Jennifer Watkins is a native of West Point, Mississippi and has lived in Staten Island for over thirty years. She graduated from Jackson State University, a Historical Black University, with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Management. Jennifer is currently pursuing a Master’s of Social Work at Hunter College. She is a proud member of the National Council of Negro Women, NAACP, Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority Incorporated and the Order of the Eastern Stars (OES). Jennifer is the founder of Staten Island S.T.R.O.N.G. Historical Black Colleges and Universities TourTeam. Prior to the development of Staten Island S.T.R.O.N.G., she was part of Moms on a Mission. At that time, there were two college tours leaving from Staten Island, one in the Fall and the other in the Spring. Jennifer believed in the importance of collaboration and working together as a team to enhance the tour to another level. She decided to go to the various churches on Staten Island that organized Fall tours and asked them to partner with Moms on a Mission. They collaborated with one another and eleven professional, amazing, hardworking individuals came together to form Staten Island S.T.R.O.N.G. The meaning of the acronym S.T.R.O.N.G. is Standing Together Reaching Our Necessary Goal and our goal is education. Jennifer has a passion for Historical Black Colleges and Universities because being a proud graduate of Jackson State University prepared her to become a successful Black woman. When Jennifer returns to her Alma Mater for Homecoming, she is full of pride seeing over ten thousand professional African Americans. Jennifer’s initiative is to raise awareness of HBCU’s so that predominantly White institutions are not held to a higher standard. It is imperative that you invest in your education otherwise you will not receive anything in return. Jennifer does not want anyone to get a misunderstanding of what she is saying because she believes in diversity. Although HBCU’s are primarily comprised of African American students, it does not mean that students will have a limited cultural experience. On the contrary, people from all over the world attend HBCU’s, which creates diverse student bodies. Most importantly, HBCU’s spend four years giving students an understanding of the resilient, powerful heritage they come from. This is why Jennifer chose to attend an HBCU. She is also the mother of one daughter, Shannon Watkins, who also attended Jackson State University. Go Tigers!