Dyllan Brown-Bramble speaking at podium

Seniors 2018: Dyllan Brown-Bramble Pays It Forward

NCAS is proud to be home to some of the most dynamic and diverse students in the country.
In our Seniors 2018 series, we profile a handful of our outstanding graduating seniors and
wish them the very best as they bid farewell to Rutgers University–Newark and move forward
on the next stage of their journey.


Dyllan Brown-Bramble

Hometown: South Orange, NJ
Major: Psychology
Minor: Legal Studies and Computer Science

When Dyllan Brown-Bramble first transferred to Rutgers University-Newark from Binghamton University in the latter part of freshman year, he drove from South Orange, NJ, to campus in the morning, attended classes, then drove straight home in the afternoon. He felt unconnected to his new school.

Then he enrolled in a Braven Career Accelerator workshop designed to help students with their career-readiness and leadership skills and connect them to opportunities in Newark. It changed his life.

He went on to become the founding member and President of the Braven Nation student organization, offering the same kind of career and leadership development to fellow students. He also has mentored international and fellow Honors College students, as well as other Braven fellows, and was a note-taker for the Office of Disability Services.

In other words, Brown-Bramble likes to pay it forward.

“I’ve found myself in quite a few situations when I did not have the help and support system necessary to succeed,” says Brown-Bramble. “Going to such a diverse school, I’ve seen a lot of people who have faced some of the same hurdles, and I want to be able to make a difference.”

While part of the Honors College at Rutgers-Newark, Brown-Bramble has taken on a challenging course load while gaining valuable experience doing undergraduate research with Professor Harold Siegel in the Psychology department, and as a research assistant for the Center on Law, Inequality & Metropolitan Equity at Rutgers School of Law.

Dyllan Brown-Bramble in classIf that weren’t enough, Brown-Bramble was also was a founding member and Treasurer of the Rutgers Pre-Law Society, is an active member of the Black Organization of Students, and is currently a Young Leaders Fellow with the Aspen Institute, creating a platform as part of a social project to connect Newark high school and college-age students with the resources and opportunities available to them in and around the city.

Not surprising, he received a Legacy Leader Award from the Office of Student Life and Leadership for his involvement in student organizations and campus life, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Chi, NSLS, NSCS and Golden Key.

Graduating this month with a 3.8 GPA, Brown-Bramble plans to head to law school, then hopes to start his own firm, helping startups get off the ground and navigate intellectual property issues. Those startups may be in Newark.

He has cherished his time at Rutgers-Newark.

“Rutgers-Newark values diversity and inclusivity and uplifts the voices of students from different backgrounds,” he says. “I have met so many great, talented people during my time here. I’m very confident knowing that a generation of leaders is emerging from this student body.”