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Hostos Alumna Samantha Jackson Featured in the Huffington Post

Thursday, February 2, 2011 (Bronx, NY) – Hostos Alumna Samantha Jackson was featured in a story written by veteran newsman Dominic Carter titled, Each One, Teach One -- The Remarkable Story of Samantha Jackson in the prestigious news website The Huffington Post.

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About Samantha Jackson:  Samantha Marie Jackson graduated Hostos in 2008 and received the full academic scholarship (Serrano/Global Scholars) to attend Columbia University.

Jackson indicated that, “above all at Hostos, I am thankful for my Black Studies professor and mentor Dr. Weldon Williams, who noticed my passion and skills and worked with me to cultivate those strengths.” Samantha received her B.A. from Columbia University in May 2011.

In the summer of 2011 she participated in Harvard University's "Harvard in Ghana" study abroad program where she engaged in research focused on the slave trades, the African Diaspora, and slave roots tourism. Samantha was a Youth Delegate to the 2010 World African Diaspora conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She won her funding support by the Jamaica Diaspora Future Leaders North East USA Organization.

She served as Executive Programmer for Columbia University's Black Graduation 2011 Ceremony, Success By Any Means Necessary, an effort founded and spearheaded by the executive board of the Black Students Organization of Columbia University. The ceremony serves as an intimate gathering for family, friends, Columbia faculty and administrators, and members of the Black Columbia community to celebrate the culture, accomplishments, and future goals of the graduating class as future leaders in America and the Black community. 

Chairman Dr. Wong of Brown University's Education Department named her "Brown's first matriculated student from Columbia University to join the Urban Education Policy Master's program." She is currently pursuing an M.A. in Urban Education Policy at Brown University and interns at the State House with the Legislative Research Council. She is the author of the working thesis The Black-White Achievement Gap, Symptomatic of Structural Racism: An Investigation into the Predetermined Barriers that Preclude Black Academic Performance. Some of Jackson's post-graduation career goals include working with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and obtaining a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue a Public Policy Fellowship in Jamaica.

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York system, was founded in 1968.  Located in the South Bronx, the college currently serves nearly 7,000 students.  In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in the fall of 1970 to the spring 2010 enrollment of nearly 7,000 students.  The college also serves an additional 12,000 students through its Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.

Soldanela Rivera - srlopez@hostos.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-518-6872 or 917-627-9097


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