As Arlisa Robinson climbs toward reaching her goals, she works to help others do the same.
The psychology student has had mentors who have given her advice and strength on her educational journey. And she wants to provide support to those in need.
“I believe in our future generations and that we should always look back and help as we climb to the top. Every day I strive to make sure that students, especially the students of color in the Black Student Union, are prepared and have all the resources they need,” Robinson said. “Success does not have a cap. I want to help people achieve their success and know that nothing can stop them.”
Robinson is the vice president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and president of the Black Student Union. She is a volunteer for University of Michigan Gear Up and the Office of Metropolitan Impact. And she has served on executive board positions for the Minority Association of Pre-med Students and Mu Phi Beta medical organization.
She said her time at UM-Dearborn helped her find her authentic self and purpose: She’s working to bridge the gap between community—specifically high school inner city youth—and higher education opportunities.
“Many inner city schools lack the resources and representation that students need. I hope to one day create programs and partner with surrounding colleges to continue to fight for the success of our future generations, equipping them with the tools that they need,” said Robinson, who plans to earn a graduate degree in higher education with a concentration in student affairs.
And, most of all, Robinson wants to use her education and leadership skills to help others shine and continue on a productive path that is right for them.
“I always want to show those younger than me how to be a leader,” Robinson said. “I hope to ensure that they are capable of taking care of themselves and their communities, and that they achieve all that they aspire to achieve.”