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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.