MOCCA SCHOLARS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Read to learn more about our MOCCA Scholars, their hopes and goals. You can also hear how MOCCA continues to impact their lives and support their learning experiences.

 
 

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Stephen Bozier

Brown University

Stephen Bozier was admitted to Brown University in 2013 into a dual-admissions Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME), leading to B.A. and M.D. degrees.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Health & Human Biology and Africana Studies in 2017 with an impressive 3.7 (A) grade point average.  A talented vocalist who often soloed in Voices of Grace as a teen, Stephen shared his talents in the university’s oldest tenor-bass a cappella group, the Brown Jabberwocks, throughout his four years.  During the last two years, he served as the group’s business manager and also Winter Tour Manager.  He was actively involved in campus and community service as an individual and with his brothers in Beta Omega Chi Fraternity, Inc.  He developed a literature review related to correctional health care for the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights.  During summers, he gained experience in health and medical-related activities.  He participated in clinical shadowing experiences with doctors at Phelps Memorial Hospital and Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital (2014), served as a community catalyst intern with the Health Equity and Value Advocacy Project (2016) and as a student trainee at Montefiore Medical Center Division of General Internal Medicine (2017). Stephen is currently working as Clinical Information Manager in the Montefiore New Rochelle Emergency Department and will resume his studies at Brown in July, when he enters Medical School.  

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Tiffany Dangleben

Lehman College

Tiffany Dangleben earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology cum laude from Lehman College (CUNY) June 2017 with dual minors in Women’s Studies and Africana Studies. An honor student throughout her undergraduate studies, she maintained positions on the Dean’s List and President’s List and served as Vice President of the Lehman Chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology.  During her junior year, she served as a research assistant in Lehman’s Psychology Department. Her work led to her being a co-presenter in 2016 at both the Annual Conference of the Eastern Psychological Association and the Midwestern Psychological Association in a symposium on the relationships between ethnicity, sense of home, ‘clutter’ and character.  In 2017, she was published in the journal, Current Psychology, as a researcher and co-author of “Assessing ‘Clutter’ and Related Constructs with a Non-White, Urban Sample”.  Tiffany currently works as a teacher’s assistant at the New York Center for Infants and Toddlers in the Bronx.  This fall, she will begin a Ph. D. program in School Psychology at North Carolina State University.  She plans to focus her research on the overrepresentation of African American children in special education services and in the School to Prison Pipeline.  Tiffany credits the service activities she experienced in Youth Forum at Grace with instilling in her the value and importance of service and strongly influenced her research and career choices.  

 
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Danielle Knott

Chestnut Hill College

Danielle Knott earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Chestnut Hill College in 2013 and is currently pursuing a Masters of Business Administration in Finance at West Chester University.  A competitive tennis player in college, Danielle served three years as women’s tennis team captain and won MVP and Coaches Awards.  She was also selected for the All-American Academic Team for the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.  She currently resides in Pennsylvania, where she is employed as a staff accountant for Quench USA.  She has demonstrated her dedication to community service through numerous volunteer activities, including the St. Jude’s 5K Run, which supports research to fight children’s cancers, and food service and interaction with community residents at the annual Thanksgiving and Christmas outreach programs of Grace Baptist Church.

Nanakwame Darkwa

University at Albany

From Mount Vernon, NewYork, Nanakwame Darkwa earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and a minor in Spanish from the University at Albany in 2014. Nanakwame continued his education at Sage Colleges while working at CVS Pharmacy.  He is currently back in Mount Vernon preparing for his Medical College Admission Test, compiling a list of Medical Schools, and shadowing an Orthopedic Surgeon.  As a new member of the Young Adult Ministry (YAM) at Grace Baptist Church, nothing can hold him back from reaching his goals.