2021-2023 Muhammad Ali Scholars

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Ashley Aguilera-Rico

Major: Computer Information Systems with a track in Business Process Management, Data Analytics & Cybersecurity  

Research Topic: High Education Opportunities/Resources for First-generation Students/Immigrants

Research Project: A linktree of resources to be shared amongst high school students in JCPS that allows students to have more resources from an experienced college student to explore their options as a student at an earlier age.


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Kaylee 'Kay' Boyd

Major: Psychology

Minor: Chinese

Research Topic: Education with Lower Income and Diverse Groups 

Research Project: A mentorship program for underrepresented students to benefit from exposure to positive Black experiences. 

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Taylor Griffith

Major: Pan-African Studies 

Minor: Social Change and Physics 

Research Topic: Injustices Within the Criminal Justice System (Bail Reform)

Research Project: Help Bail Project with research and spread awareness about the unfairness surround bail by hosting an awareness event. 

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Kyelia 'Birdie' Maxwell

Major: Nursing

Research Topic: Black Sysphoria, Self-Love, & Stereonarratives

Research Project: 36x36 drawing of my representation of how it feels to grow up and be raised in a stereonarrative and model minority. Raise awareness to self love of being who you are and understand who you are and accepting it.

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Shraddha Patel

Major: Math & Sociology with a track in Diversity and Inequality

Minor: Political Science & Classical Studies

Research Topic: The Myth of the Model Minority

Research Project: Interviews of lived experiences of South Asians compiled into a podcast to better understand the unique impact of the myth of the model minority on South Asians as part of the larger effort to raise awareness about and dismantle the myth.

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Edison Pleasants

Major: Graphic Design 

Minors: Pan-African Studies & Communication

Research Topic: Education with Lower Income and Diverse Groups

Research Project: A mentorship program for high school students that allows students an opportunity to engage with students at the University of Louisville and guide them towards pursuing higher education.

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Lorenzo Rowan

Major: Individualized & Pan-African Studies

Research Topic: Black Art & Activism 

Research Project: Ali's 7th Core Principle: Raising awareness of the rich black art history of Louisville, connecting it back to Ali's own life and making the case that Creativity was Ali's 7th Core Principle.

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Aubri Stevenson

Major: Public Health

Research Topic: Advancement of Black People


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Pamambuna Touray

Major: Computer Information Systems with a track in Business Process Management 

Minor: Psychology

Research Topic: Mental Health Resources for Underrepresented Students

Research Project: A pamphlet with mental health resources for students. The pamphlet addresses misconceptions surrounding mental health and will also include different resources for students such as therapists in Louisville, group therapy meetings, and more information about different organizations at the University that support mental health.