Carlton Nivens

Carlton Nivens - B.A., Philosophy, ’23

At one point, Carlton Nivens didn’t see a four-year college in his future. Now the recent VCU graduate is helping pave the way for a new generation of students. Nivens took part in Mellon Pathways Program at Reynolds Community College, where he became a peer mentor to others who were interesting in transferring.

At one point, Carlton Nivens didn’t see a four-year college in his future. Now the recent VCU graduate is helping pave the way for a new generation of students. Nivens took part in Mellon Pathways Program at Reynolds Community College, where he became a peer mentor to others who were interesting in transferring. He found his way to VCU in 2021.

“I have been peer-mentoring my entire time at VCU. It changed my perspective on life,” he said. “Before, I felt that something was missing in my life.”

Nivens has been serving future college hopefuls in other ways, too – including teaching computer science, coding, engineering and robotics to youths through his work at CodeVA, which promotes equitable computer science instruction across Virginia.

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