My name is Everick Spence Jr., and I am a Sophomore Biology Major at Oakwood University.
My name is Kaiya Banks, and I was born in Baltimore, Maryland, but raised all over. I am now a senior biology major on a pre-med track at the illustrious Clark Atlanta University. Once I graduate, I aspire to attend medical school and become a pediatric oncologist. I always aspire to give back to those who need it.
My name is Kameron Johnson, and I am a junior Nursing Major and Deaf Studies minor at Winston-Salem State University. I am originally from Andrews, South Carolina. I became an American Red Cross HBCU Ambassador over the Summer of 2022. I am currently a member of the NCNW M.A.P.S & The Detoine Williams Project (ASL) where I hold the position Parliamentarian. I am very passionate about working with the American Red Cross to better educate student and the people in my community on why giving blood is so important.
A native of Baltimore City, Ja'Bria will be serving as the HBCU Ambassador for Morgan State University.
She is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Applied Liberal Studies & Multi-Platform Productions with a minor in History at Morgan State University. She owns a small photography and videography business: "Envision That Studio" located in the DMV area. She dreams of opening her own creative outlet in Baltimore city after getting her master’s in communications.
Greetings! My name is Kennedy Martin, and I am a current Pharmacy Student at Texas Southern University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. I am a chapter member of the Gamma Psi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and serve as the President of the TSU Wesley Foundation under the United Methodist Church! It is with great excitement to accept the role of HBCU Ambassador for the American Red Cross and represent my University, Texas Southern University. I look forward to educating my peers on the importance of donating blood and can’t wait to come together as a community to help raise greater awareness. Go Tigers!
Michaela Crenshaw is a senior, from Little Rock, Arkansas. She attends Lincoln University of Missouri where she is majoring in Wellness with an emphasis in Kinesiology. After college, Michaela plans to get her graduate degree in Physical Therapy.
Ms. Crenshaw is very active on campus where she serves as a member of the National Association of Colored Women’s Club’s (NACWC), a Residential Assistant (RA), a Roar Agent and as the Chair of Campus Activity Board. She lives by the quote “God is within her; she will not fail. God will help her at break of day. (Psalms 46:5)”
With a heart that is always willing to serve, her ultimate goal with the Ambassador program is to educate her campus and community about the importance of blood donations and the impact that it can have on one’s life.
Dwight A. Priest Jr is a currently a junior at the University of Claflin. He is currently majoring in psychology with dreams of becoming a future pro in baseball. Dwight is originally from Louisville, Kentucky but currently stays in Rock Hill. With being the first in his family to go to college, dwight has decided to make a name for not only him but for his family. Playing baseball for Claflin while being an ambassador for the American Red Cross is an honor. The reason he became an ambassador was to give back to the community and to showcase athletes can help out the community in a much more valuable way then entertainment. He is more than excited to be able to serve under the red cross for the next two years.
My name is Mikayla Lomax I am 20 years old I attend Kentucky State University where I am a junior and majoring in nursing.
Jarai Boykins is a Junior Psychology major at Morris Brown College. She was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. Jarai has been privileged to partake in several student organizations and activities. She is currently the 88th Miss Morris Brown College, the secretary of the Student Government Association. Jarai has represented the school in the HBCU Battle of the Brains competition, AUC Knowledge Bowl, and spoke at the 52nd Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Commemorative Service as well as an HBCU ambassador for the American Red Cross. Her countless hours of volunteer service earned her the Morris Brown College Outstanding Community Service of the Year Award in 2022.
Curtayviyon R. Hagin is a Junior Psychology Major and Honors Scholar at Prairie View A&M University from the dynamic city of Houston, Tx.
He is active in his college’s community serving as a Board director for the Economic Development Council 4B for the City of Prairie View, Student Government Association Senator, Parliamentarian for the Delta Theta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity INC., Treasurer for the Psychology Club. He proudly serves as an American Red Cross Campus Ambassador.
