HBCUs are often touted for the great leaders they produce. One opportunity for students to showcase leadership ability is in the office of Student Government Association (SGA) President. Keeping in step with March as Women’s History Month, we feature 11 amazing young women who are leading the student governments on their HBCU campuses during this academic year (2014-2015). If you know a female HBCU SGA president (past or present), tag her or mention her name in the comments below. Let’s celebrate these student leaders!
Kelly is a senior applied mathematics and computer science major from Dallas. She has worked on research looking at why underrepresented minority students are not interested in STEM in comparison to White students. Her dream job is to work for the Department of Education or become a U.S. senator for the state of Missouri. Her favorite book is “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg.
A junior majoring in accounting, Brown hails from Cincinnati. She was named Ms. College of Business 2014-2015. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Mu National Honors Society (Kappa Tau Chapter), Chi Alpha Epsilon (Alpha Upsilon Chapter) and Toastmasters Inc.
Whalen, a senior biology major, is from Clinton, Miss. Along with her presidency in the Tougaloo SGA, she is a member of Beta Beta Beta National Honors Biological Society, Sigma Xi National Research Society, and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Mobley is a senior communications major, with a concentration in public relations, and she hails from Washington, D.C. She also has served as vice president of Bowie State’s National Council of Negro Women, the Student Alumni Association public relations coordinator, and vice president of communication of the Sport Management Club. Mobley was named Bowie State’s Women of the Year for the 2013-2014 academic year.
A senior social work major, Johnson is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Phi Alpha Honor Society. Additionally, she has been recognized as a Thurgood Marshall College Fund Scholar.
A graduating senior from Indianapolis, Smith will be obtaining her B.A. in liberal arts. She has been a member of KSU’s SGA since 2012 and has served as a KSU Student Ambassador since 2012. During her tenure at KSU, she has served as Miss Chandler Hall, Sophomore Class secretary, and Executive Board secretary of SGA. Smith is also a Whitney Young honor student and Thurgood Marshall College Fund Scholar. Aside from serving as SGA president, Smith serves her student body as a peer tutor in the Academic Center for Excellence. She plans to pursue a Masters in Public Administration from KSU.
Pickard is a political science major, with a Spanish minor. She maintains a 3.9 major GPA while participating in several student organizations including: Morehouse Business Association, Residence Hall Association, SKIRTS (Sisters Keeping It Real Through Service), Phi Alpha Delta, Pre Law Fraternity, as a Goldman Sachs|Spelman Leader, and a recently inducted member of the National Society for Leadership and Success.
Stovall is a senior political science major with a concentration in pre-law and international politics. She is a member of the National Council of Negro Women and has worked with The Collegiate 100 chapter of 100 Black Men of Savannah and the University Ombudsmen’s office. Stovall also was a Black Executive Exchange Program Ambassador.
O’Kelly is a business administration major with a concentration in banking and finance. She is passionate about exploring the financial services industry, and her goal is to obtain a position as a financial consultant or analyst. She is currently a finance intern at KRJ Consulting. O’Kelly believes in giving back and has been an assistant constructor with Habitat for Humanity and a beautification leader at Allen University. She is the president of the National Association of Black Accountants chapter on her campus and a member of the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society.
A graduating senior at WSSU, Sedwick is a Chancellor’s Scholar, and she hails from Indianapolis. She is majoring in political science with a minor in economics. She is vice president of the Sophomore Class and serves as president pro tempore and speaker of the WSSU Student Senate. She also is a member of the Student Honors Organization and Black Women for Change. A walk-on for the Women’s Track and Field team, she is a 2013 CIAA Indoor Women’s Track and Field All-Conference competitor and holds the university record in the women’s shot put.
A Philadelphia native, Anderson is a biology major, with a chemistry minor. She is one of eight recipients of the Educational Testing Service Presidential Scholarship for HBCUs. Anderson has served as a peer tutor and a resident assistant. She is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, the Honors Program, and the Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society. She also is a GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Women in Science Scholar.