Ithaca College welcomed their fourth cohort of scholars in the spring of 2020. This cohort includes Cyerra Adams, Seidy Bobadilla, Sainabou Jallow, Jacqueline Laferriere, Serah Lawal, Khangelani Mhlanga, Michelle Natal, Helen Reyes, Gabrielle Tola, and Jessica Wang.
BOLD Scholars 2020-2022 (Cohort 4)
Physics major with an Art minor
Cyerra is from Yonkers, NY, and comes from a blended family of 6 siblings. As a woman of color, she feels that it is her job to create a path for herself and other young women like her in the field of Physics and Astronomy so that they can become their very best selves! She can’t wait to make a difference with the other members of BOLD Cohort 4!
Integrated Marketing Communications major with minors in Latinx Studies and Graphic Design
Seidy is a first-generation Afro-Latina born in Dominican Republic and raised in Hazleton, PA. On campus, she is involved with PODER, EMPOC, and IC's newly founded Print Club. She is so excited for her next 2 years as a BOLD Scholar, and cannot wait to work with this wonderful group of powerful women.
Biology and Mathematics double majors
Sainabou is passionate about connecting people across differences and investing in healthy communities. She currently does this work in the Interfaith, Admissions, and STEM communities at IC. She is a Learning Coach for Tutoring Services and a Teaching Assistant for the Chemistry department. Apart from that, she is the Administrative Coordinator for Ithaca College International Club. She is super excited to be part of the fourth cohort of BOLD Women.
Sociology major with a minor in Education Studies
Jacqueline, she/her pronouns, is so excited to be apart of the fourth BOLD cohort at IC! On campus, she works as a Peer Educator at the Center for IDEAS. She also serves as the In-Club Liaison for the Futures Club Executive Board, and is a mentor at the South Hill Elementary School. She is passionate about women’s health, working with children, and being a musician just to name a few things! She is honored to become a part of the BOLD family and can’t wait to see what these next years have in store for them.
Legal Studies major and Honors minor
As a first-generation Nigerian American woman pursuing a career in law, Serah's sense of justice is rooted in the idea that all humans are created equal. This belief is the foundation of her passion for social change. On campus, she is a Peer Coach for the Emerging Academic and Professional Leaders Program and a Peer Ambassador/Leader for the Exploratory Program. She is incredibly excited to be a part of this network of amazing women, and to work with them to promote social change on and off campus!
Biology major and Honors minor on a pre-vet track
Khangelani was born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe. Most of the issues she advocates for, she has experienced first-hand, from tackling human-wildlife conflict in underrepresented communities, to promotion of cheap, safe and shameless menstrual hygiene management. Among the many things she does on campus, she is the proud President of the African Students Association and the Senior Event Manager of the International Club. She is so honored and excited to be starting a new adventure with the amazing Cohort 4!
Music Education major with a concentration in Voice
Michelle was born in Dominican Republic, but she was raised in NYC. She really loves to learn new things which is why she is so honored to be apart of the 4th cohort
Anthropology major with minors in Education Studies and Audio Production
Helen is a first-generation Mexican-American student from Brooklyn, NY. When she's not studying you can find her walking around campus or town, taking part in different clubs on campus or working on music for her church community. She is beyond excited to be part of the new cohort and can’t wait to work with some amazing women!
Creative Writing major with minors in Latinx Studies and Vocal Performance
Gabrielle is a proud first-generation Latina from Miami, Florida. Her Colombian-Ecuadorian-Egyptian upbringing in an immigrant family gave her the awareness for the need for social change early on in life, and she chooses to incorporate her activism with poetry, music, and art. On campus, she is the secretary of Engaging Mental Health in People of Color (EMPOC), the co-event coordinator of the first-generation organization, and the 2022 class representative for the Students of Color Coalition under the center of ideas. Aside from her studies, she has a holistic astrology business geared towards healing for queer people of color. She is so honored to be a part of the fourth cohort and is excited to see what they will accomplish together!
Psychology major and Education Studies minor
Jessica is a first-generation Asian American from Manhattan, New York City. On campus, she is part of the IC Chinese Students and Scholars Association and Research Team 7. In her free time, she likes to do cross-stitch, play badminton, and catch up on the latest international TV shows. She enjoys working with kids and is hoping to pursue an education career to help kids with special needs in the near future. She is excited to be a part of BOLD Cohort 4 and cannot wait to make a difference!