2011 HPJ Fellows

Hunter Bruton

A Morehead-Cain Scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill, Hunter Bruton is a rising senior with a Religious Studies and Political Science double major. For his undergraduate field research, he went to Ireland to interview religious leaders and professors about the country’s blasphemy laws. He has volunteered extensively as a teacher and recruiter for the Breakthrough Collaborative, a national organization committed to closing the educational gap, and has also organized successful fund-raising efforts through his fraternity, Zeta Beta Tau.

Khayla Deans

Currently a junior at UNC-Chapel Hill, Khayla Deans plans to graduate with a B.A. in Public Policy and African American Studies and a minor in Hispanic Studies. She has a passion for philanthropy, community engagement, and education policy, and is particularly focused on the impacts education policies have on minorities. In Chapel Hill, Khayla serves as a counselor with the Communiversity Youth Program, where she tutors elementary students. She is also a two-time recipient of the Hayden B. Renwick Academic Achievement Award.

Janae Edwards

Janae Edwards is a recent graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, with a degree in International Studies specializing in Latin American politics. She has worked at the United Nations Association in New York and also as a Chair Member of UNC Honor Court for three years. In addition, Janae has done considerable research in areas of political science, and conducted a four-month research project observing the cultural heritage of Afro-Latino communities in Venezuela. She wants to pursue a career in economic and community development in Diaspora communities, specifically within Latin America.

Brian Kennedy

A rising senior at North Carolina Central University, Brian Kennedy is pursuing a double major in Political Science and History. He has served multiple times for the school’s student government association. Last year, he completed an internship under Erskine Bowles at the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform in Washington, D.C. where he conducted policy research on solutions to the country’s deficit and debt crisis. Brian is also currently in the process of becoming certified through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative.

Naomia Suggs-Brigety

A Civil Engineering and Mathematics major from Jackson State University, Naomia Suggs-Brigety has had considerable leadership experience as Treasurer of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Vice President of the Society of Women Engineers. For the Mississippi Coalition for the Prevention of Schoolhouse to Jailhouse, she also acted as the Youth Works Committee’s Co-Chairman, working to dismantle the pipeline from schools to the prison system in minority communities. Naomia seeks to use her degree to create opportunities in social enterprise and community building.

Kenneth Westberry

Kenneth Westberry is a junior studying Political Science with a concentration in International Studies at Davidson College. He is a Dean William Holt Terry Scholar and has worked as a legal intern at the South Carolina Commission on Prosecution Coordination, where he conducted research with local prosecuting attorneys. He has also dedicated time to the South Carolina Department of Education, where he acted as Chair of the Youth Advisory Board. Kenneth aspires to pursue a career in public policy, focusing on issues of minority communities and education.