Hometown: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Currently: Admissions and Diversity Coordinator, University of Michigan Program in Biomedical Sciences (PIBS)
Self-described: Educated, rare, dedicated
Enjoys: Spending time with my son and wife
Follow your heart and keep your word.
Tell us about yourself!
I’m a huge advocate for education and success for underrepresented student populations. As an underrepresented first generation African-American male, I often find myself fighting against negative stereotypes. My goals are to lead by example and erase these wrong assumptions.
Both of my parents only earned a high school diploma, which was acceptable several years ago, however, during my high school years I knew I wanted more. Although my parents are not college educated, they are both hard workers and well-respected members in our community. My mother ran a nonprofit youth center in Ann Arbor from 1991 to 1998 and my father worked in a hospital as a pathologist assistant for 35 years and is currently serving as a retired school crossing guard.
Greatest source of inspiration in college
My family kept me motivated because, at the time, I was on the right path and the spokesperson for my family.
How did other people help you get to where you are today?
Certain people really inspired me to get to where I am today, however, I had overcome many obstacles on my own as a first generation student.
Major / Minor
Business Administration (A.A.)
Business Management (B.S.)
Educational Leadership (M.S.)
I enjoyed the company of being around people who shared similar dreams and aspirations.
Least favorite thing
Group projects drove me crazy - it's always that one person in the group :)
Tell us about a challenge you faced. How did you overcome it?
While working on my master’s degree, I worked full-time and planned a wedding in the same year. Staying positive and having great support really guided me through the heavy workload. The end result was marrying my beautiful wife and earning my master's degree.
How did you decide what to major in?
Helping students succeed really influenced me to choose my graduate degree in Educational Leadership.
What advice would you give to your freshman-year self?
Don’t feel like you are “dumb” if you are asking for help. The “smartest people in the world” need some type of assistance to succeed. Locate resources on campus and use them. Utilize tutoring services or student organizations as much as possible.
Best advice you received?
"Follow your heart and keep your word."
What's your secret for time management and productivity?
Wear a watch and practice strong communication.
How do you de-stress?
Sports and food typically do the trick :)
Don't give up and surround yourself with positive individuals.