Meet Our Students

HLLC scholars – uniquely qualified to make a difference.

The HLLC student body is comprised of dynamic, academically promising, and civic-minded scholars who desire to make a positive impact on their communities. The HLLC identifies exceptional first-year students and community college transfers from Newark, Greater Newark, and beyond who have a broad range of academic interests, co-curricular involvements, and social justice interests, including equity in healthcare, LGBTQ rights, racial disparities, and mass incarceration. Its curriculum provides students with a framework to explore social inequities and themes related to citizenship, as they emerge within various academic disciplines. HLLC scholars exemplify the best of those who will become our future innovators and thought leaders.

Mayada Ahmed

Mayada Ahmed

Biology

Mayada Ahmed

“I like everything about HLLC. The deans are accessible and the students are supportive - we can count on each other.”

Age: 19
Hometown: Newark, NJ
Newark College of Arts and Sciences
Major: Biology
Class: 2020

Social Justice: Health care

Hansier Rodriguez

Hansier Rodriguez

Biology and Public & Non-Profit Administration

Hansier Rodriguez

“At HLLC, I am excited by the opportunity to grow in a cohort full of amazing individuals who are passionate about succeeding and making a positive impact in the community.”

Age: 19
Hometown: Santiago De Los Caballeros, DR/Jersey City, NJ
Newark College of Arts and Sciences
Major: Biology and Public & Non-Profit Administration
Class: 2020

Social Justice: LGBTQ community.

Brian Siaw

Brian Siaw

Biology

Brian Siaw

“I like HLLC because of the diversity in extracurricular activities, academics and commitment to the community.”

Age: 22
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Newark College of Arts and Sciences
Major: Biology
Class: 2018

Social Justice: Racism

Stacy Tyndall

Stacy Tyndall

Criminal Justice

Stacy Tyndall

“I chose HLLC because of their mission to support all students no matter their race, religion, place of origin or any other identities. Being from Newark, it’s obvious that a lot of people don’t see the potential in Newark students. HLLC does.  They believe in us and our potential to accomplish each and every one of our dreams and goals.”

Age: 18
Hometown: Newark, NJ
School of Criminal Justice
Major: Criminal Justice
Class: 2020

Social Justice: Urban Youth

SPOTLIGHT

“ Everybody is used to hearing honors programs..students that have really high English and math scores or criteria that fall along those lines, but HLLC really redefines that.”

Vivian Peralta

“ ...you’re able to find people who look like you, who have the same interest, who are in the same class as you and you’re able to connect with them.”

Sabrina Ahmed

A DAY IN THE LIFE: MAYADA AHMED

Age: 19
Major: Biology
Second Concentration: Pre-Health
Class: 2020

Mayada Ahmed heard about RU-N HLLC at a campus open house and was inspired by the program’s social change platform and its position on honors.

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A Day in The Life: Mayada Ahmed

Age: 19
Major: Biology
Second Concentration: Pre-Health
Class: 2020

Mayada Ahmed heard about RU-N HLLC at a campus open house and was inspired by the program’s social change platform and its position on honors.

“HLLC takes honors to a better level; it’s about who you are, not just your test scores,” said Ahmed. “I look around and see that many in Newark may not have the best grades, but they have the aspiration and drive that can help them to make the biggest change in our society.”

Inspired by her mom, a doctor who works in underserved communities, Mayada seeks to work in the area of neurology and trauma, and to assist those who have limited access to healthcare.  “I am very interested in health care as a social issue,” said Ahmed.  “The issues of health care affordability and efficiency, as well as escalating insurance costs and how they can be alleviated, are issues that are important to me.”

Typical Day:

Morning:

  • Wakes up in her quad-room at University Square; a room she shares with three other HLLC scholars, including her twin sister, who is also a bio/pre-med student.
  • Makes her way to soccer practice on RU-N’s women’s soccer team
  • Grabs a granola bar and then heads off to classes, except on Wednesday when she goes to her part-time job.

Mid-Day:

  • Grabs a quick lunch or light snack at Stonsby cafeteria
  • Engages in one or more of her social activities, which include: Muslim Student’s Association, Student Government Association, and the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students.
  • She can often be found spending her spare time or studying in the cafeteria, library or the on-campus Starbucks located in the Paul Robeson Campus Center.

Late-Day:

  • On Tuesday and Thursday, a quick bite suffices for dinner as Mayada attends evening classes.  On other days, Mayada spends her evening studying and spending time with her roommates and friends.

 

Mayada’s Awesome Experience:

Taking HLLC’s “Global Citizens in a Global World” course in the fall of 2016.  

“HLLC professors bring their real-life experience to the classes they teach. This class was taught by Newark’s own, Junius Williams, who has experience in effecting change and being revolutionary.  It was an awesome experience to learn directly from him.”

PHOTOS

“To me being a change agent is to be unapologetically passionate about something and to realize that it can be done better.”

–Kayla Christine Roski, HLLC student