NoaquiaCallahan

noaquia callahan Founder & CEO

As an African American female first-generation college student I was often frustrated with the benign, exclusive policies of higher education; learning how to leverage my academic achievements, community-engagement activities, and study abroad experiences opened doors to coveted opportunities, as well as taught me how to create my own. In building my social enterprise, I have converted my frustrations into a tangible movement of self-empowerment. 

MEET THE TEAM!

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our story

Our mission is to equip U.S. students of Color with the academic and professional training, resources, and information necessary to be competitive in our global economy. Named for African American activist and German scholar, Mary Church Terrell, a self-described “rare, colored bird,” the institute creates a supportive community for underrepresented ethnic minorities applying for competitive national and international opportunities. Our goal is to promote excellence in international leadership through diversity. 

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Nerdhustle™  

NerdHustle is Colored Bird Institute's advice column that celebrates scholastic excellence, professional achievement, and global leadership. Through the voices of diverse leaders in the United States and abroad, our contributors share how they landed competitive internships and/or jobs, networked, made pivotal career decisions, and much more. NerdHustle is about real people sharing real stories about how they made a way out of no way to achieve their goals. 

 

COMING SOON!

Services

Our services include grant writing workshops, career development training, and intercultural and educational exchange programming. We also welcome opportunities to participate in panel discussions. 

Leading, "Putting My Fulbright Experience Into Words," workshop at the German Fulbright Kommission's Annual Berlin Seminar

Leading, "Putting My Fulbright Experience Into Words," workshop at the German Fulbright Kommission's Annual Berlin Seminar

Workshops

  • Strategic planning for applying to and winning scholarships, grants, and fellowships
  • Hands-on drafting application materials process
  • Getting the most out of your scholarship / fellowship tenure
Engaging German students at Carl-Friedrich-Gauss-Gymnasium in Frankfurt (Oder) with the U.S. Embassy Berlin's Meet U.S. program

Engaging German students at Carl-Friedrich-Gauss-Gymnasium in Frankfurt (Oder) with the U.S. Embassy Berlin's Meet U.S. program

Career development

  • How to be Competitive in a Global Market
  • Preparing for Success: mapping out academic and career goals for desired outcomes
  • Developing a powerful curriculum vitae, resume, and cover letter 
  • Transitioning from student to professional   
Writing about African American women's international activism at a neighborhood cafe in Berlin-Schöneberg, Germany 

Writing about African American women's international activism at a neighborhood cafe in Berlin-Schöneberg, Germany 

inspiring global citizens of color

  • "From Inner City to PhD: How my study abroad journey took me from Long Beach, CA to PhD" 
  • "Setting Yourself Apart: How to leverage a study abroad experience for academic and professional success" 
  • "By Any Means Necessary: African American History in Global Perspective" (*Special option for Grades 8-12 education organizations)