Alexis graduates with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with Minors in Spanish & Integrated Marketing Communication. During her four years, she co-founded and was the co-Editor-in-Chief of Embrace Publication, an online and print publication that amplifies the voices of the underrepresented on Ithaca College's campus. She attended the Ithaca College Los Angeles Program, where she was a Social Intern for NBCUniversal and Digital Intern for Entertainment Weekly. Alexis was also involved in marketing for the IC School of Business, a Head Digital Content Producer for ICTV, and a Resident Assistant for the Office of Residential Life. Alexis was awarded the Chávez/Lorde Social Justice Award.
Emily graduates with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies and a minor in Deaf Studies. In addition to being an MLK Scholar and holding various jobs on and off campus, they volunteered at Boynton Middle School in Ithaca to create a theatre piece with middle school students. They also served as an IDEAS Peer Educator, in which they helped the Ithaca campus community understand aspects of inclusion, equity, and social justice. Emily was also a part of PODER, the Latinx student organization on campus, and had the opportunity to showcase their artwork at the annual PODER Banquet. Emily was awarded the Gloria A. Hobbs Inspiration Award.
Maya is graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Cinema and Photography and a minor in Women and Gender Studies. She was the Head of Photography for Embrace Publication, a photographer for the Passion Project, a Photo Gallery Assistant for the college, and a DJ for VIC Radio. Maya's photography is focused on "the racial and cultural identities of people of color, and how they express themselves through their physical appearance, gender, and sexuality." As a junior, Maya created her first photobook titled, "Brown Sugar," a collection of intimate photographs and self-directed portraits of Black individuals and their bodies in their own spaces. She also had the opportunity to showcase her artwork at the annual Sister 2 Sister Showcase. Maya was awarded the Chawla/Ochoa Academic Achievement Award.
Noah graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Television-Radio. Throughout his four years, he was an Orientation Leader for the Office of New Student & Transition Programs, part of the social media team for Embrace Publication, a host for "The Screening Room," ICTV's long-running movie review show, and part of ICTV Reports. He was also a dancer on IC Unbound, Ithaca College's largest and longest-running dance company. Noah attended the Ithaca College Los Angeles Program, where he interned with Exclusive Artists Management, a management company representing artists in Los Angeles, New York, and various cities across the United States.
Katelyn graduated in December 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and minors in Education Studies and Asian American Studies. On-campus, she was the Vice President of Asian American Alliance, a Resident Assistant for the Housing Offering a Multicultural Experience (HOME) Program, and was a Section Head Editor for Embrace Publication. She was also involved in Expression through Arts: Resident Development Program, the Marketing and Design Team for the Ithaca Pan Asian American Film Festival, and IC Proud, the student organization for LGBTQ+ People of Color. Katelyn was also involved off-campus as a volunteer for the Multicultural Resource Center, a Government Affairs Intern and a Campus Ambassador for Teach for America, and a Summer Intern for OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates. Katelyn was awarded the Dubois/Mandela Award for Scholarship, Leadership, & Service Award.
Jeremiah graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Television-Radio with a minor in Economics. On-campus, he was a producer for ICTV's show "OnBeat," was part of the social media team for Embrace Publication, and served as a Peer Educator for the Center for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Social Change (IDEAS), in which he created programming for cultural heritage months and other programs focused on social justice. He was also part of IC Unbound, Ithaca College's largest and longest running dance company. Jeremiah attended the Ithaca College Los Angeles Program, where he was a Production Intern for The Ellen DeGeneres show. Jeremiah was awarded the Gloria A. Hobbs Inspiration Award.
Yetunde graduates with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics with a concentration in International Studies and minors in Spanish and Legal Studies. As a student, she co-founded and was the co-Editor-in-Chief of Embrace Publication, an online and print publication that amplifies the voices of the underrepresented on Ithaca College's campus. She also served as the Student Trustee to the Ithaca College Board of Trustees and was named a Newman Civic Fellow for her dedication to community service and advocacy at Ithaca College. Yetunde was also the co-chair and founder of OURstory is not HIStory, a student union focused on sexual violence awareness, the Vice President of Campus Affairs for the Student Governance Council, and the founder of the Black History Committee. Yetunde was awarded the Dubois/Mandela Award for Scholarship, Leadership, & Service Award.
Founded by Alexis Davis and Yetunde Smalls with a team consisting of many MLK Scholars, Embrace amplifies the voices of the underrepresented on Ithaca College's campus.