Mission Statement

To advocate for racial equity and promote education for students of African descent.

Vision Statement

To end racial inequities, promote education, and connect people of African descent.

About The Foundation

The Amadou Diallo Foundation works to promote racial healing and build strong community support in guiding students’ pathways to success as they begin to transition from High School to Postsecondary Education and as they pursue career pathways which prepare them to become productive members of their communities. Amadou Diallo Scholars demonstrate that, despite the country they are from or the color of their skin, they are the future and serve as positive role models for young people in communities all across the country. They are excellent examples to follow in their quest for the betterment of their communities.

In collaboration with community-service organizations and developing the Pathways to College Success Annual Scholarships, the Foundation also engages the Amadou Diallo Scholars in community-service projects aligned with strengthening positive community interactions with law enforcement and policy makers. We value developing leadership skills through participating in Foundation workshops, community panels and educational events.

Young People, their parents, members of the community, policy makers, academia and community-based organizations come together and work toward common goals —- education, social justice and harmony.

Board of Directors

KADIATOU DIALLO
President & Founder

Kadiatou Diallo is President and Founder of the Amadou Diallo Foundation ; and author, social activist & public speaker. But first and foremost, she is a mother. It was her role as mother that captivated the heart of America and thrust her into the social justice spotlight when her 23-year-old son Amadou Diallo s student was shot 41 times by four New York City Police officers while standing in the vestibule of his Bronx apartment building, February 4th, 1999…

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GRAHAM WEATHERSPOON
Board Member

Graham Weatherspoon is retired from the N.Y.P.D. and also served with the N.Y.C. Transit Police Department Detective Bureau’s Major Case Unit. As an investigator, Graham was certified by N.Y.P.D., New York State Police and the F.B.I in the areas of homicide, sex crimes, robberies, forgery, fingerprint classification, and latent prints…

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AHMADOU MBOUP

AHMADOU MBOUP
Board Member

Mr. Ahmadou Mboup is a former ADF scholarship recipient ; he is a Senior Program Advisor for Linking Experience and Academic Practice (LEAP) at John Jay College, City University of New York (CUNY). Prior to joining the LEAP Program, Mr. Mboup was Program Advisor for CUNY’s Accelerated Study in Associated Program (ASAP) at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Mr. Mboup graduated Magna cum Lauder from Columbia University in 2012 with a double major in International Relations and Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies.

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LINDA E. MERIANS, Ph.D.

LINDA E. MERIANS, Ph.D.
Board Secretary

Successful senior higher education administrator at public and private colleges and universities, author, scholar, teacher, program builder and manager, not-for-profit founder, board member, manager, and fundraiser. Brings a collaborative spirit and compassionate practice to meet challenges and foster long-term relationships that drive partnerships and success. Enjoys mentoring and outreach activities to serve overlooked communities. Ability to move organizational mission into marketing and outreach campaigns that yield results.

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LAURA BROWN

LAURA DIALLO-BROWN
Board Member

Laura Diallo-Brown is Amadou Diallo’s Sister, an elected Board Member of the Amadou Diallo Foundation. She’s also a mother of three 15 years old triplet boys. Laura has been working in the hospitality industry for over 12 years on both the supplier and planner sides of the business. Her unique background both on the supplier and planner side gives her a broad knowledge of industry demands.

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