What have you done to improve the student life of black students on your campus? –
I have had the remarkable opportunity to work towards providing resources and spaces for black students that collectively empower us intellectually, such as:
Establishing the first University of Dayton Digital Black History Timeline to provide students the opportunity to review Black History at the University of Dayton from the first Black Graduate to now.
Helping orchestrate the second Black Excellence Ball celebrating BATU’s 50th Anniversary as a student organization on campus. Thus, incorporating a Black Excellence Gallery which consisted of student art, NPHC historical items, black historical photobooks and articles stored within the University’s archives.
Working with the African Student Association in organizing African & African American Social Discussions with the goal of addressing controversial topics, debunking white supremacist myths, and bringing the communities together.
Collaborate with students in organizing a ‘Brotherly | Sisterly Love’ session providing black freshman the opportunity to informally reflect on the academic school year, social topics, and casual dialogue regarding daily life on campus.
Overall, I would have hoped that these opportunities I’ve had to impact black student life on campus, has improved the experience; even the slightest.
Why did you choose to attend a PWI over a HBCU?
My attendance at a PWI had zero to do with it being a PWI. I attended the University of Dayton because of the Black faculty/staff/students, I was exposed to, that tremendously invested in my development before I even became a student. Things I considered when applying for college included: Financial safety, character/career development, and the Black community’s solidarity; UD checked each of those boxes.
My only reason for not even remotely attending an HBCU of my choice (North Carolina A&T) was because I did not have money for the application fee at the time, they were due. If I repeated the process again, the University of Dayton would remain my choice because I truly believe it is where God placed me to make an impact. However, if I had the option to choose between an HBCU and any other PWI, I would choose an HBCU to immerse myself in the plethora of black culture within the academics, the extracurricular activities, the social spaces, the leadership, and the history.