reporter with the Yale Daily News and is a member of the Black Men’s Union. In high school, Efren was a state champion in original oratory and helped his speech and debate team to a 3rd place finish in national competition. Last year, he interned in the compliance at FBR Investment Management. IN 2010, he interned for the Children’s Law Center. In the future, Efren hopes to obtain his JD and become a federal prosecutor.

Donald DePass

Duke University

Donald DePass is a Psychology and Public Policy double major, with a focus on Markets and Management at Duke University. He is the founder and secretary for MANNA Project International, Academic Affairs Chair for Delta Tau Delta, and a mainstay on the Dean’s List. Donald also serves as a first year advisory counselor. A native of Schenectady, NY, he is an honoree of the American Legion Boys State, National Society for High School Scholars, and the National Honor Roll. Donald hopes to pursue a career in law. During his first summer, Donald interned for Murder Victims Families’ for Reconciliation. In 2010, he interned for AT&T.

Caleb J. Gayle

University of Oklahoma

Caleb J. Gayle attends the University of Oklahoma, where he majors in International Security Studies and Political Science. Caleb is the co-founder and communications/outreach director for the Greenwood Political Action Committee, a grassroots organization dedicated to the political revitalization of the Historic Northern District of Tulsa, his hometown. He is also president and founder of the Gayle Foundation, which was recognized by the Hitatchi Foundation for exemplifying true social entrepreneurship. Caleb aspires to be a development economist. In 2010, he was awarded the Truman Scholarship. As an Institute scholar, Caleb interned at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

Marcus Goodwin

University of Pennsylvania

Marcus Goodwin is an Urban Studies and French double major at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Washington, DC native and aspires to become a politician. This career goal was formally nurtured on the staff of Washington, DC Council Member Jim Graham during the summer of 2008. At Penn, Marcus is a member of the Student Government Association, and is the founder and co-president of the Conscientious Student Committee, which advocates for human rights in Darfur, Sudan. He is also an Eagle Scout and a Big Brothers Big Sisters tutor. As an Institute scholar, Marcus returned to the office of DC Council Member Jim Graham as a summer intern.

Robert A. Hickman

College of New Jersey

Robert A. Hickman is a graduate of The College of New Jersey, where he was a History major. Within his community, Robert has served as a volunteer tutor and camp counselor for his local church. He continued his volunteerism in college as a tutor at the Gregory School in Trenton, New Jersey. He spent the summer of 2008 interning at BET Networks, MSNBC, and the NBC Nightly News, where he assisted producers at the Democratic National Convention. Robert was on his college’s debate team and aspires to become a lawyer or congressional staffer. As an Institute scholar, Robert interned for EBG Advisors, Inc. During the summer of 2010, he participated in the Training and Recruitment Initiative for Admission to Leading Law Schools (TRIALS) program in New York. Robert is currently pursuing his J.D. at Harvard Law School.

Alan-Michael Hill

University of Pennsylvania

Alan-Michael Hill majors in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. A native of Dover, Delaware, Alan-Michael distinguished himself through his community involvement as evidenced by his four-time designation as a Ben Carson Scholar. He is a NCAA Division I athlete in Track and Field and an active mentor with the Big Brothers & Big Sisters organization. In 2007, Alan-Michael was the first student invited to be the keynote speaker at the Governor’s Prayer Breakfast. He hopes to be a catalyst for social reform through corporate law. During his first summer as an Institute scholar, Alan-Michael interned at the office of US Senator Thomas R. Carper of Deleware, his home state. He interned at the US Securities and Exchange Commission during his final summer.

Jonathan F. Hill, Jr.

Emory University

Jonathan F. Hill, Jr. majors in Biology at Emory University, where he aspires to become an orthopedic surgeon. A graduate of the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics, Jonathan conducted research at the Medical University of South Carolina during the summer of 2006. At Emory, Jonathan serves as Vice President of the Residence Hall Association, mentor for multicultural outreach, and is president of the campus NAACP chapter. He is an avid stepper and spends his spare time volunteering as a tutor, with Habitat for Humanity and the Boys and Girls Club. Jonathan spent the summer of 2009 interning at Commonwealth Orthopedics. The following summer, he was accepted into a summer program at the University of North Carolina designed to prepare him for medical school.

Timothy G. Hughes

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Timothy G. Hughes majors in history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At Chapel Hill, Timothy is a Dean’s List Student, National Society of Collegiate Scholar, Leadership Institute graduate, and a Jackson Ambassador for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. He serves as President of the Black Student Movement’s Education Committee and Co-Chair of the Public Service Committee for the Carolina Experience. Timothy’s passion for history stems from his high school involvement in National History Day (NHD) competition, where he placed first in state level competition. He currently serves as a NC Judge for NHD. In 2008, Timothy interned at the National College Access Network (NCAN) where he conducted educational based research under the supervision of Assistant Director Dr. Tia Brown McNair. In his last summer at the Institute, Tim interned for the Children’s Defense Fund. He aspires to become a civil rights attorney.

Charles R. Lee, III

Duke University

Charles R. Lee is a Political Science major at Duke University, where he serves as a resident assistant and a member of the Brown House Council, which represents 60 students living in his residence hall. Charles received the Wesley Fellowship, where he is responsible for evaluating the current state of racial affairs and poverty in Durham, North Carolina. He is also active in the Financial Education Partnership, where he participates in biweekly discussions of financial issues. Charles served as student body president and valedictorian of his high school class. After completing his undergraduate studies, he plans to attend law school and become a district attorney and judge. During the summer of 2009, Charles interned at the Children’s Law Center. The following summer, he interned at the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland.

Steven A. Martin

Belmont University

Steven A. Martin is an Accounting major at Belmont University in Nashville, where he serves as the liaison for the National Association of Black Accountants. A resident assistant, Steven works closely with students who face challenges adjusting to college life. He also acts as the treasurer for the Black Student Association and the co-advisor for the Community Council, a student-led initiative that aims to develop community among students of different backgrounds on-campus. Steven was selected to stand in for then-candidate Barack Obama during preparation for the first presidential debate of 2008. After completing his studies, Steven hopes to become a Certified Public Accountant. Steven participated in the KPMG Summer Scholars program, where he interned at KPMG headquarters in New York.

Eric A. McCarthy

McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte

Eric A. McCarthy is enrolled in the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte, where he majors in Business Administration. In addition to serving as executive treasurer for the Student Government Association, Eric serves as peer mentor for first year students and tutors in Economics, Mathematics, and Accounting. He interned for Northwestern Mutual Financial during the summer of 2008 in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he earned a regional award for his performance. He is preparing for a career in investment management. As an Institute scholar, Eric interned for Merrill Lynch.

Kevin T. James

St. John’s University

Kevin Tyrone James is a Government and Politics major at St. John’s University. He serves as the chair of the Student Information and Technology Advisory Committee, parliamentarian of the Student Government Senate, and treasurer of the Society of Saint Vincent De Paul. He is also very active in an organization that delivers food and blankets to homeless people in New York City. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Kevin hopes to become a government official or politician. In 2009, Kevin interned with JC Watts Companies. During his final summer at the Institute, he interned for Friedman Billings Ramsey.

Serrano Legrand

Northeastern University

Serrano Legrand is a student at Northeastern University, where he majors in Finance with minors in Sociology and Urban Studies. Serrano is a Gates Millennium Scholar and a mentor with the Paul Robeson Institute. He also serves on the Legacy Student Advisory Board. He has interned with JPMorgan Chase & Co. as well as Wellington Management. Serrano aspires to own a not-for-profit micro-equity firm. During the summer of 2009, Serrano interned for the Washington Area Community Investment Fund. In 2010, he interned at ORR Associates, Inc.

