Meet the HBCUI Class of 2014
After an intense recruiting and selection process, we’re proud to say that we’ve put together a cohort of some of the best and brightest HBCU students from HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges & Universities) around the country! This summer, Greening Youth Foundation and the National Park Service are excited to have 18 young adults serving 12 National Park Service sites in the South, Northeast, and Midwest. Participants will get valuable hands-on experience as they tackle assignments in Historic Preservation, Community Outreach, Cultural Resources, Business Management, and Security Dispatch. After 10 weeks of serving at their sites, the HBCUI crew will be headed to Washington, DC in August for the Leadership & Careers Workshop where they will share their summer experiences and network with fellow interns and NPS staff. Congratulations again Class of 2014. We can’t wait to see what you all accomplish this summer. Join us in welcoming the new HBCUI class! Meet the cohort below: HBCUI is a national NPS program designed to link college students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to National Park Service sites and units that have a focus on the African American Experience and culture. Participants of HBCUI will gain a better understanding and appreciation of the important role African Americans played in the development and progress of the United States, and share these experiences with their communities. The program will also expose them to various fields to the careers in the NPS, and ultimately guide them towards careers in conservation, as well as assist the NPS and improve their demographics with regard to youth and diversity numbers.
TUSKEGEE AIRMEN NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
My name is Brittany Jenae Rudolph, a native of Atmore, Alabama. I attended Tuskegee University and received my Bachelors of Science degree in History, while working as a Park Ranger for the Department of Interior, National Park Service. I was a member of the National Park Service Academy Class of 2013, as well as a former Student Conservation Association Intern. Currently, I am pursuing a Teacher Certification along with a Master’s in History Education degree at Alabama State University. The reason I desire to work with Greening Youth HBCU initiative is to experience the National Park Service in a different capacity. I have previously worked as a Park Guide, Museum Technician, and in Visitor Services, but this time around, I especially look forward to learning the business side of running a National Park. I am thoroughly excited to engage in this experience!
SELMA TO MONTGOMERY NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL
I am Shaquille Todd, a native of Eutaw, AL. Currently attending Alabama A&M University, I major in Construction Management. I am also an active member of the National Society of Black Engineers. In my spare time, I enjoy serving as a mentor to freshman students. It is indeed a privilege to be a part of the HBCUI program again this year. I look forward to meeting my new HBCUI counterparts and NPS co-workers. Last year, I had the pleasure of working alongside Park Rangers at The Lowndes Interpretive Center, where we educated visitors about The Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail. I am certainly excited to be a part of the National Park Service again this year. Finally yet importantly, I look forward to this year’s Leadership & Career Workshop, so I can share my work, projects, and experience with the whole HBCUI family.
BOSTON NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
My name is Shawn Huey, and I am from Saint Mary, Jamaica, but I now live in New York City. I am a recent college graduate of Lincoln University PA with a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and a minor in Finance. While in college, I was a member of NABA (National Association of Black Accountants) and a member of ENACTUS, which is a Leadership development club. In addition, I was the captain of the intercollegiate soccer team at Lincoln University. While participating in this HBCUI summer internship program, I look forward to gaining and developing a better understanding of the role African Americans played in the development of the United States, so that I could educate my friends and family members.
My name is Jessica Kelly, and my hometown is Detroit, Michigan. I am a 2014 graduate of Hampton University, where I majored in Architecture. My activities and interests include AIAS, NOMAS, Student Recruitment Team, and after school mentoring to middle school girls. This summer, I am looking forward to working with the National Park Service. I met a lot of great people during my time in Petersburg and I know that I will meet many more fantastic people in Boston. Since I have never been to Boston before I am also looking forward to exploring the city and learning all about their history through the national park. I aspire to work in the Historical Preservation field, so working in a historical city such as Boston, is exactly the kind of experience I need. I am very excited to get to Boston and start my internship.
