Black History Month is celebrated every February as a time to commemorate and acknowledge the Black Americans who played a critical role in the founding and shaping of the United States.

Union Institute & University is participating in the celebration by spotlighting members of our faculty and staff.


Tell us about your role at Union Institute & University.
I serve as UIU’s National Commencement Coordinator, Associate Director of Education Transformation & Strategic Alliance Division (ETSA), Site Director for the Los Angeles California Center, and the Point of Contact (POC) for VA Student Benefits Southern California. Current – Ph.D. candidate, educational studies concentration.

Tell us about a moment in Black History that influenced or shaped your career/life.
The Little Rock Nine of 1957. It was my first experience reading about black youth who looked like me. Their courage, purpose, and determination changed American History and set the trajectory of the desegregation of schools for future generations throughout the country. I also realized that quantity in numbers will never make up for the quality of character that lies within.

What does Black History Month mean to you?
February is the shortest month of the calendar year. While I am appreciative of the recognition, the truth is, Black History is more than a mere 28 days. It is a 365-day experience and I continue to be in awe of how the culture and its people continue to persevere.

Is there a Black leader, past or present, who inspires you?
Black women throughout history who have defeated the odds and excelled or continue to excel amidst the challenges of their era. With that said, my greatest inspiration for leadership was my Mom.

What advice do you have for people looking to start their careers or become a leader?
First, be careful what you ask for. Second, know your purpose, strategize your plan (even if you veer off a little), be persistent, practice patience, protect your integrity, complete the process, speak less, listen more, put in the work and expect promotion, but remember that “no man is an island”. When in doubt, remember your purpose.

What is your favorite mantra?
It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to.” ~ W.C. Fields