Spring 2017

Harvey Beech winners 2017

L-R: Nicole Ward (’19), Afi Bello (’19), Marquise Drayton (’19)

Nicole Ward

Nicole is a rising junior majoring in Exercise and Sports on the pre-Nursing track. Her passion for healthcare and her community has lead her to volunteer with several organizations on and off campus. She regularly spends time as a pediatric cuddler at UNC hospitals and as a childcare volunteer at the Compass Center for Women. She also volunteers as an after school tutor at a local community center. As a member of the Minority Nursing Student Association (MNSA), she works to provide information, recourse and opportunities for minority students that wish to pursue nursing.  While working to improve her GPA, she received her Certified Nursing Assistant license and plans to further volunteer in nursing homes in the community.

Marquise Drayton

Marquise is a rising junior majoring in African African-American & Diaspora Studies and Dramatic Art.  As a Carolina Millennial Scholar through D&I, he has had the opportunity to take part in seminars and workshops that aid in the personal development of minority men. Marquise is dedicated to making UNC a safe and welcoming place through volunteering as a tour guide with the Minority Student Recruitment Committee. He is also a student ambassador with the Carolina Black Caucus and works to bridge the gap between students and faculty to provide educational opportunities for students of color.

Afi-Apefa Bello

Afi is a rising junior majoring in African & African-American & Diaspora Studies and Communication Studies. She is an active volunteer within several programs in D&I. She has given campus tours for programs such as Dia de Bienvenidos, helped teach classes during Tar Heel Decision Day and even returned to her high school to recruit minority students through Tarheel Target. After struggling to find her place at UNC after her first year, Afi decided to dedicate her time to making incoming minority students feel comfortable in their transition to college. As an Achieving Excellence at Carolina (ACE) legacy leader, she set out to make a positive impact on incoming freshmens’ Carolina experience.