Khalia Braswell and KaMar Galloway
Khalia Braswell (’08) and KaMar Galloway (’08), alumni from Phillip O. Berry High School Academy of Information Technology in Charlotte, North Carolina, have taken their interests in IT to North Carolina State University, where the two computer science majors are working together on two projects – one is a research project focused on disseminating HIV/AIDS preventive education through social media and the other is an initiative focused on mentoring low-income middle schoolers on using technology.
The two alums were introduced to Dr. Fay Cobb Payton, a professor in the College of Management at North Carolina State, by their high school guidance counselor who met Dr. Payton at a NAF conference in 2008.
Khalia and KaMar are now working with Dr. Payton to use social media to disseminate HIV/AIDS preventive education to African American college students. The project, is funded by a two-year grant awarded to Dr. Payton from the National Science Foundation. So far Khalia and KaMar have run focus groups about obtaining health information through different media paths.
Khalia and KaMar also serve as mentors to high school students through Digital Connectors, a technology training program for Raleigh-based youth from diverse and low-income backgrounds. Through the program the alums are engaging the students with technology in order to build the IT skills of the next generation.
Khalia has been connected to NAF nationally since 2007, when she was a presenter at NAF’s Benefit which honored tennis player Andre Agassi, Xerox CEO Ursula Burns and Terry McGraw, chairman, President, and CEO of The McGraw-Hill Companies.
Khalia, who was hooked on IT when she received her first computer in fourth grade, currently serves as the Region II Public Relations Chair for the National Society of Black Engineers. She is also a deejay for NC State's radio station and serves on the Regional Information and Technology committee for Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., a public service sorority.
KaMar grew up on the island of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, before moving to North Carolina. He is also a member of National Society of Black Engineers and volunteers with STARS Alliance, which broadens participation in computing and IT to women, under-represented minorities, and persons with disabilities. After college, KaMar and Khalia are both interested in pursuing PhD’s in computer science. Khalia would like to find a way to combine her interests in social/digital media and music with computer science to conduct research, while KaMar wants to create applications that are simple enough for anyone to use.