REACH

Research. Engagement. Action. Community. Humanities.

An opportunity for qualified students who have a sincere interest in pursuing graduate work for the express purpose of pursuing a career in academia. 

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In December 2019, UNC Pembroke received a three-year $950,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish R.E.A.C.H—a program designed to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in faculty positions in institutions of higher education across the United States. R.E.A.C.H. aims to create a groundswell of future scholars among American Indian, African-American, Hispanic-American and other underrepresented minorities interested in advanced study in the humanities--although any qualified student is eligible. 

Each Mellon Fellow will be paired with an individual faculty mentor to develop a research project. Mentors will also help Mellon Fellows target research repositories and appropriate conferences within their respective disciplines. Funds will be provided for research, travel, graduate school entrance exams, and an application to a graduate degree program in the humanities. Room and board will also be provided for the Summer Research Exploration Program that will be held on campus.

2022-2023 R.E.A.C.H. Fellows

UNCP REACH Fellow, Peace Ajirotutu
Peace Ajirotutu

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

If I could go anywhere in the world, it would probably be London! I have always wanted to see "Big Ben" up close!

What do you want people to remember about you?

One thing I want people to remember me as is a hard worker who tried her best in everything. 

Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer?

Winter! I hate being hot!

If a song could play every time you entered a room, what would it be?

Flourishing" by Chungha is the song that would play every time I entered the room.

 

What famous person would you most like to share a coffee with?

A famous person I would love to have coffee with right now would probably be British Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton!

UNCP REACH Fellow, Aria Huntley
Aria Huntley

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

The Maldives  

What do you want people to remember about you?

My willingness to always listen and lend a helping hand 

Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer?

 Winter  

If a song could play every time you entered a room, what would it be?

 "Pretty Girl Rock" by Keri Hilson

 

What famous person would you most like to share a coffee with?

 Michelle Obama

UNCP REACH Fellow, Madison Bathke
Madison Bathke

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

The highlands of Ireland

What do you want people to remember about you?

I want people to remember me as an individual that was kind and respectful but also can help them find the best within themselves. 

Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer?

Spring and Summer!

If a song could play every time you entered a room, what would it be?

Original by Sia

 

What famous person would you most like to share a coffee with?

Avi Kaplan or Eric Whitacre

UNCP REACH Fellow, DeMaurion Shelley
DeMaurion Shelley

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I would have to say anywhere in Italy

What do you want people to remember about you?

My love for history and education.

Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer?

Fall

If a song could play every time you entered a room, what would it be?

If things go the way I want them to go, one day it'll be "Hail to the Chief"

 

What famous person would you most like to share a coffee with?

Barack Obama

UNCP REACH Fellow, Brennan Jenkins
Brennan Jenkins

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Honestly, I could not choose just one I'd love to go all over the world. But if I had to narrow it down, I would love to go to Ireland or Nigeria.

What do you want people to remember about you?

I would hope they would remember me for my passion in history or in anything that I end up doing. I want to be remembered as a hard worker and as someone who loves what they do.

Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer?

Definitely Winter.

If a song could play every time you entered a room, what would it be?

The Winds of Winter by Ramin Djawadi in the Game of Thrones season 6 soundtrack.

What famous person would you most like to share a coffee with?

Definitely Lady Gaga, she's an intriguing and kind person. Her work really inspires me. She is the epitome of a performance artist and has an extensive knowledge in art history.

UNCP REACH Fellow, Tiffany Smaw
Tiffany Smaw

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Madrid, Spain

What do you want people to remember about you?

That I'm a rockstar! 

Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer?

Fall

If a song could play every time you entered a room, what would it be?

Whirr - Ease 

 

What famous person would you most like to share a coffee with?

Blood Orange

UNCP REACH Fellow, Santevia Reaves
Santevia Reaves

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

If I could go anywhere in the world, it would be to a safari trip in Botswana, Africa.

 

What do you want people to remember about you?

I want people to remembered for being a loving soul who has a deep passion for helping others. 

Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer?

Summer.

If a song could play every time you entered a room, what would it be?

Express Yourself by Charles Wright.

 

What famous person would you most like to share a coffee with?

Ari Lennox.

UNCP REACH Fellow, Hunter Levy
Hunter Levy

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Germany

What do you want people to remember about you?

My life story

Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer?

Winter

If a song could play every time you entered a room, what would it be?

More than a feeling by Boston

 

What famous person would you most like to share a coffee with?

