O. EMEKA NWABUZOR
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
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
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
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.
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.