2020 Teagle Humanities Fellows

The Teagle Humanities Fellowship gave 20 first generation college-bound students who attended a Knowledge for Freedom Program an opportunity to spend the summer reading, writing, and thinking deeply about our current historical moment and the opportunities it must present for students traditionally underrepresented in higher education.

2020 Teagle Humanities Fellows

Afsana Asha

Afsana Asha

Fordham University
Afsana Asha
Afsana Asha is of a South Asian descent, raised in New York City. She participated in Columbia University's Freedom & Citizenship program in 2017 and graduated from Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics in 2018. Afsana is currently a rising junior at Fordham University majoring in Natural Science. She enjoys reading books by Najwa Zebian and visiting cozy coffee shops.

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Ash Carrington

Ash Carrington

University of Connecticut
Ash Carrington
Ash Carrington is a resident in New Haven, Connecticut. She participated in Yale University's Citizens, Writers, Thinkers program and is now a student at the University of Connecticut, where she is double majoring in English and American History. In her free time she enjoys reading and listening to various comedy podcasts.

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Asmaa Hassanin

Asmaa Hassanin

St. John's University
Asmaa Hassanin
Asmaa Hassanin is from Egypt and now lives in Manhattan, New York City. She participated in Columbia University's Freedom and Citizenship program in 2019 and graduated from Maxine Greene High School in 2020. This fall, she will be attending St. John's University majoring in pharmacy. She enjoys writing feminist short stories.

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Bintou Kane

Bintou Kane

Binghamton University
Bintou Kane
Bintou Kane was born and raised in Harlem and attended Frederick Douglass Academy 1 high school. She graduated from Columbia’s Freedom and Citizenship program in 2018 after gaining fundamental knowledge needed to succeed in her college journey. She is now a junior (class of 2022) at Binghamton University ready to start her nursing clinical. She enjoys watching mystery movies and babysitting because she loves kids.

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Dylen Marcelle
Dylen Marcelle
Dylen Marcelle is from New York City and specifically the Bronx. He participated in Columbia University's Freedom & Citizenship program in 2019 and graduated from Democracy Prep Charter High School in 2020. In Fall 2020, Dylen began attending Boston College where he intends to major in Political Science. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball and hanging out with friends.

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Favio Inahuazo

Favio Inahuazo

University of Connecticut
Favio Inahuazo
Favio Inahuazo has lived in New Haven all his life and graduated from Metropolitan Business Academy in 2020. He participated in Yale University's Citizens, Thinkers, Writers program. This fall, he will be attending University of Connecticut and major in Actuarial Science. In his free time, he enjoys playing volleyball and running.

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Henry Seyue

Henry Seyue

University of Connecticut
 
Henry Seyue
Henry J. Seyue is a third year Political Science & Economics major From New Haven, Connecticut. He attended high school at Metropolitan Business Academy, where he graduated in 2018. Upon graduating from high school, Henry matriculated at Benedict College where he served as a Legislative Lead for Save the Children Action Network, as well as being a Dean’s List student, and the school’s first Frederick Douglass Global Fellow. Henry now attends the University of Connecticut, where he has since become an assistant Editor for the UConn Political Review, interned in the D.C. office of Senator Richard Blumenthal, and is currently pursuing his Master of Public Policy along with his Bachelor of Science.

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Johanna Perez

Johanna Perez

Tufts University
Johanna Perez
Johanna Perez is an American Mexican resident of New Haven, Connecticut. In the summer of 2019, Johanna participated in Yale University’s Citizens Thinkers Writers program and later graduated from Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School in 2020. She will follow her education at Tufts University this fall to major in Psychology and Ceramics. When she doesn’t spend her time playing squash at Squash Haven, she draws and finds other creative things to do in her spare time.

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Karen Wu

Karen Wu

Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Karen Wu
Karen Wu is an 18-year-old who has lived in New York City her whole life. She participated in Columbia University's Freedom & Citizenship program and graduated from Dominican Academy in 2020. This fall, Karen will be attending Hobart & William Smith Colleges where she intends to major in Chemistry (and potentially something else). She enjoys eating poké and looking at the current trends on Twitter, but she doesn't have any social media.

