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Welcome Rashawn Davis & Darius Hubbard to
the W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars Institute's Board of Directors! 
View their bios below:


Rashawn Davis (he/him) is the Executive Director at The Andrew Goodman Foundation. Rashawn is an experienced leader, practitioner, and advisor with a passion for social justice and a deep commitment to closing societal gaps that disproportionately affect marginalized communities.

As the former Director of the Racial Justice Labs at, Rashawn spearheaded the investment of millions of dollars into Black and Brown leaders driving impactful racial justice work. He has served in both the public and private sectors, playing pivotal roles in designing and implementing transformative impact initiatives, including Newark's historic Police Review Board, where he was appointed by Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka in 2018 to serve a term as commissioner. In 2014, Rashawn became one of the youngest people in the history of Newark to be certified and appear on a municipal election ballot at the age of 21. He led an insurgent campaign for a City Council seat representing the city's west ward.

Rashawn is a dynamic speaker and has given talks at institutions such as The City University of New York, The New School, and Pinterest. He is a sought-after speaker on equity, public policy, and leadership topics. Rashawn is also a proud member of the Board of Directors for the W.E.B. DuBois Scholars Institute at Princeton University. Rashawn graduated from Georgetown University with a bachelor's degree in Government and earned a master's degree from New York University's Robert F. Wagner School. He is a proud resident of Newark, NJ.

Darius Hubbard was born in Washington DC and raised in New Jersey where he attended St Joseph's High School in Metuchen. While studying at St Joseph's, Darius attended two summers at the DuBois Scholars Summer Institute, an experience he credits as “life-changing.”

Darius earned his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Morehouse College in 2003. Following his graduation, Darius began his career in Consulting at Accenture.

Seeking to further his education, Darius later attended Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management, where he earned his MBA. He also studied a semester in Hong Kong and traveled throughout Asia deepening his knowledge of global business. With his advanced degree in hand, Darius continued his professional career in Consulting working with some of the most prestigious firms in the world.

Currently, Darius serves as a Director at Ernst & Young, where he is a highly respected leader known for his strategic thinking, business development, and technology acumen. He resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife, Leslie, and their three children - Angelia, Averie, and Joel. The family is also proud owners of two German Shepherds, Phife and Snoop.

In his free time, Darius enjoys traveling with his family, coaching baseball, and listening to classic vocal jazz and 90s' Hip Hop. He is also passionate about giving back and volunteers his time and expertise to various charitable organizations that focus on educating, exposing and empowering disadvantaged youth. Joining the Dubois Board of Directors is a full circle moment for Darius and he’s eager to contribute to paving the way for future generations of DuBois scholars.

 As members of the board, Rashawn and Darius will be contributing their skills and knowledge to guide and shape our organization's direction. We are excited to have them as a part of our team.

Please take a moment to welcome Rashawn and Darius to our organization and make them feel at home. We look forward to working with them and achieving great things together.

W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars Institute: Board of Directors

Sherle L. Boone, Ed.D., CEO, President
Professor Emeritus of Psychology, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ

J. Huntley Palmer, Esq.

Damon Jones, Ph.D., Alumnus ‘97, Chair
Professor of Economics, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Charley Flint, Ph.D., Vice Chair
Professor of Sociology, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ

Darius Hubbard, M.B.A., Alumnus '97

Director, Ernst & Young (EY) Consulting, Charlotte, NC

Eric H. Phillips., M.D., M.P.H.
Medical Doctor, American College Of Preventive Medicine, Fellow

Phylis Peterman, Ph.D., LCSW, Secretary
Professor Emerita of Social Work Department, Rutgers University-Newark, Newark, NJ

Pamela Ellis, Ph.D.
President, Compass Education Strategies, LLC, Dayton, Ohio

Karen Alford, M.A.
Vice President of Elementary Schools, United Federation of Teachers, New York, New York

Rashawn Davis, M.A.
Director, Racial Justice Fund at

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