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Two Robertson students announced as 2018 Governor’s Fellows

Jun 13, 2018

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By Tim Bajkiewicz, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof. and Assoc. Dir.

Two undergraduate students from the VCU Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture have been named part of the 2018 Virginia Governor’s Fellows Program.

Tonecia Brothers-Sutton is a senior in the Robertson School, double majoring in broadcast journalism and political science-civil rights. Salinna Lor is a public relations senior who is minoring in general business.

A total of 23 Virginia college seniors and graduate students will spend the summer working in some part of the governor’s office. Brother-Sutton will work in the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Resources, headed by Dr. Daniel Carey. The agency includes the Department of Health and the Department of Social Services.

“I’m very excited to be a part of the 2018 class of Governor's Fellows. The program provides a very unique look into our state government and it allows us to get hands on experience into the operations of our Commonwealth,” Brothers-Sutton said.

Lor will work in the Constituent Services Office, which handles communication between citizens and state media and the governor’s office.

“I’m so incredibly honored and excited to be a part of the Virginia Governor’s Fellows Class of 2018,” Lor said. “I still can’t really wrap my head around getting this amazing opportunity. Everyone here is incredibly kind and welcoming.”

“Our Commonwealth is fortunate to have these talented young students serve in support of our state government,” Gov. Ralph Northam said in a statement. “I look forward to seeing their contributions and watching them develop into leaders who will use their new skills and abilities to help build a stronger, more inclusive Virginia.”

“Tonecia and Salinna will have an amazing experience working in the Governor’s Office this summer,” Dr. Hong Cheng, School director, said. “It’s a real honor that they get to join other top students from colleges from across Virginia doing this important work. We’re very proud of them.”

Former Virginia Gov. Chuck Robb created the program in 1982. Program alumni include Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and Anna James, Director of Business Development for Sentara Healthcare, a Virginia-based not-for-profit health care provider.

“This experience will allow me to make an impact on the state of Virginia that I otherwise couldn’t,” Brothers-Sutton said.