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October 2020: Dorian Buford

Oct 2, 2020 | Spotlights | 2 comments

SPOTLIGHT

 

 Name: Dorian Buford

 School: Wright State University 

Year: Senior

Major: Communication 

Orgs: Black Student Union, In His Presence Ministries organization, The Black Session Radio Show, Youth Council of Dayton’s NAACP

 

Personal Bio:

I am Dorian Buford and I am Senior year student at Wright State University studying Communications. I was born in Dayton, Ohio and still currently reside in Dayton and will forever love my community! With a degree in Communication studies I plan to pursue a career in event planning, public relations, and/or marketing. Throughout my college experience, I have been preparing myself to be successful in my field of study by obtaining numerous leadership roles in student organizations that are related to my career interests. After facing overwhelming challenges and obstacles in my freshmen year of college, I began to embark on a successful and riveting journey as an award winning student leader at my college!

For the 2018-2019 school year I was appointed to the Event Coordinator position of the Black Student Union organization by the former President, Evan Sumlin. After receiving praise and recognition for coordinating tremendous events the new President of the Black Student Union, Precious Claytor, renewed my position and appointed me to be the Event Coordinator again for the 2019-2020 school year. After completing two academic school years as the Event Coordinator of the organization, I was appointed to become the President for the 2020-2021 school year! Also in the 2019-2020 school year, I was approached to revamp and become the new Vice President of the In His Presence Ministries organization which is a Christian organization that was at the time suffering a downfall on campus. Through the organization, I organized a choir with about 35 students and coordinated one of the biggest events on campus which was titled a ‘A Night of Worship.’ 

Since November 2019, I served as co-host of the popular and trendy radio show of the WWSU 106.9 radio station titled ‘The Black Session.’ We are a live radio show located on the campus of Wright State University that discuss today’s hot topics, politics, and controversial news. In my Dayton community, I am a Community Activist and Voting Rights Advocate alongside my father Carlos Buford who is also a Community and Political activist. I served as the Vice President of the youth council of Dayton’s NAACP and have been the residing Vice President for 6 consecutive years. Being a well-developed student leader has led me to be awarded the Langston Hughes award by the Wright State chapter of NAACP, and the Spike Lee award of Political Expression at the Black History Celebration program in February 2020! Recently, I was recipient of the Established Student Leader award at Wright State University! My experiences in these organizations have helped develop my skills in event planning, fundraising, digital marketing and advertisement and I am appreciative of these experiences. 

How would you describe the blk community on your campus?

I would describe the black community at Wright State University as forceful, united and wise. Our community consists of numerous ambitious student leaders such as Da’von Hicks, Arionna Wooden, and Adrian Williams who all share the same goal of unifying the black community. Also, we all crave the urge to provide students with the social, cultural, and political awareness and consciousness for the upliftment of our community here on campus. Our community has endured several challenges and struggles as we reside on the campus of an PWI but we still remain determined and persistent in promoting unity among each other. We support, uplift and encourage each other in every way possible which is why I love my black community at Wright State University!

What do they need? What do they want?

What we currently need is comfort and embracement from the faculty and staff of Wright State University! Recently, many students including I expressed our feeling of disappointment towards our college because of their lack of compassion and support during the worldwide controversial killings of African Americans in a short span of time this year. The university failed to highlight the current boiling issue going on in America via social media, and the black community perceived this failure as that the faculty and administration did not care for the endangerment of our lives being constantly targeted and killed. We want our voices to be heard, our struggles to be addressed, and our lives to be valued on this campus.

How has your school responded to these needs and wants?

In the past couple of months, our school has now taken the necessary steps to ensure that the black community’s needs are heard, addressed, and are included into future action plans. I took initiative to confront the faculty of our college, specifically the social media director and team, about their lack of support and compassion conveyed on social media and was able to reach mutual understanding with the faculty. Recently, an Racial Equity Taskforce committee was formed among students and faculty to establish solutions to the racial issues on campus, address the underlying struggles that black students endure while being black at a PWI, and develop specific actions that the faculty and administration could take to support the black community during these challenging times.

What have you done to improve the student life of black students on your campus?

Voluntarily served as a mentor and helping hand to numerous freshmen in the past school year and provided all of them with essential advice, resources, and career opportunities. Also, I reinstated my organization’s mentoring program to connect newly freshmen with well-established student mentors.

In 2019, I had the opportunity to revamp an organization (In His Presence Ministries) from the bottom and I applied this opportunity to deliver a refreshing and well-needed gospel experience to students on campus. 

I established a radio show (The Black Session) with co-hosts Akya Robinson and Bethany Walker to provide black students with the platform to have their voices heard and receive the opportunity to gain experience in broadcasting. I have implemented events and programs to unify the black community and build a positively entertaining vibe at Wright State. 

In the past few months I have worked with Wright State University’s President, Chief of Police, Social Media Director, SGA and other notable administration to implement new actions and policies to enhance the advancement of the black community at WSU. 

As a advocate for the importance of getting involved on campus, I recruited several newly sophomores to a variety of minority organizations and wrote recommendations for them to be considered for an position in those organizations.

I hosted a conversational forum with the campus police of our university to bridged the gap between the members of our black community and individual police officers.

Why did you choose to attend a PWI over a HBCU? 

Well, I received a full ride scholarship to attend Wright State University for participating in the Wright STEPP Program for 4 years prior to my enrollment at WSU. If it’s free, it’s for me! But after 3 semesters of utilizing my scholarship to cover my college expenses, I dropped the scholarship because one of the requirements that was attached to the scholarship is to major in one of the STEM fields. I grew unhappy with my Mathematics major and struggled academically so I made the tough decision to changed my major to Communications which is not STEM related and this costs me to lose the scholarship. A year later, I am happy that I made that decision because now I am studying a subject that I love and its very important to follow your heart. Attending a PWI has allowed me to stand out in our small black community and act as the voice of Black Wright State because of my leadership role as the President of the Black Student Union for the 2020-2021 school year. 

What is your PWI Survival Guide Tip?

It’s very simple and I want to direct these tips to incoming freshmen.

1.) Find people who look like you and who you can relate to you! Go out and meet new people, and I suggest to try to step out of your comfort zone! At my college, we the leaders take the necessary steps and actions to ensure that no one feels alone.

2.) Find a mentor! Through my organization, we have an mentoring program that connects black established upperclassmen with newly freshmen. Obtaining a mentor is helpful in directing you in the right path in your college journey and maintaining that drive.

3.) Utilize the faculty! Connect and speak with your professors, student advisors, and administration. A closed mouth don’t get fed! You can learn and gain so much useful information from these people who are here to feed you these things.

4.) Lastly, get involved on campus! Joining an organization could invoke networking and social opportunities, utilize or improve your leadership and creativity skills, keep you occupied and prevent procrastination, and be used on your resume!

2 Comments

  1. Carla Greene

    This young man is a go getter, intelligent and respectable! I have known him since a very young age, he’s a Christian and acknowledges God in all of his ways, so Godly proud of you Dorian! Keep up the awesome work, God has greatness in store for you!

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  2. Charles

    Thumbs up young brother.

    Keep going!

    Black Lives Matter Dayton

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