Hailing from Columbia, South Carolina, I am a senior Sport & Entertainment Management major at the University of South Carolina and a proud first-generation college student in the Opportunity Scholars Program. I have held several positions in the sport & entertainment industries including serving as an Athletic Hospitality Ambassador and later as a Marketing Intern for Gamecock Athletics. I was also a Marketing & Operations Intern at the Koger Center for the Arts. All of these positions have given me valuable and transferrable skills that I plan to take into the workforce which is why I am pursuing the Professional & Civic Engagement pathway for Graduation With Leadership Distinction.
Upon graduation, I plan to enter the public policy realm and work toward bridging the gaps between civic engagement and diversity, inclusion, & equity. During my time at the University of South Carolina, I was able foster my passion for social advocacy through serving as Student Government's first-ever Secretary of Inclusion & Equity. I also co-taught a 2019 workshop called "Diverse-ish: Beyond The Buzz Words" and a 2020 workshop called "I Am My Sister's Keeper: Supporting and Empowering Black Women at PWIs" at the UofSC Student Leadership & Diversity Conference . In addition, I was the only undergraduate speaker at the inaugural TEDxUofSC where I spoke about overcoming stereotypes and using adversity as a creative spark. Currently, I host a podcast called "The Patchwork Feminist" where I discuss culture and current events as it relates to feminism. I am a member of UofSC's Student Government Congressional Advisory Board where I advocate directly on behalf of students through comprising an extensive research report to present to the South Carolina delegation in United States Congress. My specific area of research was in first-generation student advocacy where I discussed how federal policy could better support first-gen students. During my time at UofSC, I have been honored as a 2019 Forbes Under 30 Scholar, 2019 UofSC MLK Social Justice Award Recipient, 2019 UofSC HERO Award Recipient, 2019 I. DeQuincey Newman Outstanding Student Leadership Award Recipient, and a 2020 Caroliniana Award Recipient.
In my ePortfolio, I have three key insights that provide a well-rounded account of my Carolina experience: