noaquia callahan CoFounder & 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.
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.
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.