Ithaca College welcomed their third cohort of scholars in the fall of 2019. This cohort includes Chanelle Ferguson, Carolina Jeronimo, Julia Klipp, Oluwasekemi Odumosu, Taury Phelps, Daniela Rivero, Lesley Rodriguez, Paula Rodriguez, and Gabriela Urbaez-Mendez.
BOLD Scholars 2019-2021 (Cohort 3)
Writing major with minors in Journalism and African Diaspora Studies
Chanelle is a first generation Jamaican-American, born and raised in Bronx, NY. When she's not working as a writing tutor for the Writing Center or reporting on stories, she is co-president for the student organization EMPOC (Engaging Mental Health in People of Color). Chanelle is passionate about storytelling and social justice, and she aspires to be a writer that leaves impact on the world.
Business Administration major concentrating in Management with minors in Sociology and Latinx Studies
Carolina is a first generation Mexican-American from Queens, NY. On campus she works for IT as the Lab Consultant student manager and co-president for the student organization EMPOC (Engaging Mental Health in People of Color). Carolina is passionate about social justice and aspires to becoming a lawyer in the future.
Sociology major with minors in Counseling, Education Studies, and Art
Julia grew up 5 minutes from downtown Syracuse, New York and she is a graduate of Henninger High School. She is honored to be a first gen college student, and being the first person in her family with the access and resources to pursue higher education has inspired her to advocate for similar opportunities for other students.
Physics major with minors in Computer Science and Mathematics
Kemi is a first-generation student from Philadelphia, PA. In addition to her STEM degree, she is very passionate about social projects in low-income communities, as she feels that financial class is the biggest barrier she — and many others — face on the path to success. After graduation, she hopes to serve her community as a member of the Peace Corps or AmeriCorps before pursuing a career in data science or information security.
Cultural and Communication Studies major with a minor in Education Studies
Taury is currently working in Career Services as a PCA and she is also co-captain of the IC D.O.P.E Steppers. In everything that she does, she strives to promote nobility, diversity, productivity, and transparency. That is why she applied to be a BOLD scholar, and she feels so blessed to be a part of this network of dynamic and exceptional women. In her quest for a meaningful life, Taury believe in and exercises the importance of empathy as a tool for communication, collaboration, and overall success.
Social Movements and Latin American Studies majors
Daniela is a first generation immigrant from Mexico, and she am passionate about migrant rights, climate justice, podcasts, and magic realism novels. She is involved with the Committee on Decolonial Affairs (CODA), Engaging Mental Health in People of Color (EMPOC), and she co-hosts a podcast called In-Between. Daniela is most inspired by her beautiful family, by indigenous anti-systemic movements in Latin America, and by the incredible community of faculty and peers in Ithaca.
Sociology major with minors in Legal Studies and Latino/a Studies
Lesley was born and raised in The Bronx, NY, and is of Dominican descent. She is a first generation student and on campus she is part of the Island Fusion dance team, an Hermana of Sigma Lambda Upsilon/ Señoritas Latinas Unidads Sorority, Inc., and of course an honored BOLD Scholar! Her ultimate career goal is to be a Mental Health Therapist, especially for People of Color.
Sociology major with minors in Legal Studies and Latinx Studies
Paula was graciously raised in a single parent household by her father in Spanish Harlem (El Barrio), where she became more and more aware of the injustices that occur in New York City housing for the lower income community. As a Puerto Rican woman, she chose her course of study to allow her to move forward so that when she graduates she may be able to achieve and see the change for her community and others alike. Being able to join a network of like-minded women who are as passionate as her about their cause as well as their career shows her that this change is more possible than ever.
Exercise Science with a Medical Concentration major
Gabriela is from Brockton, MA, which is a city located in Boston. She and her younger brother were raised by a single mother. Her passions are fitness and health. Gabriela's dream job is to be a trauma surgeon, and be able to travel to different countries and provide resources that many countries do not have. On campus, she is the president of a club called Queen Strength, which is a female fitness organization and co-president of a new organization called Melanin In Medicine which focuses on supporting POC on campus interested in the health field and providing them with resources.