On Monday evening, William A. Keyes welcomed 18 outstanding young men to kick off the 18th summer of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship. Unfortunately, orientation took place over a Zoom conference call.  All of the Institute’s sessions in June will be over Zoom. Keyes is holding out hope of having the scholars in Washington for the month of July. This summer will be very different from the previous seventeen summers, but the scholars are excited about the opportunity to engage with prominent leaders such as General Colin Powell and Congressman John Lewis, participate in professional development workshops, complete an academic seminar on economic and constitutional principles, and join the Institute network of over 200 talented African American men that includes Rhodes Scholars, Fulbright Scholars, PhD’s, MD’s, etc.

The 2020 cohort

Deon Ababio is a statistics and computer science major at Yale University.

Michael Alonzo is an economics and psychology major at Swarthmore College.

Pierce Alston is a computer science major at Wake Forest University.

Michael Charles is a rhetorical theory and criticism major at Bates College.

Rasheed Christian is a public policy major at the University of Virginia.

Ben Dormus is a political science major at Yale University.

Clarence Jenkins is a business administration major at Morehouse College.

Jaelen King is a molecular, cellular, and developmental biology major at Yale University.

Ryan Mijumbi is a psychology major at High Point University.

Xavier Sims is an international politics & economics major at Middlebury College.

Kyle Smith is a public policy major at Georgia Tech.

Yarayah St. Phard is a media entrepreneurship major at Georgia State University.

Jordan Thomas is a political science major at North Carolina Central University.

Samuel Timmons is a history major at The University of North Carolina.

Brandon Vincent is a sociology major at Loyola University New Orleans.

Samuel Wey is a biochemistry and Spanish literatures & cultures major at the University of North Carolina.

Bruce Wilson is a political science major at Hampton University.

Marc Younker is a political science and labor studies major at Rutgers University.