CARTER G. WOODSON HOME NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
My name is Anika Dinna Whitmore and I am 20 years old, currently residing in Rowley, Massachusetts. I was born in Addis Ababa Ethiopia and raised in Rowley, Massachusetts. I am the second oldest of five children, who all happen to be my strongest support system. I love being active in my community, and I am particularly active in mentoring, diversity, and health awareness. Due to contributing service in both Boston and Atlanta, I have formed lifelong friendships and sharpened my skills of public speaking, facilitation, and leadership. I now attend Spelman College, where I am a rising junior majoring in economics with high hopes of continuing my education, as well as continuing my work on improving the issues of hunger and education in our inner cities.
Good day! my name is Julian Robert Nehemiah Jackson, and I am from Birmingham, Alabama. I am a recent alumnus from the illustrious Howard University, where I majored in History with a concentration in African Diasporas to/from antebellum south. I also was the President of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated, Alpha Chapter. During my last year at Howard, I was a research fellow, where I researched my final senior thesis on the African progression from slave to freedmen in the city of Charleston. I am now taking a year off to travel abroad and will attend dental school in the fall of 2015. This summer, I look forward to learning more about Carter G. Woodson, and how his contributions helped to the progression of African-Americans and Humanity. I look forward to the memorable experiences that will develop, and also the satisfaction of becoming more knowledgeable; knowledge is power.
CHARLES YOUNG BUFFALO SOLDIERS NATIONAL MONUMENT
My name is John Vinson. I am a junior at Central State University. I am currently enrolled in the criminal justice field at school. I am also an R.O.T.C cadet and actual military personnel. In the United States Army, I am a generator and vehicle mechanic. I love playing golf and football with friends and familyin my free time. My favorite football team is The Ohio State University’s Buckeyes Football team. Through HBCUI, I plan to experience and learn how to document history, while at the same time appreciating and learning from a post role model and historical figure.
My name is Brandon Billips. I am from Cleveland, Ohio and am a rising senior, majoring in Communications, with a minor in English. I am a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., and I am president of the Eta Gamma Chapter; I am also a student ambassador at Central State University. My hobbies are reading and writing poetry. My personal philosophy is a quote from Gandhi: “Be the change that you want to see.” My career ambition is to become a teacher, coach, author, community activist, mentor, and world-renowned poet. I want to become the big change that I see in my community in the inner city of Cleveland. During my HBCUI summer, I look forward to learning, experiencing, and exploring a lot more about history in my community.
FORT MCHENRY NATIONAL MONUMENT & HISTORIC SHRINE
My name is Reba Hamlin, and I am from Farmville, Virginia. I graduated from Hampton University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. I am also in the Army Reserves and was recently commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps. I love to read, run, and go site seeing. I am looking forward to learning more about Ft. McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. I also look forward to hearing all the untold African American tales and learning more about my heritage, while also learning more about the National Park Service and all the opportunities it has to offer.
My name is Kimane Darden, and I am a senior majoring in History with a concentration in African-American Studies at North Carolina Central University. I am a member of the Centennial Scholars Program, Men Creating Change (MCC), the Student African-American Brotherhood, current Mr. Kinky and Proud in the Kinky and Proud Natural Hair Club, and photographer and reporter for the Campus Echo, NCCU’s campus newspaper. I come from bustling New York City, raised in Jamaica, Queens. I look forward to engaging with people from around the country visiting Fort McHenry and informing them on our nation’s rich history. I hope to explore Baltimore and the surrounding area, bringing my trusty camera along the way.
