WHO WE ARE

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.

OUR MISSION

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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.

OUR VISION




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

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OUR MOTTO




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

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OUR PLEDGE

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"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!!!!"

 

THE TEAM

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OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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 male 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 a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Florida.  His ultimate goal is to become president of a Historically Black College and University.

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Maya A. McKenzie ESQ.

Maya A. McKenzie, Esq. is Tech Policy Counsel for the Entertainment Software Association in Washington, DC.  In her role, she liaises with state and federal legislators to advance technology laws that support innovation in the video game industry.  Previously, Maya practiced at two international law firms where she specialized in data privacy and security compliance, transactions, and policy.  She is also the co-executive producer of a comedy web series, Really Good People.

 

Maya maintains an active role in her community as a Board Member of Unite, Inc., a nonprofit which provides academic and career support to high school students in central Alabama and students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the country. She is also a member of the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Ebenezer Baptist Church (Atlanta, GA). Maya enjoys travel, golf, mentoring students, and college football on Saturdays - go Hornets!

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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.

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Barry Davis

Barry Davis graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Alabama State University in 2015. After graduating, he joined the United Technologies (UTC) Financial Leadership Program where he traveled to Arkansas, Minnesota, The United Kingdom, and Connecticut. Upon completion of the program, he moved to Phoenix, AZ, to work in financial planning for the Evacuation Systems business of UTC. In 2019, he became the President of the UTC African American Forum of Phoenix. Currently, he is a Treasury Specialist in Farmington, CT.  He enjoys golf, football, economics, and mentoring.

OUR TEAM MEMBERS

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CHASITY W. FOREMAN

Chambers County Chapter Director

Chasity W. Foreman is a native of Chambers County, AL. A 1994 graduate of Valley High School and Southern Union State Community College with an associate degree. She is currently the general manager for KMEK Business and Tax Service. Chasity is a proud mother, grandmother, and wife of Pastor Dexter Foreman of 18 years. She has assisted her husband in Ministry since 2007 serving in many capacities in the community and the church. With a passion for youth, she assists with the youth department and choir. She is a certified life coach and finds joy in encouraging and motivating others to see them reach their full potential through strategic planning. She loves God and her family, she also enjoys spending time with her family, reading and watching sports. She aims to be the best that she can be in every aspect of life while impacting the lives of others.

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AMANDA PRICE

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.

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AMIRRAH NUR

College Transition Coach

Amirrah Nur was raised in the Metro Atlanta area and graduated from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing in 2016. After working in the field of business, she decided that she wanted to pursue a career supporting college students on their journey to academic success. Amirrah went to Clemson University to pursue a Masters of Education in College Student Affairs and worked as a Graduate Community Director for University Housing and Dining. Amirrah is currently on the job market seeking a position that will allow her to utilize her leadership, advising, and collaborative skills.

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AUSTIN MCDONALD

Academic Coach

Austin McDonald is a native of Huntsville, Alabama and a graduate of Stillman College. Austin has earned his master’s degree in education from Mercer University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in educational leadership at Clemson University. He is passionate about HBCU leadership and connecting career opportunities for undergraduate students. Austin has worked as a middle school reading teacher; he has also served as a student activities coordinator and adjunct professor at Bethune-Cookman University. After completing his degree at Clemson, Austin aspires to navigate into a career where he may continue to serve current and aspiring college students. His long-term goal is to return to an HBCU someday and serve in chief-level administration.

OUR INTERNS

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CHELSEA OKOROH

HBCU Project Manager Intern

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.

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ANDREA MCINTOSH

HBCU Project Manager Intern

Andrea McIntosh was born and grew up in Nassau, Bahamas where she pursued an Associates Degree in Business Management. But McIntosh wanted to take things to the next level. Hence, enrolling at Harris-Stowe State University to major in Accounting was one of them. One day her hope is to enroll in a master's degree program. She has a current cumulative G.P.A. of 3.93 while being active in numerous organizations and fellowships. Recently, she served as the Junior Class Vice President for the Academic year 2019/20. But she wanted to take it up a notch. Currently, she serves as the SGA Executive Board Chief of Staff 2020/21. In essence, she’s currently a member of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) and the TorchBearers Youth Association (TYA). McIntosh is a scholar of several organizations inclusive of: Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Board of Regents, Pepsis Retention and St.Louis Chapter Internal Auditors (IIA) to name a few. Also, in both 2018 and 2019, she was a National Youth nominee under the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture in her country of origin. Finally, her aspirations are to become an accountant and or entrepreneur. Also, becoming a speaker at leadership events is one of her goals. For years, people have poured into her life, hence, sharing her story, advocating and demonstrating positivity will create more leaders.

