What have you done to improve the student life of black students on your campus? –
Within the African American Student Development Office (AASD), I spearheaded the creation of a monthly Open Mic Night– a safe space for students of color to express themselves and bond with community over (free) food. During my leadership with BRRC, I partnered with another organization on campus called Bears for Financial Success (BFFs) to host Financial Literacy workshops for the Black community, which included things like “Understanding Credit Cards” and “How to Find Affordable Housing”. Finally, one of the things I’m most proud of is the successful launch of a mentorship program I started for pre-health students last year during my time as Secretary of the Black Students in Health Association (BSHA).
Why did you choose to attend a PWI over a HBCU?
I chose to go to a PWI instead of an HBCU because when it boiled down to it, my PWI would be more cost-efficient. In addition to the financial advantages, UC Berkeley is the #1 public university in the world, and is world-renowned for STEM disciplines. I am a pre-med student, so attending a school that was well known for the sciences was a huge priority for me. Finally, UC Berkeley is a research institution, and as a pre-med student, it is almost expected to have at least some research experience before entering medical school. Going to UC Berkeley would mean that research opportunities would be more readily available than at another school.
What is your PWI Survival Guide Tip?
Find your tribe! Navigating college becomes so much easier when you have a strong support system!