MEET OUR INTERNS

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DERICA JONES

Fundraising Development 

My name is Derica Jones, a sophomore, Political Science major and Criminal Justice minor from Barnwell, South Carolina at Claflin University.  On campus, I serve as a Peer Mentor and Orientation Leader for first year students. On my down time, I enjoy reading, writing poetry and empowering the youth and community. My career ambition is to become a criminal defense attorney and provide representation for those who are underserved, rejected and systematically oppressed. Eventually, my dream is to open my own firm and provide guidance to the next generation of attorneys.  I am honored to serve as an intern for the organization and I can’t wait to get to work!

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RUSHELL DICKERSON 

Marketing & Promotion

Born into the historic year of 2000, in the cultivating city of Charleston, SC. Raised in the small yet family-oriented town of Huger, SC with high regard for my late father Russell E. Dickerson Sr. and my selfless mother, Tonya L. Dickerson. I am proud to call these two amazing individuals my parents. A quote from a poem, written by Langston Huges that epitomizes my life and career goals is, “Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.”


Despite my tragedies, I am driven and determined to accomplish my career goals of becoming the CEO of my own Fortune 500 Company, an author, and a social media influencer. With my passion for the retail industry and entertainment industry overflowing, I have taken the initiative by creating a YouTube channel - LaShay Amor- to influence the media. I cater to all ages, using my platform to be the change that I want to see. Recently, I just formed the first of any LLCs. Life has presented me with so many tragic obstacles, but I continue to press forward and follow my dreams no matter how hard or seemingly impossible they might seem. “You can either choose to wait around and hope life gives you what you want—or you can choose to jump up and put in the work to make your dream come true.” ― Oscar Auliq-Ice

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DONNIE MANUEL

Admin Assistant

Malcolm X Once said, "The future belongs to those who prepare for it today ."Hello, my name is Donnie Manuel. I'm a sophomore elementary education major from Roosevelt, New York. I currently attend the illustrious Claflin university were visionary leaders are in the making. After graduating, my goal is to work in an elementary school and then later on work in an HBCU's academic advising department.

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TIARA SUMPTER

Admin Assistant

Hello my name is Tiara Sumpter. I am from Columbia, South Carolina. I attend the illustrious Claflin University, majoring in business management. After graduation I intend on obtaining a job in a management allowing me the opportunity to gain understanding for business as I plan to one day run and operate my own business.

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BOZHANE SIMONE

Recruitment

My name is Bozhane Simon and I am a junior at Claflin University. I am originally from Florence, South Carolina where our motto is “full life, full forward ”. My overall objective is to obtain an entry level position with a corporation, firm and/or university that offers both a professional and a personal growth in the learning environment. As the youngest of three daughters I’ve had the honor of having three women that taught me how to achieve my goals through hard work. My main purpose of becoming an instructor is to push and motivate students so they can become well rounded individuals. From my educational experiences I've learned about how important it is to motivate students to strive towards success.