The Inspiration of Khaseem Davis


By Michael J.A. Davis

Khaseem Davis dedicated the past five years of his life to Inspire Excellence within EIP Students when he became the program Associate Director under then-Executive Director Hortensia Cadenas. Khaseem pioneered one of EIP’s most successful events, Dare 2 Lead Leadership Conference and was instrumental in bringing about the addition of a science component to Power Aid workshops (now called the Math & Science Power Aid). He also helped establish the EIP Toiletry Drive. Alongside current-Executive Director, Lewis Forrest, II, Khaseem worked to improve the program by bringing about clearer documentation of EIP policy and crisis management procedures. Through his unique leadership style and keen understanding of the university, EIP was able to forge new genuine relationships across the campus with departments that would later support EIP’s initiatives.

“Khas’ embodied the spirit of EIP; he was considered a personal friend to every staff member and student.”    – Lewis Forrest

EIP is proud to congratulate Khaseem Davis on his acceptance to lead Northern Virginia Community College as its first Coordinator of Student Success on the Manassas campus. EIP honors Khaseem for his contributions to Early Identification Program and his commitment to the EIPers whose lives he has inspired and helped change forever. He has made an indelible stamp on the 25-year history of the program. EIP will never be the same without him and will never be the same because of him.

The Inspiration of Khaseem Davis

Four hundred students plus 200 boxes plus 2.2 tons of food and toiletries equals EIP’s first Day of Service, which was held in Dewberry Hall on the Fairfax Campus of George Mason. After several months of gathering items, the EIP family came together to box goods to help the less fortunate in the community. EIP would like to thank all of the volunteers, campus organizations, and supporters in the business community for their generous donations of time and items. All of the collected items were delivered to SERVE, Facets, and HACAN. Due to the effort of everyone involved, many families will have food and toiletry items for the winter. We look forward to making it bigger and better in 2011!

EIP Day of Service: Toiletry Drive

By Rhina Ascencio

This Spring marks a special occasion––the graduation of the first EIP classes from Manassas City and Manassas Park.  In 2004, EIP welcomed these two new school systems to the EIP Family.  “I had the privilege of being with these students from the beginning,” says Rhina Ascencio, tutoring coordinator. “They remind us all what EIP is about: reaching into the lives of children who face an uncertain future so they can hope to become the first in their families to go to college.”  EIP looks forward to seeing these new EIP graduates achieve higher education and become the first Manassas City and Manassas Park EIP Students to graduate from college.

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