BRIDGE Leadership Teams

BRIDGE Builders

The BRIDGE Builders are a leadership team of undergraduate men who help first-year BRIDGE men construct their path at UA. The Builders have a primary role of connecting participants to the UA student experience and facilitating activities & dialogue among participants during the BRIDGE August Kickoff event and during the academic year. To meet our 2024-2025 Team, please visit our BRIDGE Builders page. For more information on how to be a BRIDGE Builder or to connect with someone on the Team, email Dr. Kiara S. Summerville at kssummerville@ua.edu. 

Meet the BRIDGE Builders Team Leads

These two student leaders are senior-level Builders, appointed by professional staff members, who exemplify the spirit of the BRIDGE program. The Team Leads support our community by recruiting prospective students to BRIDGE, representing the program at internal and external UA events, developing meaningful relationships with their peers, and facilitating the August Kickoff.

Kamaron Haynes
Kamaron Haynes
Norcross, GA
Senior, Mechanical Engineering
Carri Roper
Carri Roper
Bessemer, AL
Senior, Marketing

BEAM Team

The BRIDGE Engagement & Academic Mentors (BEAM) Program provides first-year BRIDGE men access to resources tailored towards academic success and community involvement. Students are paired in groups with upper-level BRIDGE mentors, meeting regularly to understand the academic expectations of college and how to become a campus leader. During our weekly study halls, we present vital topics, from networking to mental health. By collaborating with various offices on campus, BEAM aims to develop a scholarly community of undergraduate men at The University of Alabama.

Meet the BEAM Managers

These two student leaders prepare the BEAM curriculum every week, communicate regularly with the upper-level mentors, and send helpful information to all of the first-year BRIDGE students.

pic of Yonathan J.
Yonathan J.
Kingsport, TN
Senior, Microbiology (Pre-Medical)
Campus Involvement: Anderson Society, Academic Peer Tutor, Honors College, President of the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students, Research Ambassador, Research Assistant, Resident Advisor
Nick Curry
Nick C.
Trophy Club, TX
Sophomore, Kinesiology (Pre-Medical)
Campus Involvement: Supplemental Instruction Tutor, Honors College, Treasurer of the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students, Undergraduate Research, Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders UA Chapter)

BRIDGE Committee

These UA faculty and staff members support The Office of Student Academic Engagement and Advocacy by serving on the BRIDGE committee. They dedicate their time and talent to the success of the program.

Kiara Summerville

Dr. Kiara Summerville

Director
Student Academic Engagement & Advocacy

Isaiah Kyles

Isaiah Kyles

Coordinator
Student Academic Engagement & Advocacy

Dr. Andre Denham

Dr. Andre Denham

Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Graduate Academic Affairs

Joe Hawley

Joe Hawley

Coordinator of Career & Leadership Development
Alabama Athletics

Jerran Hill

Jerran Hill

Director
Blackburn Institute

Dr. Utz McKnight, BRIDGE Committee

Dr. Utz McKnight

Associate Dean, Chair of Department of Gender & Race Studies
Professor of Political Science