Marcus V. Phelps

University of Akron

Marcus Vincent Phelps majors in Economics and Spanish at the University of Akron. A native of Mansfield, Ohio, Marcus was appointed by Governor Ted Strickland to the University of Akron Board of Trustees. He is also a national qualifier in three events in forensic speech and debate, and was recognized by his University as an “Outstanding Sophomore Student.” A student in Akron University’s Honors College, Marcus is also a resident assistant. His career goal is to be a diplomat. During the summer of 2009, Marcus interned at the Committee on Homeland Security. The following summer, he interned at the Center for American Progress.

Derek Porter

University of Saint Thomas

Derek Porter graduated from the University of Saint Thomas, where he majored in Social Studies and Secondary Education . His commitment to youth advocacy and education was exemplified by his involvement in the Linkages Mentor Program and such initiatives as “Feed my Starving Children” and “Displace Me,” programs benefiting children in Chicago, Illinois. Derek is the founder of PULSE, a performing Arts Group, and also served as an undergraduate representative to the Teacher Education Advisory Council. After interning at the Washington Jesuit Academy for two years, Derek accepted a position as a social studies teacher.

Colin B. Veney

University at Albany

Colin B. Veney majors in Accounting at the University at Albany. A former student-athlete, he played Division I soccer and served as the team analyst for the University at Albany Investment Group. Colin is the president of the National Association of Black Accountants on his campus. In 2008, he worked on several disaster recovery initiatives while interning for MetLife as a project manager. Upon graduation, Colin wants to work as a financial accountant. Colin spent both summers as a participant of the KPMG Summer Scholars Program. He interned at KPMG’s headquarters in New York.

Jordan C. Wall

Davidson College

Jordan C. Wall was the recipient of the John Montgomery Belk Scholarship at Davidson College, where he majored in Religion and French. He was the business and advertising manager for The Davidsonian and was a member of the college’s Honor Council. Jordan’s enjoyment for other cultures is evident in his studies, extracurricular activities, and travel. He served as treasurer of the Asian Cultural Awareness Association and has studied in France and Japan. Jordan aspires to become a diplomat. He is currently enrolled in his first year at Harvard Law School. During his first summer at the Institute, Jordan interned for Polaris Project. He interned for the Center for American Progress during his final summer.

Michael R. Britt

Amherst College

Michael R. Britt majored in Mathematics at Amherst College while pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis in education policy. In his junior year, Michael volunteered for the Obama campaign while pursuing advanced studies in urban education at UC-Berkeley. A national finalist for the Truman Scholarship, Michael served in many notable positions on campus, including class chair of the Student Senate and student representative for the Amherst College Board of Trustees. Michael also co-founded Homeless Connect, a Five College network of initiatives that address issues of local poverty. During the summer of 2007, he volunteered for the Boston Upward Bound Program, providing college guidance to first-generation students. As an Institute for Responsible Citizenship Scholar, he interned at the office of the late Senator Edward Kennedy. Michael intends to become a public school teacher and subsequently pursue a Masters of Education and JD degree concentrating in Education Policy.

Richard I. Brown

Cedarville University

Richard I. Brown majored in Political Science at Cedarville University, where he also minored in Speech Communication and Bible . At his previous institution, the College of Mount Saint Joseph, Richard was a member of the Student Government Association and the Communications Club. He entered the college as a member of the varsity basketball team but left the team after his freshman year to devote his full attention to his academic pursuits. In the future, he intends to be an advocate for juvenile offenders. As an Institute scholar, Ricky interned at the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs during his first summer. He spent his second summer interning for Casey Family Programs.

Mario J. Carroll

University of California—Berkeley

Mario J. Carroll double majors in Political Science and Rhetoric at the University of California—Berkeley. A Leadership Award Scholar, Mario is a residential assistant on campus and serves as a mentor to middle school students through the M3 Sports Academy. He is co-chair of the 100 College Black Men organization and a member of the Black Pre-Law Society. In 2009, Mario was named National Alpha Phi Alpha Collegiate Brother of the Year by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. for his community involvement and academic achievements. After establishing a successful legal practice, Mario aspires to become a politician. At the Institute, Mario interned at the office of Senator Diane Feinstein in 2008. The following year, he interned for the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) in Washington. Mario returned to the Institute in 2010 after being selected to serve as the Institute’s summer fellow.

Eric M. Charity

Pennsylvania State University

Eric M. Charity majored in International Politics at Pennsylvania State University. A student-athlete during his freshman year, Eric managed to become one of the top two jumpers on the track and field team, while earning a spot on the Dean’s List for his academic achievements. He is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. In the future, Eric hopes to practice law. He currenty attends law school at the College of William and Mary. During his first year at the Institute, Eric interned at the Committee on Homeland Security. He spent his final summer interning at Invizion, Inc. in McLean, Virginia.

Ashton Clark

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Ashton Clark majored in Finance and Accountancy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A successful and young entrepreneur, he has established several successful on-line businesses such as 247Mixtapes.com, Ludakicks.com, and Hostivo.com. He is a Management Leadership for Tomorrow Scholar and a member of the Mu Alpha Theta Honors Society. In his free time, he coaches youth soccer. Ashton is currently employed at Accenture. Ashton spent both of his summers interning at KPMG in New York, where he worked in the firm’s marketing department.

Jordan E. Clark

Northeastern University

Jordan E. Clark double majors in African American Studies and Political Science at Northeastern University. Among his accomplishments, Jordan placed first in the Dean Roland E. Latham Oratory Competition and first in the African American Institute Quiz Bowl. He is the recipient of the 2007 Distinguished Leadership Award and is a Legacy Mentor to underclassmen on campus. He is a 2010 scholar of the Ralph Bunche Institute and was a participant of the Training and Recruitment Initiative for Admission to Leading Law Schools (TRIALS) program. He aspires to attend law school. During his first summer at the Institute, Jordan interned at the office of the late Senator Edward Kennedy. He interned at the White House in 2009.

Brian A. Horton

Texas Tech University

Brian A. Horton studied Geography and Political Science at Texas Tech University, where he was a member of the Honors College. Brian’s enjoyment for debate was evident in his involvement with his campus’ speech and debate team, where he served as the team historian. He has volunteered as a peer coach to his former high school’s speech and debate team and enjoys judging high school speech tournaments as well. In 2006, he was runner-up for the Texas Forensics Association State Championship in original oratory and is a Texas Intercollegiate State Champion in communication analysis. In 2010, Brian and his partner were named tournament champions by the National Parliamentary Debate Association. He recently accepted a teaching position through for Teach for America. During his first summer at the Institute, Brian interned for the US Environmental Protection Agency. In his final summer, he interned for Common Vocabulary.

Aaron M. Hutcherson

Johnson C. Smith University

Aaron Hutcherson majored in Communication Arts at Johnson C. Smith University, where he served as president of the honor society. In addition to establishing an outstanding academic record, the Florida native has received much recognition for his talents on the tennis court, including All-CIAA (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association). In high school, he was a member of a state championship team. During the summer of 2007, Aaron served as a counselor at the Nike Tennis Camp in Lawrenceville, NJ. During his first summer at the Institute, Aaron interned at Regular Folks United. In his final summer, he interned for CBS News the Early Show. In the future, Aaron wants to work in media to affect the way issues and images are portrayed.

Demetrius R. Lancaster

James Madison University

Demetrius Lancaster was a Public Policy and Administration major at James Madison University, where he was a student in the Honors Program. Demetrius served as director of the Contemporary Gospel Singers on campus and also co-founded a Bible study group. He was also a volunteer math tutor for high school students in the surrounding community. In 2007, he worked as a counselor at a Christian summer camp in Pennsylvania. He hopes to become a public administrator in the future. As an Institute scholar, Demetrius interned at the Children’s Law Center.

