Ethnic Gems in the Making

Ethnic GEM in the Making: Avery Floyd


Ethnic GEM in the Making: Avery Floyd


Expected Graduation Date: May 2015

Major: Sports and Leisure Management

Employer: Mohegan Sun

Internship Title: Regional Marketing Intern


As a proactive and determined senior at Eastern, Avery Floyd has taken initiative to increase his level of experience and build on his resume. Floyd, a sports and leisure management major, completed an internship this past summer at the Mohegan Sun Casino, in Uncasville, CT.…

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Ethnic GEM in the Making: Anina Major

Anina Major MFA 17 CR participating in the fall 2016 RISD Craft juried sales exhibition.

Ethnic GEM in the Making: Anina Major


School: Rhode Island School of Design

Major: Fine Arts


Promoting Artistic Dialogue


After several years of working in graphic design, Bahamian-born grad student Anina Major MFA 17 CR returned to school as a fine arts major eager to inspire others with what she has discovered through the act of making. Technically speaking, her current work combines weaving with the creation of clay objects, but the ceramist is still motivated by the same desire to communicate that drew her to graphic design.…

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Ethnic GEM in the Making: Logan Jackson


Ethnic GEM in the Making: Logan Jackson


School: Northeastern University

Major: Civil Engineering


First Rhodes Scholarship Winner


Co-​​op has been really useful, you learn so many skills you’d never think to learn or might not be exposed to in classroom. I feel like when I grad­uate, I’ll be get­ting two degrees—a civil engi­neering degree, and a work-​​experience degree.…

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Ethnic GEM in the Making: Erika Lopez

June 2017 EGM Pic of Erika Lopez

Ethnic GEM in the Making: Erika Lopez


School: Yale University
: Psychology & Neuroscience
GPA: 3.73

Written by: Doron Monk Flakes, Senior Writer


Not Park Slope, not Williamsburg where the hipsters like to live these days.” she says. “Southern Brooklyn, twenty minutes from the Coney Island boardwalk where I spent a lot of time as a child studying marine biology at the aquarium.”

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Ethnic GEM In the Making: Solomon Ugbane

June 2017 Pic of Solomon Ugbane

Ethnic GEM In the Making: Solomon Ugbane


School: UMass Lowell
: Mechanical Engineering


Solomon Ugbane has spent more than six years studying at UMass Lowell, first earning an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering and now a master’s degree. 

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Ethnic Gem: Al Tariq Harris

April 2017 EGM Al Harris Article Picture

Ethnic Gem In The Making: Al Tariq Harris

School: University of Hartford
:Cinema, University of Hartford
GPA: 3.66


Written by Doron Monk Flakes, Senior Contributing Writer


Sardonic nihilist Kiki haunts the halls of her school, subjugating the will of any hapless inkblot in her path. She drags her BFFs kicking and screaming in her wake of destruction. She takes relentless aim at the fourth wall. She tap dances in and out of her animated format gleefully.…

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Ethnic Gem in the Making: Sabrina Rivera


Ethnic Gem in the Making: Sabrina Rivera

School:  University of Hartford, College of Arts and Sciences
Major: Communication with an emphasis in Journalism
GPA: 4.0

CNN, NBC, Wall Street Journal, or maybe even Ethnic Online could all be stopping grounds for Ethnic Gem in the Making Sabrina Rivera! This Latina native hales from Windsor CT and the proud daughter of parents who moved from Puerto Rico to Hartford CT is poised to take the media world by storm!

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