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Khadija ​Hussain
Khadija ​Hussain
Khadija Hussain grew up in New Haven, Connecticut, where she participated in the inaugural class of Yale University's Citizens, Writers, Thinkers program in 2016. She graduated from Wilbur Cross High School in 2017, and now attends Barnard College, where she studies history. In her free time, she enjoys running along the Hudson and learning the guitar.

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Maosuf Togmah

Maosuf Togmah

Boston College           
 
Maosuf Togmah
Maosuf was born in Ghana and moved with his family to the U.S when he was 10 years old. He is an alumnus of the class of 2019 Freedom & Citizenship program at Columbia University and recently graduated from Democracy Prep Charter High School in Harlem. This fall, he will be heading up to Massachusetts to attend Boston College where he intends to major in Computer Science. During his leisure time, he likes to watch episodes of ‘Ramy’ on Hulu and Hasan Minhaj’s ‘The Patriot Act’ on Netflix.

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Kuniya V. Asobayire
Kuniya V. Asobayire
Kuniya V. Asobayire is a first generation Ghanaian-American and lives in New Haven, Connecticut. She participated in the Citizen, Thinker, Writer program at Yale University during the summer of 2019. Kuniya graduated from James Hillhouse High School in 2020 and will be attending New York University as an anticipated International Relations major. She enjoys debate, cooking, and cheerleading.

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Nicholas Unger

Nicholas Unger

Rochester Institute of Technology
 
Nicholas Unger
Nicholas Unger (usually just going by Nick) has lived in Seymour, Connecticut, for as long as he can remember. He is an alumni of Yale University's 2017 Citizens, Thinkers, Writers program, graduating from ESUMS (the Engineering and Science University Magnet School) in New Haven in 2018. After a year at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Nick is transferring to the Rochester Institute of Technology to major in Game Design and Development, hoping to pursue opportunities in the humanities along the way. When he has the time, he loves to spend it with video games, movies, or a great book.

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Rafael Escoto

Rafael Escoto

St. Lawrence University
Rafael Escoto
Rafael Escoto was born in the Dominican Republic and currently resides in Washington Heights. He attended Columbia University's Freedom and Citizenship program in 2019 and graduated Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School in 2020. He will now be entering St. Lawrence University. Rafael has been a musician for over seven years and hopes to bring his talents to his campus.

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Ramon Pimentel

Ramon Pimentel

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
 
Ramon Pimentel
Ramon Pimentel was born and raised in Queens. He currently attends the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, where he majors in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Environmental Policy Planning and Law. In his many adventures in the forest, he once encountered a young black bear 20 feet from him.

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Rosalía Minyety

Rosalía Minyety

Columbia University
Rosalía Minyety
Rosalía Minyety was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to New York City in 2015. She graduated from Frank McCourt High School in June 2020 and is now a first year student at Columbia University majoring in Biomedical Engineering. Her interest in STEM and literature allows her to create essential connections between the sciences and humanities.

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Samantha Hernandez
Samantha Hernandez
Samantha Hernandez is originally from the Dominican Republic, but was raised in the Bronx, NY. She participated in Columbia University’s Freedom & Citizenship program in 2018 and graduated from Democracy Prep Charter High School in 2019. This spring, Samantha finished her freshman year at Dartmouth College where she intends to major in Sociology and minor in Philosophy. She enjoys going biking and having picnics in The Central Park in the summer.

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Sharon Garcia

Sharon Garcia

City College of New York
 
Sharon Garcia
Sharon Garcia grew up in a small town in Honduras. She moved to New York City in 2016 and currently lives in the Bronx. She went to Liberty High School Academy for Newcomers. In her junior year, she participated in Columbia University's Freedom and Citizenship program. This fall, Sharon will go to her second year of college at The City College of New York, where she is pursuing her major in biology. She plays soccer with the club South Bronx United. In her free time, she loves to paint and make crafts.

