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Which groups or activities were you most involved in at ASU? What did you gain from that involvement?
The major groups that I was involved with at ASU were the Black and African Coalition along with F.A.C.E.S. (Fostering and Achieving Cultural Equity and Sensitivity) in Health Professions, and the American Medical Student Association. I gained experience of dealing with political issues affecting the African-American student population, and these organizations were a place for people like myself to have a voice on campus. In the pre-health professional organizations, I was able to gain knowledge about my future career, network with current and future health professionals, attend conferences, and see the big picture of life outside of ASU after graduation.
How did your education at ASU prepare you for your current job or business?
It prepared me for working in the science/healthcare field. The laboratory experience I gained at ASU helped me work at the Dial Corporation in Scottsdale, as well as participate in clinical research all over the valley. In my current position as a recovery coordinator for the Donor Network of Arizona, it is helping to realize my potential as a member of the science/healthcare world.
What personal qualities do you think were most strongly developed in you during your years as a Sun Devil?
The qualities I believe that were most strongly developed while attending ASU would be my leadership skills. I was heavily involved in many student organizations while on campus both culturally and professionally. I held local and national offices for the student organizations I was involved with. One key thing I learned about leadership is that before you can lead … you have to learn how to follow.
Tell us about your involvement in the Alumni Association’s Black Alumni chapter.
I have always been apart of the new chapter that was started soon after I graduated from ASU, but it was not until the last three or four years that I have become more active with the group as an at-large board member before moving up to president. We host events throughout the year all over Arizona, the United States and cross the globe. I was taught while growing up to always help those who are coming up behind you, and give back to your community.
Why have you chosen to be a member of the Alumni Association? What value does involvement with ASU add to your membership?
It is time for me to give back to my community. This was one of the ways I felt I could contribute and feel like I was making a difference. Working to make a difference and see people from my community graduate is a blessing. I know there were people while I was attending ASU giving me that motivation to succeed, so it is time for me to give back and be that motivation for others. Being involved helps me know I am helping others reach their goal of graduating from ASU. I know if it was not for my community helping, and those alumni reaching back for me and helping me along, who knows where I would have been.
What current development at ASU do you find most exciting? Why?
The resident hall villages the university is building now are transforming ASU. Another development I find exciting is the advancement in science and medical research. I am glad to see ASU is collaborating with Mayo Hospital and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and increasing its medical research. Also the ASU Biodesign Institute is producing award-winning research, and what they are doing there will help cure many diseases and create scientific breakthroughs.
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