Ryan A. Lewis

Georgia Southern University

Ryan A. Lewis aspires to be a forensic accountant after completing his bachelor’s degree in Accounting at Georgia Southern University. He serves as a senator in the Student Government Association, as treasurer of the Gamma Beta Phi National Honor Society, and is an executive board member for the National Association of Black Accountants. When Ryan is not on campus, he is working as an associate at the Parker Companies, a Georgia oil company. Ryan is a native of Jonesboro, Georgia. Ryan participated in the KPMG Scholars Program, as part of a partnership formed between the Institute and KPMG. He interned at KPMG’s headquarters in New York.

Michael D. Mitchell II

University of Connecticut

Michael Mitchell majored in Economics and Political Science in the University of Connecticut Honors Program, where was a Four Year Academic Excellence Scholarship awardee. In high school, Michael lettered in three sports and qualified for the Connecticut State Championship while in track and field, earning the National Youth Leadership Conference Scholarship upon admission to UConn. He was a member of the Multi-Cultural Business Club on campus and seeks a career in economics or finance after his studies are over. In his spare time, Michael enjoys writing and has published several poems. In his first summer as an Institute scholar, Michael interned at the office of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy. The following summer, he was accepted into the Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program at Princeton University.

O. Emeka Nwabuzor

Tufts University

Emeka Nwabuzor majored in Philosophy at Tufts University. On campus, he served on the Committee on Student Life and was an executive board member of the Model United Nations Team. Through his experience on the Model UN team, Emeka served as assistant director of the National High School Model UN Conference in New York in 2008, and volunteered for the UN Association of Greater Boston’s middle school conference. He was also a member of the College Awareness Day Planning Committee, which holds information sessions for high school students in the Boston area. In 2007, the Connecticut native interned at the offices of his U.S. Senator and U.S. Representative. He aspires to a career in law. During his first summer at the Institute, Emeka interned for Africare. In 2009, he interned at the Scowcroft Group.

Anthony A. Phillips

Bates College

Anthony Phillips majored in African American Studies and Philosophy at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. At Bates, his campus involvement included serving as a student representative for the College Lecture Committee, a Diversity Outreach Coordinator, and moderator for the African American Studies Club. Anthony also studied at Morehouse College as a 2008-2009 visiting student. For his involvement as a chapel assistant at both Morehouse and Spelman Colleges, Anthony was recognized by the Morehouse Maroon Tiger Newspaper as junior of the year. He is currently studying at Yale Divinity School. During his first summer with the Institute, Anthony interned with Africare. In his second summer, through the Smithsonian Institution Minority Awards program, he interned with the Smithsonian Institution Anacostia Community Museum, where he researched the historical development of Houses of Worship in Southeast DC.

Dennis Pickens, Jr.

University of Mississippi

Dennis Pickens, Jr. was a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi, where he majored in Accounting. As a member of the Honor’s College, Dennis was awarded a fellowship to study at the London School of Economics during the summer of 2007. A recipient of the McCarty Accounting and Academic Excellence Scholarships, Dennis served his campus as a university ambassador and as secretary of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. In 2007, he was also one of ten Americans to participate in the Merrill Lynch Atlantic Fellowship Program, where he served as an ambassador for the company in London. He hopes to obtain a JD, serve as an in-house counsel for an investment bank, and eventually work for the Department of Treasury as an undersecretary. He is currently completing a Master of Accountancy at Ole Miss before applying to law school. During his first summer in the Institute, Dennis interned with KPMG. During his second summer, he interned with Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Capital Markets.

Jason W. Price

University of Southern California

Jason Price majored in Business and Finance at the University of Southern California. Although he was a collegiate athlete in varsity track and field, he managed to find the time to earn excellent grades and mentor underprivileged children through the Joint Educational Product. He was also a Management for Leadership of Tomorrow scholar. Jason currently works on Wall Street. During his first summer with the Institute, Jason interned at the Washington Area Coummunity Investment Fund.

Christopher J. Robins

Northwestern University

Christopher Robins majored in Political Science and African American Studies at Northwestern University, where he was a Robert T. O’Donovan Scholar. Christopher earned the John B. Kirk Award for excellence in debate and was active in Northwestern’s high school Debate Institute as both a resident assistant and assistant dorm director. Christopher would like to acquire his JD and work as legal officer for a financial services firm. During his first summer at the Institute, Christopher interned for Friedman, Billings, Ramsey, Inc. He interned for Promontory Financial Group the following summer, where he accepted a job offer.

Rammy M. Salem

Cornell University

Rammy M. Salem majored in Government and Near Eastern Studies at Cornell University. As a member of the Cornell Student Assembly, Rammy served as the minority liaison for the undergraduate class, liaison to the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly, and chair of the Residential and Community Life Committee. He also served on the Environmental Committee of the Student Assembly. Rammy has also volunteered as a tutor for grade school children and at the local YMCA in Ithaca. During the summer of 2007, he traveled to South Africa as a youth ambassador and took part in extracurricular and enrichment activities with school children. He hopes to become a U.S. ambassador in the future. During the summer of 2008, Rammy interned for the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. The following summer, he interned at the Center for American Progress.

Warren C. Seay, Jr.

Southern Methodist University

Warren Seay attended Southern Methodist University, where he was a Ray and Nancy Ann Hunt Leadership Scholar and Political Science major. Warren served as a Big Brother in the north Texas area and earned Big Brother of the Year honors. He also volunteered as a mentor for the Dallas Community Lighthouse, a non-profit geared toward assisting at-risk youth. In 2009, Warren was awarded the Truman Scholarship for his commitment to public service. In the same year, he also became the youngest elected official in Dallas County history when he won a seat on the DeSoto Independent School District Board of Trustees. In the future, he hopes to become a campaign strategist and education reform advocate. He is currently a first year student at SMU Dedman School of Law. While with the Institute, Warren interned with the Department of Labor and the Montgomery County Schools Board of Education.

Joshua D. Xavier

New York University

Joshua D. Xavier studied Communications at New York University. In high school, Joshua was named Man of the Year and served as student body president. A former editor for his high school paper, he also served as a circulation assistant for the Washington Square News. Joshua’s extracurricular activities included acting, where he has five musical-theatre productions to his credit, and peer educating for the Center for Multicultural Education and Programs. In 2007, he worked in the New York City Urban Project (NYCUP) spring break community service initiative. During his first summer at the Institute, Joshua enjoyed two internship experiences on Capitol Hill: one at the office of his home state senator, the Honorable Jack Reed (D-RI), and the other at the office of Congressman Robert E. Andrews (D-NJ). The following summer, he interned at Mayor’s Office of DC.

Nicholas Washington

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Nicholas Washington studied Accounting at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, where he received several awards for his academic excellence and leadership on campus, including the Executive Leadership Council’s Award for Excellence in Business Commentary and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Scholarship. On campus, Nicholas served as a supplemental instructor for the UMES Action Program, where he developed study plans for his peers. In 2009, Nicholas was a finalist for the Jamaica Rhodes Scholarship. Nicholas participated in the KPMG Summer Scholars Program in New York, where he accepted a job offer after completing the program.

John C. York

North Carolina State University

John York majored in Textile Technology at North Carolina State University. On campus, John helped to promote his chosen major to prospective students as a Textile Ambassador. In addition, he provided mentorship to first year students as a university ambassador. He was a member of the Textile Entrepreneurs Club and Tompkins Textile Student Council. In 2007, John served as a counselor for the African American Symposium. He hopes to become an entrepreneur and serve his community as an ordained minister. During his first summer as an Institute scholar, John interned for TV-One. In his final summer, he interned at Alfred Street Baptist Church.

Michael Adams

Princeton University

Michael Adams received his bachelor’s degree in Politics at Princeton University. On campus, Mike served as President for the Minority Business Association on campus and worked for the The Daily Princetonian as senior director of circulation and assistant comptroller. In addition to his degree in Politics, Mike received a certificate of proficiency in African American Studies, which has enabled him to work on a film documentary alongside ABC News veteran Melvin McCray. In 2006, Mike interned at Tigerman McCurry Architects in Chicago, IL. At the Institute, he spent his first summer interning for the former mayor of Washington, Anthony Williams, at Primum Public Realty Trust. He spent his second summer interning for Landmark Commercial Real Estate. Mike works as a financial analyst for M&T Bank in Baltimore, MD.

