Kameron Holness is a senior sales and marketing major from New Haven, Connecticut, who aspires to work for a marketing firm where her ads can be seen on television. She transferred to Tuskegee in the fall of 2016 from the University of Bridgeport and ever since then she has be making her mark here.
Choosing the HBCU experience
Kameron says she made the transfer from the University of Bridgeport to Tuskegee because she wanted to experience the HBCU lifestyle and culture.
“I didn’t feel as included at a ‘PWI’ [predominately white institution] as I do at Tuskegee,” she said. “I really wanted to be surrounded by people who looked like me. I had always heard of the HBCU experience, so I decided to see for myself.”
Since enrolling at Tuskegee, Kameron has become very active in a number of campus organizations and activities. For starters, she is a proud member of the Epsilon Theta Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.
“I wanted an opportunity through which I could make changes around campus and in the community,” she noted. “I chose SGRho because it’s a smaller, more intimate organization and my personal beliefs align perfectly with the beliefs of the organization.”
Through her sorority, she focuses her time giving back to the community — from different community service programs to a variety of charitable causes. She and her fellow members also host a weekly study hall where they welcome helping anyone with their homework.
Providing an international flair
Kameron is the daughter of two immigrant workers who migrated from Jamaica. Because of this, and the opportunities she’s been afforded, she values hard work and is always looking for ways to help her community — whether that be her native Jamaica, her hometown in Connecticut, or her university home at Tuskegee.
“Living in Jamaica is a whole different world and being raised by parents who came from poverty in a third-world country taught me to work hard for anything that I want and to appreciate everything that I have,” she explained.
Her international background led Kameron to serve as president of the university’s International Students Association. She and her fellow members highlight the many different nationalities that are represented on campus. This club promotes the university’s diverse culture with events that feature international music, dance, food and fashion.
They also assist foreign students acclimate to Tuskegee by providing them with the necessary social and campus connections. Kameron organizes many of the organization’s events and even hosts a monthly brunch at her home where all the students gather to enjoy music and food from their respective cultures.
“Coming to Tuskegee was such a culture shock for me because I was so accustomed to being around my culture, even in Connecticut,” she recalled. “That’s why it’s so important for me to spread the culture around campus, as well as provide and outlet for people just like me to express themselves and feel more at home.”
A well-rounded campus experience
In addition to her service to Tuskegee’s international student community, Kameron also serves as deputy treasurer for the Student Government Association’s Rebirth Administration. Through this capacity working closely with the SGA treasurer, many students will recognize Kameron as a common fixture collecting entrance fees at many SGA events.
“I was blessed with the opportunity to serve alongside the SGA treasurer as deputy treasurer. I want to be able to say that I left my mark at Tuskegee when it’s time for me to graduate,” she noted. “Being in this position has helped me to do that by planning financial literacy events and fundraising.”
It’s that service attitude that makes Kameron more than just a common fixture as SGA events. She is leaving her mark as a pillar in the campus community and as one of the many reasons that make Tuskegee such a wonderful place.
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