The 2022 class of HBCU Buzz’s HBCU Top 30 Under 30 is here! For the past eight years, we have been honoring the inspiring change-makers that HBCUs have produced and this year’s class is nothing short of HBCU greatness! We’re highlighting students who have been making strides in their fields and showing the world what HBCU grads can do. 

The numbers don’t lie, according to UNCF, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) enroll 10% of all African American students and produce almost 20% of all African American graduates. Additionally, 25% of African American graduates with STEM degrees come from HBCUs. These illustrious institutions have produced countless civil rights leaders, doctors, religious leaders, bankers, writers, Olympians, lawyers, musicians, engineers, actors, humanitarians, professional athletes, educators, scientists, and politicians.

HBCUs provide the foundation and support needed for their students to go out into the world and become prestigious leaders. This year we continue to honor HBCU students from various backgrounds achieving excellence and making their alma mater proud.  Some of the leaders featured include a rocket scientist, an award-winning Broadway actor, accomplished doctors, and more. 

We’re excited for this Homecoming season to partner with DIAGEO and its brands CÎROC, Crown Royal, Tequila Don Julio, and Tanqueray to honor Black changemakers creating lasting change in their communities to uplift and celebrate Black excellence. Together with DIAGEO at the Mecca of HBCUs, we will honor the next generation of Black leaders and industry changemakers at the 30 Under 30 Reception and Alumni Bison Ball to toast to each honoree’s impact and impressive achievements to build a better future.

5. Braxton Simpson – Tennessee State University and North Carolina Central University

Braxton Simpson, a native of Atlanta, Georgia is a 2021 Graduate of Tennessee State University, where she obtained degrees in both Agricultural Sciences and Political Science. While at Tennessee State University, Braxton leaned into student leadership, serving on the University’s Board of Trustees as the 2nd Student Trustee in TSU History, and the first to hold this position for two consecutive terms, gaining the title of being a Top 30 over 3.0 Distinguished Young Professional, a Farm Credit Scholar, serving as a member of the first cohort of Leadership TSU, and a Charter Member of Order of Omega. Braxton loves Tennessee State University and seeks to stay as involved in the operations of the university as possible–which has led to her most recent post-grad appointment to the Futuristic Agricultural College Committee and an advocate for HBCUs. 

Most recently, Braxton has started her Master’s in Business Administration at North Carolina Central University. Professionally, Braxton is pursuing a career in Agricultural Marketing for a Fortune 100 Company in which she focuses intently on project management, content creation, process improvement, and strategic planning. Braxton is also the CEO of Braxton Simpson Enterprises, in which she is focused on taking her customers from” PASSION to PURPOSE” through social media management, business marketing campaigns, speech writing, digital media, and career services. All while leaning into her personal brand as an influencer, content creator, consultant, and speaker.  She is also the co-founder of HBCULinx–a relationship-building platform tailored to HBCU Love & Connections.  Braxton is also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in which she has served as a chapter president at TSU, the National Chair for the 2020 HBCU Vote Initiative, an International Leadership Fellow, and a member of the International Membership Intake Process Committee.


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