The Howard University Chapter of the Collegiate 100 Introduces Their New Class: Collegiate 102

On Friday, November 20th, the Howard University chapter of the Collegiate 100 welcomed 15 new members. Each of these servant leaders are dedicated to being change agents on their campus, and in their communities.

The virtual ceremony featured several special guests. Words of support and encouragement were provided by 100 Black Men’s very own Mr. David Bowers, and Mr. Barry Hudson. The Collegiate 100’s former president and Howard alumnus, Ms. Mekkah Husamadeen, also provided words of wisdom to the newly inducted members.

100 Black Men’s Collegiate 100 Chair, Dr. Gregory Johnson, added closing remarks, advising the new members to hold to the wisdom of the great theologian St. Francis of Assisi:

“Let a man be known not merely by

words alone, but by his deeds also. The deeds you do may be the only sermon some

persons will hear today.”

Each of these individuals are committed to using their individual talents to impact the lives of youth in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area in a positive way!

Ms. Alexiz Breyonna Jenkins is a sophomore Honors English
major, Business minor, from Las Vegas, Nevada. She is the
youngest of three children and was born to two military
veterans. She is now a member of the College of Arts and
Sciences Honors program, an Undergraduate Student
Association specialty intern and a former Congressional intern
for the Office of Congressman Steven Horsford. She plans to
further her education beyond Howard University and attend law
school to become a great advocate for the body she will serve.
At an early age, her parents instilled in her what it means to love
God, work hard and to be of service to others, which has helped
her become a leader to many and a friend to all.Alexiz
understands the power of mentorship and how it has shaped
her life tremendously, which is why she is honored to be
initiated into The Collegiate 100. She looks forward to being a
mentor and resource to the young black men of the D.C
community, helping them to achieve all that they desire in life.

Ms. Annaelle Djomo  is a junior Chemistry major, Mathematics minor,
from Worcester, Massachusetts by way of Cameroon. Being a first-
generation student and a native French speaker, Anna has
accomplished a lot which she prides herself in. Throughout her time
at Howard, Anna has served as the Event Coordinator for the African
Student Association and is a part of the Event Planning committee
for HerCampus. As a Chemistry major on a Pre-med track, Anna
interns with the Chemistry department at Howard University and
shadows at the Children’s National Hospital in Washington DC. She
also interned at Dana-Farber/ Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC) as a
Radiation Oncology Research Trainee. Anna believes that a major
reason she has been so tremendously blessed has been because of
the mentors that held her hand throughout her journey. She is
beyond excited to be inducted into such an extraordinary
organization and cannot wait to give back as much, if not more, than
was given to her.

Ms. Carissma McGee is a sophomore Physics major,
Computer Science and Mathematics double minor, from
Bear, Delaware. In regard to her academics, Carissma holds a
4.0 GPA, is a member of the College of the Arts and Sciences
Honors Program, and a scholar within the third cohort of the
Karsh STEM Scholars Program. With experience at both the
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Jet Propulsion
Laboratory, she has a passion for problem-solving and is
pursuing opportunities to earn a PhD in Astrophysics
following her undergraduate studies. On campus, Carissma is
a member of the Young African-American Leadership
Initiative, 1867 Undergraduate Assistantship Program, the HU
Symphony Orchestra and a number of other organizations. In
addition to her student life, Carissma is an activist and field
organizer who advocates for a diverse, equitable, informed,
and inclusive future. She looks forward to applying this sense
of advocacy and service as a role model and mentor to the
young men she encounters with The Collegiate 100.

Mr. Christopher Bratcher is a sophomore Chemistry major, on a
Pre-Pharmacy track, from Richmond, VA. He enjoys spending time
in the lab, in his community, with his younger siblings, and in the
gym. Currently, he is a mentor to four freshmen Howard
University Chemistry majors and is also an athlete for the Howard
University track & field team as a thrower, competing in the
events of shot-put, discus, hammer throw, and weight throw. He
came to Howard because he wanted to be surrounded by other
black leaders that were passionate to give back to their
communities and make a difference in the world. While at
Howard, he believes that he can grow as a leader while making a
permanent and positive impact on the Howard community as a
whole through meaningful service and selflessness. His ultimate
goals in life are to open up his own chain of pharmacies in the
United States and in Latin America, to travel the world, and to
mentor hundreds of young black men and women so that they
have pride in being black and will always believe that they can do
anything.

