Current Students

Ahmad Hill

Ahmad Hill is a sophomore at UNC Charlotte. He intends to graduate with a double major in Finance (with a concentration in Accounting) and Political Science. Through the Charlotte Community Scholars Program, he plans to explore the newly innovative Priority-Based Budgeting System to help publicize and expose the community to what progress is being made. Ultimately, he aspires to obtain a Masters in Public Administration to eventually pursue employment within the public administration and/or public policy field. He believes that our community desperately needs a voice that is willing and dedicate to transparency and innovation within their government.


Mykayla Perry

Mykayla is majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish. Her interests include all books, movies, politics, law, and education.


Noah Vetter

Noah is majoring in International Business and International Studies with a concentration in Development and Sustainability. He is minoring in Economics and Spanish. Noah enjoys traveling and experiencing other cultures. He also likes to find new restaurants in Charlotte and hiking.


Nialah Sharp

 Nialah is a rising senior in the Public Health program minoring in Child and Family Development. She is an active members of wellness ambassadors, where they do a lot of community based events and volunteering on different health topics in order to educate the student population. Some of her personal interests are cooking vegan food, making jewelry, dancing, shopping, doing natural hair, and trying different restaurants around Charlotte.  She also has a strong interest in community involvement, which has been instilled in her with the work she has done with her church and community health food store, located in the center of a food desert.  After earning her Public Health degree she plans to further her education, and one day come back and help make a difference around health in minority communities in Charlotte and also world wide. 

Geraldine Abinader

Geraldine Abinader is a senior majoring in Mathematics with a double minor in Spanish and Urban Youth & Communities. Geraldine aspires to continue being an engaged scholar throughout her career as she plans to become a mathematics professor and conduct research on improving urban education with a focus in Hispanic communities. Besides being an advocate for education, Geraldine is an involved leader on the UNC-Charlotte campus. She has been a Resident Advisor and now is a STAR mentor for the Leadership Fellows Program offered through the Center of Leadership Development. Geraldine has also dedicated her time to the Student Chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers as the Community Outreach Chair. Aside from leadership roles, her hobbies include, volunteering, tutoring, painting, Latin dancing, and hiking. While she discovered some of her hobbies during her earlier undergraduate years, she will be able to graduate knowing she is able to be an agent of community change.


Kandace Kreigsman

Major: Criminal Justice
Minors: Sociology, Spanish
Interests: being outside (hiking, swimming, fishing, tanning, relaxing), cooking, reading, loving on animals, and I'm an aspiring district attorney so I love attending court sessions and watching crime/law shows.


A’lishia Bowman

My name is A’lishia Bowman and I am majoring in Public Health with a minor in Urban Youth and Communities. I am a Bonner Leader Scholar in which is primarily focused on community engagement.  I enjoy reading, exercising, writing, and cooking. I love to explore new things; whether that is food or just visiting new places.  After my undergraduate years, I hope to pursue a  Masters degree in Healthcare Administration. I want to also be an impact in the community. I truly believe that it is important to give back to the community and be an impact on someone else’s life.


Joachim Sagayaraj

Joachim is a rising junior majoring in Mechanical Engineering. His career interests are to work in sustainable energy or water management industries. He spends his spare time watching interesting youtube videos, playing the guitar, soccer or basketball.


Hao Djur

Hao Djur is a rising senior who plans to graduate with a major in Anthropology and a double minor in Biology and Urban Youth and Communities. In the future, Hao plans to continue her love for learning and serving others through pursuing a career in the medical field as a doctor, eventually becoming a representative for the United Nations to advocate for social and environmental justice. Her hobbies include walking her beloved dog Cookie, hiking, swing dancing, volunteering at Charlotte Community Health Clinic, and being a Charlotte foodist.


Anita Marcelino

I am majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Children’s Literature and Childhood Studies. I am an active member of Kappa Delta Pi and on the executive board for both Habitat for Humanity UNC-Charlotte Chapter and L.A.S.O (Latin American Student Organization). I enjoy reading, painting, spending time with family and friends, and learning new things. I also enjoy being involved in the community and helping others.