Testimonials

Jazmyn Jefferson (’10) currently spends her afternoons going over the difference between multiples and factors with her 5th grade class. She teaches math to a beautiful group of mathematicians at the University of Chicago Charter School.  She is 2014 graduate of Denison University, where she obtained a Bachelor’s of Arts in English Literature and Educational Studies. On campus she actively participated in Black Student Union, Denison Dazzlers, Sister Leaders in Dialogue, and OUTLOOK. Jazmyn is also a recent graduate of the University of Chicago, where she earned a Master’s of Arts in Teaching.  Jazmyn believes it is important for young people themselves reflected in their education. “For young people to dream of the future they must see what is possible for them in their present lives.”

 

Olatunde Osinaike (’11) an Epic healthcare analyst and software developer from the west side Garfield Park/Austin neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois. Above all else, he embraces and loves the challenge of self-improvement and expanding his capabilities, portfolio, and network each day. The only way he says ‘to be fair to yourself’ is to exhaust every part of yourself so that you get the most out of your life experience, while of course staying authentic and true to what has grounded you up to that point. In 2015, he graduated from Vanderbilt University with his Bachelors of Science in Engineering Sciences with interdisciplinary concentrations in Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Engineering Management and a minor in Corporate Strategy. . He was selected to be on the speakers committee for TEDxNashville 2017, which is tasked with selecting and preparing the roster of speakers and performers that headline the TED talks and smaller events in the Nashville area within the next year. Additionally, he is currently in discussions with several presses to publish his first poetry chapbook, thematically centered on black mental health and childhood, by the summer of 2017.

 

Chelsey Sincerray (‘11) a self-taught photographer from Chicago’s south side Pullman/Roseland neighborhood. She lives her life with her faith on sleeves and Canon equipped every single day. She is a 2015 graduate of Lake Forest College, Cum Laude. She earned a Bachelors of Arts in Communications with a minor in Digital Media Design. Chelsey was actively involved in United Black Association, Tusitala Art Magazine, and Habitat for Humanity. Alongside her academic pursuits and accomplishments in communications, photography is her passion. Her eye is drawn to narratives that visually illustrate all aspects of life and those around her. Identified as a visual artist and documentary photographer, her career aspirations and dreams will not allow her to be comfortable at one state of mind. It is her lifetime goal to explore what the world presents every day. In due time, she plans on building her brand alongside editorial companies and other corporations worldwide, creating urban documentary socio-political material that represents the lives of those within society. Her mission is to challenge the eye of her audience by promoting individualism and authenticity through self-expressive imagery. Currently Chelsey has created a production entitled “INVISIBLE”, a docuseries curated and directed by her that highlights the story of creatives from across the country, while also engaging in conversation and shared knowledge on the artist experience and journey. The intention with this project is to platform talent of such inspiring artists who are among us by showcasing unique identities, craft, and ambition. The first episode of season 1 was officially released for exclusive INVISIBLE subscribers this October.

 

 

 

Ronald Daley (‘10) a Business Analyst at Accenture based out of the Chicago office.  He is currently working with his team to deliver a Data Analytics platform at a Resource client. At Accenture, Ron serves as the Diversity Lead for recruitment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and serves as co-lead on the Event Planning committee for the Chicago African American Employee Resource Group. Additionally, he mentors a student through the Chicago International Charter School (CICS) program. He graduated in May of 2015 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering.  While in college, Ron had the opportunity to study abroad more than three occasions. He has traveled to Singapore, Malaysia, and England.  He also spent the first semester of his Senior year in Budapest, Hungary and studied at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.  He is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the National Society of Black Engineers. Ron loves to watch and play basketball.  He knows the Chicago Bulls will be the 2017 World Champions and win it in 6.  He also believes that Jimmy Butler and Rajon Rondo will make the All-NBA first team.  Additionally, he enjoys football, golfing, traveling the world and submerging himself into new cultures, learning new tech tools, and being an advocate for the success of the youth.

 

 

 

Symone Howard (’11) graduated from Bowdoin College with a BA in Environmental Studies and Sociology in 2015. As a Bowdoin student, she served as President of the African American Society and Student Director of Leadership for the Bowdoin Student Center of Multicultural Life. She researched food systems and food insecurity in developing countries while studying abroad in Vietnam, Morocco, and Bolivia.  After graduating, she spent a year working at the Environmental Law & Policy Center in Chicago. Today, she is a graduate student pursuing her masters in City and Regional Planning at Georgia Tech. She also works as a graduate research assistant examining the relationship between childhood obesity and the urban built environment. She hopes to play a critical role in community revitalization as an urban planner that represents the people and their visions for their communities. She hopes to give back to her community by becoming a Link mentor and an advocate for youth of color.In her spare time, she organizes brunch meet-ups for Twitter users in Atlanta, attends advanced film screenings, and actively supports black-owned businesses.

 

 

 

 

Eric Crawford (‘11) Locally known as artist/rapper Craw the Sage hailing from Maywood, Illinois. He is a 2015 graduate from Knox College, where he obtained a Bachelors of Arts in Graphic Design. His career in art and music began while he attended Knox College. Craw began rapping in his dorm room during his freshman year in college. He says, “I didn’t know I had a way with words…Rap found me.”   He recently curated a collage titled ¾ Mile Mothership. The collage depicts a mothership, and is based on the idea that there is actually life on other planets and on the moon most people are simply unaware of. It shows a womanship in between the sun and a heart hovering in outer space. The symbols on the canvas are the Eye of Horus, symbols from geometry and other symbols he created. His art is influenced by influenced by Basquiat, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, and Kara Walker, as well as ancient Egyptian/African iconography/artwork. He believes his collages are more like excavations digging into history to find messages or buried meaning. Additionally, Hip-Hop and sound play a significant role in his work. Sound is simply vibration, and when he thinks, he hears sound, and the sound of words transforms into images in his head. He seeks to rebuild a narrative for Black people by combining elements of the past, present and reimagining the future.

 

 

 

Aamir Walton (’11) a 2015 graduate of Grinnell College, where he currently serves as a development professional for higher education fundraising. He manages 100 + fundraising volunteers as well as a portfolio of 100+ prospects in the Midwest. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts in sociology, and plans to pursue a M.B.A. next fall. He aspires to understand non-profit management and fundraising in depth to serve as a CEO/Founder of his own Non-Profit(s) one day with similar missions as Link Unlimited Scholars. He is happily married to Robin Campbell (’12) with two children: Aaliyah and Obadiah Walton. They reside in Grinnell, Iowa as the small town life grows on them. Aamir says, “Link gave me the ability to network and remain resilient in all areas of life. Link taught me to network (introduction, listening, following up, seeking advice, seeking the right people…etc) and because of this skill I’ve always had strong references for any position (professional or informal) for which I applied”. Additionally, he learned to not take “no” for an answer and to seek solutions and guidance in areas he struggled or could not figure out. He finds this principle and trait of resiliency important to his marriage, parenting, work life, social life and career aspirations as well. He says, “Link taught me to fish rather than giving me a fish. Therefore, I’m fishing every day in every way for myself and I have Link Unlimited Scholars to thank for that!”

 

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