Director of Diversity & Equity
Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach
1. As an Alumni, what brought you to Roberts?
What brought me to Roberts as a former student was the athletics program. Coach Rob McCoy, the head coach at the time, recruited me to play for the basketball team. During my visit, I enjoyed the time I spent with the coaching staff and the players. They truly created an atmosphere of community and accountability that helped shape my character.
2. What is the best piece of Advice that you would like to give to current students?
My best advice to any current student is to realize that time is finite. As a college student, it is easy to believe that you have an infinite amount of time to complete your goals, engage in campus activities or bounce back from schoolwork. People will often say, “I will do that tomorrow ” or “I’ll try it next semester or next year”. Unfortunately, what often happens is people never make time to do the things they would like to do. My message to students is to get involved in every activity possible and work tirelessly towards every goal they have. If they do this, there will be little regrets when their college career is done.
3. Please share an inspiring story of yours, that you would like other people to hear.
An inspiring story: When I was a student at Roberts I was president of the Student Multicultural Advisory Club, also known as S.M.A.C. During my senior year we partnered with Enactus (another student club) to work on an event they were hosting. During this event, I had the opportunity to speak to grade school students about the importance of knowing their values. During the workshop, I asked them to reflect on what their values are and to write them on a sheet of paper. Three years after the workshop, I ran into one of the students who were present during the speech. He not only remembered the workshop, but he opened his wallet and pulled out a laminated piece of paper with his three key values. He said he tried to read it weekly. If I am being honest, I did not think too many people would remember that speech and I surely did not think someone would employ the strategy I offered. This moment taught me a lesson. It taught me that everything we do matters and every moment has a purpose, so we must cherish each moment.