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
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
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
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.