HARRIET TUBMAN-UNDERGROUND RAILROAD NATIONAL MONUMENT
My name is Ehren Vance. I am originally from Philadelphia, and I am a senior at Howard University, studying Political Science with a concentration in Public Administration. As a child, my mother was adamant about instilling a sense of service in her children; that spirit lives on today. Along with my organization, the Gentlemen of Drew Social Club, Inc., my free time is spent tutoring local DC high school students and volunteering at area homeless shelters. I’ve also been involved in the Relay for Life events at Howard and in Laurel, MD. This summer I’ll be interning with the National Park Service in Philadelphia. I have previous experience interning with non-profits, but I am excited to explore what it’s like to work at a governmental agency. Having already gained experience with fundraising and development, I am eager to diversify my talents and expand upon my ability to affect change within my community.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
My name is Camille Vincent. I am from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I am a recent graduate of Spelman College, where I majored in history with a concentration in African American and United States history. During my collegiate career, I was a member of the Granddaughters Club, the Student Advisory Board for the Atlanta University Center, Robert Woodruff Library, and a member of Spelman’s Residential Hall Association. I enjoy reading, watching documentaries, traveling, the outdoors, cooking, collecting seashells, and spending time with my family. My interests include history, libraries, historic preservation, photographic preservation and preserving African American history. I hope from this experience to future my experience in a field with archives, and preserving African American history. During this experience, I am hoping to also develop relationships with people at my job and learning more about Dr. King and exploring the city of Atlanta.
I am Daiquan Bradford, a Roxbury, Massachusetts native, realizing my calling throughout my high school years: advocating and teaching social and economic justice for all. My leadership at Morehouse College is a continuation of growth at Dorchester Bay Youth Force, Boston NAACP, Boston Student Advisory Council and several other civic organizations. As a sophomore, I volunteered at Kipp Strive Academy, where I taught middle school students about entrepreneurship and innovation. Additionally, I serve as an Urban Planning Intern at the City of Atlanta, where I manage relationships with the community. Afterwards, I plan to start a nonprofit organization promoting youth success. I believe it is the youth that has the power to change the direction of humanity. I vision to help the youth become civically engaged in local, state and world politics.
PETERSBURG NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD
My name is Imani T. McNeil, and I am from Philadelphia, PA. I attend Hampton University where I am pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. I am currently a Dean’s List recipient. Also, I am an active member of the National Society of Black Engineers and Student Recruitment Team which works directly with the Office of Admissions in bringing new students to the university. I am a problem solver who looks forward to taking on new challenges. In my free time, I enjoy traveling as much as my budget will allow, taking in the arts, and giving back to my community by volunteering at youth programs.
My name is Janae Long, and I am a 2014 graduate of Hampton University. I recently received a Masters in Architecture. My interest in architecture began at the age of 12 after taking a technology course in which I had the opportunity to design a house, and from there I knew my calling in life. Throughout my high school career, I took technology courses and received a Technology Award from Chesapeake Public Schools. Throughout my college career, I have participated in extracurricular activities within the architecture department. I served as Ms. American Institute of Architect Students for the year of 2011-2012 and Treasurer for the 2012-2013 school year. During this summer, I hope to gain more knowledge about the field of Architecture and historic preservation. I hope to be more knowledgeable about the steps and process of maintaining historical buildings and landmarks and acquiring a better sense of the rich history behind them.
Hello, my name is Reginald Burroughs. I am from Yonkers, New York and I currently reside in Gaithersburg, Maryland. My major is Manufacturing Engineering. I plan to use my degree to acquire a position to develop further skills and experience to eventually open up a manufacturing company, utilizing the structure of diamonds. Thereafter, I plan to attend Law School and specialize in Intellectual Property Law. What I expect to receive from my internship at the GYF Foundation is the opportunity to develop the essential qualities necessary to face the challenges of a diverse workplace. I would also like to better understand asset management as it is applied in the federal government, as well as in private industry.
COLONIAL NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
I’m Cleressa Brown, a senior History major at Hampton University, hailing from the great city of Seattle, Washington. As a first generation college student, education and faith are my motivation. I dedicated myself to academics so I can make a name for myself and make my family proud. I enjoy participating in community service, reading, and listening to music. I am also currently involved in a plethora of activities at Hampton University to include S3 Club, Phi Alpha Theta History Honor’s Society, and Golden Key Honor’s Society. I was also a Resident Assistant this past school year. In the near future, I hope to graduate from Hampton University with a BA in History and possibly move on to obtain a Masters. This summer I am ecstatic about learning the history of the Slabtown community and having the opportunity to enhance my historical research skills. I’m also looking forward to meeting new friends and mentors!