Years in MCSP: 1999-2003- Student, Peer Mentor, Peer Advisor, Resident Advisor
What have you been up to since graduation?
Since graduating, I’ve been serving my country as a career civil servant. I’m a military child originally from the DMV area (that’s DC, MD, VA for short). The area is known for its robust government/military community. I felt called to serve so I returned to my hometown of Lorton, VA. I worked as a corrections counselor specializing in adolescent supervision in a minimum security facility; an education specialist for the United States Marine Corps, implementing policies and procedures that supported service members and their family members in at their pursuit of higher education; and as an operations officer, for the U.S. Army’s premier leadership institute for civilians, (Army Management Staff College) where I provided guidance on operations in support of the administrative and logistical requirements necessary to train Army civilian leaders.
What are you currently doing now?
I’m currently in year 8 with the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (Initiative). The Initiative was first established by President Carter in 1980 as a federal program that would assist in the ability to overcome the effects of discriminatory treatment and to strengthen and expand the capacity of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to provide quality education. My primary role is to build sustainable partnerships that connect HBCUs to federal and private opportunities that enhance shared prosperity.
How do you integrate social justice into your life post college?
Each day, I engage with any number of students, federal partners, foundations and organizations. I take personal pride in cultivating an understanding of the history of educational inequality, importance of HBCUs and prospective opportunities that spark innovation and spur competitiveness. Every day, I strive to create safe spaces for conversation on lifting the marginalized and acting on plans that provide resources for communities that are often forgotten.
What is your favorite memory about MCSP?
I spent four years with MCSP, so I don’t have one college memory that doesn’t include MCSP. Given my shyness, I was worried that I wouldn’t connect with many people. Boy was I wrong. Within the first few hours as a freshman MCSP student, I met people who have become my extended Michigan family. The intergroup dialogue sessions that allowed for open group discussion on real topics that mattered to students. Conversations that helped me to navigate Michigan as an African American, first generation college student. When I graduated, the staff and faculty at MCSP presented me with a bracelet at our awards banquet. I wear that bracelet everyday as a reminder of the impact that one person can have on any given day. A reminder that MCSP helped me grow as an individual. A reminder that there are people out there cheering for your success. I’m a MCSP Lifer!