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Steven Martinez and Devaughn Barden – James Baldwin Scholars at Hampshire College

Updated: Dec 23, 2021

Doc Workshop Alumnus Steven Martinez and YO-TV Alumnus Devaughn Barden are both first year students at Hampshire College as part of the school’s James Baldwin Scholars Program, a one-year transition program for students who can benefit from an academic year to develop and improve the skills necessary for success in college. They learned about the program through EVC’s (now annual) trip to the school and program.

The Baldwin Program, named after preeminent African-American writer and scholar James Baldwin who taught at Hampshire, serves African-American and other students who are talented and ambitious but under prepared for college due to the lack of resources in their community and school. The cost of the year’s tuition, room and board, and a book allowance are awarded to each student admitted to the program.

Steven is majoring in Communications and Political Science at Hampshire College while working on an independent series entitled Christopher Street: The Series and a short film entitled Welcome to Rainbow’s End. Devaughn is supplementing his studies by working on a screenplay and a short film project.


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