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How did you hear about the School of Education diversity initiatives?
I heard about the School of Education diversity initiatives from the Groups Scholars Program. I also went to the School of Education's panel for incoming freshman and heard about it and decided to give it a look because it was very interesting and something I would love to be a part of.
When did you begin working with diversity programs in the School of Education?
I began working with the diversity programs in the School of Education in August of 2019. I was told about the opening and I jumped right on board because it had such a welcoming and interesting feeling in the office and I wanted to work there.
What do you like most about working in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion? What do you find challenging in the work?
What I like the most about working in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is that it's such a welcoming, respectful and inclusive space where we are not only inviting people into the school but also making them feel they belong here and being able to bring that feeling to someone means the world to me. The challenging part at work is that you sometimes have to hear about the bad part of someone's day. Someone will come into office and just sit and take in the space and they feel they are the only person in their class that is of another color so they feel anxious or misplaced there. Hearing things like this make it hard to work there because as a student and employee I wish I could make them feel more comfortable and welcomed in every space in the School of Education, but this gives me the motivation to work harder in the office so no one else has to feel that way.
What have you learned working in School of Education diversity programs? How do you believe working in diversity will impact your career goals?
I have learned a lot in the office from learning to use Excel to learning skills to be more open and inclusive when I do things because I really did not notice how much being open and welcoming to a person can change their mood and day. This job has giving me skills beyond my career and beyond life. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion because I've gained communication skills, I've learned more about how I can help my school (the School of Public Health) become more diverse and inclusive. I've also learned how to make a spreadsheet with Excel and how to take notes during a meeting, and I'm learning proper phone etiquette. This job has not only prepared me for my future job but has given me the skills to excel and succeed in life.
Which type of projects do you work on for the DEI Office?
Is there anything else you would like to share about your experience with Balfour, I Can Persist, or the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?
I just want everyone to know that all these programs and offices listed above are helping students become great students, educators and leaders. These offices are helping create the next young leaders and I am proud to have been a part of the process.