The BRIDGE Builders are a student leadership team of men of color who help BRIDGE participants to construct their path at UA. These leaders have a primary role of connecting participants to the UA student experience and facilitating activities and dialogue among participants during the program. The BRIDGE Builders offer their personal insight into what it means to be a student at UA, live by the Capstone Creed, and serve as a role model for BRIDGE participants.

BRIDGE Builders

Meet the 2019 BRIDGE Builders! These student leaders will serve as a resource and mentor to all BRIDGE participants.

Damien Andrews - 2019 BRDIGE Builder

Damien Andrews
Clarksville, TN
Major: Business Management

Bradley Coats - 2019 BRIDGE Builder

Bradley Coats
Macon, GA
Major: Philosophy

Jakobe Edwards - 2019 BRIDGE Builder

Jakobe Edwards
Montgomery, AL
Major: Management Information Systems 

Adrian Finley - 2019 BRDIGE Builder

Adrian Finley
Huntsville, AL
Major: Management Information Systems 

Joshua Gill - 2019 BRIDGE Builder

Joshua Gill
Atlanta, GA
Major: Psychology 

Marquis Hollingsworth - 2019 BRIDGE Builder

Marquis Hollingsworth
Homewood, AL
Major: General Business 

Avery Hooks - 2019 BRIDGE Builder

Avery Hooks
Montgomery, AL
Major: News Media & Apparel Design 

Brandon Jamar - 2019 BRIDGE Builder

Brandon Jamar
Huntsville, AL
Major: Biology 

Elijah Johnson - 2019 BRIDGE Builder

Elijah Johnson
Madison, AL
Major: Mechanical Engineering & Spanish 

Jemarcus Lewis - 2019 BRIDGE Builder

Jemarcus Lewis
White Hall, AL
Major: Exercise Science 

Juan Monzon - 2019 BRIDGE Builder

Juan Monzon
Bogota, Columbia
Major: Anthropology

Brekeese Pierce - 2019 BRIDGE Builder

Brekeese Pierce
Huntsville, AL
Major: Political Science

TJ Ross - 2019 BRIDGE Builder

TJ Ross
Tuscaloosa, AL
Major: News Media

Eli Teixeira - 2019 BRIDGE Builder

Eli Teixeira
Columbia, SC
Major: Psychology

Shomari Thomas - 2019 BRIDGE Builder

Shomari Thomas
Tuscaloosa, AL
Major: Computer Science

James Williams - 2019 BRIDGE Builder

James Williams
Tuscaloosa, AL
Major: Economics

Apply for BRIDGE Builders

Before applying to be a BRIDGE Builder, please review the Timeline and Mandatory Dates.


Application Available: Fall 2019
Application Deadline: March 3, 2019
Notification of Interview Selection: March 5, 2019
Group Interviews: March 20 and 21, 2019
Notification of Individual Interviews: March 22, 2019
Individual Interviews: March 25 – 27, 2019
Notification of Selection: March 28, 2019
Training and Celebration: March 31, 2019

Mandatory Dates

Spring Training: March 31, 2019
Pre-BRIDGE Retreat: August 11-12, 2019
BRIDGE Training Day: August 13, 2019
BRIDGE: August 14-16, 2019


Applications are currently closed. Please contact Kiara Summerville at for questions and more information.