BOLD Scholars 2017-2019

Congratulations to the First BOLD Cohort!

The inaugural group of BOLD Scholars from Ithaca College completed their 2 years in the BOLD program as of May 2019. Their Campus Impact Project for the 2018-2019 Academic Year: Engaging Mental Health in People of Color (EMPOC), was a huge success, and now exists as a student organization on campus. This cohort worked very closely with Dr. Belisa Gonzalez, Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity. Dr. Gonzalez served as the faculty mentor for the 2017-2019 cohort and has continued as a key stakeholder on the BOLD Advisory Board. 

Several of the scholars are now pursuing Helen Gurley Brown Fellowships through the BOLD Program. 

The nine women of the first cohort are:

  • Nabilah Abdalla
  • Chasia Bambo
  • Hannah Cayem will begin a fellowship at the Musicianship in Washington, D.C., in January 2020. Hannah will be creating and running programs that bring music to students' lives through after-school programs, field trips, and summer camp. 
  • Candace Cross will be in a year-long fellowship at the Praxis Project in California. Candace will be focusing on health and racial justice policy, public health training and capacity building, and field organizing. 
  • Grace Elletson will begin a fellowship in September, 2019, at the VTDigger in Vermont as a general reporter covering politics and areas of public concern throughout the state of Vermont. 
  • Julissa Martinez will be in a year-long fellowship at El Puente Leaders for Peace and Justice as the Assistant Community School Organizer. Julissa will be organizing workshops, facilitating college tours, planning events, and working with the Ithaca College Urban Mentorship Initiative. 
  • Avery Santiago will begin at fellowship at Organize Florida in September 2019, focusing on LGBTQ+ civil rights and protections in the state of Florida. 
  • Kat Walsh will be in a year-long fellowship at New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT), working with the Community Engagement Director to create content for the NYWIFT website and social media platforms, and work with the teams that plan large scale events. 
  • Laura Waxman

These 9 women were selected from an applicant pool of over 100 applicants. The cohort traveled to NYC for a reception at the Hearst Foundation, Rutgers University–Newark, and upstate NY from October 6 – 8, 2017, for the first BOLD summit and retreat, where they met with the 80 BOLD Scholars across the country and over 50 highly successful professional women participating in panels, presentations, and round tables.

BOLD provides scholarships and a suite of academic and professional development activities to students who identify as female and who are in their junior or senior year at the college. Ithaca College recently announced they have joined the membership of BOLD, which also includes University of Connecticut; Colby Sawyer College; College of St. Rose; Middlebury College; and Rutgers University–Newark, which serves as the anchor institution for this initiative.

BOLD Cohort at their EMPOC Art Showcase on May 2nd, 2019