Introducing the 2019-2020 Eve Carson Scholars

We are honored to announce the Eve Carson Scholars for this year: Malikiya Hinds, Kerri Reid, and Alli Whitenack. They each reflect the scholarship’s values through their commitment to the university, passion, and character. We are excited to see how they continue to contribute during their summer experience, senior year, and post-graduation.

Malikiya Hinds

Malikiya is a Chemistry major with minors in both Biology and Spanish for the Medical Professions. She has a passion for social justice advocacy and for creating spaces and platforms for people of marginalized communities to be heard. Throughout her time at Carolina she has dedicated her time and service in Community Government as a Social Justice Advocate and volunteered as a Minority Advisor to help first-year students at Carolina thrive and become part of the community. She has helped to establish initiatives like the Caribbean Students Association to create awareness surrounding underrepresented groups at Carolina and works as a Residential Advisor promoting holistic wellbeing of the residents on her floor. This summer, Malikiya will continue her research project at the Erie Lab where she works to uncover the influence of different proteins in DNA mutations that cause cancer. She hopes to use this research to contribute to the larger project of ultimately finding a cure for cancer and of one day pursuing research that aims to enhance the functionality of people living with congenital birth defects. Additionally, Malikiya hopes to use her platform in research to organize and conduct a conference which people born from marginalized communities could attend so as to learn about representation, advocacy, and opportunities in research.

Kerri Reid

Kerri Reid is double majoring in Global Studies and Psychology with a minor in Social and Economic Justice. Growing up in the diverse town of Fayetteville, NC has sparked her interest in providing service and compassion for people of all backgrounds. In the future, Kerri wants to become an occupational therapist and specifically wants to work with children with disabilities. At UNC, Kerri stays involved through being a Resident Advisor with Ram Village Community, serves as the Community Outreach Co-Chair for the UNC NAACP, as well as being the Donations Manager and Shift Leader for Carolina Cupboard (on-campus food pantry). Her love for uplifting disadvantaged populations has inspired her to be a voice for those who can’t speak for themselves. Regardless of where life takes her, Kerri will always put her love for others first and believes that we can learn something new from everyone. This summer, Kerri plans to strengthen her Spanish language skills in Spain as well as immerse herself into the culture of the country. She also hopes to travel to other countries in Europe while abroad to further her worldwide cultural immersion.

Alli Whitenack

Alli is a Global Studies and Political Science double major with a minor in African Studies from Asheville, North Carolina. Upon entering Carolina, Alli pursued an interest in gender equity becoming involved in Carolina Advocating for Gender Equity (CAGE), a committee in the Campus Y. Her leadership in CAGE and her work founding the Carolina Feminist Coalition validated this passion, but also unveiled a more urgent need that she felt called to pursue. As Co-President of the Campus Y, she has demanded change to the university’s refusal to bring student voices to the university administration. Through her leadership in founding the Progressive Organization Coalition, she has unified student leaders to elevate our impact on an administrative level. In addition to her Co-Presidency, she is a peer educator and the Director of Communications for One ACT, the violence prevention through bystander education program at UNC. Alli also serves as a Child Care volunteer and a hotline Companion for the Orange County Rape Crisis Center. During the summer, she will study Kiswahili in Arusha, Tanzania and perform research regarding women’s social and legal access to land ownership. She hopes to use these experiences to inform the social justice work that she does in Chapel Hill.