High Point University
Ryan Mijumbi is a recipient of the Presidential Scholarship, the highest merit scholarship at High Point University. He is a Psychology major and intends to pursue a career in child adolescent psychology following graduate school. Currently, he is heavily involved with student government as the Hearing Chair, a Student Justice, and a Senator. He is the first High Point student to participate in the Institute. His hometown is Gastonia, North Carolina.
Georgia Institute of Technology
Kyle Smith is a Presidential Scholar at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he majors in Public Policy with a minor in International Affairs. He serves as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council member for the College of Liberal Arts. He also serves in student government as the Public Policy Representative and co-chair of the Cultural and Diversity Affairs Committee. Before attending Georgia Tech, Kyle was a Page for the Maryland General Assembly and a student member of the Maryland State Board of Education. His hometown is Waldorf, Maryland.
Yarayah St. Phard
Georgia State University
Yarayah St. Phard is the first student from Georgia State University to participate in the Institute. He is a member of the Honors College and majors in Media Entrepreneurship. He is a part of the Panther PRIME African American Male Initiative, and the Panther LEAP Leadership Program. After graduation, Yarayah intends to pursue a career in advertising, and hopefully manage his own advertising firm one day. His hometown is Atlanta, Georgia.
Christian Terry-Taylor studies Sociology, Economics, and Africana Studies at Morehouse College. He serves on the executive board of the Honors Program and is a member of the track and field team. He has participated in a wide range of experiences which include the Citi HBCU Innovation and Leadership Symposium, the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Leadership Symposium, and the Goldman Sachs LEAD Program. He has also interned with the Borgen Project. After graduation, he intends to pursue a career in academia as a Sociology professor and researcher. His hometown is Hempstead, New York.
University of North Carolina
Samuel Timmons attends the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he majors in History. He is a member of Honors Carolina, the Honor Court, and the Black Student Movement. He became familiar with the Institute through a program the Institute operates in Durham, North Carolina in partnership with the Alpha Tau Boulé of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity. After graduation, Samuel will pursue a career in law. His hometown is Raleigh, North Carolina.
University of North Carolina
Samuel Wey is a pre-med student double-majoring in Biochemistry and Spanish Literatures and Cultures at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has interned in the Glatfelter Biology Research Lab and is a member of the Neuroscience Club. After graduation he intends to pursue a career in neuroscience. He has participated in the Durham Collegiate Institute since enrolling at UNC. He is studying in Spain during the Spring 2020 semester. His hometown is Charlotte, North Carolina.
Marc Younker majors in Political Science and Labor Studies, with a minor in Critical Intelligence Studies, at Rutgers University. He has interned in Senator Cory Booker’s Washington, DC office, on Booker’s 2020 presidential campaign, and with IMPACT Strategies, a political advocacy firm based in Washington, D.C. Marc intends to continue his work in the political realm after he graduates, particularly by emphasizing the importance of political involvement for African Americans. His hometown is West Orange, New Jersey.