Case Western Reserve University
BackgroundInterview Date:October 2019
Gender Identity: Male
Race/Ethnicity: African-American with African Origin
Sexual Orientation: Heterosexual
Graduation Year: 2022
High School Experience: Public high school in San Antonio, Texas with a graduating class of about 650. A lot of people didn’t go straight into a university.
First-Generation College Student: Yes
Major: Biomedical Engineering (BME)
Extracurricular Activities: I do a lot of social work. There’s an organization called CCEL on campus that helps you find volunteer work. I work with The African-American Society
(Afro-Am) and that’s more of a cultural focus trying to give a sense of community to African-American students on campus, even though Cleveland is a majority Black city. [The population of Cleveland, OH is 48.3% Black or African American.]
Did any of your extracurricular activities have a particularly big impact on your experience? In what ways?
Particularly Afro-Am because I’m a very social person. From day one, I’ve been out there trying to make friends, talk to people, and network. I always felt out of place. Even though there are people who look like me, a lot of them don’t go to school with me. There is often only one other Black person in my classes, and that was hard at times. Finding an organization that has like-minded people who are there to support you was really important to me. I met one of my mentors through the National Society of Black Engineers chapter.