Student Leader Gives Back to Community

NOVEMBER 14, 2012 - Senior Jaren Davis-Nkop (NHS’13) has focused his time at Georgetown University on giving back to the campus and the city.

A health care management & policy major at the School of Nursing & Health Studies, Davis-Nkop attended Washington Mathematics Science Technology Public Charter High School in D.C.

He says his positive experience there influenced his desired to mentor students through the university’s Meyers Institute for College Preparation (MICP) – a pre-college academic enrichment program for local students who attend public school.

Meyers Institute

“I feel strongly about MICP,” Davis-Nkop said. “It’s a way for me to give back to my community by serving as a mentor for college-bound public school students in the District of Columbia.”

Davis-Nkop has spent more than two years serving as a student program assistant for the institute, which began in 1989 and provides college prep enrichment courses and support for its students from grade seven through their first year in college.

The institute’s mission is, “to promote student interest and motivation toward the pursuit of a college education and to provide intensive academic, psychosocial, and family mentoring support in order to help students accomplish their academic goals.”

The Black House

In addition to the Meyers Institute, Davis-Nkop is a current resident of the Black House – a residence on 36th Street that is supported by the university’s Center for Multicultural Equity & Access (CMEA).

“Throughout the year, we program events that are designed to unify the various communities present on campus and raise awareness on different issues that affect students of color here at Georgetown,” said Davis-Nkop.

He is a CMEA peer mentor liaison, a role in which he helps first-year students become a part of the Georgetown social community.

Through his role in the Black House, he has led an INSANITY fitness workout, created a workshop to prepare students to market themselves in professional and business settings, and organized informal brunches and dinners for students to interact with administrators and professors.

Health Policy and Consulting

With a prospective future in health care administration, Davis-Nkop has taken advantage of extracurricular opportunities that have helped to enhance his classroom experience.

He spent this past summer at Mercer Consulting, where he had the opportunity to learn about the “payer” side of health care in Mercer’s health and benefits consulting division.

He was also a part of the Health Career Connection Fellowship in summer 2011 and conducted policy research with the Paraprofessional Health Institute, an organization that focused on changing policies to create a better work environment for nursing and personal care assistants.

Lifelong Connections

Davis-Nkop says that the health care management & policy major and the environment within NHS have contributed to his overall positive undergraduate experience at Georgetown.

He cited the close-knit community among classmates, the support of faculty and staff, the connection with program alumni, and the ability to interact with graduate students through the master’s program in the Department of Health Systems Administration.

“I love NHS,” he said. “Brian Floyd, my academic advisor, has presented me with many opportunities.  Dr. Patricia Cloonan, the department chair, is very accessible.  My classmates and I have set up an iPhone group text to exchange ideas.  My professors are advocates. They want you to succeed.  I really feel like I am a part of a family, and I feel that I have established relationships that will last even after Georgetown.”

By Bill Cessato