2016 Najya Williams
Milken Scholar 2016
Scholar Profile

Najya Williams



Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Najya Williams is a graduate of Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts with a bachelor's degree in Sociology. She is an alumna of School Without Walls High School and The George Washington University via the GW Early College Program. One of her research articles was published in Penn State Berks' Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research in January 2016.

Beyond her academic endeavors, Najya advocates for prioritizing self-care and self-preservation, especially in the Black community. Some of her commentary and personal reflections can be found on her blog and several online publications, including Black Youth Project, Black Girls In Om, Spoken Black Girl, MissMillennia Mag and Healing Points. In August 2017, she published her debut poetry chapbook, Cotton, a collection of original poems about her experience as an Afro-Caribbean woman. Her spoken word album (mad black woman) and short films (BURN, MORE LIFE, and ALL GRAY) can be accessed in her virtual gallery. Najya has also worked as a Summer Intern with FasterCures, a Milken Institute. Looking ahead, she hopes to continue changing hearts and minds one word at a time.

High school:  School Without Walls Senior High School


College Year Degree
Harvard College
Cambridge, MA
2020 B.A. Sociology
Temple University
Philadelphia, PA
2025 M.D. Medicine

News and Highlights

Najya Williams (MS '16)

New Ideas, New Research: Najya Williams, MS '16, received the Stephen Rose Undergraduate Research Fund Award! Najya plans to use the Rose funds to study the emotional labor distribution amongst Black activists in Boston and DC.