Student Spotlights African-American Leaders Across Campus

by Billy Chandler

Emory & Henry College student Achille Wangam has put together a project for Black History Month that highlights students, staff and faculty leaders across the campus.

Wangam has spent the spring semester collecting testimonials of African-American students, which include the individual’s activities and interests at the college and future aspirations. The students are asked “who has influenced their lives and what Black History Month means to them?” These daily stories are then shared on the Facebook page for the Inclusion & Dialogue Center as part of the #BlackExcellence project.

“Some of the students I was referred to were people I didn’t even know,” said Wangam. “Even when we learn little things such as a student’s favorite music or food, it allows us to know them even better. This is also a good way for us to get to know each other in a small community.”

Inclusion & Dialogue Center Facebook Page

Wangam has said the project has started a dialogue across campus. He says he’s happy to provide this opportunity to spotlight student achievement, and he hopes it inspires the next student leaders.

“It is important to show incoming students that this a place where they can belong and succeed.”

Wangam says he is still learning about the importance of Black History Month. Almost a decade ago, he moved to the United States from Cameroon to Richmond, Va. with his father.

“To me, Black History Month showcases how the black population has persevered through adversity and left their stamp on the world,” said Wangam.

Wangam is a double major in European studies and French with a Spanish minor. He plans to attend graduate school and study languages after graduating in May.

Currently, he is a member of the cheer and dance teams, president of the French honors society, vice-president of the Spanish honors society, and serves as a global ambassador for International Study Abroad.

“To me, Black History Month showcases how the black population has persevered through adversity and left their stamp on the world.”

– Achille Wangam

Location:

