Meet the three students named University Innovation Fellows at Morehouse CollegeNovember 21, 2023
Three outstanding students, Jivonne Feliciano '26, Jeremy Hall '26, and Rahsaan Smith '25, have been named University Innovation Fellows, a prestigious program designed to cultivate the next generation of leaders and change-makers in higher education. Thanks to sponsorship from the Center for Black Entrepreneurship (CBE), entrepreneurial students at Spelman College and Morehouse College are further empowered to excel.
University Innovation Fellows are leading a global movement to ensure all students gain the attitudes, skills, and knowledge required to navigate a complex world. These student leaders create new opportunities that help their peers develop an entrepreneurial mindset, build creative confidence, seize opportunities, define problems, and address global challenges.
Jivonne Feliciano is a second-year economics major from Bloomfield, Connecticut. Beyond his academic pursuits, Jivonne is the President of the Morehouse Model United Nations and a Maurice Washington Student Leadership Ambassador. His dedication to leadership and innovation is further demonstrated by his role as an HBCU Founder Initiative Fellow.
Founder and CEO of SneakerCard, a fintech services platform for sneaker enthusiasts, Jivonne exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit. Through this venture, he is not only merging his passion for economics with innovation but also creating tangible solutions for a niche community.
As a University Innovation Fellow, Jivonne is set to make waves in higher education. His unique perspective and commitment to bridging economics with innovation align seamlessly with the program's mission to develop leaders who can address global challenges and create lasting institutional change.
Jeremy Hall, a second-year biology major (pre-med) with a finance focus, hails from the vibrant city of Chicago, Illinois. A multifaceted individual, Jeremy is not only a member of the Morehouse Business Association but also a part of the esteemed Collegiate 100. His academic success has earned him recognition as a Michael L. Lomax and Maurice Washington Scholar.
As the President and Cohort Lead for the University Innovation Fellowship Morehouse Cohort, Jeremy is at the forefront of driving positive change on campus. Beyond his academic pursuits, Jeremy is the proud owner of Motion Academy, a classified discord community dedicated to helping individuals navigate the complexities of life and find success in a sea of choices.
Hailing from Oakland, California, Rahsaan Smith is a first-generation college student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. Rahsaan's journey is deeply rooted in his commitment to mental health, entrepreneurship, and social justice. Motivated by the socioeconomic disparities he has witnessed in Oakland and nationwide, Rahsaan is determined to advocate for systemic changes that uplift marginalized communities.
Rahsaan has accumulated valuable work and volunteer experience through his involvement with organizations such as Kingmakers of Oakland, the Social Justice Academy, Highlander Research and Education Center, and the Morehouse Innovation & Entrepreneur Center. Recently completing a seven-week training program to join the University Innovation Fellows cohort at Morehouse College, Rahsaan continuously seeks opportunities to expand his knowledge, skills, and network.
Morehouse College's commitment to nurturing leaders and fostering innovation is evident in the accomplishments of Jeremy Hall, Rahsaan Smith, and Jivonne Feliciano. As they embark on their journey as University Innovation Fellows, this trio is shaping their futures and influencing higher education for generations to come.
Congratulations Jivonne, Jeremy, and Rahsaan!