The Rhoden Fellows Initiative is a training program for the next generation of sports journalists from historically black colleges and universities, headed by Undefeated editor-at-large and former New York Times award-winning columnist William C. Rhoden. The fellowship – established as part of The Undefeated’s mission to develop new voices and serve as an incubator for future multicultural journalists – is open to outstanding undergraduate students at HBCUs. Eryn Mathewson manages the editorial and administrative processes within the program. She edits print stories, produces the HBCU 468 podcast and oversees scheduling and compliance.
Through the lens of sports, the fellows produce stories about race, class and culture and serve as campus correspondents for The Undefeated. There are six students in our third class: Whitney Bronson, Hampton University; Arthur Cribbs, Howard University; East L. Dockery, North Carolina A&T State University; Nathaniel Easington, Howard University; Kevin Parrish Jr., Bowie State University; and Randall C. Williams, Hampton University.