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Simone Henderson

Simone Henderson

Roger Williams University
 
Simone Henderson
Simone Henderson is resident of West Haven, Connecticut. She has participated in programs such as Yale Arts and Humanities and Yale Citizens Thinkers Writers. She is a 2020 Graduate from High School in the Community, and will be attending Roger Williams University in the Fall. She enjoys painting, writing poetry, and singing in her spare time.

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Tabara Sy

Tabara Sy

New York University
Tabara Sy
Tabara Sy is a Senegalese-American college student studying Africana Studies, Politics and Journalism. A native New Yorker, currently residing in Harlem, she attends New York University as a rising undergraduate junior. Tabara is an Alumna of Columbia University's Freedom & Citizenship program in 2017 and graduated Central Park East High School in 2018. Aside from being a student, Tabara began modeling in 2019.

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2020 Teagle Humanities Mentors

Jessica Lee

Jessica Lee

Executive Director, Freedom and Citizenship Program in the Center for American Studies at Columbia University 
Jessica Lee
Jessica Lee is the Executive Director of the Freedom and Citizenship Program in the Center for American Studies at Columbia University. Previously, Jessica taught in Columbia's Department of the Core Curriculum while earning her doctorate in United States history. This summer she directed the Teagle Humanities Fellowship.
Angela Xia

Angela Xia

Columbia University
Angela Xia
Angela Xia is a doctoral student in religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to graduate school she earned a B.A. in American Studies from Columbia University, where she taught in the Freedom and Citizenship Summer Program.
 
Angie Neslin

Angie Neslin

Columbia University
Angie Neslin
Angie Neslin graduated from Columbia College in 2016 with degrees in Hispanic Studies and American Studies. After having the time of her life as a teaching fellow in the Freedom and Citizenship program '15-'16, she decided to continue working as an educator at Fundación Abriendo Camino in the Dominican Republic. She currently coordinates an urban gardening program/Green Brigade for activist kids, runs a Youth Parliament, facilitates lively conversations for English language learners from around the globe, and is living her dream of playing guitar in a rock-fusión band.
Benji de la Piedra

Benji de la Piedra

Central Arkansas Library System & Columbia University
Benji de la Piedra
Benji de la Piedra is an oral historian and writer, working on a book about the African American journalist Herbert Denton, Jr. Benji lives in Little Rock, Arkansas (Denton's hometown), and is an affiliate of Central Arkansas Library System (Little Rock's public library), through which he founded and directs the Herbert Denton Community History Project. He received his B.A. in American Studies in 2014 and M.A. in Oral History in 2016, both from Columbia University. Benji worked as a TA for Freedom & Citizenship in 2013-2014, and as an assistant graduate coordinator for F&C in 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. He teaches an oral history course in the Public History M.A. program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and teaches community-based oral history workshops around the United States on a regular basis.
Stephanie Almeida Nevin
Stephanie Almeida Nevin
Stephanie Almeida Nevin is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Yale University whose research and teaching interests are in political theory, the philosophy of education, and the history of political thought. In 2016, Stephanie co-founded the Citizens Thinkers Writers program for students in the New Haven public schools. She holds a B.A. in politics and English from Pomona College and was previously a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Lisbon, Portugal.
Yanette Rosario

Yanette Rosario

Columbia University
Yanette Rosario
Yanette Rosario was born and raised in the South Bronx, New York to Dominican parents. She attended Columbia University and graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a concentration in Ethnicity and Race. Before applying to graduate school, she took a gap year to be a Teacher Assistant for a Reading Specialist in a charter school within her community, primarily working with students who had reading disabilities and came up with different interventions to address their needs. She is currently in graduate school at Teachers College.
Zachary Roberts

Zachary Roberts

Columbia University
Zachary Roberts
Zachary Roberts is a lecturer in the Core Curriculum at Columbia University. He holds a BA degree from Bowdoin College and a PhD from Columbia University in English and Comparative Literature. His research and teaching interests include nineteenth and twentieth century American literature, intellectual history, and the visual arts.