What makes you a Difference Maker?
I’m a Difference Maker because I aspire to maintain a culture of motivation, encouragement and support for nontraditional students within the university. I feel it’s critical that nontraditional students be recognized and supported on their educational journey. Many of us sacrifice a lot to pursue a dream of earning a degree. I want to create various avenues of support for nontraditional students on campus that will make their educational experience more fulfilling and enriching.
Highlight your leadership experiences both on and off campus.
I’m the current president of the Association on Non-traditional Students. I’m a mentor for the UM-Dearborn's SOAR program. I presented at the Association of Non-traditional Students in Higher Education conference in 2014 and 2016. Off campus, I’m the block club representative for the Syracuse/Six Block Club Association.
What is your dream career and/or long term life goal?
My long term goal is to serve my community by creating ways for adults and children to achieve their goals, regardless of any obstacles. I want to make an impact as an advocate for nontraditional students transitioning from community college to the university. I also want to be a liaison between families in urban communities and professional and non-profit organizations that will support their advancement in terms of education, self-enrichment and self-sufficiency. I plan to create a community outreach service that will provide an array of enrichment resources for families in my community.
What was your most defining moment at UM-Dearborn?
Besides being a Difference Maker, being asked to represent nontraditional students at UM-Dearborn was my most defining moment. There’s a huge responsibility and commitment that comes with leading a student organization. Being in a leadership position has given me the confidence to create a network of support that can help me help other pursue their goals and dreams.