Mr. Dwight Martin is a junior Health Science major, Chemistry
minor from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Academically, Dwight holds
a 3.87 cumulative GPA and is a member of the National Epsilon
Tau Sigma Honor Society. On campus, Dwight has had the
privilege of serving as the 2019-2020 Mister College of Nursing
and Allied Health Sciences, is resident assistant in the Howard
Plaza East Towers and is a member of the 1867 Undergraduate
Assistantship Program. After graduation, Dwight plans to go to
dental school to receive his Doctorate in Dental Surgery and
plans to specialize in either pediatrics or orthodontics. Dwight is
thankful for the 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge, who
sparked his interest in joining the Collegiate 100. Dwight lives by
the scripture, “When you go to war against your enemies and
see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not
be afraid of them because the Lord your God, who brought you
up out of Egypt, will be with you.” -Deuteronomy 20:1

Ms. Jada Nicole Brown is a sophomore Criminology
major, English minor, from Chicago, IL. She currently
holds a cumulative 3.71 GPA, and is fully committed to
her academics, as well as the betterment of both Howard
University and its surrounding communities. During her
matriculation thus far, Jada has served as a member on
the executive board for Chicago Peoples Union, a
member of HerCampus: Howard Chapter, and a member
of JustUs Flagship Program. Growing up on the
southside of Chicago, and being a product of the
Chicago Public School System, Jada has witnessed the
effects of the school-to-prison pipeline firsthand,
specifically as it relates to black and brown children.
Today, Jada has aspirations of becoming a criminal
defense attorney with a primary focus on juveniles. She
believes The Collegiate 100 is an organization that will
provide her with the much needed skills to successfully
thrive in her field, and she is excited to be inducted.

Mr. Jayden Rush is a junior Legal Communications major, Political Science
minor, from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the oldest child and the first in
his family to attend Howard University. Jayden currently holds a 3.8
cumulative GPA and is currently a member of the School of
Communications Honors Program and the award-winning Howard
University Mock Trial Team. He is also a Howard University Annenberg
Scholar and a nationally competitive Michael & Susan Dell Scholarship
recipient. Jayden is blessed and enthusiastic about being initiated into
the Collegiate 100. He looks forward to being surrounded by goal-oriented
individuals who fill the atmosphere with positivity and hope and devoting
his time and energy to bettering young Black men's lives in the
Washington, D.C., surrounding community.

Ms. Jemima Pierre is a junior Architecture major from West Orange,
New Jersey. She is an immigrant from Haiti and a first-generation
college student. She is also enrolled in an accelerated 5-year master’s
program. She is currently the Scholastic Pursuits Chair of HBCU Imprint
Incorporated, a member of the Young AfricanA Leadership Initiative,
and The Good Girl Movement: Howard University Chapter.
Professionally she has done well in the architecture field and has
recently won a competition hosted by the American Institute of
Architects. She has also worked on numerous construction projects
that are geared towards helping African-American communities where
she has refined her skills as a leader. She is passionate about education
and mentorship and lives by the quote “Pour into others what God has
poured into you.” Jemima is blessed and grateful to be initiated into the
Collegiate 100 and hopes to provide mentorship to young men to pass
on the skills and knowledge she has learned so far in her lifetime.

Mr. Jonathan Wesley Gaither is a sophomore Honors Biology major
from Fairfax, VA. Jonathan is the oldest of three and seeks to lead by
example in regard to his two younger brothers. On campus, he is a part
of the Karsh STEM Scholars Cohort 3 and focuses his academics on
undergraduate research opportunities in various fields. Outside of his
academic journey, he serves as the Director of Logistics for the College
of Arts & Science Student Council, assists the Office of the President as a
member of the Men of the Mecca initiative, and was a Co-Site
Coordinator with Howard University’s Day of Service. Jonathan recently
completed an internship with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory under
their Planetary Protection department., Jonathan hopes to open doors
for all aspects of The Collegiate 100 organization, especially for those
interested in STEM. He looks forward to supporting and upholding the
values of The Collegiate 100 and thanks his mentors along with the
greater Howard community for their care and love in his life.

Ms. Kailyn S. Dunlap is a sophomore Nursing Pre-Medical major
from Richmond, VA. She is a first generation student, however
she has a little sister who plans to attend Howard soon. Since she
was young, she has prioritized academics over everything. Her
matriculation into high school and how she excelled throughout
has been representative of that. On Howard’s campus, she is
involved in several different organizations such as the Ladies of
the Quad Social Club and Howard University’s YardTalk. Upon
graduation, she plans to attend medical school where she will
begin her journey of establishing and running her own hospital.
She hopes to create a pro bono hospital for minorities who aren’t
afforded the equal representation that they deserve in the
healthcare system. This organization is the breeding ground of
many of the things she intends to implement in her surrounding
community.