Scarbrough House

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3031-emory-henry-only-college-to-offer-academic"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2131,2133/14196_P1000278.rev.1690896254.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2131,2133/14196_P1000278.rev.1690896254.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2131,2133/14196_P1000278.rev.1690896254.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2131,2133/14196_P1000278.rev.1690896254.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2131,2133/14196_P1000278.rev.1690896254.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry is now taking applications for the spring 2024 cohort of explorers in the Semester-A-Trail Program, the only program in..." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2131,2133/14196_P1000278.rev.1690896254.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2131,2133/14196_P1000278.rev.1690896254.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2131" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3031-emory-henry-only-college-to-offer-academic">Emory & Henry Only College to Offer Academic Credit for Hiking the Appalachian Trail in the U.S.</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">From along the Appalachian Trail (A.T.), 25 Emory & Henry students earned college credit while studying in the great outdoors. They participated in the Semester-A-Trail Program – the only program in the United States that offers college credit for hiking a section of the A.T. with an academic component and training. The Center for Outdoor Studies at Emory & Henry is now taking applications for the spring 2024 cohort of explorers.</span></p><a href="/live/news/3031-emory-henry-only-college-to-offer-academic" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3377-emory-henry-holds-academic-signing-day-for"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/780,0,2393,1614/15506_BG-Raines-Education-Forum_3-19-24_1349.rev.1711048330.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/780,0,2393,1614/15506_BG-Raines-Education-Forum_3-19-24_1349.rev.1711048330.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/780,0,2393,1614/15506_BG-Raines-Education-Forum_3-19-24_1349.rev.1711048330.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/780,0,2393,1614/15506_BG-Raines-Education-Forum_3-19-24_1349.rev.1711048330.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/780,0,2393,1614/15506_BG-Raines-Education-Forum_3-19-24_1349.rev.1711048330.jpg" alt="35th B. G. Raines Education Forum" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/780,0,2393,1614/15506_BG-Raines-Education-Forum_3-19-24_1349.rev.1711048330.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/780,0,2393,1614/15506_BG-Raines-Education-Forum_3-19-24_1349.rev.1711048330.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1613" data-max-h="1614" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3377-emory-henry-holds-academic-signing-day-for">Emory & Henry Holds Academic Signing Day for Future Teachers in the Region</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> The Emory & Henry College Department of Education held a successful 35th B. G. Raines Education Forum on Tuesday, March 19 in Abingdon at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center where two future teachers committed to two different educational pathways now offered at Emory & Henry.</p><a href="/live/news/3377-emory-henry-holds-academic-signing-day-for" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3483-emory-henry-director-and-professor-granted-a"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/76,0,2208,2133/15758_CelesteGaia-Fulbright_4-12-24_067.rev.1713799830.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/76,0,2208,2133/15758_CelesteGaia-Fulbright_4-12-24_067.rev.1713799830.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/76,0,2208,2133/15758_CelesteGaia-Fulbright_4-12-24_067.rev.1713799830.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/76,0,2208,2133/15758_CelesteGaia-Fulbright_4-12-24_067.rev.1713799830.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/76,0,2208,2133/15758_CelesteGaia-Fulbright_4-12-24_067.rev.1713799830.jpg" alt="Celeste Gaia" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/76,0,2208,2133/15758_CelesteGaia-Fulbright_4-12-24_067.rev.1713799830.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/76,0,2208,2133/15758_CelesteGaia-Fulbright_4-12-24_067.rev.1713799830.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2132" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3483-emory-henry-director-and-professor-granted-a">Emory & Henry Director and Professor Granted a Fulbright Award</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Gaia Awarded Fulbright Honoring International Education Administrators</p><a href="/live/news/3483-emory-henry-director-and-professor-granted-a" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3547-emory-henry-college-celebrates-200-graduating"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15853_EH_Commencement_MC_5-4-25_04635_1_1.rev.1714862843.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15853_EH_Commencement_MC_5-4-25_04635_1_1.rev.1714862843.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15853_EH_Commencement_MC_5-4-25_04635_1_1.rev.1714862843.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15853_EH_Commencement_MC_5-4-25_04635_1_1.rev.1714862843.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15853_EH_Commencement_MC_5-4-25_04635_1_1.rev.1714862843.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry College, 176th Commencement on May 4, 2024" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15853_EH_Commencement_MC_5-4-25_04635_1_1.rev.1714862843.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15853_EH_Commencement_MC_5-4-25_04635_1_1.rev.1714862843.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3547-emory-henry-college-celebrates-200-graduating">Emory & Henry College Celebrates 200 Graduating 2024 Seniors</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> The First to Come to Campus During a Pandemic and the Last to Have College on Diplomas First Class of Nine Nurses to Enter the Workforce</p><a href="/live/news/3547-emory-henry-college-celebrates-200-graduating" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3045-hundreds-of-new-students-arrive-at-emory-henry"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2132,2133/14238_Move-in-Day_8-5-23_0482.rev.1691522132.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2132,2133/14238_Move-in-Day_8-5-23_0482.rev.1691522132.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2132,2133/14238_Move-in-Day_8-5-23_0482.rev.1691522132.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2132,2133/14238_Move-in-Day_8-5-23_0482.rev.1691522132.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2132,2133/14238_Move-in-Day_8-5-23_0482.rev.1691522132.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry welcomes nearly 450 new students to campus." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2132,2133/14238_Move-in-Day_8-5-23_0482.rev.1691522132.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2132,2133/14238_Move-in-Day_8-5-23_0482.rev.1691522132.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2132" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3045-hundreds-of-new-students-arrive-at-emory-henry">Hundreds of New Students Arrive at Emory & Henry</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nearly 450 new students are calling Emory, Va. home today!</span></p><a href="/live/news/3045-hundreds-of-new-students-arrive-at-emory-henry" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2889-emory-henry-only-college-to-offer-academic"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3000,2318/13900_Outdoor_Program-crop-2021-6.rev.1682599843.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3000,2318/13900_Outdoor_Program-crop-2021-6.rev.1682599843.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3000,2318/13900_Outdoor_Program-crop-2021-6.rev.1682599843.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3000,2318/13900_Outdoor_Program-crop-2021-6.rev.1682599843.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3000,2318/13900_Outdoor_Program-crop-2021-6.rev.1682599843.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry is now taking applications for the spring 2024 cohort of explorers in the Semester-A-Trail Program, the only program in..." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3000,2318/13900_Outdoor_Program-crop-2021-6.rev.1682599843.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3000,2318/13900_Outdoor_Program-crop-2021-6.rev.1682599843.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3000" data-max-h="2318" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2889-emory-henry-only-college-to-offer-academic">Emory & Henry Only College to Offer Academic Credit for Thru-Hiking in the U.S. Two Options now Available for Students</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">From along the Appalachian Trail (A.T.), 25 Emory & Henry students earned college credit while studying in the great outdoors. They participated in the Emory & Henry Semester-A-Trail Program – the only program in the United States that offers college credit for attempting a thru-hike or section of the A.T. with an academic component and training. The College is now taking applications for the spring 2024 cohort of explorers.</span></p><a href="/live/news/2889-emory-henry-only-college-to-offer-academic" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3381-emory-henry-celebrates-community-and-alumni-at"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15526_Founding-Day_3-21-24_0061.rev.1711373364.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15526_Founding-Day_3-21-24_0061.rev.1711373364.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15526_Founding-Day_3-21-24_0061.rev.1711373364.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15526_Founding-Day_3-21-24_0061.rev.1711373364.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15526_Founding-Day_3-21-24_0061.rev.1711373364.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry faculty walking into the chapel." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15526_Founding-Day_3-21-24_0061.rev.1711373364.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15526_Founding-Day_3-21-24_0061.rev.1711373364.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3381-emory-henry-celebrates-community-and-alumni-at">Emory & Henry Celebrates Community and Alumni at 187th Founding Day, Alumni Stephen and Jessica Callahan Founders of Tennessee Hills Distillery Served as Keynote</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> The 187th annual Founding Day Convocation at Emory & Henry College was celebrated on Thursday, March 21, 2024. Each year, Founding Day is celebrated with a keynote speaker and awards ceremony honoring distinguished alumni and philanthropic members of the community.</p><a href="/live/news/3381-emory-henry-celebrates-community-and-alumni-at" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>