Congratulations to College of Education Outstanding Graduate 2021, Louis Williams!
From Racial Equity Fellow in the Educational Leadership Department, to President of the Association of Professionals in Student Affairs, to Graduate Peer Mentor, and ASI Vice-Chair of University Board of Trustees, to Homecoming King, and more, Louis Williams has held several leadership roles as a master’s student. A graduate of the Student Development in Higher Education master’s program, Williams has been an active and integral part of the college and campus community during his academic career. This year, he was honored as the College of Education Outstanding Graduate 2021.
Here, Williams shares some favorite memories from his graduate career, as well as his future plans.
Q: What is your favorite memory of grad life in the College of Education?
A: My favorite memory in the College of Education was participating in the College of Education (CED) Scholar's Program. In this program, I formed a powerful connection with my faculty mentor Nina Flores, Ph.D. I also worked closely with the incredible staff in the program. Avery Olson, Ph.D. encouraged me to participate in the program and Makisha Glover-Hill always kept a smile on my face with her outgoing personality. Erika Kato Ph.D. and Allan Taing Ph.D. have genuinely invested time and intentional workshops for the current CED Scholars.
Q: What is a favorite memory from your graduate program?
A: My favorite memory from my graduate program was hosting the Student Development in Higher Education (SDHE) orientation for the 1st year incoming students. During my second year in SDHE, the Association of Professionals in Student Affairs (APSA) organized an entire afternoon of activities for 1st-year students to learn about the SDHE Program. At the orientation, faculty and students shared moments of fellowship, bonding, and teamwork.
Q: What are your plans after graduation?
A: I plan on going into the field of counseling at the community college level. I look forward to supporting students and assisting them to learn the ropes of higher education while rendering the fundamental skills to transfer to 4-year institutions. Do not be surprised when you experience an accession of transfer students interested in the College of Education!