Rakim H.D. Brooks

Brown University

Rakim Brooks graduated from Brown University where he earned a degree in Africana Studies. At Brown, he served as co-chair of the Africana Studies Departmental Undergraduate Group and worked as a research assistant for one of his university’s professors. In 2008, he became the first Institute scholar to be named a Rhodes Scholar. At Oxford, he will earn a master’s degree in Comparative Social Policy. After earning a doctorate, he hopes to become a college professor. While participating in the Institute, Rakim interned at the Brookings Institution in 2007 and the Center for Law and Social Policy in 2008.

Emanuel L.L. Clark

Davidson College

Emanuel Clark majored in Anthropology, where he was the recipient of the John Montgomery Belk Scholarship at Davidson College. Manny served as Chair of the Black Student Coalition on Community Service; and as a member of the Davidson Student Government Association, he served on the Charters and Bylaws Committee and Senate Executive Council. Manny is pursuing a career in law. He is currently enrolled in his second year at Duke University School of Law. During his first year as an Institute scholar, Manny interned at the law firm Mensah & Dzubow, PLLC. He spent his second summer interning for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Patrick S. Dorime

New York University

Patrick Dorime majored in Political Science at New York University. At NYU, Pat served as president of the Gentlemen of Quality and was community service director for the Academic Achievement Program’s Community Action Board. He also spent time mentoring youth at Validus Preparatory Academy. Pat is an aspiring attorney. He is currently a 2L at Fordham School of Law. At the Institute, Pat interned at the DC Law Students in Court and at Mensah Law Dzubow, PLLC.

Samuel P. Fitzpatrick

George Washington University

Samuel Fitzpatrick received his degree in English at the George Washington University. While a student, Samuel co-founded the Black Men’s Initiative of GWU; founded Revise Enterprise, Inc., a campus-based paper editing service; and co-founded GW Style Soo Bahk Do, a martial arts organization. Samuel was also elected as the first vice president of the Black Student Union of GWU. Samuel interned at the Children’s Law Center during his first summer at the Institute. In his final summer, he interned for the NAACP.

Devin C. Gladden

Fordham University

Devin Gladden double-majored in International Political Economy and Environmental Studies at Fordham University. While Devin was consistently named to the Dean’s List for his academic achievements, he maintained his involvement within the campus and local community as a member of the student advisory committee and Urban Plunge, a university program that gives new students the opportunity to work together on community service projects. Devin also served as vice president of the Black Student Union on campus. In the future, Devin plans to pursue a MPA and JD, with an emphasis on international land-use and water management policies. He one day hopes to create a non-governmental organization that advocates for the international environmental rights of every citizen on a global scale. He is currently completing a two-year paralegal fellowship at the Department of Justice. Devin interned at the National Wildlife Federation during his first year with the Institute. The following summer Devin participated in the Public Policy and International Affairs Program at Princeton University.

Gaël Y. Hagan

Wesleyan University

Gaël Hagan received his bachelor’s degree in the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University. A recipient of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Academic Scholarship for his academic achievements, Gaël was also named Student of the Year by the Colorado Association of Black Engineers and Scientists in 2005 for his distinguished leadership skills. In 2006, Gaël was elected to Wesleyan’s Student Judicial Board and served as one of its board members. Away from academia, Gaël competed as a rower for the Wesleyan Varsity Crew. He is currently a second year student at Duke University School of Law. In 2007, the aspiring trial attorney interned at Hogan & Hartson LLP. In 2008, he interned for Blue Cross Blue Shield Association in Arlington, Virginia.

Joshua L. Harris

Morehouse College

Joshua Harris majored in Political Science at Morehouse College, where he earned the distinction of valedictorian of his class. As a student, Joshua volunteered in the Department of Biology as a tutor, was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Morehouse College Mock Trial Team, and Atlanta University Center Orchestra. He was also co-captain of the Morehouse College tennis team, where he was named Most Valuable Team Member during the 2007 SIAC championship. Joshua hopes to pursue a career in law. He is currently employed by Teach for America in Atlanta and plans to attend law school afterwards. During his first summer at the Institute, Josh interned in the Media Bureau and Wireless Telecommunications Bureau at the Federal Communications Center. In 2008, he interned in the corporate giving office of Friedman Billings Ramsey.

Kenneth Johnson

Howard University

Kenneth Johnson majored in Finance at Howard University. Like his fellow classmate, Hasani, he too was a member of Howard’s SBEL Honors Program. He was a constant honoree to the Dean’s list and was a member of the Real Estate Club and Finance Club. In the future, Kenneth would like to become an investment banker. As an Institute scholar, Kenneth participated in the KPMG Summer Scholars program, where he interned for KPMG in New York.

Ernie C. Jolly

Cornell University

Ernie Jolly majored in American Studies at Cornell University. As campus liaison for Black Students United, Ernie coordinated monthly town hall meetings to address issues concerning African Americans on campus and the surrounding community. He served as treasurer for the Minority Undergraduate Law Society and was president of the Black Student Union. Ernie also served as residential advisor to the largest dorm on campus. He currently teaches at an alternative school in Philadelphia for Teach for America. Ernie interned at the US Department of Labor during his first summer at the Institute. In his second summer, he interned for his congressman, the Honorable Ed Towns (D-NY).

Jordan Lee

University of North Carolina

Jordan Lee majored in Business Administration at the University of North Carolina. While at UNC, he was selected to share the position of inter-fraternity council representative for Lambda Chi Alpha. He was also a member of Young Democrats and the Students for the Advancement of Race Relations (SARR) committee of the Campus Y. Eventually, he would like to become a chief executive officer. Jordan participated in the KPMG Scholars Program, as part of a partnership formed between the Institute and KPMG. He interned at KPMG’s headquarters in New York.

Emerson Luke

Tufts University

Emerson Luke majored in Political Science at Tufts University. Prior to transferring to Tufts, Emerson served as class president and senator to student government at Emmanuel College in Boston. At Tufts, he served as a community representative for Pan-African Alliance, a student organization designed to promote awareness among members of the Black community and teach others about the Black experience. Emerson’s career aspirations include an involvement in politics and ministry. He is now enrolled in his second year at Fuller Theological Seminary. During his first summer as an Institute scholar, Emerson interned at the office of Senator Dianne Feinstein. In 2008, he interned for Public Strategies, Inc.

Aaron Mieszczanski

Williams College

Aaron Mieszczanski majors in History at Williams College. With a compassion for children, evident in his past and current experiences, Aaron shows that he’s prepared to face some of the challenges that plague today’s society. Among his experiences, Aaron interned for Lawyers for Children, an organization that provides pro-bono service and advocacy for troubled children. At Williams, he tutored elementary children under the federal program, America Reads/America Counts. He currently serves as the associate director for admission at the Thacher School in Ojai, CA. During his first summer at the Institute, Aaron interned at the Washington Legal Foundation. The following summer, he interned for Octagon Basketball.

Clarence Mitchell, III

University of Maryland

Clarence Mitchell received his degree in Finance with an Accounting concentration in the University of Maryland Honors Program. On campus, Clarence served as Vice President of the Finance for the Banking and Investment Society. In his leisure time, Clarence enjoys music. He serves as a youth choir director, drummer, and sings in a gospel choir at his church. He has also performed at the Apollo Theater in New York. After spending both summers at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Clarence accepted a job offer and is working in Washington.