He became an ambassador to ensure his community would not be at a further disadvantage in terms of missing out on helping the fight against Sickle cells in the Black Community. He’s excited to serve for the next two y
Emanuel Lawton Jr. is a Junior Biology major at Fisk University from Prince George's County, MD. He serves as Mr. Junior on the Fisk University Royal Court and is an active member of the Fisk University Activities Board, Fisk University Student Ambassadors, and the Meharry BS/MD program. He became an American Red Cross Campus Ambassador to make an impact on the African American community who suffer from sickle cell disease.
Chad Johnson is a Junior Business Marketing major hailing from the city of Atlanta, GA. Before he arrived at Fort Valley State University, Chad was equipped with a forward-thinking mind and the driven aptitude that would aid him in pursuing a career on campus as a student leader. Chad was appointed as the Senate Representative for the College of Agriculture, Family & Consumer Sciences and Technology during his first year of college. A role in which he advocated for his peers and fellow colleagues within the Senate Legislature. Also, during this time, Chad because a Spring 2022 Initiate of the Gamma Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. With the hope of continuing his successful stint as an active student leader on campus, Chad was appointed for a second term as Senator and served on the SGA President‘s Executive Board as an Equerry to the SGA President. He became a New Student Orientation Leader (NSOL) and was elected as the Vice President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Chad, a very passionate and dedicated leader, hopes to one day pursue a career in marketing and real estate and strive to make positive contributions within his local community and Wildcat Nation.
Charis Haynes is a junior at Howard University hailing from Covington, Georgia. At Howard, she is an honors biology and political science double major with a minor in chemistry. She has the ultimate intention of attending medical school to become a primary care physician and advance community health initiatives. Outside of school, Charis is active as a senator in the student government association, an assistant basketball coach for a local rec league, and an avid thrift shopper and traveler. She is excited to be a part of this Red Cross initiative and looks forward to witnessing the positive impact that it will have on the local D.C. community.
Stephen Piner is a sophomore marketing major at Howard University. He is originally Philadelphia, PA and is currently involved in UGSA, MOGWC, Inc., Bison Buddies, and other organizations at Howard. Outside of academia, Stephen loves to watch sports, go to live music performances, and watch movies.
Noah is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas born and raised. He graduated from Central high school in 2014 and went on to earn his BS in Kinesiology at the University of Arkansas in 2018. He stayed there to complete his MS in Kinesiology and conducted biomedical cancer research while graduating in 2020.
Noah Then moved to Nashville to pursue his MHS at Meharry where he currently resides in his MD program. Noah loves hunting, fishing, music, and horror movies. He will be applying for residency in 2025 for Orthopedic surgery.
Camryn Hornes is a sophomore theater and communications major honor student at the illustrious Alabama State University. She is originally from the city of Atlanta, GA and attends her institution on a full tuition academic scholarship.
She is an active member of the National Society of Leadership Scholars, Student Orientation Services, 5 Strong Scholarship organization, as well as an American Red Cross HBCU ambassador.
She chose to become an ambassador to continue her mission of helping her community get one step closer to fighting sickle cell disease amongst African Americans one step at a time.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Aniyah D. Ragland is an all-around Georgia Peach. Since she was a child, she had always had a passion for animals and nature and aspires to be a Wildlife Veterinarian in the future. Her love for animals has brought her to Fort Valley with plans to pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine. Aniyah is a very active member of the Fort Valley State community. She currently serves as the President of the Student Government Association and has previously served in roles such as Executive Secretary of the SGA President, President of the Veterinary Science Club, as well as the Vice President of the Sophomore Class. Currently, Aniyah is a member of LSAMP, NSOL, Ronald E. McNair Scholars, and Center for Financial Advancement Mentors. Aniyah is also the Student Ambassador for Banfield Pet Hospital, and FVSUs HBCU Red Cross Ambassador. Outside of school and her extracurricular activities, Aniyah is an avid reader and also enjoys anything outdoors related. She loves hiking and going on long nature walks, as well as fishing, swimming, and playing golf.
