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Brotherhood and Sisterhood Scholars Staff

E. Abby Davis, MA

Project Coordinator

301F Pierce Hall


Abby is a two-time Eastern Michigan University alumna having earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership/Student Affairs.  She previously held a position with EMU Upward Bound where she helped students from Ypsilanti Community High School prepare for college.  She is passionate about providing underrepresented students with the knowledge and resources they need to earn their degree and becoming thriving, fulfilled members of society. 


Raul Leon

Faculty Associate


Dr. Raul A. Leon is an associate professor of higher education and student affairs at EMU.  Dr. Leon is an expert on strategic diversity management and his work has been nationally recognized as influential in effectively guiding retention and degree completion initiatives.  Dr. Leon is an active researcher with over 35 scholarly contributions.  His policy-relevant work continues to be disseminated and applied locally, nationally and internationally.  At EMU, Dr. Leon teaches courses in student affairs related to contemporary college students, student development theory and diversity leadership.  Dr. Leon has received numerous awards for his scholarship, teaching and service.  Additionally, he directs one of few study abroad programs in the nation aimed at preparing current and future student affairs practitioners with an emphasis in international education.


Nolan Shropshire

Brotherhood Scholars Graduate Assistant

301T Pierce Hall


Nolan Shropshire is a first-year student in the Educational Leadership: Higher Education/Student Affairs program.  He was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. He obtained his BS in Hospitality Management from Kent State University in 2017.  While at Kent State he spent much time involved with organizations geared towards first-generation students as well as those from marginalized backgrounds like himself.  This is where his passion for the Higher Education field stems.  He believes that with the proper support and guidance anyone can achieve the endeavors they set forth as long as they're willing to work for it.  He is ecstatic to begin the school year and really help make an impact on the lives of those who may come from similar backgrounds as himself so that their dreams may come to fruition!


Janella Benson

Sisterhood Scholars Graduate Assistant

301S Pierce Hall


Janella Benson is a second-year student in the Educational Leadership: Higher Education/Student Affairs program. She is a Detroit Native, and lover of all things Detroit. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2013 (Go Blue!) and spent her last few years in and around Detroit working with youth. The most impactful experiences she has had were College Advising at a Detroit High School and currently, teaching Life Skills and College/Career Readiness to adjudicated youth at the Detroit Detention Center. Through these positions (as well as her own personal upbringing), she is an advocate for students from marginalized backgrounds and she embraces the mantra "giving a voice to the overlooked, unheard." She is passionate about assisting students on their collegiate journey of self-discovery through academic and psychosocial transitions and she looks forward to opportunities to work with the students at EMU.

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