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Queens Collegiate 100 Acknowledged As Best Chapter in U.S.

imageMalyk Hannah '17 and Jalen Burrell '16 are an integral part of Collegiate 100 at Queens University of Charlotte.
10/21/16 -  

The Collegiate 100 chapter at Queens University was recently named the best chapter in the country. Collegiate 100 is a national organization that focuses on the success of young minority students through mentorship programs.

The recognition commended the volunteer efforts of Queens students. Students Malyk Hannah '17 and Jalen Burrell '16 are among the chapter members who have visited local schools such as Sedgefield Elementary to provide discussions on college preparation, environmental awareness and establishing unity and a support system with peers during hardships.

Burrell, a human service studies major, is thankful for his Queens experience and recognizes that the resources on campus empowered him to "becom[e] a voice on campus." In fact, he's taken his leadership across the campus and beyond. Burrell also volunteers at Presbyterian Hospital, The Cornwell Center, Explore Charlotte at Queens and Myers Park Elementary School. He stated that the Collegiate 100 provides him with the chance to educate younger minority students of existing opportunities for them around Charlotte.

Burrell has also taken the lessons from his own growth and applied them to the students he encounters in the mentorship program. He said, "As a minority male at a four-year university, [Collegiate 100] drove me to help make an impact in their lives to give them the tools they need in order to help them prepare for obstacles and challenges that will come their way. This way, they won't have to struggle as much as myself or others that didn't have male role models did."

Jon Sims, associate director in admissions, serves as the Collegiate 100 advisor. The program, which targets institutional initiatives of diversity and inclusion and community engagement, has been in existence for about 5 years.

Dr. John Downey, dean of students, praised the Collegiate 100 members, and said, "I am very proud of them as it represents the best of what Queens hopes for our students. They were supported, helped to learn and grow and then left campus to engage with the community to give back."

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