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High school Participant to Program Director: Discovering My Passions Through OAMI

OAMI is an intellectual incubator that breeds brilliance! This office has helped me discover my passion for serving others, while cultivating my skills as a scholar­ practitioner in the areas of program development, evaluation and management.

Consequently, I have gained confidence in building my personal brand as a service­ driven individual, conscious intellectual, and dedicated social change agent.

Throughout my years of involvement within the office beginning in 2008, I have transitioned from being a protégé in the Leaders and Best Program, to earning leadership roles in several capacities as: Student Leader for GEAR UP; Student Coordinator for the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium during undergrad; Graduate Student Coordinator for the Leaders and Best Program (LAB). A memorable and career defining moment for me during my experience as a Graduate Student Coordinator, where I presented my research and shared best practices on enhancing the sophomore student experience and achievement outcomes to several higher education professionals, faculty and staff across the state of Michigan at the King­Chavez­Parks Initiative’s Equity within the Classroom Conference in March 2014.

My experiences, lessons learned, and relationships built in OAMI have contributed to my trajectory of success, especially in landing my first professional career position as Director of the Leaders and Best Program. I am a direct reflection of what happens when OAMI’s investment in a student’s development comes full circle. Today, I am humbled to help hundreds of U­M students actualize and elevate their potential for success through continuing OAMI’s legacy of impact.