Edward T. Mitchell, III

Morehouse College

Edward Mitchell III majored in Political Science at Morehouse College, where he also minored in English. He was editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper The Maroon Tiger and was editor to The Literatus. He was a member of the Morehouse/Spelman Pre-Law Society and served as captain of the Mock Trial team. In the past, Edward also volunteered his time to support two different political campaigns in the state of Georgia. He is currently a second-year law student at the Georgetown University Law Center, and aspires to work in the fields of law and journalism. During Edward’s first summer at the Institute, he interned at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The following summer, he interned for EBG Advisors, Inc.

Shevon Newman

New York University

Shevon Newman, a Gates Millennium Scholar, was a Management and Organizational Behavior major at the Stern School of Business at New York University. On campus, Shevon served as an orientation leader for incoming freshman and is the Marketing and Events Chairman for Student Enrichment for Academic Development (SEAD), a student organization created by students to promote academic excellence and foster support and cultural enrichment for all students. He has studied abroad in London, where he was also a residential assistant. Shevon participated in the KPMG Summer Scholars Program in New York, where he interned for KPMG.

Albert N. Osueke

Duke University

Albert Osueke received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at Duke University. As co-director of the Common Ground Retreats for the Center for Race Relations, in which he also served as co-president, Albert served as a true catalyst for improved race relations within his community. Albert was an active member in the Black Student Alliance Public Affairs Committee, where he helped raise funds for Black History Month Activities and Sudan Awareness Initiatives. He is currently enrolled in his final year at Yale Law School. During his first summer with the Institute, Albert interned at TransAfrica Forum. In his second summer, he interned at the Marshall Heights Community Development Corporation, a local community development organization that supports small business development and affordable housing initiatives.

DeMarcus A. Pegues

University of Tennessee—Chattanooga

DeMarcus Pegues, a William E. Brock, Jr. and Provost Scholar, majored in Psychology at the University of Tennessee—Chattanooga. While maintaining his 4.0 GPA in the university’s honors program, DeMarcus assisted an instructor with a doctoral dissertation on cancer and its effects on cognitive ability. He was also involved with the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, serving as vice president of the Planning for College Success program on his home campus. Demarcus is currently a graduate student at Columbia University. He intends to work as an industrial/organizational psychologist in the future. In 2007, DeMarcus interned at the US Department of Labor. In 2008, he interned for Discovery Communications. The following summer, Demarcus returned to the Institute to serve as a summer fellow.

Brandon M. Piper

DePauw University

Brandon Piper majored in Communications in the honors media program at DePauw University. Brandon was the recipient of the Presidential Rector Scholarship, which is awarded to the top students in each entering class. Fluent in Italian, Brandon served as a language tutor. He also provided mentorship to first year students through the depauw.year1 program. An overall talent, in 2007, he placed second at the National Association of Teachers Singing state competition in his home state of Indiana. Brandon was one of only six students selected for a Master of Fine Arts program at Michigan University in 2009, where he is also working as a teaching assistant for undergraduate drama courses. He is also acting in Palmer Park. Brandon interned for NBC News during the summer of 2007. In 2008, he intered at the Kennedy Center, in the Advertising Department.

Warren C. Pyles, IV

University of Pennsylvania

Warren Pyles received his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. A collegiate athlete, Warren was a defensive back for the university’s football team. In 2006, he interned at the Small Business Administration in Washington. In the future, he would like to become a financial analyst. During his first summer as an Institute scholar, Warren participated in the KPMG Summer Scholars Program, where he interned for KPMG in New York.

Devin D. Roundtree

North Carolina Central University

Devin Roundtree majored in Public Administration at North Carolina Central University. A Boy Scout, Devin received the organization’s highest honor, The Eagle Scout Award. During the fall of 2007, he worked with a Boy Scout troop in Durham to help younger Scouts with their careers in Scouting. On campus, Devin served as attorney general for the NCCU Student Government Association and is a member of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. Devin intends to pursue a career in politics. He is currently completing a graduate program in economics in his hometown of Detroit. During the summer of 2007, Devin interned at the DC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development and returned there in 2008.

Barron C.P. Ryan

University of Oklahoma

Barron Ryan was named to the Dean’s or President’s Honor Roll list every semester at the University of Oklahoma. He majored in Music with a concentration in Piano Performance. Barron has played the piano since the age of four and has received numerous awards for his musical abilities. On campus, he was a student advisor for the President’s Leadership Class and was vice chair for the Crimson Club. He was also one of two students recently awarded the President’s Trophy for Outstanding Commuter Students. Barron volunteered as a Big Brother in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program and served as a math tutor. He plans to become a professional musician. He is currently pursuing a career in concert piano with his father as Ryan and Ryan. Barron interned at the National Endowment for the Arts during the summer of 2007. In 2008, he interned for Blue House Productions.

Richard E. Scott, Jr.

Frostburg State University

Richard Scott majored in Political Science at Frostburg State University, where he served as president of the Iota Theta Fraternity. He was an active senator in FSU’s Student Government Association and served as Vice President of Community Affairs for College Democrats. A Theatre minor, he was also an active participant in FSU’s Theatre where he performed on numerous occasions. Along the route to public office, Richard hopes to become an actor. He recently received his Master of Fine Arts from Harvard University. During his first summer at the Institute, Richard interned for the Energy Action Coalition.

Hasani Seale

Howard University

Hasani Seale majored in Finance at Howard University, where he was enrolled in the School of Executive Business Executive Leadership (SBEL) Honors Program. A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Hasani placed first in Cambridge A-Level Economics and Spanish at the Global Young Leaders Conference in 2004, representing St. Mary’s College. In 2006, he worked at the Ministry of Works of Trinidad and Tobago as an accounting clerk. Hasani aspires to become a financial analyst. Hasani participated in the 2007 KPMG Summer Scholars Program, where he interned at KPMG in New York.

Bryon N. Shannon

University of Wisconsin

Bryon Shannon was a Management and Real Estate and Urban Land Economics double-major in the Honors Program of the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin. On campus, Bryon founded the Multiple Sclerosis Committee, a student organization that increases campus awareness and raises funds for multiple sclerosis. He also served as co-president of the Multicultural Business Students Association and was a member of the Undergraduate Leadership Council. In the past, Bryon assisted in the repair of substandard homes in Tennessee through an Appalachian service project and has taught students in North Carolina through Teach for America. Byron is currently working to further develop Wisconsin Relic, a clothing apparrel line he founded that promotes Midwest culture and slogans. In the future, Bryon would like to find work that empowers communities through the mass media. He interned at TV One during his first summer as an Institute scholar. In his final summer, he interned at Discovery Communications.

Barrett R.H. Young

Harvard University

Barrett Young received his Bachelor of Arts in Government at Harvard University. On campus, Barrett served as a board member of the Harvard Black Men’s Forum and tutored students in introductory calculus. In 2006, Barrett interned for Judge Denise Page Hood at the United States District Court in Eastern Michigan. Upon graduating from law school, Barrett would like to begin the journey towards becoming a Supreme Court Justice. He is employed at the Federalist Society in Washington and will begin law school at the University of Chicago in the fall of 2011. During his first summer at the Institute, Barrett interned at the American Legislative Exchange Council. In 2008, he interned at the Heritage Foundation.

Robert Bland

Williams College

Robert Bland, a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, majored in History with a concentration in International Studies at Williams College. While there, he was a writing tutor and served as a Residential Advisor to freshman. During the summer of 2005, Robert worked in Nairobi, Kenya with Save Africa’s Children to help open an educational facility for children orphaned by AIDS. After completing two years as a Mississippi Teaching fellow, Rob is enrolled in a PhD program in History at the University of Maryland.

Jay L. Finch

Villanova University

Jay Finch, a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and a Cleveland Boys Hope Girls Hope Scholar, received his Bachelor of Arts in the Villanova University Honors Program. His campus activities included being the Founder and President of the Villanova Debate Society, Communication Director for the Black Cultural Society, Student Chief of Operations at the National Hispanic Institute, and Assistant for the Center for Responsible Leadership and Governance. Jay currently works for Goldman Sachs in New York. As an Institute scholar, Jay interned at the World Bank.