Kimani Williams is currently a sophomore Biology and Public health major on the pre-med track attending the illustrious Tuskegee University. She is from East Orange, New Jersey and aspires to attend medical school and ultimately become a physician. Additionally, she aims to become heavily involved in public policy making regarding healthcare in order to advance health equity within underprivileged and marginalized communities. She serves as the senator for the M.A.P.S (Minority Association for Pre-Health Students) committee at Tuskegee University, Vice President for BHARP (Black Health and Research Project), Peer Health Educator and as an official HBCU Ambassador for the American Red Cross. She became an official HBCU ambassador for the American Red Cross in order to actively make a difference within the African American community, and to also spread awareness about sickle-cell, maternal mortality, hypertension, breast cancer and many other disparities affecting minorities. She aims to help patients receive the critical blood transfusions they need, and to unite with her peers in order to make a positive impact.
Zyier Wilcher is a Senior Health Science major from the Metro Atlanta Area by way of Linden, New Jersey currently attending Howard University.
Zyier is active in his community and campus where he is the current president of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated., Alpha Chapter and 2nd Vice President of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) at Howard University.
Becoming an HBCU Red Cross Ambassador was major for Zyier as he has a passion for bridging gaps in the healthcare system for Black people with one of which being the lack of Black blood donors. Zyier plans to use the knowledge he gains from this program for future efforts to increase the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health of the Black community.
Mallory C. Boykins is. a Senior majoring in Aeronautical and Industrial Technology with a concentration in Aviation Flight. at the Illustrious Tennessee State University.
She is beyond active within the city of Nashville as well as on campus. Mallory is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Residence Life and Honors Society. Outside of College, she is a volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club of America and a pilot at Murfreesboro Aviation.
Mallory made a sensible decision to become an ambassador to expand her knowledge on the sickle cell and how donating blood can help save multiple lives.
Jauron Pruitt is a sophomore at Denmark Technical College in Denmark, South Carolina. His aim is to study graphic communication at a four-year university after he completes his Associates in Arts program at his current institution.
Lauren V. Jackson is a Junior Psychology Major on the Pre- Medical Track hailing from Atlanta, Georgia and attending the Illustrious Spelman College. She is an active member of her community where she tutors at- risk youth, helps fundraise for HBCU students, and advocates for Voter’s Rights with Fair Fight Georgia and the Stacy Abrams campaign. Lauren also proudly serves as an American Red Cross HBCU Ambassador and the National Vice President of the HBCU Ambassador Leadership Team.
Lauren became an ambassador because of the huge impact Sickle Cell Anemia has had on her life. As a carrier of the Sickle Cell Trait, Lauren has always understood what this disease meant for her community and family. Due to her own, personal experiences, Lauren has become increasingly interested in Sickle Cell Research and treatment. This, coupled with her passion for service and desire to give back has made Lauren extremely excited to serve her community in this capacity. As a Pre- Med student, Lauren is well aware of how the Health Care disparities and lack of education has affected her community when it comes to Sickle Cell Anemia and she is proud to be put in a position to help bridge the gap and spread awareness. Lauren is excited and blessed to serve her community for the next two years and beyond!
I'm Aliyah Smith and I'm a junior Manufacturing Engineering major, hailing from Virginia State University originally from Chesterfield, Virginia. I have been selected to be the Red Cross Ambassador for VSU for the 2022-2024 school year.
Mya L. Rolinson is a Sophomore majoring in Exercise Science, with a concentration in Pre-Athletic Training at Shaw University. She is from the small city of Severn, Maryland and spent her high school years in Seoul, South Korea. Mya is highly involved on her campus where she plays Women's Soccer, serves as the Sophomore Class Vice President, and participates in the Honors Program as the Co-Communications Director. She became the Shaw University Ambassador in order to educate her peers on the need for Black blood donors and to make an impact that stretches far beyond the college campus.
Kerry D. Singleton, Jr. is a Junior Political Science & Government and Economics Double-Major Honor Scholar at Morehouse College from the beautiful cities of Greeley Ville/Charleston, SC!
He is active in his hometown/community as well as the Morehouse Community where he is an Emma & Joe Adams Scholar, Army ROTC Cadet, SGA Executive Director, and proudly serves as an American Red Cross Campus Ambassador and National President of the Leadership Team!
He became an ambassador to fulfill his personal charge to give back and make an impact in the Black community and fill the health gap and disparities in the Black Community! He’s excited to serve for the next two years!