Ms. Kaitlyn Remi Washington is a sophomore Political Science
and Afro-American Studies double major from Miami, Florida.
She currently holds a 3.9 cumulative GPA and prides herself on
remaining active within her Howard community and beyond.
During her first year on campus, she served as Miss Freshman.
It’s one of her favorite accomplishments simply because it
heightened the importance of advocacy and it taught her
about the power it truly holds. She believes that being a leader
is not about your own vision, but about helping others bring
theirs to fruition. She hopes to carry these lessons with her
when she returns to Howard to study constitutional law and
become a civil rights attorney. After establishing her practice,
she wants to travel the world doing pro bono work for black
men and women who can’t afford the representation they
deserve. Kaitlyn Remi Washington is a young black woman
who is constantly learning and growing. She is grateful.
Grateful for The Collegiate 100 and the impact it has had and
will continue to have on her life.

 

Ms. Nyah Lynn Conrad is a sophomore Political Science major,
Military Science and Africana Studies double minor, from San
Antonio, Texas. Her younger siblings have motivated her in the
same way she hopes to do for others. It is through loving them
that she has become equipped with the traits it takes to
become a good mentor. Academically, Nyah currently has a 3.5
cumulative GPA and a 4.0 major GPA. Nyah is currently a
Cadet Sergeant in Army ROTC, where she earned a three year
National scholarship. Upon graduation, Nyah will commission
into the United States Army as a 2 LT to serve her country. In
addition to being an Army ROTC cadet, she holds leadership
roles in Howard University’s Undergraduate Student Assembly,
HBCU Imprint, Inc., and Bison Institute of Excellence. In all of
these positions, she’s had the privilege of serving as a mentor
to others around her. She is excited to be inducted into The
Collegiate 100 so she can continue to pour into others and
leave a positive impact on her community and abroad.

Mr. Ronald Carter Jr. is a junior Nursing major, Sociology
minor, from Tampa Bay, Florida. He is the youngest of 5
children and the first African American male in his family to
attend a four-year university. With his time at Howard,
Ronald has interned for the College of Nursing and Allied
Health Sciences Student Council and became a member of
the newly chartered Howard University Nursing Club.
Ronald currently serves as the 2020-2021 Mister College of
Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, where he was able to
create initiatives enlightening the youth about mental
health through virtual workshops. He has a passion for
health awareness and equality and plans to obtain a
Masters of Public Health following his undergraduate
studies. Outside of school, Ronald has spent his fall
semester working diligently as a medical assistant for an
urgent care and participates in COVID-19 testing. He is
honored to be a part of The Collegiate 100 and plans on
using his skills to become a resource to mentees and
Collegiate 100 members alike.

Mr. Mr. Ryan Zachary Penson is a sophomore Political Science
major, Legal Communications minor, from Saratoga, NY. At
Howard, he has maintained a 3.8 cumulative GPA and currently
serves in the 60th Howard University Student Association in the
Community and External Affairs Department. Ryan is a 1st-
generation college student and the first in his family to attend
an HBCU. After graduation, he hopes to attend Law School and
enter the field of political strategy or crisis-management. As a
Political Science major, he strives to incorporate the social and
economic advancement of black people in all of his endeavors,
and currently, he sits on his town’s racial equity and equality
committee, founded by the mayor. On-campus, Ryan is a part
of the 10th Class of the Freshman Leadership Academy and will
be going into his 3rd year on the Howard University Speech &
Debate Team – the same team Vice-President Kamala Harris
was a member of. He hopes to encourage more young black
men to use their words and careers to make change through
The Collegiate 100.

Ms. Tamunobelema Derefaka is a junior Legal
Communications major, Psychology minor, from New
Orleans, Louisiana by way of Riverstate, Nigeria. She is the first
in her immediate family to attend an HBCU. Education has
always been a foundation in her life that she holds high and
continues to build on. Belema holds a 3.5 cumulative GPA and
a 4.0 major GPA, and she has been on the Dean’s list for 4
consecutive semesters. Belema also continues to contribute
to the Howard community especially with her leadership
qualities. She is the Mentorship, Outreach, and Networking
chair for the Howard University African Student Association.
Mentoring has always been important in Belema’s life and is
why she is truly thankful and excited to be initiated into The
Collegiate 100. She looks forward to contributing to the
impact that The Collegiate 100 has in the lives of these young
men, the Howard Community, and the metropolitan area. In
her native language, Okrika, Tamunobelema means God’s
blessing. Everyday Belema tries to live up to her name.

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