Graham Jones

2013 A Humble Leader


Graham Jones' service to others has spanned the globe.

But that doesn't mean he's content with the amount of work he has accomplished.

"When I look back and think about all I have done, I do not see it as a lot," he said. "I see it as my commitment to others, myself and the community around us."

In the past year, he's completed more than 100 hours of service and raised more than $2,500 for charity.

On campus, Graham is president of the Pi Upsilon chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha. The fraternity works to make campus a more inclusive place and has hosted a movie night to bring students together.

He also has established the Dean Perry Moore Academic Excellence Scholarship. For Graham, the scholarship is a way to pay forward the opportunities he's had as a UM-Dearborn student.

"As the current president of the Pi Upsilon chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, Graham has used his skills as a leader to advance initiatives that benefit both the chapter and campus as a whole," said Tasha Williams, program manager of diversity programs. "He demonstrates daily what it means to be a dedicated student, friend and future professional."

Off campus, Graham volunteered with the NAACP to help register more than 500 inmates to vote, ensuring their voices were heard. He has served as a chaperone and team leader at the African Diaspora Conference in Windsor and works to address illiteracy in Uganda as a member of the Southfield Lathrup Optimist Club.

Graham's passion for helping others drew him to the accounting field. He has completed internships with Deloitte and in the Detroit Public Schools' accounting department.

Graham ultimately aspires to launch his own accounting firm.

Of course, giving back to the community will play a key role in his future plans. He hopes to use the firm to engage with local schools, helping students shape and change the world.

"To me, accounting is about helping people," he said. "And that's what I'm all about."