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CHYNA SAWYERS

HBCU Program Manager Intern

Hailing all the way from London, England. Chyna Sawyers is a rising senior and Engineering Technology Scholar with a double concentration in Architectural Construction Management and Computer Aided Draft and design more commonly known as CADD at MVSU. She will be an honorary member of the class of 2021 as a first-generation university graduate. As a three-time Distinguished Scholar recipient and a 2020-2021 White House Initiative on HBCUs Competitiveness Scholar she desires to maintain her 3.6 GPA. While humbly serving as the 2020-2021 Miss Mississippi Valley State University. Life after Mississippi Valley State University for Miss Sawyers includes obtaining more degrees and ultimately beginning her dream career of owning hotels and housing the homeless.

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MOROLAKE OKANLAWON

HBCU Project Manager Intern

Born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, Morolake Okanlawon is a rising sophomore at Mississippi Valley State University where she is majoring in Biology. Her interest in Biology stems from her desire to provide solutions to world problems, like pollution and human diseases, through research and gaining medical experience. As a recognition of her academic performance, Morolake was designated as a University’s President’s Scholar. She intends to maintain her academic excellence while serving as a university ambassador. After graduation, Morolake plans to attend medical school and/or graduate school with the aim of becoming a physician or physician scientist.

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TAMERA EDWARDS

Outreach and Intern Coordinator

Tamera Edwards was born and raised in Snellville, Georgia. She is a student at Fort Valley State University majoring in Biology. Tamera’s career aspirations are to become a Behavioral Psychologist and assist those battling with mental health. On-campus, Tamera serves as the Legislative Secretary for FVSU’s Student Government Association and a New Student Orientation Leader.

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JAE’LIN MCCURDY

Social Media Content 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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DAVID HAMMOND, JR.

Project Manager Intern

David Hammond, Jr. is a recent graduate of Alabama State University,  where he received his B.A. Communications/Radio and Television. Hailing from the Fountain City of Columbus, Georgia, Hammond is the son of Aliea Walker and  David Hammond Sr. He is a proud graduate of Central High School in Phenix City, Alabama. Hammond surfaced as leader at Alabama State University early in his collegiate career. He served as SGA Secretary, 2019-21, under the “Plugged-in Administration.”
Shortly after his election as SGA President, Hammond was thrust into the role of helping to guide ASU students through the challenges of the global pandemic. As a student advocate, Hammond partnered with the University’s leadership to ensure the safety and well-being of those students who live and learn at ASU. With a focus on a student safety and the continuation of academic instruction, Hammond helped to form a bridge of communication and compassion between the administration and the students, through initiatives such as the Hornet Hotline, a virtual information session for students involving University President Quinton T. Ross, Jr., and key members of his cabinet. Hammond and his administration played a pivotal role in the success of bringing students back to campus in the fall of 2020. Hammond’s goals are to obtain a master’s degree in Higher Education and to be able to work in the Office of Student Affairs at an HBCU. He feels his experiences as Alabama State University’s 67th SGA President has helped to lay the foundation for his service to HBCU students in the future.

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ANYIAH S. CHAMBERS

Public Relations Intern

Anyiah S. Chambers is a Milwaukee, Wisconsin native and rising sophomore at Kentucky State University as a Political Science major. Anyiah has strong desires to be the “standard” of black excellence while making a positive impact and being the voice for the voiceless in her community. Anyiah is also a Soldier in the United States Army Reserve, public speaker, and freelance writer for her positive news platform Simone & Co. Media. Her goals and aspirations consist of obtaining her J.D. degree post-undergrad graduation and later becoming a political analyst for CNN and working in any form of law and government, impacting the lives of youth and community members in any capacity she can. Anyiah is currently involved in two women empowerment groups on campus, Youth of the Year, NAACP, National Action Network Youth, and College Division, National Association of Black Journalists, to name a few. She most importantly finds ways to highlight the positive side of news while keenly observing the world around her. Before all else, she empowers the informed and inspires individuals to Dream BIG, Learn More, Do More, and inspire individuals to embrace their abilities.