Three African-American Students Making History at UL

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LAFAYETTE, La. – Kristiana Williams, Leah Hayes, and Broderick Hodo are three seniors at UL who just recently made history. 

“We became the first African American students in the history of this program here at UL Lafayette to pass the board of certifications exam on the first try,” said Hodo.

The Board of Certifications, otherwise known as the BOC, is the exam that certifies students to become an athletic trainer.

“Just being able to make history,” described Hayes, “just [being] a part of something  bigger than ourselves.”

It wasn’t easy, long hours, late nights, early mornings, but the three have been together through it all.

“Without them I don’t even know if I would have did it,” said Hayes, “They’re just great people, always keeping me on my toes, always keeping me laughing.”

Now, they’re paving the way for future students.

“Pass or fail, as long as you’re putting your best foot forward, go for it,” advised Hodo.

“You need to push yourself,” said Williams, “but it’s all worth it in the end.”

Williams, Hayes, and Hodo will all graduate in May.

Hodo was recently accepted into PT school, Hayes planning to work as an athletic trainer back home in Dallas, and Williams hoping to work for a local high school here in Acadiana. 

No matter where they end up, one thing’s for certain, they have each left their mark on the University of Louisiana. 

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