R.I.S.E. Network

The R.I.S.E. Network is a scholar’s empowerment network that provides Black and Latino freshman students with skill-based development, support and opportunities to enhance their overall academic career at St. John's University.

R.I.S.E. Network (Reach, Inspire, Succeed, Empower)

This is a new and exciting initiative under Student Development and the Division of Student Affairs. The goal is to create an environment where successful, high potential students come together to assist in increasing the retention and graduation rates of our Black and Latino students at St. John's University.

Who is this program for?

Freshman students who are dedicated to their academic success and personal and professional development. These students will become part of a network of dedicated, committed and passionate SJU students that support and hold one another accountable for their overall performance and growth within this program.

What do participants get from this program?

Participants (R.I.S.E. scholars) will be part of a network that will assist in their academic success and personal and professional development. The network will focus on the successful completion of sophomore year by assisting with academics, career preparation, spiritual development and social integration by establishing connections with the relevant support services at St. John's University. Our goal is to ensure that protégés are intentionally connected to people, services and organizations to support their development and also empower them to be an integral part of the St. John's University community.

Can I become a R.I.S.E. leader?

R.I.S.E. Network Leaders are primarily upperclassmen who reach for success, embrace social responsibility, and are dedicated to the development and retention of first year Black and Latino students.

Apply to Become a R.I.S.E. Network Leader
Application deadline: Tuesday, November 14 by 11:59 p.m.

Who's involved?

R.I.S.E network is managed by a team of passionate administrators and students who are committed to building this community and ensuring that the objectives of the program are met. More importantly, they are there to serve the participants of the program and ensure that every student is successful.

For more information, please follow us on Instagram or Twitter or contact:

Sharod L.Tomlinson
Director of Student Development and R.I.S.E. Mentoring
[email protected]

R.I.S.E. Network Leaders

R.I.S.E. Network Leaders are primarily upperclassmen who reach for success, embrace social responsibility, and are dedicated to the development and retention of first year Black and Latino students.

Our goal is to ensure that scholars are intentionally connected to people, services and organizations to support their development and also empower them to be an integral part of the St. John's University community.

Nancy Beauchamp
Year: Junior
Major: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Central Islip, NY
Morgan Bell
Year: Junior
Major: Government/Politics
Minor: Sociology
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Anaphterly Bozor
Year: Sophomore
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Westbury, NY
Tracey-Marie Broadnax
Year: Sophomore
Major: Government & Politics
Hometown: Roswell, GA
Sienna Chavis
Year: Sophomore
Major: Advertising
Hometown: Portland, OR
Gina Conteh
Year: Senior
Major: Journalism
Beverly Danquah
Year: Sophomore
Major: Communication
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Terri Dorsey
Year: Sophomore
Major: Fine Arts
Hometown: Washington, DC
Mina Dwamena
Year: Sophomore
Major: Pharmacy
Hometown: Union, NJ
Irene Clarice Edwards
Year: Junior
Major: Public Relations
Hometown: Teaneck, NJ
Nailah Fisher
Year: Junior
Major: Advertising Communications
Hometown: Silver Springs, MD
Waluma Fofung
Year: Senior
Major: Dermatologist
Hometown: Mitchellville, MD
Jocelin Gardella
Year: Junior
Major: Finance
Hometown: Astoria, NY
Maimuna Gassama
Year: Junior
Major: Government & Politics
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Bre'Anna Grant
Year: Sophomore
Major: Journalism
Hometown: Sicklerville, NJ
Brianna Hairston
Year: Senior
Major: Biology
Edison Henriquez
Year: Junior
Major: Homeland Security
Hometown: Haverstraw, NY
Nicole Hernandez
Vanessa Jimenez
Year: Sophomore
Major: Accounting
Hometown: Uniondale, NJ
Lauren Jordan
Year: Sophomore
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Olympia Fields, IL
Chelsea Lara
Year: Sophomore
Major: Sports Management
Hometown: Clifton, NJ
Jessica Lawrence
Year: Junior
Major: Sociology
Hometown: Oakland, CA
Nicole Lawrence
Year: Sophomore
Major: Adolescent Education/English
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Michiah Lee
Year: Senior
Major: Public Relations
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Alexis LiDonde
Year: Junior
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Woodstock Valley, CT
Grace Lightfoot
Year: Junior
Major: Journalism
Hometown: Bowie, MD
Sheridan March
Year: Senior
Major: Health and Human Services
Hometown: Sherman Oaks, CA
Terynn Mingo
Year: Senior
Major: Biology
Hometown: Plainfield, NJ
Tamia Morris
Year: Sophomore
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Bonam Om
Year: Junior
Major: Biology
Hometown: Jericho, NY
Bianca Palmero
Keyla Payano
Year: Junior
Major: Biology
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Andrew Peck
Year: Junior
Major: Biology
Hometown: Queens, NY
Jozefina Preci
Year: Senior
Major: Philosophy
Hometown: New York, NY
Tiffany Ragkaswar
Year: Sophomore
Major: Undecided
Hometown: Commack, NY
Amber Reese
Year: Junior
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Burtonsville, MD
Richey Reeves
Year: Junior
Major: English
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Bria Robinson
Year: Sophomore
Major: Economics
Hometown: Jackson, NJ
Claire Robinson
Year: Junior
Major: Communication Arts
Hometown: Owings Mills, NY
Maryann Rodas
Year: Junior
Major: Toxicology
Hometown: Medford, NY
Amenkha Sembenu
Year: Junior
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Maywood, NJ
Andrea Sifuentes
Year: Junior
Major: Chemistry
Hometown: Boynton Beach, FL
Kattiana Theodore
Jonathan Thompson
Year: Sophomore
Major: Business
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Andre Varnado
Year: Senior
Major: Cyber Security
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Diamari Velez
Year: Senior
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Forest Hills, NY
Nekayle Whitaker
Year: Junior
Major: Risk Management & Insurance
Hometown: Ewing, NJ
Mariama Williams
Year: Senior
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Washington, DC
Juscilla Wilmot
Year: Junior
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Chantel Ybarra
Year: Senior
Major: Health and Human Services, Concentration in Human Services
Hometown: Fresh Meadows, NY