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2024 Keeper of the Dream Award recipient: Tayion Williams

Noah Francis, Features Reporter January 31, 2024

Before he made it to Oakland University and found his passion for Film Studies and Production, Tayion Williams grew up on the east side of Detroit. During his time at Cass Technical High School, Williams...

Zoé Rosario with Keeper of the Dream keynote speaker Hill Harper at the award ceremony in January. Photo courtesy of Oakland University

Zoé Rosario, Keeper of the Dream Award recipient: Where is she now?

Noah Francis, Features Reporter November 1, 2023

The Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Award is given to Oakland University students who have helped foster interracial understanding and goodwill. Several exceptional students have received the award through...

Keeper of the Dream: Tamia Smith

Keeper of the Dream: Tamia Smith

Autumn Okuszka, Editor-in-Chief March 22, 2023

Senior Tamia Smith remembers being independent at a young age. While other children had to be told what to do, Smith did things without having to be asked. Looking toward her mother as her inspiration,...

Keeper of the Dream: Kyle Griggs

Keeper of the Dream: Kyle Griggs

Autumn Okuszka, Editor-in-Chief March 15, 2023

Throughout his life, Oakland University junior Kyle Griggs has yearned to belong to a community where he could be himself. When he became a Keeper of the Dream Award (KOD) recipient, he recognized that...

Keeper of the Dream: Krystal Davis

Keeper of the Dream: Krystal Davis

Autumn Okuszka, Editor-in-Chief February 22, 2023

Oakland University senior Krystal Davis understood the meaning of the word sacrifice from a young age. Both of her parents worked full-time jobs to provide as many opportunities as possible for Davis,...

Keeper of the Dream: Guadalupe Avalos

Keeper of the Dream: Guadalupe Avalos

Autumn Okuszka, Editor-in-Chief February 15, 2023

As a first-generation college student, sophomore Guadalupe Avalos had to act independently when embarking on her college education. When she became a Keeper of the Dream Award (KOD) recipient, she showed...

2023 Keeper of the Dream recipient D’Zariah Hopkins.

Keeper of the Dream: D’Zariah Hopkins

Autumn Okuszka, Editor-in-Chief February 8, 2023

After her first college class, Oakland University sophomore D’Zariah Hopkins felt out of place. As a first-generation student, she experienced imposter syndrome that made her feel like she didn’t belong. When...

Keeper of the Dream: Mena Hannakachl

Keeper of the Dream: Mena Hannakachl

Autumn Okuszka, Editor-in-Chief February 1, 2023

When Oakland University junior Mena Hannakachl moved to the U.S., she recalls being misjudged as people assumed she was a naive, silent girl. Hannakachl receiving the Keeper of the Dream Award (KOD) solidifies...

Zoé Rosario at the Keeper of the Dream Awards ceremony.

Keeper of the Dream: Zoé Rosario

Autumn Okuszka, Editor-in-Chief January 25, 2023

As Oakland University junior Zoé Rosario sat at the Keeper of the Dream Awards (KOD) ceremony, she cried as she reflected on her life. She realized that she was able to prove those who thought less of...

The 30th Annual Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Awards Celebration with keynote speaker Anthony Anderson kicked off African American Celebration Month.

CMI hosts African American Celebration Month events

Joe Zerilli, Campus Editor February 3, 2022

In observance of African American Celebration Month (AACM), the Center for Multicultural Initiatives (CMI) has teamed up with other organizations at Oakland University to host events from Jan. 17 to Feb....

Virtual ‘Keeper of the Dream’ highlights students breaking down cultural barriers

Lauren Karmo, Managing Editor January 19, 2021

This year’s Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Award Celebration was watched on screens across the campus community on Monday, Jan. 18 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  The 29th iteration...

Holly Robinson Peete published a childrens book in 2010, My Brother Charlie, which won the 42nd NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in 2011.

Holly Robinson Peete to speak at 25th annual Keeper of the Dream Awards

KeyVonna Taylor, Staff Reporter October 25, 2016

Holly Robinson Peete — actress, author and talk show host — will be keynote speaker at Oakland University's 25th annual Keeper of the Dream Awards Celebration. At the event, which will take place...

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