ELLE.com Scholars

During the 2016-2017 academic year, five undergraduate students completed ELLE.com Scholars program, a highly competitive journalism program for Wake Forest University undergraduate students to learn journalism skills and shape national conversations. The program was a dynamic partnership with ELLE.com, a leading national website that reaches more than a million people daily.

The ELLE.com Scholars worked closely with Professor Melissa Harris-Perry, Maya Angelou Presidential Chair and Editor-at-Large of ELLE.com, to create content focused on women and girls of color for one of the nation’s leading websites that publishes news on culture, fashion, pop culture, and politics.

Students conducted research for ELLE.com writing each week, produced social media content including Facebook Live events, and developed a long-term multimedia journalism project. The students traveled to the ELLE.com headquarters in New York City and interacted with top editors at the publication, in addition to other travel and interview opportunities that advanced their journalism skills.

The program was led by Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry, the 2016 winner of the Hillman Prize for broadcast journalism, and Dr. Sherri Williams, 2015-2017 Anna Julia Cooper Center post-doctoral fellow and award-winning journalist with a decade of newspaper reporting experience. The program was supported by a grant from the Hearst corporation.

“The ELLE.com Scholars program is entirely unique. It offers a cohort learning experience combining the best training of a classroom with the unique opportunities afforded by a real workplace.”

– Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry

Latest Writing from ELLE.com Scholars

Meet the 2016-2017 ELLE.com Scholars

Lauren Barber is a senior psychology major at Wake Forest University, where she is exploring the ways in which psychological science can inform public policy and social justice work. She is particularly passionate about issues around mental health, reproductive justice, gendered violence and mass incarceration. Upon matriculation, Lauren hopes to promote justice through writing and engaging the non-profit sector.


Mankaprr Conteh is a senior at Wake Forest University, where she formally studies politics, concentrating in educational policy, identity, and social inequity. Informally, she studies hip-hop, media, and jollof rice.



Alex Dean is a senior student from Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. She is studying politics & international affairs, with minors in sociology and interdisciplinary writing, emphasis on the writing. She is passionate about all things words, fashion and beauty, and anything that allows her a creative voice. She has plans of attending law school next year to eventually pursue a career at the intersection of the legal field and the fashion industry.


Erica Jordan is a sophomore at Wake Forest University from Charlotte, North Carolina. Erica is excited to join the ELLE.com scholars cohort and continue writing and learning about the experiences of women and girls of color. Erica is also a political junkie and raisin enthusiast. She’s hoping her work with ELLE.com will give her a chance to explore her passions.


Ann Nguyen is a senior at Wake Forest University, striving everyday to justify her sociology and studio art double major to business-oriented yuppies. Constantly in search of making sense of society’s -isms and the hyphen in Vietnamese-American. A sharer of stories, emotion, and French fries.