SIGS Graduate Diversity Fellows

Brigitte Burpo, SIGS Diversity Fellow, Presidential Diversity Scholar

Brigette is a Ph.D. student in the Sport Administration department. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, she has a B.S. in Sales and Marketing from Tuskegee University and a M.Ed. in Administration of Higher Education from Auburn University. Her research interests include the development of life-skill programs for student athletes in revenue generating sports and recruitment and retention of women of color in athletic administration.

Why did you choose to pursue your degree at UofL?

"I chose to come to UofL because the faculty in my department are well-known and well-versed in their areas of research. I felt I would be best supported here after my interactions with several faculty members and my program is highly ranked in the nation. The Sport Administration PhD program also has a 100% employment rate after graduation which is very important to me."

Abby Perez, SIGS Diversity Fellow

Abby is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Urban and Public Affairs. She holds a B.A. in English from The University of Louisville and a M.A. in English from Morehead State University. Her research interests include urban sustainability as well as social and gender equity.

Why did you choose to pursue your degree at UofL?

"I had a wonderful experience in my undergrad, great faculty mentors, and I also had a director who helped me to become a member of the Diversity Fellows which helped me with funding."

Abby Perez, SIGS Diversity Fellow 

 

Jakia is a Ph.D. student in the Pan-African Studies Department.  Originally from Muskegon, Michigan, she holds both a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and a Master of Education in Higher Education from Grand Valley State University.  Jakia’s research interests include race and ethnicity, immigration and international education. 

Why did you choose to pursue your degree at UofL?

"Funding, Black Studies, great faculty."

Maame Geary, SIGS Diversity Fellow

Maame is a doctoral student in Counseling Psychology.  Originally from Columbia, Missouri, she completed a B.A. in Psychology at The University of Missouri-Columbia and a M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include stressors, resilience and well-being in unrepresented populations. 

Why did you choose to pursue your degree at UofL?

"I received full funding through The School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies and the department matched my research interests with an academic advisor."

Mahogany Mayfield, SIGS Diversity Fellow

Mahogany is a Master’s student in the Pan-African Studies department. Her educational background includes an individualized Bachelor of Arts from the University of Louisville in “Teaching the African Diaspora” with a minor in creative writing. Mahogany’s research interests include black girlhood and black girl liberation.  

Why did you choose to pursue your degree at UofL?

"As a Louisville native, it’s important for me to intertwine my passion for learning in a program as dynamic as Pan-African Studies with community engagement."

Zakariah Henn, Presidential Diversity Scholar

Zakariah is a doctoral Integrated Programs in Biomedical Sciences (IPIBS) student in the Microbiology and Immunology department. Originally from Richmond, Indiana, his educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Biology.  Zakariah’s research interests include immunotherapy and cancer studies.  

Why did you choose to pursue your degree at UofL?

"Return to and advance in academics, develop career options/plans, and to develop technical and theoretical expertise."

Heather Harris, SIGS Diversity Fellow

Heather is a Pan-African Studies doctoral student from Denver, Colorado. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Women’s Studies from The Metropolitan State University of Denver and a M.A. in Social Justice and Ethics from The Iliff School of Theology.  Heather’s research interests include African religious practices and Black queer theology.

Why did you choose to pursue your degree at UofL?

"The interdisciplinary Pan-African Studies program, funding, and the Pan-African Studies connection to Black Southern activism."

Christina Booker, SIGS Diversity Fellow

Christina is currently a Music Performance Master’s student.  Originally from Madison, Alabama, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Jacksonville State University and a Master of Education in Kodaly Music Education from Loyola University Maryland. Her research interests include effects of music training on patients with asthma. 

Why did you choose to pursue your degree at UofL?

"The reputation of the program, my desire to study with specific teachers, and my undergraduate voice teacher trained here."

Monica Adams, SIGS Diversity Fellow


Monica is a doctoral Social Work student originally from the West Virginia/Ohio area. Her background includes a Bachelor of Social Work from West Virginia University and a Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Monicas’s research interests are in obesity

Why did you choose to pursue your degree at UofL?

"The proximity to Ohio so I could commute - but more importantly in comparison to other schools in the region, Kent School’s Ph.D. program is designed to help students be successful. The Ph.D. Program Director was very helpful and supportive from my first inquiry to my acceptance into the program." 

 

Malcolm Muhammad,  Presidential Diversity Scholar

Malcolm is an Entrepreneurship Ph.D. student from Inkster, Michigan. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The University of Florida A&M. Malcolm’s research interests are in minority entrepreneurship. 

Why did you choose to pursue your degree at UofL?

"The reputation of the faculty and the entrepreneurship program."


Consolee Karangwa,  Presidential Diversity Scholar

Consolee is a doctoral Integrated Programs in Biomedical Sciences (IPIBS) student in the Microbiology and Immunology department from Fairfax, Virginia. Her background includes a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Business from the University of Kentucky.  Consolee’s research interests include vaccine and other therapeutic developments for infectious diseases.  

Why did you choose to pursue your degree at UofL?

"The amazing research being conducted in microbiology and immunology and the great, friendly faculty that are really supportive of their students’ success."


 

Tytianna Smith, SIGS Diversity Fellow, Presidential Diversity Scholar

Tytianna is a Ph.D. student in the College of Education and Human Development, originally from Detriot, Michigan. Her background includes a Bachelor of Arts in English and Pan-African Studies and a Master of Arts in Pan-African Studies from the University of Louisville.  Tytianna’s research interests include Black education and Afrocentric praxis in Black homeschools and community schools.

Why did you choose to pursue your degree at UofL?

"My passion for all students from disenfranchised communities and underrepresented groups and education."

Daniella Prince, SIGS Diversity Fellow

Daniella is a doctoral student in Biology, originally from Long Island, New York. Her educational background includes a  Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from Brown University.  Daniella's research interests are in the morphology and behavior of tropical ants.  

Why did you choose to pursue your degree at UofL?

"My research interests matched with a faculty mentor at UofL and also the opportunities I get to travel in order to do my field research."