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Dennis Richmond, Jr.

Nov 9, 2016, 08:07 AM
I chose to attend Claflin because, I wanted to attend an HBCU and I wanted to continue my family’s legacy of esteemed Claflinites.
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While at Claflin, Dennis has been actively involved on campus, in the community and he has received numerous awards and scholarships.

Dennis is currently a member of the National Action Network, Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society, the New York Urban League, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. He also served as a Peer Educator and Tutor in the Claflin University School of Humanities.

Additionally, Dennis is a recipient of numerous UNCF scholarships including being recognized during the 2015 UNCF Evening of Stars. He was also selected to serve as the 2016 UNCF Ambassador for Claflin University. As the UNCF Ambassador Dennis will implement informational scholarship sessions advocating for students to apply for UNCF scholarships.


Yonkers, New York

Area of Study

African and African American Studies; Education (minor)

Extracurricular Activities/ Accomplishments

  • Founder of The New York State Historically Black College and University Initiative (The NYS HBCU Initiative)
  • UNCF Ambassador for Claflin University
  • Chairman of The HBCU Foundation’s National Student Advisory Committee
  • 2016 HBCU Buzz 30 under 30 nominee

Future Career Plans

Dennis plans to complete his education and earn a master of arts degree in Public Policy and a PhD in Africology. He will also continue being an advocate for education across the state of New York. His long term goal is for The NYS HBCU Initiative to become a nonprofit organization.

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