Grace, beauty and poise are three word that define Amberly Williams, who is well known on the campus of Florida A&M University.
She made sure to work hard from day one to become the successful individual she is today.
Growing up in Midway, a small town just west of Tallahassee, Williams knew at an early age that she wanted to not only be involved in school, but in her community as well. She became active in different opportunities from kindergarten through 12th grade while attending FAMU DRS.
“My parents were big on extracurricular activities to ensure I was well rounded, and well versed and did not become a product of my environment,” Williams said. “I began ballet, gymnastics and piano lessons before age 6.”
After graduating from FAMU DRS in 2013 and leaving her mark on the school and her peers, she was ready to make a smooth transition to FAMU’s campus.
“Amberly has been a ray of light since we meet at age 6,” said Shaakira White, a long-time friend and a 2016 FAMU graduate. “She always displayed a can-do anything attitude, as well as confidence that inevitably encourages everyone around her to do the same.”
Williams started her first year off with a bang by being elected the 2013-14 Miss Freshman Attendant for the FAMU Royal Court.
Williams went on to do amazing things in her next three years at the university. She participated in the Student Government Association as Senate secretary, was a 2015 Orientation Leader, and a First Year Experience Peer Mentor. During her time at FAMU, she also joined organizations such as Kappa Psi Psi sorority, S.I.S.T.U.H.S, Inc., Future Public Health Professionals, Biology Student Organization, and T.O.Y.S (Teaching Our Youth Science).
Williams was able to add another title to her resume during her final year in college when was elected and crowned the 110th Miss FAMU in 2016.
Williams is a two-time graduate from FAMU and was able to touch many lives during her college years. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry. She then earned a master’s in public health in 2020 with a concentration in health policy and management.
“I love how Amberly stands in her sincerity; she stands for her loved ones, her community, and her school with so much passion and purpose,” Haylee Bell, a FAMU alumna and friend of Williams said. “It is inspiring how she carries it all with such grace, confidence and humility.”
After earning her master’s Williams traveled and enjoyed time with family. She also took on every opportunity she could to make sure she gave back to the community that raised her.
Williams volunteered with Dane and Crystal Sheffield’s back to school community giveaway.
She currently works as a communications specialist and epidemiologist for Healthcare Equity Solutions, where she utilizes data and health literacy efforts to improve the lives of disproportionately impacted populations. Williams also manages the company’s social media content, and leads any and all communications efforts with partners and clients.
She is also the head of her family’s nonprofit.
Williams’ parents and community inspires her to continue to strive for excellence.