Teach for America Admits 22 Students From Howard University's Class of 2017

 Twenty-two Howard University seniors have accepted admittance into the prestigious Teach for America (TFA) program upon graduation. These soon-to-be graduates will be located in 13 cities across the nation including Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, New Orleans and New York.  

“We are proud of the 22 graduating seniors from Howard University that have been accepted into Teach for America,” said Howard University Provost Anthony K. Wutoh, Ph.D., R.Ph.  “Their commitment exemplifies the dedication to social justice and service to America that underpins the Howard University experience.”

"Their commitment exemplifies the dedication to social justice and service to America that underpins the Howard University experience."

Dr. Anthony K. Wutoh, Howard University Provost

Students accepted to Teach for America commit to two years of teaching in urban or rural communities in order to expand educational opportunities for young learners. Since TFA’s founding in 1989, the program has worked to eliminate inequality in education.

Having 22 students from one university is a noteworthy accomplishment. The program is highly selective, requiring stellar academic achievement and a demonstrated commitment to service. This year’s Howard University cohort has a collective 3.5 grade point average. TFA received approximately 49,000 applications from 1,900 colleges and universities nationwide.

The following members of the Class of 2017 will be among the newest change agents in the country:

  • Aaron Baity
  • Stephanie Buggs
  • Melissa DHaiti
  • Neka Duckett-Randolph
  • Mario Ferguson
  • Brittany Ford
  • Imani Fox
  • Joy Rosa Jackson
  • The’ja Martin
  • Rikkia McGill
  • Yaritzi Nunez
  • Kortnee Ogbuefi
  • Ayodele Owolabi
  • Lina Perez
  • Tiffany Porter
  • Alexis Rogers
  • Cydnea Shearlds
  • LaDaesha Smith
  • Tyra Trent
  • Alexis Tucker
  • Diamond Williams
  • Tydasia Williams

For media inquiries contact, Brittany Bell Surratt at brittany.bell@howard.edu.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Over the last 20 years, the University has produced four Rhodes Scholars, 10 Truman Scholars, two Marshall Scholars, over 80 Fulbright recipients, 22 Pickering Fellows and one Schwarzman Scholar. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s website at www.howard.edu.

Source: Howard University


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Brittany Bell Surratt
Media Relations, Howard University