• People Team
Photo of HBCU First interns Jonathan Chatman, Taylor Davis, and Kayla Seals at North Carolina A&T State University.

HBCU Leadership Incubator™

The HBCU Leadership Incubator™ is a hands-on, 11-week leadership development program helping Black college students bridge the gap between classroom learning and business-world doing. Each "Lead" gains leadership know-how by developing and managing an HBCU First program & team. This paid virtual program is open to full-time HBCU students.

Fall 2022 Cohort (Sept 4th - Nov 19th)

What's in it for you?
• Leadership know-how
• Community and networking
• Skill-building workshops
• Internship opportunities

We seek students who are:
• Exceptional communicators
• Committed to community
• Self-motivated and driven
• Coachable and consistent

Meet our Spring 2022 Leadership Team:

  • Karlie Williams

    Karlie Williams  
    Chief of Staff and Equity Lead
    Xavier University of Louisiana

  • Kayla Braggs

    Kayla Braggs  
    Special Projects Lead
    Florida A&M University

  • Nadia Montalban El Hiriche

    Nadia Montalban El Hiriche  
    Special Projects Lead
    North Carolina A&T State University

  • Jalah Bates

    Jalah Bates  
    Events & Partnerships Lead
    Xavier University of Louisiana

  • Windsor Bonds

    Windsor Bonds  
    Events & Partnerships Lead
    Howard University

  • Robyn Cole

    Robyn Cole  
    Community Team Lead
    Alabama A&M University

  • Sean Kalawan

    Sean Kalawan  
    Community Lead
    Saint Augustine’s University

  • Tierney Macon

    Tierney Macon  
    Community Lead
    Tuskegee University

  • Jalen Martin

    Jalen Martin  
    Social Media Lead
    Langston University

  • Hannah Washington

    Hannah Washington  
    Engagement Lead
    Howard University

  • India Hendricks

    India Hendricks  
    Mentoring Program Lead
    Tuskegee University

  • D'Leijah James

    D’Leijah James  
    Mentor Lead
    Tuskegee University

  • Thuba Nkiwane

    Thuba Nkiwane  
    First-Year Lead
    Talladega College

  • Arnold Bhebhe

    Arnold Bhebhe  
    People Program Lead
    Alabama State University

  • Emmanuel Onung

    Emmanuel Onung  
    People Lead
    Jackson State University

HBCU First's mission is to increase college success + career access for Black youth.

Learn more about who we are and what we believe.