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National Humanities Center Names Inaugural Leadership Council

January 6, 2022

Undergraduates From Across the Country to Participate in Pre-professional Training

The National Humanities Center is pleased to welcome seventeen exceptional undergraduates to serve as its inaugural National Humanities Leadership Council. Nominated by faculty from colleges and universities across the country, these students will receive professional development and mentoring from leading scholars and other humanities professionals as well as opportunities for networking, research support, and access to NHC programming and expertise.

Council members will participate in a unique series of interactive experiences with leaders from across the country in discussion sessions that explore the essential importance of humanistic perspectives in addressing the concerns of contemporary society. Based on the consensus of the Council membership, this may also include a focus on specific projects and engagement of broader humanities student communities at their home institutions.

By bringing together a diverse group of students with shared intellectual passions and similar professional goals, the council aims to facilitate creative and ambitious inter-institutional collaborations that help students prepare for a wide range of careers. Council members represent a range of institutions, including liberal arts colleges and Historically Black Colleges and Universities from eight states—Arizona, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, and North Carolina.

“Preparing our nation’s next generation of leaders to face the challenges of the twenty-first century is an imperative shared by educators at every level,” said NHC President and Director Robert D. Newman. “This is especially true at colleges and universities where students not only look to pursue a liberal education, but also to discover their life’s passions and hone skills for their future careers.”

The 2021–22 council members are:

  • Azlynn Brandenburg, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
  • Nilukshi Chen, Wesleyan University
  • Denee Dapremont, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Madison Doser, University of Arizona
  • Sebastian Evans, Wesleyan University
  • Kelly Garrett, Davidson College
  • Kevin Gomez-Gonzalez, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Agatha Gutierrez, William Jewell College
  • Jacob Robert Hane, Hamilton College
  • Lucas Joshi, Dartmouth College
  • Nyaari Kothiya, Hamilton College
  • Fowota Mortoo, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Darlene Parker, Johnson C. Smith University
  • Leo Salvatore, Soka University of America
  • Kyler Schardein, William Jewell College
  • MacAlasdair Uchimura, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
  • Ana Lucia Verduzco, University of Arizona

About the National Humanities Center

The National Humanities Center is the world’s only independent institute dedicated exclusively to advanced study in all areas of the humanities. Governed by a distinguished Board of Trustees from academic, professional, and public life, the Center began operation in 1978 and offers programs to encourage excellence in scholarship, improve teaching, and increase public appreciation for, and engagement with, the humanities.


Don Solomon
Director of Communications