Calvin J. Hadley

Howard University

Calvin Hadley double-majored in Political Science and Afro-American Studies in the Howard University Honors Program. He was a Howard University Trustee Scholar, United States Achievement Academy Collegiate All-American Scholar, and member of the Charles R. Drew Honor Society. His campus activities included being a member of the NAACP Howard University Chapter and serving as university student ambassador. During the fall of his freshman year, Calvin studied abroad in Paris and then studied in Ghana during the summer of 2005. He aspires to start his own NGO. After graduating from Howard in 2008, Calvin spent a year in Senegal as an English teacher. He is now completing his master’s degree at the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. In Calvin’s first summer with the Institute, he interned for the United States Department of Labor. In 2007, he interned for Africare. Calvin returned to the Institute for a third summer in 2008 to serve as a summer fellow.

Anthony L. Harbour, Jr.

University of California—Berkeley

Anthony Harbour graduated with a degree in Political Science and African American Studies, with a concentration of images in the media, at the University of California—Berkeley. To support his education, Anthony worked as both a peer advisor in the Berkeley Career Center and financial coordinator in the African American Student Development Office. He also volunteered his time as a staff writer for Onyx Express, which is the only black run publication on the Berkeley campus. Anthony has interned for a public relations firm in New York City and as a publicist for Focus Films in San Francisco. In 2006, Anthony interned at NBC News. The following summer, he interned at the production company Video/Action, where he accepted a job offer soon afterwards. In 2009, Anthony served the local DC community as the relations coordinator for Food and Friends, a non-profit organization that prepares and delivers food to people with life challenging illnesses. He currently participates in the Coro Fellows Program in Pittsburgh.

John D. Harper

Oberlin College

John Harper received degrees in African American Studies and Vocal Performance at Oberlin College. John has performed both nationally and internationally in such productions as Snapshots with acclaimed Broadway director Kenny Leon (Atlanta, GA), The Magic Flute with the Rome Festival Opera (Rome, Italy), and Little Women with the Oberlin Opera Theater (Oberlin, OH). Outside of the arts arena, he worked to support the students of color initiative on Oberlin’s campus as co-founder of the Admissions Student Advisory Council, a group aimed at increasing minority student recruitment and enrollment at Oberlin. John aspires to become a professional opera singer and one day hopes to open an arts-based community school to support underserved communities across the country. He now works at a charter school in Cleveland while preparing to attend a graduate program in Vocal Performance. During his first year as an Institute scholar, John interned at the National Endowment of the Arts. In the summer of 2007, he interned at the Arc in Washington, DC. John returned to Washington the following year to assume the role of Institute summer fellow.

James A. Nortey, II

Baylor University

James Nortey studied Philosophy and Criminal Justice at Baylor University’s Honors College, where he earned the distinction for being on the Dean’s List every semester. He worked as a senior community leader (residential advisor) and was a Sunday school leader. He was the Chief Justice of the Student Court, an assistant head delegate of the Model United Nations, and earned an Everyday Hero award at Baylor. Though James’ parents are from Ghana, he was born in Dallas, Texas and is a lifetime resident of the state. He is currently enrolled in his final year at Harvard Law School. He one day hopes to become a Supreme Court Justice. During his first summer at the Institute, James interned at Friedman Billings Ramsey Group. He then interned at the FBI Office of Law Enforcement Coordination the following summer.

Derek J. Sykes

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Derek Sykes majoredin Business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was repeatedly listed on the Dean’s List. His campus activities included being president of the Black Student Movement, which is the second largest organization on campus with over 400 members. He was also an active member in the Mu Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, serving as the education chair. In the local community, Derek tutored for Chapel Hill Public Schools as part of the AVID program. Since receiving his Master of Accountancy from the University of North Carolina, Derek has accepted a position with KPMG in Washington, DC. In 2006, Derek interned at the DC Housing Authority. And during his second summer at the Institute, he interned at Ginnie Mae (Government National Mortgage Association).

David E. Wilford

La Salle University

David Wilford, a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, majored in Social Work at La Salle University. He is a youth minister at his local church and plans to be a pastor and social worker in the future. David received 1st runner-up for the National Association of Social Work BPD Fellowship program and is a member of Phi Alpha, a national social work honor society. He currently works for Delaware Hospice as a social worker and is pursuing a graduate degree in counseling. In addition to his passion for serving others, David enjoys music. He is the former director of La Salle’s gospel choir and in 2010, he appeared as a contestant and finalist on BET’s reality television show Sunday’s Best. In David’s first summer with the Institute, he interned at the United States Department of Labor in the Office for Faith-based and Community Initiatives. During the summer of 2007, he interned at the NHP Foundation.

Julian Hill

Northwestern University

Julian Hill majored in philosophy at Northwestern University, where he was a Gardner-Exum Scholar, D.C. Alumni Club Scholar, Honors Society member, and the Lincoln Laureate. While at Northwestern, Julian was President of the Black Student Alliance (FMO), the first Student Director on the Northwestern University Alumni Association's Board of Directors, and a Resident Assistant. He studied abroad in Spain during his junior year. During the Institute, he interned with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs of the Department of Labor and with the Georgetown Law Center's Criminal Justice Clinic. In 2014, he will graduate with a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Stefan Lallinger

Brown University

Stefan Lallinger graduated from Brown University with majors in Political Science and Development Studies in 2008 and received a Masters degree with distinction in History from the University of New Orleans in 2011. While at the Institute, he interned at the Polaris Project and the Office of then-Senator Joseph Biden of Delaware. Stefan joined Teach for America in New Orleans in 2008, forgoing Medical School at Brown University. He is currently the Principal of Langston Hughes Academy, a public school in the Gentilly area of New Orleans, LA.

Chris Binns

Virginia State University

Chris Binns graduated from Virginia State University as a History major, where he was recognized as one of the top scholars in the department. He was president of his class for two consecutive years and chaired a number of Student Government Association committees. He was also very active through the Betterment of Brothers and Sisters organization, as corresponding secretary of his fraternity and a resident assistant. In 2006, Chris received the Distinguished Collegian Award on behalf of the Alpha Phi Alpha Education Foundation, Inc. In 2007, he was accepted to the Peace Corps. During his first summer at the Institute, Chris interned with the American Academy for Liberal Education. He interned for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund during his second summer and was employed there as a program career counselor for 2 years. He is now enrolled in his second year at New York Law School.

Quinton A. Harper

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Quinton Harper is a national Coca-Cola and Gates Millennium scholar. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was the parliamentarian of the Black Student Movement, a member of the North Carolina Fellows Leadership Program and active with the Office for Minority Affairs. Quinton was also the recipient of the John Morehead Scholarship, which is the university’s highest undergraduate scholarship. He double majored in Political Science and Journalism. During the summer of 2005, Quinton interned with the National Association of People with AIDS. The following summer, he interned for BET.

Kendrick J. Henley

Hampton University

Kendrick Henley is a graduate of Hampton University where he was the only freshman to earn a position on the university’s Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Varsity Team in 2003. He was the recipient of the Achievement and Goizueta Scholarships, as well as a member of the Hampton University Honors College. Kendrick served his campus and the community through the Student Leadership Program, as chief of staff of the Student Government Association, and as Mr. NAACP. He was awarded the Ford Predoctoral Diversity Fellowship and given the W.E.B. Du Bois Award for Social Justice and Peace in 2006. He completed a master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Chicago in 2009. With the Institute, Kendrick interned at the National Museum of American History.

