Jerrell Bates

University of Northern Iowa

Jerrell Bates, a Psychology major with a minor in mental health counseling wants to change the narrative of the negative stigma surrounding mental health, in particular in the black community. He has the motivation and potential to make an impact in the mental health field through his commitment to addressing this stigma. Bates has also recognized the lack of representation of black individuals in higher education and has committed throughout his time at UNI to working to get individuals of color enrolled in not only mental health programs but education programs as well. His involvement on campus illustrates how he is addressing the fields of mental health and higher education.

Mark Nook
University of Northern Iowa

Personal Statement

As an individual, it is my purpose to be an example to the next generation. The issues surrounding mental health and social problems are ones that I have a deep passion for and I would like to be a part of the solution to help solve these problems. I want to show people that no matter your background, you are able to accomplish anything and together we can accomplish a lot more. The most important roles that I serve in includes being the president of Ethnic Student Promoters where I do my part to help steer students of color towards higher education and being a general body member of the Black Student Union where I especially enjoy educating individuals about the history of my people during Black History Month. I have already started my journey in becoming a positive character of influence and I look forward to doing whatever it takes for me to continue to help build my legacy and be an example of what is possible for the people that will follow behind me.

Jerrell Bates
Major: Psychology Minor: Mental Health Counseling: Class of May, 2022
written 2021

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Salma Yajaira Gómez Pineda, Universidad de Monterrey Daniel Khoshkepazi, University of Baltimore Mansi Seth, University of California Berkeley Emma Davis, University of Central Arkansas Victoria Orindas Corcino, University of Central Florida Sai Reddy, University of Cincinnati Areyana Janae-Andrea Proctor, University of Colorado Boulder Irene Soteriou, University of Connecticut Ryan Greensfelder, University of Dayton Nicole Kennedy, University of Delaware Jenny Truong, University of Denver Miguel Garcia, University of Houston-Downtown Courtney Washington, University of Illinois at Chicago Celena Zacchai, University of Maine at Augusta Brandon Reed, University Of Maine at Farmington Callie Jordan, University of Mary Washington Ayotomiwa Fashola, University of Maryland Eastern Shore Faith Davis, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Gifty Kessie, University of Massachusetts Lowell Ian Malesiewski, University of Miami Isabella DeArmitt, University of Missouri-St. Louis Mia McKinney, University of Montana Allison Hrovat, University of Mount Union Vanessa Chavez Jurado, University of Nebraska at Omaha Lauren Martin, University of North Carolina Charlotte Justin Bray, University of North Georgia Jerrell Bates, University of Northern Iowa Caitlyn Cano, University of Notre Dame Anjali Mishra, University of Oregon Alisa Ghura, University of Pennsylvania Brianna Silva, University of Richmond Kapri Tulang-De Silva, University of San Diego Jada Curry, University of San Francisco Daniela Isaza, University of South Carolina Upstate Sophia Faacks, University of St. Thomas Hannah Beauchamp-Pope, University of Wisconsin Green Bay Beth Allen, University of Wisconsin-Madison Alisson Anguiano Salas, University of Wisconsin-Parkside Jessica Smith, University of Wisconsin-Superior
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