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UNITE Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that was founded in August 2011 at Alabama State University. Since 2013, UNITE Inc. has become a national organization serving high school students and HBCU students across the country. We strive to connect high school students to HBCUs and HBCU students to opportunities.  Since 2014, have assisted our high school seniors in securing over $37 million in scholarships. Further, we have assisted our college students in securing internships and job placements with companies such as JP Morgan, Oracle, Ernest & Young, Deloitte and admission in to graduate programs across the country.



The mission of UNITE Inc. is to promote leadership, scholarship, and social awareness while motivating and empowering the youth to dream and excel in every aspect of life.


UNITE Inc. strives to empower the youth spiritually, culturally, and intellectually.



Connecting high school students to HBCUs and HBCU students to opportunities. 




"I am driven and destined for greatness. No challenge is too hard or goal too high. The sky is not the limit. Only you can stop you from doing what you want to do. My life matters and I pledge to be great at all times. I love me and I love you. ONE LOVE!!!!"






Travis C. Smith Ph.D
Executive Director

Travis Smith is a proud graduate of the Lafayette High School class of 2008. He later attended Alabama State University on a full academic scholarship. In 2011, Smith founded Unite Inc. at Alabama State University to improve freshmen man retention rates. In 2012, Smith received his Bachelor of Science in Biology and went on to study at Life University in Marietta, GA. where he received a Masters of Science degree in Sports Health Science. Dr. Smith attended Clemson University where he earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership in Higher Education. As a critical scholar, he chooses to focus on inquiry, practice, and pedagogy that helps disrupt oppressive systems in order to support racially minoritized students. His research agenda is centered in Black student involvement, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Black graduate education. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Auburn University.  His ultimate goal is to become president of a Historically Black College and University.

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Cara Mitchell

Cara D. Mitchell is a highly skilled B2B and B2C Marketing professional dedicated to strategically providing high level ideas and solutions to critical business issues. Cara received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a major of Marketing and a minor of International Business from Alabama State University and an MBA from Texas Southern University. Cara has years of fortune 500 corporate sales and marketing experience with O’Reilly Auto Parts, AT&T, and ITW. Currently Cara is the Associate Director of Marketing for BBB Industries and is based in Dallas, Texas. As an experienced B2B and B2C marketer, Cara has worked across multiple marketing disciplines with large and small companies, agencies, and people. With strategy as her core skill, Cara has led strategic product launches of multi-million-dollar brands, executed thought leadership campaigns for acquisitions and integrations, and developed communications & content strategies. Outside of work, Cara enjoys spending time with her daughter, volunteering with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and serving as President of The Dozens of Cousins which is the family club for the Bryant-Fisher Family, the 3rd largest African American family in the United States. Cara’s ultimate goal is to prepare the next generation to communicate successfully in all settings. 


Roy Saulsberry
Chief Financial Officer

Roy Saulsberry is a skilled accounting professional. Saulsberry’s background includes over five years of accounting experience in both the public and private sector. Currently, Saulsberry work as an accountant for the Hamilton County (TN) Health Department. Prior to joining Hamilton County Health Department, Saulsberry attended Alabama State University where he obtained both a Bachelor of Science in December 2012 and Master's Degree in accounting December 2013. His ultimate goal is to become a Certified Public Accountant.



Shenice W. Smith

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Shenice Smith is a HBCU alumna and strong community advocate with expertise in Corporate Human Resources across a variety of industries such as banking, arts and entertainment, and retail. Shenice has partnered with community organizations to support workforce development, financial literacy, and affordable housing initiatives that serve low-income and minority populations. Her passion for community uplift has led her efforts to support and advance community programs and corporate partnerships for 8 + years. She has served on Strategic Investment Committees and Visiting Allocation Teams for organizations like United Way. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Management and a MBA in Finance. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and a small business owner. Currently, she is pursuing a Masters of Education in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Florida while supporting community outreach programs in the department of Student Affairs.


HBCU College Tour Coordinator

Amanda Price is a proud graduate of West Mecklenburg High School Class of 2011, located in Charlotte, NC. She later attended Alabama State University on a Presidential Scholarship where she majored in History and minored in Legal Studies. Since creating an organization at her high school "Student Athletes to College," Amanda has been engaged in mentorship and education. At ASU she was active with ASPIRE Mentoring, AVID, and UNITE.  Amanda earned her Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law and is a D.C. licensed attorney. She is also a Maryland Licensed Real Estate Agent. Her legal experience includes working with the National Juvenile Defender Center, the Federal Public Defender of the Eastern District of Virginia, the Marissa Alexander Project, and working as a Student Attorney in D.C. Superior Court through the Criminal Justice Clinic at Howard. She currently works for Cecilia R. Jones & Associates practicing in wills, trusts, estates, probate, and contracts. Her ultimate goal is to help uplift the black community being a Social engineer through legal service, education, and property ownership.


Nicole Brooks

Project Manager

Nicole Brooks is the Health Sciences Advisor/Recruiter specialist at Southern Union State Community College. Primarily focusing on advising and career development services, Brooks prioritizes increasing student enrollment and retention in the area of health sciences. Chiquita has over 8 years of logistical planning experience ranging from the medical field to higher education. She has a keen interest in creating efficient processes using strategic approaches to recruitment and retention. Chiquita is a proving project manager as she has led a variety of teams throughout the college in various initiatives such as new student orientation, community engagement, and campus partnerships. 

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Caitlynn Myer

Project Manager

Caitlynn Myer is the Associate Director for Intercultural Education & Engagement at the University of South Carolina Upstate. Focusing on the advancement of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, Myer develops and implements programmatic involvement and organizational leadership development promoting equitable and inclusive cultures for students. Caitlynn creates and presents essential training and development for the Division of Student Affairs professionals and provides divisional leadership with assessment and evaluation of organizational cultures and structures. 


Project Manager

Chelsea Okoroh is a native of Glenarden, Maryland. She is currently enrolled at Bowie State University where she will receive her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration in May of 2021. She serves as the Senior Class Vice President, President of Bowie Women In Business, Vice President of American Marketing Association, Political Actions and Community Outreach Chair of the Bowie State NAACP Chapter. Chelsea is an active advocate in her community for mental health, injustice and human rights. Chelsea aspires to mentor young adults, uplift the black community and advocate for the unheard.



Jourdan Johnson

HBCU Project Manager Intern

Jourdan Johson is a rising senior Media, Journalism, and Film Communications major at Howard University. She has a concentration in Television and Film Production and a minor in Business Administration. Jourdan participates in various campus organizations, such as the School of Communications Student Council. Jourdan aspires to work in the entertainment industry and increase visibility for underrepresented groups in media.

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Soukeyna Dale

HBCU Program Manager Intern

Soukeyna Dale from Racine, Wisconsin, is a rising sophomore at the illustrious Dillard University majoring in Business Administration with a double minor in Political Science and Financial Economics. Having worked with organizations like Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), where she served as a national officer, and the Wisconsin Association of School Councils (WASC), Soukeyna developed a true passion for aiding peers and fellow students with professional development and career advancement opportunities. Soukeyna is very involved on campus as she serves as the Chief Clerk for the 87th Student Government Association, is a member of DECA, and is a Dillard University cheerleader.



Project Manager Intern

Jae’lin McCurdy born and raised in Lafayette, is a rising junior at Alabama A&M University where he is majoring in Sport Management. Jae’lin has aspirations of becoming a professional sport agent and building his very own sport agency. He has previously worked with organizations such as The Living sport business program in which he was selected to travel across the country and work with professional sport teams. Jae’lin is very active on campus and in his community and is a proud advocate for other HBCU students.

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