Bernard A. Holloway

University of North Carolina

Bernard A. Holloway received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of North Carolina. His commitment to service was demonstrated through his roles as student body secretary, chair of Carolina After Dark, member of the Freedom’s Live!, and staff writer for The Daily Tar Heel. Fluent in Spanish, Bernard was an ESL tutor for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Public School system. A national Teen Jeopardy champion (2002), Bernard desires to pursue his interests in law, education, and public service. After graduating from UNC, Bernard participated in the Coro Fellows Program. He has since served as an independent consultant for various non-profit organizations in New York and Washington, DC. Bernard interned at the National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise during his first summer at the Institute. In 2006, he interned at Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Group, Inc. Bernard returned the following summer at the Institute to serve as a summer fellow.

Joseph R. Jenkins

University of Pittsburgh

Joseph Jenkins double majored in Political Science and Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. As a student, He earned many honors, including the full tuition scholarship, membership in the Lambda Sigma Honors Society and National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He was also selected a University of Pittsburgh Honors Scholar. He is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Law. During his first summer, Joseph interned with The Rhoads Group. In his final summer at the Institute, Joseph interned at the office of Senator Voinovich (OH), his state senator.

Fred A. Jones Jr.

Tufts University

Fred A. Jones, Jr., a Latin scholar, graduated with his degree in History at Tufts University. His extracurricular activities included service as a peer leader, Goddard Chapel monitor, residential assistant, and editorial assistant for the Onyx Black Literary Magazine. As captain of the Tufts track team, he won the national championship in the triple jump (2006) and earned ten All-American awards during his four years of collegiate competition. He currently serves as an education policy staff assistant for the US House Committee on Education and Labor. During his first summer with the Institute, Fred interned at the Office of Community Service for the Department of Health and Human Services. In his final summer, he interned at the Washington Scholarship Fund. Fred returned for a third summer to the Institute in 2007, where he served as a summer fellow. Like his classmate Bernard Holloway, Fred was among 68 students selected from a national competition to participate in the 2007 Coro Fellows Program.

Hasa A. Kingo

Northwestern University

Hasa Kingo graduated from Northwestern University, where he was a regular on the Dean’s List. The Journalism and Political Science double-major has contributed to the Las Vegas Review Journal, as well as MiMi Magazine. Hasa served on the Philanthropy committee and as the Public Relations chair for Northwestern’s chapter of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. He has since received his JD from Georgetown University School of Law. During his first summer at the Institute, Hasa interned with the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. In 2006, he interned for AARP Magazine.

Christopher McKee, Jr.

Youngstown State University

Christopher McKee maintained a 4.0 Grade Point Average while majoring in History and minoring in Religious Studies at Youngstown State University. At Youngstown, he earned the designation of being a University Scholar, the university’s most selective scholarship award. Chris also served as the national spokesperson for the Tavis Smiley Foundation’s National Youth Leaders Conference. Chris is an ordained minister and graduate of Yale Divinity School. He has since deferred admission to a PhD program at Carnegie Mellon University to serve his local community as a minister. During his first summer with the Institute, Chris interned at the Institute on Religion and Public Policy. He then worked at the Howard University School of Divinity during the summer of 2006.

Edward A. Sanders

Mississippi State University

Edward Sanders graduated from Mississippi State University as a Political Science major, where he was a national Ronald Reagan Future Leaders Scholar. Edward has worked with numerous political campaigns and was twice selected “Senator of the Year” for his two terms as a Student Association senator. He was also the president pro-tem of the Student Association Senate, vice president of the Stennis-Montgomery Association, and was featured on FoxNews.com for his work as an opinions writer for The Reflector. Edward has since been employed at the White House and State Department over the past few years. During the summer of 2003, he completed an internship with the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. As an Institute scholar, Edward spent his first summer interning at the office of U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS). He spent the following summer interning for the American Legislative Exchange Council.

Ashley T. Simms

University at Albany

Ashley Simms double majored in Political Science and Vocal Performance and minored in Psychology at the University at Albany. He was an active member of the Pre-law Association, Cornerstone Campus Ministry, University Symphony Orchestra, University Chamber Singers, Tennis Club, and the Crew Team. The Rochester, NY native also volunteered with such organizations as Habitat for Humanity and the Regional Food bank. Since completing a Master of Public Administration at the University at Albany, Ashley has enrolled at Stanford Law School. He aspires to become a foreign service officer for the US Department of State. During the summer of 2005, Ashley interned in the Peace Corps’ Inter-American Region Office. In 2006, he interned for the Helsinki Commission.

Justin W. Wilson

Morehouse College

Justin Wilson majored in Business Finance with a minor in Mathematics at Morehouse College, where he was a member of the Honors Program. At Morehouse, Justin was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma for being one of the top students in his class for business majors. This former Boy’s State Delegate was also the recipient of the Morehouse College Academic, LEAD, and Prudential Scholarships. During his first summer in Washington, Justin interned with the Jump$tart Coalition. He then interned for the Gloucester Institute the following summer.

Terrell Frazier

Michigan State University

Terrell Frazier graduated from Michigan State University, where he majored in Journalism. He has been writing and publishing since high school. He has served as editor and writer on several student papers and has received an Excellence in Journalism award. Terrell is also a recent graduate of the New School in New York and serves as a health communications fellow at the New York University School of Medicine. During his first summer, he interned at Knight Ridder Tribune news service, where he wrote articles which appeared in newspapers all over the United States. In 2005, he interned at the U.S. Department of Labor.

Joseph K. Githuku

University of Maryland

Joseph Githuku is a native of Kenya, where he was fortunate to have studied at a rigorous Catholic boarding school and one of the country’s most prestigious high schools. Having moved to the United States during his high school years, Joseph expresses sincere appreciation for the freedoms and opportunities that Americans enjoy and a strong determination to use the American political system to benefit the lives of others. He studied Political Science at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. In 2010, Joe received his JD from the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore. During his first summer as an Institute scholar, Joseph interned at the U.S. Department of Labor. In 2005, he interned with the House Committee on Governmental Reform.

Darius A. Graham

Florida A&M University

Darius Graham earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Florida A&M University. At FAMU, Darius founded the Honor Student Association and served as its first president in addition to his heavy involvement in student government. He was captain of the FAMU Mock Trial Team; former host of “In the Know,” a news and public affairs radio show; and president of Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society. Currently, Darius serves as executive director of Books All Around , a non-profit organization he founded. For his academic achievements and community involvement, Darius was one of the finalists of the 2005 Florida College Student of the Year Award. In 2006, Darius was selected to USA Today’s College Academic All-Stars First Team for all of his achievements while a student at FAMU. Darius graduated from the UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law in 2009, where he was editor-in-chief of the Berkeley Journal of African-American Law & Policy. He is currently an associate at the law firm Akin Gump in Washington, DC. As an Institute scholar, Darius spent his first summer interning at the US Department of State. In his final summer, he interned for the US Department of Labor.

Andrae James

Prairie View A&M University

Andrae James attended Prairie View A&M University in Texas on a ROTC Scholarship and a distinguished academic scholarship. He majored in Political Science and is interested in a career in law and politics. Andrae was the recipient of the Superior Cadet Award, holds University Honors and maintains a place on the National Dean’s List. After graduating, Andrae fulfilled his commitment with the US Army. He was recently promoted to Captain. Andrae spent his first summer interning for the Department of the Army and returned there in 2005.

Artis J. Jenkins

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Jarrod Jenkins studied Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill , where he earned National Dean’s List honors. In the past, he served as an advisor to the DeKalb County School Board and as a mentor for underprivileged youth through the Partners for Kids program. He recently graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctorate and Master’s of Public Administration joint degree. While in law school, he was also a member of the editorial board of the Georgia Law Review. He hopes to become an attorney and politician in the future. Jarrod spent his first summer at the Institute interning at the US Department of Education. In 2005, he interned at the Washington Legal Foundation.

