Coppin State University today announced the selection of Annalyse Belton (’24) of Trinidad and Tobago, and Tori Haynes-Harrison (’24), of Philadelphia, PA, as 2023 White House HBCU Scholars by the White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence and Economic Opportunity through Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Belton and Haynes-Harrison, both rising seniors, want to address gaps and disparities they have witnessed in the fields of health and education. “Our Eagles chosen to represent Coppin State University as White House HBCU Scholars are thought leaders committed to using their intellect, curiosity and knowledge to change the world for the better,” said Coppin State University President Anthony L. Jenkins. “Annalyse and Tori are truly deserving of this prestigious honor. They set the bar for personal and academic excellence, and I have every confidence they will use this experience to continue uplifting our campus and the global community we share.”
Tori Haynes-Harrison
2023 White House HBCU Scholar
Coppin State University Class of 2024
 Tori Haynes-Harrison (‘24)| Philadelphia, PA Tori Haynes-Harrison (’24), is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, majoring in Early Childhood Education at Coppin State University. Tori says that having only a few teachers who looked like her throughout her school career, and the consistent guidance of her kindergarten teacher, helped shape her desire to become an educator.  “Kindergarten through high school, I only had like two or three black teachers. I feel like that’s insane, especially since I went to schools in predominantly black areas.”Tori wants to teach second grade and ultimately become a school principal. She credits her experiences working and volunteering in Baltimore City Public Schools, as well as the Pathways to Professions program at Coppin State with helping to build her professional skills and confidence in diverse educational settings. This summer, Tori will be an intern at a boarding school in Massachusetts.“As an educator, I just want to be somebody that the other children can look up to, somebody that they can relate to,” she said.Tori is vice-president of the Student Government Association for the 2023-2024 academic year, a member of the Honors Program at Coppin State, a student ambassador for the division of institutional advancement, as well as an an intern for the Eagle Achievement Center, and the division of student affairs.  Tori says she is looking forward to this experience and in mentoring other students to follow in her path, “I’m already thinking about next year, who I’m going to tell to apply to it so that we can share this opportunity.”As 2023 HBCU Scholars, Annalyse and Tori will serve as student ambassadors for the White House Initiative and Coppin State; participate in the 2023 Annual National HBCU Week Conference workshops and classes centered on leadership, professional development, HBCU excellence and workforce development; and network with other scholars, federal agencies, and partners to develop and showcase their skills and talents. Both Annalyse and Tori say they are looking forward to bringing back new resources and opportunities to Coppin State University’s campus.
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