Three Hampton University students have been named 2016 HBCU All Star Ambassadors by the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Michael McGee, senior, and juniors Ashleigh Williams and Pearis Bellamy are among 73 All Star students who were selected from over 300 candidates. They will work together and as a group and network with one another to achieve their goals.
“It is truly an honor to be appointed as an HBCU All-Star Ambassador for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” said McGee, “but even more so to have the opportunity to represent my Home by the Sea, Hampton University. This year I look forward to representing Hampton to the best of my abilities, promoting the importance and advancement of HBCUs, and having the opportunity to grow overall as a leader.”
“During the course of one academic school year, the 73 All-Stars will distinguish themselves as exemplars of the talent that HBCUs cultivate and as noble ambassadors of their respective institutions,” said U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. “The Initiative is looking forward to working with this third class of All-Stars and is confident this opportunity will allow the Initiative to meaningfully connect with HBCU students and advance academic excellence at their schools.”
Over the next year, the students will provide outreach opportunities and communicate with other students about the value of both education and the Initiative as a networking source. Using social media, relationships with community-based organizations, and sessions with industry professionals, the students will share proven practices that support opportunities for all young people to achieve their educational and career potential. They will also participate in the White House HBCU Week Conference, national and regional events, and webinars with Initiative staff and other professionals on a range of disciplines that support a spirit of engagement and personal and professional development.
"I am so excited to represent the illustrious Hampton University as a 2016 HBCU All Star,” said Pearis Bellamy.
“My time at Hampton University has helped mold me into the leader I am today so, I am very adamant about sharing my experience as well as the importance of HBCUs with others. As a leader on campus, I plan to work with the other HBCU All-stars and others to engage the campus to promote college completion and the value of education. It is truly a blessing to be able to give back and represent a school that continues to give so much to me.”
The All-Stars hail from 24 states, the District of Columbia, Ghana, Nigeria, and the Virgin Islands. They will work together and as a group and network with one another to achieve their goals.