Ithaca College welcomed their fifth cohort of scholars in the spring of 2021. This cohort includes Makiyah Adams, Hope Borsic, Miriam Brown, Raevyn Goodson, Ruth Hernandez, Klarholz Jobe, Amulya Ravitej Bachala, Isabella Topping, Nijha Young, and Morgana Zendejas Peterson.
BOLD Scholars 2021-2023 (Cohort 5)
Culture and Communications Major with Minors in African Diaspora Studies and Women and Gender Studies
Makiyah (she/her) is a first-generation college student from Philadelphia, PA. She uses her schooling to find the intersections between art and liberation. Outside of school, Makiyah is most likely to be found listening to oddly specific playlists of her own creation or cultivating an ever-growing list of books to read for later.
Hope is a first-generation student from Sacramento, CA, however, she believes that home is where her family is, and right now that is Atlanta, GA. She loves children and has spent as long as she can remember babysitting, nannying, and coaching gymnastics. This love for childhood development led her to pursue secondary education as her major. She hopes to teach English Literature for middle school-aged children and believes strongly in the impacts of intergenerational mentoring. This shows up in her extracurriculars as well — she is the president of the Ithaca College Big Brother Big Sisters club and is excited to be a Residents Assistant for first-years this fall. She is thrilled to be able to be a part of the 5th cohort of BOLD scholars and cannot wait to learn from such an amazing group of inspirational women.
Culture and Communication Major with Minors in Honors and Women and Gender Studies
Miriam (she/her) hails from Manlius, NY, though she was originally adopted from China. She has a passion for storytelling, hoping to further her work in social justice through writing in whatever form that takes. When not in class, Miriam loves to sing (in both the shower and choir), write, or hide away playing video games or watching anime. She is also involved with Ithaca's chapter of HerCampus, an online magazine, and has written about various topics ranging from the Asian-American experience during COVID to how to de-stress before exams. She is so excited and proud to be a part of the BOLD Scholars and can't wait to be surrounded by some amazing people!
Health Sciences Pre-Med Major
Raevyn is a junior at Ithaca College. She aspires to be an Emergency Medicine Doctor as well as a Wound Care Specialist. Raevyn’s hometown is Ketchikan, Alaska. In summer she spends her time working as a Certified Nursing Assistant in a Long Term Care Facility. She also enjoys home projects and traveling. Raevyn says, she is most delighted to be a Bold Scholar, for now she has various opportunities to listen, speak, encourage, and create.
Film, Photo, and Visual Arts Major
Hello! My name is Ruth Hernandez, I am a First Generation Mexican-American from Las Cruces, NM. I spend my free time taking photographs of anything and everything, and one of my favorite hobbies is to dance! I’m so honored and excited to be a part of a new adventure with Cohort 5!
Politics Major with a Minor in Legal Studies
My name is Isatou Klarholz Jobe and I am an international student from the Republic of The Gambia. I am a rising junior and Ithaca MSA’s public relations coordinator. I am also the administrative coordinator of IC’s international club. I love to read, dance, and enjoy music enormously.
Amulya Ravitej Bachala
English and Politics Dual Majors
Born and raised in India, Amulya has rich experience in interaction with diverse cultures from a very young age and enjoys working with new international students as an international peer advisor (PAL). She has been involved in cultural exchange programs in Europe, Australia and India. She is also currently part of the leadership team for Ithaca College’s New Voices Literary Festival and is a huge lover of reading and literature. She attempts to bake in her free time and loves to paint as well. Being part of the BOLD cohort gives her natural love of leadership a greater purpose and opportunity for which she is extremely grateful. Amulya is so excited to be a part of the BOLD cohort and cannot wait to learn from and work with so many talented people.
Health Promotion and Physical Education Majors with a Minor in Honors, Interdisciplinary Studies
Isabella was born and raised in Westhampton Beach, NY. She is a proud legacy student here at Ithaca College, following in her mother & sister’s footsteps. Bella is on the Executive Board and Treasurer of the Health Promotion & Physical Education majors club. Bella also enjoys playing various sports, is an IC Unbound Dance Company member & is beyond excited to be a BOLD Scholar!
Journalism Major with Minors in Italian and Writing
Nijha (she/they) is a Jamaican-American born and raised on Long Island. She enjoys journaling, watching movies, learning languages, and reading. They are a Learning Coach for Italian, host a podcast with The Ithacan called The Moon Rises Too, do work with the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, and will be working in the Center for IDEAS starting this fall! Nijha is interested in working in media production and or counseling with focuses on social justice and mental illness. She is so grateful for the opportunity to be a member of BOLD's 5th cohort!
Morgana Zendejas Peterson
Television and Radio Major with a Minor in Latin American Studies
Morgana is an Indigenous Mexican woman, adopted and raised in a multicultural family in Tulum, Mexico. She is passionate about learning from and advocating for underrepresented voices. She has enjoyed participating in ICTV and other Park School projects. Morgana loves spice food, the great outdoors, and above all a good laugh. She is excited to join the BOLD community and looks forward to working alongside the other 5th Cohort members.