chose Northern Kentucky University because of scholarship opportunities and the proximity of her hometown in Fairfield, Ohio. She didn’t expect that she would meet her best friends right away at the NKU R.O.C.K.S Institute.
Establishing relationships early on was crucial for Amari as she began her freshman year as a first-generation college student.
“Having AASI and NKU R.O.C.K.S. on campus is more important than words can describe,” she says. “As a Black student who grew up in a predominately white community with minimal diversity, it brought comfort to know that the university I chose was intentional about creating safe spaces for people that looked like me. Black students need that space to fellowship, to relate to and to communicate with others like themselves.”
major—with minors in Black studies, English and entrepreneurship—enjoys the opportunities she has been given since her arrival on campus. She’s worked closely with Dr. Michael Washington in the Department of History to complete research. She’s also a member of Nu Upsilon Black Women’s Honorary and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.