Two recent New York University alumni have been selected as U.S. Rhodes Scholars: Tatyana Nieves Brown, a 2022 NYU Abu Dhabi graduate, and Donovan Dixon, who graduated from NYU’s College of Arts and Science this spring.
Nieves Brown and Dixon are the eighth and ninth U.S. Rhodes Scholars from NYU and the first since 2016. Their selections mark the first time that two NYU Rhodes nominees have received the U.S. Rhodes Scholarship in the same cycle.
Dixon, the student speaker at NYU’s 2023 All-University Commencement, worked as a special assistant at the White House this summer. He earned a bachelor’s degree in NYU’s Public Policy program, jointly offered by the College of Arts and Science and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
A graduate of Philadelphia’s Central High School, Dixon held several leadership positions at NYU. He was the director of service at the Goddard Hall residence, hosting fundraisers and service events, and was co-vice president of service on the Inter-Residence Hall Council, where he led social justice training at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, Dixon was a co-peer mentor for NYU Project OutReach, working with a group of first-year students on civic engagement projects.
During his undergraduate career, Dixon received several awards, including a scholarship through the AnBryce Initiative—a four-year, full-tuition scholarship awarded to select, first-generation undergraduate college students.
Beyond campus during his four years at NYU, Dixon served as a policy and communications intern for New York City council member Robert Cornegy, a community aide for New York City council member Carlina Rivera, and an intern for the Bureau of Legislative Affairs and the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the U.S. Department of State and at the African American Mayors Association. These experiences were capped off by a fall 2022 internship at the White House with the Office of the First Lady.