Owen Wilson

UNCP REACH Fellow, Diego Contreras Ortiz
Diego Contreras Ortiz

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I would go to South America and visit as many countries in the continent as possible.

What do you want people to remember about you?

I would like for people to remember me for being a person that persevered against all odds.

Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer?

Fall, because it is not too hot or too cold, but on the cooler side.

If a song could play every time you entered a room, what would it be?

Applause by Lady Gaga

 

What famous person would you most like to share a coffee with?

Definitely Harriet Tubman.

UNCP REACH Fellow, Elizabeth Chavis
Elizabeth Chavis

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Ireland 

What do you want people to remember about you?

I would like to be remembered quite simply as kind and determined. 

Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer?

Early Spring   

If a song could play every time you entered a room, what would it be?

Practically any soft piano instrumental.  

 

What famous person would you most like to share a coffee with?

C.S. Lewis 

UNCP REACH Fellow, Amya Burse
Amya Burse

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?

I would go to New York City!

What do you want people to remember about you?

I am not entirely sure in all honesty.

Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer?

FALL

If a song could play every time you entered a room, what would it be?

Mr. Rager- Kid Cudi for the vibes

What famous person would you most like to share a coffee with?

Gordon Ramsey

UNCP REACH Fellow, Julia Colborn
Julia Colborn

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Back to Italy, in my own rundown castle on a large and dying vineyard

What do you want people to remember about you?

The things I inspired them to think about

Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer?

Autumn

If a song could play every time you entered a room, what would it be?

Classical Gas composed by Mason Williams

 

What famous person would you most like to share a coffee with?

There are just too many to choose from, I could not pick just one.

UNCP REACH Fellow, Brennan Walker
Brennan Walker

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

If I could be anywhere in the world, it would be Australia because I think kangaroos are super cool

What do you want people to remember about you?

I want people to remember how helpful of a person I am

Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer?

Fall perfect weather not too hot or cold

If a song could play every time you entered a room, what would it be?

I won't give up- Jason Mraz

What famous person would you most like to share a coffee with?

Barack Obama

Aedyn Poole
Aedyn Poole

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?

Cake or Pie?

What would your superpower be if you were a superhero?

What song do you sing for karaoke?

What would the title of your autobiography be?

UNCP REACH Fellow, Hannah Irving
Hannah Irving

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I would travel to Vík í Myrdal in Iceland to see the Reynisfjara beach and the Northern Lights. My only true bucket list item is to see the Northern Lights one day.

What do you want people to remember about you?

I hope people remember how much I love my family and how dedicated I am to my passions.

Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer?

Spring, although Fall is a close second.

If a song could play every time you entered a room, what would it be?

Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley 

 

What famous person would you most like to share a coffee with?

I would love to share a coffee with Morgan Freeman.

UNCP REACH Fellow, Jenna Wise
Jenna Wise

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Santorini, Greece 

What do you want people to remember about you?

I want to be remembered as someone who could accomplish anything they put their mind to.

Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer?

Spring

If a song could play every time you entered a room, what would it be?

Pepas by Farruko 

 

What famous person would you most like to share a coffee with?

Emma Chamberlain

UNCP REACH Fellow, Chandler Allred
Chandler Allred

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Ireland  

What do you want people to remember about you?

I want to be remembered as a human being. Not a perfect human or an imperfect human, just a human. 

Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer?

Summer 

If a song could play every time you entered a room, what would it be?

Stone Cold Steve Austin’s WWE Entrance Anthem 

What famous person would you most like to share a coffee with?

5If they had to be alive, it would be Professional Lacrosse player Miles Thompson (Onondaga), or if they can be famous from the past, it would be Chief Tom Blount (Tuscarora).

RECENT NEWS:

                - 30 Brave Minutes Podcast episode featuring REACH Fellow Kaila Thompson -

Research Changes Lives: How UNCP Provides a Pathway to Graduate School for Students from Underrepresented Minority Groups

https://www.aacu.org/aacu-news/campus-model/research-changes-lives-how-uncp-provides-pathway-graduate-school-students

- REACH Fellow Spotlight -

2021-2022 Outstanding REACH Fellow Jessica Muniz
Jamie Mize, REACH Program Director
 
UNCP’s REACH Program offers a unique experience to undergraduate students interested in pursuing a future academic career in Humanities disciplines. The research experiences provided by the program and the one-to-one mentoring that REACH Fellows receive will make them stronger candidates for graduate programs. REACH truly exemplifies UNCP’s motto, “changing lives through education.” - Dr. Jamie M. Mize