Sub:Culture proudly partners with Campus Pride a national organization that serves LGBTQ and ally student leaders and campus organizations in the areas of leadership development, support programs, and services to create safer, more inclusive LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities. It exists to develop, support, and give “voice and action” in building future LGBTQ and ally student leaders.
Brandon Mack is a college admissions professional, educator, activist, and entrepreneur. His most recent position was as Interim Director of Operations at the International Association for College Admission Counseling, an organization dedicated to providing professional development opportunities for individuals who work with international students. Prior to that position, Mack was an Associate Director of Admission & Coordinator of Transfer Admission at Rice University. He has been in the field of college admissions for 13 years. Mack worked specifically on international recruitment in Africa, domestic recruitment strategies, and building counselor relationships. He has also worked on minority recruitment initiatives, community based organization partnerships, and community outreach efforts to educate students on highly selective college admissions. He also oversaw and managed the transfer admission process and was the liaison to the Rice School of Architecture. Mack has started his own consulting business, B. Mack Strategies, which provides consulting on college admissions, diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI), politics, and meeting/dialogue facilitation services.
Nya Abernathy, founder of The Dignity Effect, is a public educator teaching social-emotional well-being for adults. Between her 15 years of vocational experience in human service work and her years-long personal journey toward well-being, Nya is deeply equipped to guide as a teacher, facilitator, or speaker.
With a focus on the intrinsic worth and value of each person, Nya anchors learners in the dignity they and others hold - from their loved ones to their enemies. Centering truth-telling, soul care, and story, Nya and the team at The Dignity Effect educate and provide transformative guidance on company culture, interpersonal relationships, faith-focused topics, mental health, and social justice.
The Dignity Effect exists to help people feel connected to themselves and others while equipping them for the next right work.
Demetrius Frazier is a native of Queens, NY, and a graduate of Virginia Union University (a historically Black university in Richmond, VA) and the University of Richmond, earning his Bachelors in Marketing and MBA in Strategic Leadership. He is the current Chief Learning Officer of a multi billion dollar manufacturing company and Board President of Black Men Read, a literacy nonprofit he co-founded in 2019.
Demetrius loves to read and believes literacy is the greatest avenue to societal growth and evolution. This passion for literacy led him and his wife, Celena, to open Resist Booksellers, a reader and activist focused bookstore based in historic Petersburg, VA.
He is a husband and father of 4. In his spare time, he builds crypto mining rigs, reads and travels.
Founded in 2001, the TowneBank Foundation provides charitable grants and donations to more than 200 non-profit organizations, furthering the mission of serving others and enriching lives.
The Towne Bank Foundation has become our primary sponsor for the Sub:Culture Fellows program. Their generous support enables us to provide invaluable opportunities and resources to talented individuals from underrepresented communities.
Together with the Towne Bank Foundation, we are fostering a diverse and inclusive community of Sub:Culture Fellows, empowering them to thrive and make a lasting impact in their respective fields.
We are honored to recognize and celebrate our esteemed sponsors - a select group of extraordinary individuals who have made a transformative impact on the path to equity and education for Black College students. Their unwavering commitment and generous support have shattered barriers, created opportunities, and ignited the flames of change.
Through their dedicated contributions, our sponsors have become beacons of hope, guiding us toward a future where every black student can thrive, excel, and fulfill their limitless potential. Their names stand as a testament to the power of belief, compassion, and action in shaping a more equitable society.
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our Equity Allies, Opportunity Advocates, Equity Champions, Barrier Busters, and Empowerment sponsors for their exceptional generosity and unwavering commitment.
With their continued partnership, we will continue to clear the path, break down barriers, and empower black students to seize the opportunities that education offers.
Together, we are forging a brighter future, one where education and equity intersect, nurturing a generation of leaders who will shape a more just and inclusive world.
To our sponsors, thank you for inspiring us all with your audacious dedication and for championing the cause of educational equality.
The Scott Family
The Sieb Family
The Hawes Family
The Camp Family
The Tong Family
The New Evangelicals
The Hsu Family
The McDaniel Family
The Sweeney Family