Kendall J. Lyons

Oklahoma Christian University

Kendall Lyons graduated from Oklahoma Christian University, where he majored in Broadcast Journalism and managed the university’s radio station. Beyond his academic and career pursuits, Kendall is a mentor for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America. He currently works for KFOR-TV, NBC 4 as a weekend overnight assignment editor and writer. He wants to attain a Masters of Meteorology and become a news broadcaster. In his free time, Kendall is writing a book on youth ministry and helping low income parents gather resources to educate their children. During his first summer in Washington, Kendall interned at Radio America. He returned there the very next summer in 2005.

Christien D. Oliver

Michigan State University

Christien Oliver graduated from Michigan State University in 2005 with a degree in Social Relations, specializing in Political Economy, while earning Phi Beta Kappa honors. As an undergraduate, Christien spent a summer at the University of Yucatan in Mexico studying Spanish. He is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School and has served as a law clerk for a judge in Montgomery County, MD. He is currently employed at Hunton Williams, LLP in Tysons Corner, VA. During his first summer with the Institute, Christien interned at the Washington Legal Foundation. In 2005, he conducted research at the Howard University Legal Center.

John T. Saunders

University of Massachusetts at Amherst

John Saunders participated in the distinguished Commonwealth College honors program at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He has earned numerous awards, including, 21st Century Scholar and ALANA Honors Society Scholar. In past summers, he has volunteered his time to work with young people in his community. Since graduating from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University in 2008, he has served as the Chief Program Officer for the Institute for Responsible Citizenship. During his first summer as an Institute scholar, he interned at the U.S. Department of Education. In 2005, he interned with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The following summer, John returned to the Institute as the 2006 summer fellow.

Stephen Wesley

Hampton University

Stephen Wesley studied Finance at Hampton University and received honors from his department for his academic achievements. On campus, he was president of the Student Government Association. Upon graduating, Stephen returned to Hampton and served as assistant director for Alumni Affairs. He now works for the Department of Defense. One day, he hopes to become a U.S. Senator. During his first summer at the Institute. Stephen interned at the Senate Budget Committee. The following summer, he interned for Friedman Billings Ramsey.

Adam L. Barr

University of California-Davis

Adam Barr graduated from the University of California-Davis in 2005 with a degree in Political Science and minors in Sociology and Womens Studies. While there he was a founding member and president of Men Acting Against Rape and served as a senator in the student government. A member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Adam also served as the undergraduate representative on the Campus Council for Information Technology, which is an administrative advisory committee that makes technology recommendations to the Chancellors Office. During his first summer, Adam interned in the Office of Community Services at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where his primary work focused on welfare reform and finding ways to reinvigorate the economies of the Black Belt region of the South. His second year was spent at the Department of Sociology at Georgetown University researching the effect of service learning on civic engagement in college students. After spending 2 1/2 years as the Institute’s Chief Program Officer, Adam volunteered for then-Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008. He currently works as a financial consultant for Deloitte and Touche.

Malcolm E. Glover

Florida A&M University

Malcolm Glover graduated from Florida A&M University in 2005 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism . During his time there, he worked as a production assistant for City of Tallahassee Television. In the summer of 2003, he interned for Chris Matthews at Hardball on MSNBC. On campus, Malcolm served as President of FAMU College Democrats, Vice President of the FAMU Think Tank and Ambassador to the Mock United Nations. During the summer of 2004, Malcolm enjoyed a second internship at Hardball. Malcolm is also a graduate of the William Jefferson Clinton School of Public Service. He is employed as a news anchor for National Public Radio in Little Rock.

Joseph C. Gomba

Cameron University

Joseph (Joe) Gomba graduated from Cameron University in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He served as a senator in the Student Government Association and as president of his fraternity. In addition, Joe served as a representative of the Youth Leadership Advancement Team, a project of the National League of Cities, and later served as president of the Student Civic Council. In 2003, Joe worked as an intern in the US Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. In 2004, he interned in the office of US Senator Don Nickles of Oklahoma. Joe volunteered for four state-level campaigns in Oklahoma, one congressional campaign in New England, one senatorial campaign in the Southwest, and one presidential campaign. Following his graduation, Joe moved to South Korea, where he served as an English teacher and later as an administrator for the Kangwon Provincial Office of Education. He later moved to Saudi Arabia where he worked as a college-English instructor. Joe is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Political Science at Midwestern State University, where he also serves as a graduate assistant. After attaining his master’s degree, Joe intends to pursue his doctorate in Law at the University of Oklahoma.

Branden L. Kelly

Stanford University

Branden Kelly intended to focus all of his attention on Political Science, but after taking an introductory course in Economics at Stanford University, he decided to add that subject as a second major. Branden graduated from Stanford in 2005. He considers his work at soup kitchens, clothing drives and other services important, but finds it unfulfilling because such efforts are only short-term solutions. He views economic empowerment as critical to help the poor out of poverty. During his first summer, he interned at the National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise. In 2004, Branden conducted research at the Public Policy Institute of Georgetown University.

Elijah Heyward

Hampton University

Elijah Heyward III was a Presidential Scholar at Hampton University, where he earned many honors as a History and Leadership Studies double-major—including National Dean’s List, J. Edgar Hoover Scholar and Target All-Around Scholar. Elijah interned at a law firm in his home town of Beaufort, South Carolina during the summer of 2002. In 2003, he interned in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. And during his final summer at the Institute, Elijah conducted research as an intern at the Howard University Legal Center. He is a graduate of Yale Divinity School, where he was awarded a public service fellowship, which enabled to him to mentor a selected group of New Haven public school students. Elijah currently works for the Institute and and is Director for the Youth Scholar Academy.

Jonathan D. Olinger

Georgia Tech

Jonathan Olinger majored in Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech with the intention of going to law school, practicing in intellectual property litigation, and becoming a Supreme Court justice. He was an active participant in the President’s Scholarship Program, the Georgia Tech Ambassadors, and the Undergraduate Judiciary Cabinet. He is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Additionally, through his work as chair of the Honor Advisory Council, he was involved in efforts to revise the university’s Honor Code and spoke with student and faculty groups about the Honor Code and academic integrity. Since graduating from Stanford Law School (2008), Jonathan served as a legal clerk for the US District Court judge for the Northern District of Georgia, from 2008-2010. He is now an associate at Sutherland Asbill and Brennan, LLP in Atlanta. During his first summer, Jonathan interned at the Washington Legal Foundation. During his second summer, he conducted research at the Howard University School of Law.

Camillo A. Parris, Jr.

Cameron University

Camilo Parris, Jr. was listed on the National Dean’s List and the President’s Honor Roll for his academic achievements at Cameron University. He also received his university’s top award for outstanding writing. Camilo majored in Criminal Justice with the hope of pursuing a career at the Federal Bureau of Investigation or Department of Homeland Security. During his senior year, Camilo served as an associate justice for Cameron’s student body government. During his first summer at the Institute, Camilo interned for former U.S. Attorney General Ed Meese at the Heritage Foundation. In 2004, Camilo interned at the American Bar Association.

Steven A. Ward

Virginia State University

Steven Ward was a Presidential Scholar while at Virginia State University. He also served as president of the Honors Program Student Advisory Council and participated in various honors conferences and academic competitions around the country. In 2007, Steven volunteered as a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters Services, Inc. and sat on the Tri-Cities Advisory Council. After graduating, Steven returned to his alma mater and worked as a development officer. He now teaches Biology at his former high school. During his first summer at the Institute, Steven interned at the U.S. Department of Education. In 2004, he interned at the American Association for Higher Education.

Ricardo A. Woolery

Williams College

In high school, Ricardo Woolery was selected to be Head Prefect for over 2000 boys. During the summer of 2002, he interned in the Jamaican Ministry of Education and Youth. At Williams College, he served on the executive board of the College Council. The Jamaican-born Political Science major is interested in a career in law. He is on track to complete law school at Columbia University in 2011. During his first summer, Ricardo interned at the Employment Standards Administration at the U.S. Department of Labor. In 2004, Ricardo conducted research at the Howard University Legal Center.

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