Class of 2018


Sariyah Benoit

Benoit was a Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry fellow and Social Action and Community Service chair for the Omicron Xi chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  As a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, her research involved black motherhood during the Atlanta Child Murders of 1979-1981, with a particular focus on how the media and local politicians maligned mother's activism on behalf of their missing and murdered children.

River Bunkley

Bunkley was named a part of the 100 Senior Honorary. He was an intern and Executive Committee Fellow for the Commission on Racial and Social Justice. He was also the Caucus of Emory Black Alumni Liaison and Historian Intern for the Emory Black Student Union.

Sofia Charlot

Charlot was involved with the Commission on Racial and Social Justice.

Nellie Hernandez

Deion Love

Love was the vice president of the NAACP chapter at Emory and was on the Volunteer Emory staff. He was also a part of Alpha Kappa Psi, a co-ed business fraternity, the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Emory Impact Investing Group, and the Brotherhood of Afrocentric Men. Additionally, he was the recipient of the Hiliary H. Holloway scholarship.  

Kristin McFadden

McFadden was an Oxford continuee, and while at Oxford, she participated in the Voices of Praise Gospel Choir and Interfaith Council. She was also a Peer Assistance Leader and an Oxford College Research Scholar. Additionally, she was selected to participate in the Oxford College Women’s Studies Student Research Symposium. At the Atlanta campus, Kristin was involved in the NAACP, the BSA, and was also an Orientation Leader.  She was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and a member of the Lambda Alpha National Anthropology Honor Society. She also interned at the Penn Center in St. Helena Island, South Carolina.

Keisha Michel

Michel began her Emory career at Oxford, where she was on the merit list each semester.  She interned at Case Western Reserve Medical School through the Heart, Lung and Blood Summer Program. Michel is a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation General Mills Health Scholarship recipient and a Congressional Black Caucus Spouses Education Scholarship recipient. She also received the Sara McDowell Gregory Memorial Scholarship at Oxford College, which is awarded to a student library assistant demonstrating merit. Additionally, she was a member of the Voices of Inner Strength Gospel Choir and the NAACP.

Jayla Palmer

During her time at Emory, Palmer was admitted to the T. Howard Foundation Final Talent Pool. She is a 1915 Scholar and was also a part of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and a contributor to 404 Magazine. 

Monae Reid

Reid was a recipient of the Kids Chance of Virginia scholarship. At Oxford College, she was the historian for the Black Student Alliance. She was also an Emory Student Ambassador and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 

Monet Timmons

Timmons was the inaugural recipient of the Rudolph P. Byrd scholarship, which supports an Emory College student who demonstrates leadership activities that address social, political, cultural and professional issues in the African American community at Emory.  She was also an active member of the NAACP, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and the Emory Pipeline Mentoring Program, which allowed her to reach out to high school students in the Atlanta public school system and inspire them to apply to college. 

Daijah Walker

Walker was the recipient of Hamilton E. Holmes Award from Campus Life and a part of Voices of Inner Strength, Ngambika, and the Minority Pre-Med Society.  


Nia Bilal

Shera Galan

Chelsea Jackson

Jackson is a six-time Dean’s List recipient and a member of the 100 Senior Honorary and numerous honor societies. She is a member of the Omicron Xi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the music director of Ahana A Capella, and the senior Diversity Initiatives Fellow in the Office of Admissions. She co-founded ATLBSU, a student organizing collective, and served on the executive committee of Emory’s Commission on Social and Racial Justice. She is a Harry S. Truman scholar and a 2018 Rhodes Scholar, the first African American selected from Emory for both awards.

Melissa Koelsch