Dennis Richmond Jr.

Director - HBCU Advocacy Initiative

While at Claflin, Dennis was actively involved on campus, in the community and 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 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 implemented informational scholarship sessions advocating for students to apply for UNCF scholarships.

  1. Founder of The New York State Historically Black College and University Initiative (The NYS HBCU Initiative)
  2. UNCF Ambassador for Claflin University
  3. Chairman of The HBCU Foundation’s National Student Advisory Committee
  4. 2016 HBCU Buzz 30 under 30 nominee

Dennis recently received his Bachelor of Arts in African and African American Studies and plans to 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. A  long term goal of his is to bring the status of The NYS HBCU Initiative to that of a federally recognized 501(c)(3).

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