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L.E.A.D. Follows Obama's Call for Commitment in Communities

December 13, 2012 · No Comments

 The L.E.A.D. committee working to gather items for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

By Whitney Johnson


Hurricane Sandy severely affected areas along the east coast. Since New York was one of the states with the most damage, a few leadership fellows took the initiative to travel to the city and lend a helping hand on December 7-9. The students collected clothes, toys, and donations to take to New York so that they could make a difference in the lives of those in need. L.E.A.D, a new organization within the leadership institute formed under the advisement of Professor Rick Jarvis, made this hurricane relief project their first contribution to society. L.E.A.D stands for Leaders Educating and Developing.

The students left the campus of Hampton University on Friday around midnight and returned on Sunday. According to Da’Quan Marcell Love, a junior political science major and leadership studies minor from Henrico County, VA, L.E.A.D helped to rebuild communities and provide Mount Carmel Baptist Church with clothes, toys, and essential items for their congregation in Far Rockaway, NY. When all the hard work was complete, they made a little time to tour the city and sightsee. 

"The most important thing is that the L.E.A.D committee banded together trying to help people who really need help. President Obama commented in his victory speech about being a positive influence within the community; that’s the kind of motivation that we have. He said we are our brother’s keepers, so we went up there with that attitude and worked hard and made other people’s lives better. It touched the students in a way that they will never forget and that’s important," said Jarvis.

Seth Martin, a sophomore broadcast journalism and leadership studies minor from Little Rock, Arkansas, serves as the head chair for L.E.A.D.  When asked how he felt about the trip, Martin said, "It was our honor to assist those who are still in need.  Our hearts were filled with joy as we helped those in need.  We didn't just take the people food and clothes, we also gave them hope.  We were thankful we could help and we will continue to lend a helping Hampton hand and encourage all Hamptonians to do the same."

"I am extremely proud that the Leadership Institute has taken an active role in assisting people affected by Hurricane Sandy,” said Battinto L. Batts Jr., director of the Leadership Institute.  "Our students are trained to put their skills to use in the service of others. This was the perfect opportunity for these leaders to see the impact they can have."

        L.E.A.D. members smile for a photo while lending a Hampton hand in New York.

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Leadership Fellow Morgan Grayned Shines Brightly in LA

December 06, 2012 · No Comments


The William R. Harvey Leadership Institute consists of multi-faceted students who are always involved in numerous significant activities. One of our fellows, Morgan Marie Grayned, is a sophomore 5-year Master’s of Business Administration major and Leadership Studies minor from Atlanta, Georgia. She is active in the Terpsichorean Dance Company and the NBMBAA. 

The weekend of November 30, 2012 Morgan  had the honor of attending BET’s 34th Annual Event, UNCF’s An Evening of the Stars. General Motors sent Morgan to Pasadena, California for the “time of her life.” She was able to thank those who made large strides in raising money for the United Negro College Fund and General Motors, she was also able to network with an array of successful business people, including celebrities who inspired her tremendously, and celebrate her hard work which led to her award. 

Morgan was awarded General Motors Buick Achievers Scholarship during her senior year of high school. This is a STEM-based renewable scholarship of up to $25,000, available to high school seniors and current undergraduate students. Morgan says that she is, “grateful for the scholarship because it means absolutely no financial worries.” She also says, “That it is imperative that minority students take advantage of these opportunities because higher education is a necessity.” Morgan encourages that college students continue to search for funding; “they are out there.”


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