In dialogue: Celebrating moments of Black excellence
This February, we honor the legacy and greatness of African Americans throughout history by spotlighting today's Black LSA students and alums who have traversed remarkable academic and career journeys in the Liberal Arts. We hope that their stories filled with challenges and achievements—in fields like STEM, medicine, film, and media—will create special moments of observance but also inspire you with hard-earned learnings that you can apply to your own academic and career journey.
Candid Career Conversations with Dallas McGhee-Henry
Transfer student and FVTM major, Dallas, shares his experience discovering film & television as a potential career path, talks candidly about the Black student experience at LSA, and offers some timely advice.
"Get connected. If you want a sense of representation, there are places, like the Black Film Society, that shares opportunities for Black students."
Demystifying the Career Exploration Journey with Peggy Randon
Microbiology major and future physician-scientist, Peggy, is seeking to unlock the mysteries of the microbial world and the human body's immune system but along the way, unlocks the secrets to career exploration and progression.
“Without mentorship, I would not have been able to achieve any of the steps that I have,” Peggy confirms. “For someone who didn't know anything about STEM or healthcare or being a scientist, I’ve gotten so much support. I've learned from other people and the time they’ve invested in me.”
Peeking behind the Curtains with LSA alum Skylar Andrews
LA-based producer Skylar Andrews opens up about the realities of searching for success in the entertainment industry, sharing how she’s had to navigate her identity in a chronically non-diverse workplace, and providing critical advice for students and grads developing their own professional identities.
“The focus should be on making sure you’re personally confident in what you’re doing,” Skylar advises. “If you are mentally at a place where you love who you are, because you actually like your hair, or, love your name, then anything negative directed at you won’t matter, period.”
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