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Student Profiles: Arielle Evans, C'2014

History major Arielle Evans, C'2014, is still reaping the benefits from her recent summer internship as an intern at the Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute. Her experience conducting research in the archives at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City not only helped her develop a topic for her senior thesis class, personal statement and research proposal, but it also helped her become more creative and think more analytically and critically.

During her six-week internship, Evans worked closely with two mentors and solidified her decision to attend graduate school and pursue her goal of becoming a history professor. One of 10 college and university seniors chosen to participate in the program, Evans received a stipend, free housing and free meals.

The Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute was created to encourage minority students and others with an interest in African-American and African Diaspora Studies to pursue graduate degrees in the humanities. The Institute, with the help of renowned scholars and professors from different institutions across the United States, developed and nurtured the students' interest in the appropriate disciplines, and provides them with the requisite intellectual challenges and orientations needed to pursue careers in the humanities and to reach their full potential.

Evans, who is pursuing a minor in Spanish, aspires to mentor students and use her time and talents to give back to communities throughout the United States. Her ultimate goal is to establish an institution for minorities who want to receive a college education, but who are unable to do so. Evans says she will also encourage the students to take courses in history so they will become educated about their own history, and acquire the knowledge needed to move ahead in any direction they choose.

At Spelman, Evans is an active member of the History club, S.K.I.R.T.S., Habitat for Humanity, and the National Council of Negro Women.

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