Tasja E. Estiverne

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Tasja E. Estiverne '18

Miami native Tasja E. Estiverne '18 was selected as a 2017 student ambassador by the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the HBCU All-Stars program. 

The Initiative recognizes selected HBCU students for their accomplishments in academics, leadership, and civic engagement. The All-Stars participate in the White House HBCU Week conference, as well as various national events, web chats with the Initiative staff and professionals from a range of disciplines. The All-Stars also engage with other HBCU scholars and to showcase their individual and collective talent across the HBCU community.

The sport management major was an active member of Rho Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Mr. Senior, JCSU women's basketball manager, a campus NAACP member and Official Student Leader (captain). He was a recipient of the Presidential Volunteer Award. 

"I am excited to be a part of this great program that connects the White House to HBCUs," Estiverne said. "I am learning all I can from former All-Stars and our state and local lawmakers so I can inform my fellow students and we can all be knowledgable of the connection between HBCUs and the White House." 

2016 All-Star Tremell Parker mentored Estiverne, sharing his impressions of the program and ushering him through the application process. 

"He showed me everything I needed to do to become an All-Star," Estiverne said. 

His appointment period lasted approximately one year, and during this time Estiverne served as a representative by providing outreach opportunities and communications to his fellow students about the value of education and the Initative as a networking resource. Estiverne also shared via social media proven practices that support opportunities for all young people to realize their educational and career potential. Additionally, he strengthened relationships with community-based organizations, participated in regional and national events and attended web chats with Initiative staff and other professionals from a wide range of disciplines that supports a spirit of student engagement and career development. 

"This opportunity is just a stepping stone for my goals of becoming a great HBCU advocate, " Estiverne said.