Meet the Scholars

Cohort 1- Fall 2021

Burrell Atkinson

Sauder School of Business, UBC- Vancouver

From Nova Scotia, Burrell Atkinson is in his first undergraduate year at UBC’s Sauder School of Business. He has a passion for entrepreneurship and aspires to self-create his own career path in the future. Burrell appreciates the social responsibility focus of UBC’s business education with its ethics curriculum. He is a recipient of the Beyond Tomorrow Scholars Award and an avid basketball player participating in UBC’s intramural basketball league.

Joan Nwokeforo

Faculty of Applied Science, UBC- Vancouver

Joan Nwokeforo was born in Italy but grew up in Calgary, Alberta. Enrolled in UBC’s Faculty of Applied Science, she eventually hopes to specialize in biomedical engineering. Joan would like to see more women of colour in applied sciences, and other STEM disciplines — with more diversity in engineering positively helping solve the world’s problems. She is a recipient of the Beyond Tomorrow Scholars Award and is an accomplished musician, playing flute, piccolo, saxophone, piano, and guitar.

Joyce Muyiyi

Faculty of Applied Science UBC-Okanagan

From Toronto, Ontario, Joyce Muyiyi is in her first year of engineering in the Faculty of Applied Science at UBC Okanagan. Coming from an extended family of engineers, Joyce was always interested in technology and is looking forward to determining which branch of engineering to major in next year. She’d like to see the STEM disciplines more diverse and inclusive, with improved representation for Black women. Joyce is a recipient of the Beyond Tomorrow Scholars Award and enjoys creative pursuits in art, both digital and painting, in her spare time

Giorgia Adhanom

Faculty of Arts, UBC-Vancouver

Originally from Eritrea, East Africa, Giorgia Adhanom now calls Surrey, BC home. She is enrolled in the Faculty of Arts’ Computer Science program. Giorgia has always been fascinated by technology from an early age. She is looking forward to integrating her love of the arts and technology into her desire for social advocacy. A Beyond Tomorrow Scholars Award recipient, Giorgia is a basketball enthusiast and wants every IBPOC person’s voice heard in an inclusive environment.

Chol John Akech

Faculty of Land & Food Systems, UBC-Vancouver

Chol John Akech was born in South Sudan, came to Winnipeg via Uganda through World University Service of Canada’s (WUSC) Student Refugee Program (SRP), and is now enrolled in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC’s Vancouver campus. He is excited about research involving food security and climate change mitigation. A Beyond Tomorrow Scholars Award recipient, John is grateful for the doors of opportunity opened for him and vows in the future to keep them open for those who follow.

Shauna Ndoping

Faculty of Science, UBC-Vancouver

From Ottawa, Shauna Ndoping is in her first year in the Faculty of Science at UBC, with an interest in earth and environmental sciences. She’s interested in researching the human impact on the environment, especially on a national or international scale. Shauna’s enjoying being part of the Beyond Tomorrow Scholars community, with its mentorship opportunities, and avidly enjoys Afro dance, drawing, and playing clarinet

Shondra Durrant

Faculty of Arts- UBC-Vancouver

 

 

 

Lena Hart

Faculty of Arts, UBC-Vancouver

Lena Hart is from Ayr, Ontario and is in her first year of the music program within the Faculty of Arts, studying clarinet under Jose Franch-Ballester. A graduate of the Integrated Arts Program at the Eastwood Collegiate Institute in Kitchener, Ontario, Lena majored in vocal, instrumental and visual arts. She was concertmaster in the senior band and directed a clarinet choir online. A recipient of the Beyond Tomorrow Scholars Award, she also participates as an instrumental musician in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves.

Johannie Kayibadi

Faculty of Land & Food Systems, UBC-Vancouver

Johannie Kayibadi is from Port Coquitlam, BC, and enrolled in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems. She hopes to have a related career within the medical field, possibly as a dietician. Johannie wants her future career to benefit society, with a possible focus on nutrition and food scarcity. She is a recipient of the Beyond Tomorrow Scholars Award and enjoys the wellness aspects of yoga.

Saibrielle Bonner

Faculty of Arts, UBC-Vancouver

From Toronto, Ontario, Saibs Bonner is in her first year of International Relations in UBC’s Faculty of Arts, planning to enroll in law school after obtaining her bachelor’s degree. Bilingual in French and English, Saibs believes in becoming a more informed global citizen to help address injustices which affect the world. She eventually hopes to study International Law and is part of UBC’s inaugural Beyond Tomorrow Scholars Program. Saibs also tutors French to children in her home community via Zoom in her spare time

Semilore Abiola

Faculty of Land & Food Systems, UBC-Vancouver

Born in Nigeria, Shemmy Abiola comes to UBC from Winnipeg, Manitoba and is in his first year in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems. He is looking forward to studying in a discipline that can help solve real-world issues rooted in biological science. Shemmy defines his life purpose as growing as a person, practicing positivity, and becoming a better human being. He is a Beyond Tomorrow Scholars Award recipient and a skilled and avid soccer player.

Yasmeen Haji

Faculty of Arts, UBC-Vancouver

Born in Saudi Arabia, Yasmeen comes to UBC after nine years in Ontario. She is enrolled in the Faculty of Arts and is interested in pursuing a double major related to public health and math. Yasmeen believes in the power of empathy and its capacity to strengthen communities — and hopes to build on that philosophy through her studies in social science to give back to the community. She is a recipient of the Beyond Tomorrow Scholars Award, a UBC Mental Health Network Ambassador, and a UBC Hope Outreach Coordinator.

Nejat Alhussan

Faculty of Science UBC-Okanagan

From Toronto, Ontario, Nejat Alhussan is in her first year in the Faculty of Science at UBC Okanagan, with an eye to major in either molecular biology or biochemistry in her second year. She would like to go into medicine to become a pediatrician eventually. Nejat wants to address the inequities toward the IBPOC community with their lack of access and representation in the Canadian health system. She is a recipient of the Beyond Tomorrow Scholars Award and an avid fan of the Raptors