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Smith Institute Congratulates JCSU Alumna Quaneisha Payne on Acceptance to Grad School

Quaneisha Payne c/o ’19 has been accepted into the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. During her time at Johnson C. Smith University, she was very active in co-curricular activities. Payne served on the Student Government Association, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and was even employed as Research Assistant for Smith Institute for Applied Research, supporting community-based research while developing qualitative and quantitative skills. During her time working with Smith Institute, she served as an ambassador for research on campus, recruiting students and faculty to engage in the process of creative inquiry, and supported production of a community needs health assessment for the Northwest Corridor of Charlotte.

That experience invigorated her passion for making change in health disparities using an equity lens, and compelled her to attend graduate school. After making the decision to apply to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Payne connected with Dr. Tara Bengle for support with her graduate school application. Reflecting on the benefits of students engaging with undergraduate research and her own experience, Payne felt supported “Smith Institute provides the right resources to help you along the journey, preparing you to be confident in your graduate school process, from taking the GRE to creating a CV.”

As a result of the success of Payne’s acceptance, Dr. Bengle, Undergraduate Research Development Manager is crafting a program that will scale Smith Institute’s impact. “I was so happy for Quaneisha when she contacted me with news of her acceptance,” Dr. Bengle said. “Seeing the outcome of the support Smith Institute provided to Quaneisha, inspired me to develop a more intensive writing program to help other students write a personal essay for their graduate school applications. I hope students will participate in this new program later this semester.” The entire Smith Institute team is encouraged by the bright future ahead for her and we hope you will join us in congratulating her.


  1. retirededucator3 says:

    This so wonderful. Quaneisha please continue on your journey. I wish that when I was an undergraduate at LC that something like the services that helped you to get into graduate school was available. We are going to need more women of color in the health field like you. LJ Steele, MA Great niece of the late Dr. and Mrs. AO Steele-Dr.Steele taught religious education at JCSU for many years

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