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Assoumaou Mayaki

Assoumaou Mayaki is a Business major, originally from Niger, West Africa and is now a Sophomore at IUPUI. Her extra-curricular
activities include Summer Orientation Leader with OTEAM, student mentor, works in the bookstore, vice president for the campus chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, African Student Association, and member of the Black Student Union

Hermann Coffi

Hermann Coffi is originally from Benin (West Africa), a computer technology major interested in in researching the economies in African nations, as well as technology and its applications in Africa. His extra-curricular activities include being a mentor in Math Assistance Center (MAC) (facilitates group and one-on-one tutoring sessions); as well as being a member of the African Student Association.

Christian D. Mundy


Christian D. Mundy is from Indianapolis and plans to major in pre-dental hygiene studies.  She attended North Central High School and most recently attended Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana.  Christian is committed to addressing the lack of access to proper dental hygiene by making sure that poor and minority communities have greater access to dental care.  She would like to have her own dental office working with dentists, and she serves as a role model to other young, minority women in her community by doing volunteer work, especially at dental clinics for children without dental insurance.

Patricia A. Jordan

Patricia A. Jordan plans to major in Political Science to pursue a career as a legal research specialist and human rights advocate.  Patricia is a sophomore here at IUPUI and attended Decatur Central High School in Indianapolis.  She also attended Vincennes University for a short time before transferring to IUPUI.  Patricia has served as a mentor and tutor to other young people, was a cheerleader in junior high and high school, and has participated in the 21st Century Scholars Peer Mentor program.

Tyra L. Whitson

Tyra L. Whitson plans to major in nursing to pursue a specialty in obstetrics, and she is especially committed to making sure that minority women receive the prenatal care they need to maintain their own health and have healthy babies.  She attended North Central High School where she not only maintained a strong academic record, but also participated in the Northernaires, the North Central gospel choir, and Counterpoints, the school’s distinguished show choir.  She was also an Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. debutante and participated in such community services as tutoring African American students and volunteering for Teacher’s Treasures.

Joshua Horne

Joshua Horne is an Education major hailing from Heritage High School where he was a member of the National Honor Society, frequently making Honor Roll and a varsity athlete for all four years of school in Soccer and Track. Three of those years Joshua was captain of the soccer team. As a freshman enrolled at IUPUI, Joshua intends to focus his research on the education of African American Males.

Precious D. Little


Precious D. Little plans to major in Psychology or Business.  She is interested in pursuing a career directed toward either helping people in black communities deal with mental illnesses that develop from stress and other mental traumas, or community development and entrepreneurship.  She attended North Central High School where she was nominated for the National Honor Society.  She is also passionate about her involvement in African American dance, participating in dance groups and events both inside and outside of school.  Moreover, she has been committed to participating in community service projects with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and Indy Parks demonstrating her strong commitment to improving minority communities.

Keith Lacy

Kieth Lacy is a Freshman enrolled at IUPUI, having graduated from Arsenal Technical High School. While in High School, Keith was a member of the National Honor Society, Varsity letter athlete in football and basketball; Kieth was also awarded the Young Marine of the Year and Community Service Awards. Majoring in Business Management, Kieth's current associations consist of the Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB) and his involvement with the Center for Leadership and Development. The current subject of his research is Domestic Violence.

Charnelle Anita Free

Charnelle Free is a freshman student hoping to major in Psychology. Charnelle recently graduated from Pickerington High School where she recieved both Honor Roll and Distinguished Honor Roll, a recipient of the Ohio Board of Education's Award of Merit, the 2009 Youth Service Award as well as the Columbus Urban League's Award of Honor and Recognition. Currently her extracurricular activities involve Student African American Sisterhood (S.A.A.S.) as well as being a volunteer for IUPUI Day of Service. Her area of research involves the Psychological Spectrum of Infidiety in African American Men.

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