The challenges that Mississippi faces are painfully clear. First of all, the fog of poverty blinds many Mississippians to the long-term potential for self-betterment and community growth. Secondly, we have a history of racial division that continues to stagnate communities, re-segregate school districts, and inhibit economic progress. Finally, many of our citizens from all social strata fail to embrace broad-based community ownership. My primary passion in life is working to overcome these challenges.
Currently, because of the many challenges that confront Mississippi, our citizens fail to see the opportunities of shared community investments yielding shared community growth. Although the timeframe for overcoming these challenges is long, the formula for success is simple: enhancing the intellectual capacity and leadership skills of our emerging adults likely to remain in Mississippi will result in shared community investment, which will yield shared social and economic growth. This formula begins at the individual level; however, individuals who have been transformed will reinvest their success in other citizens. These reinvestments ultimately yield community-wide progress.
Courageous, visionary leadership is the single most important component in overcoming Mississippi’s challenges. Additionally, our success is dependent on an unyielding desire to work collaboratively to accomplish a mutual vision of a brighter future for Mississippi. Finally, Mississippi must be able to retain talented leaders who dream of a transformed Mississippi. These leaders will then work to create a more meaningful future for all of our citizens. Serving as the director of Leadership and Community Engagement Programs at MSU is my opportunity to contribute to the Mississippi Renaissance of my dreams.
Counties served: Adams, Alcorn, Amite, Attala, Benton, Bolivar, Calhoun, Carroll, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Claiborne, Clarke, Clay, Coahoma, Copiah, Covington, DeSoto, Forrest, Franklin, George, Greene, Grenada, Hancock, Harrison, Hinds, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Itawamba, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Kemper, Lafayette, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Leake, Lee, Leflore, Lincoln, Lowndes, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Monroe, Montgomery, Neshoba, Newton, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Panola, Pearl River, Perry, Pike, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Quitman, Rankin, Scott, Sharkey, Simpson, Smith, Stone, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tippah, Tishomingo, Tunica, Union, Walthall, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Wilkinson, Winston, Yalobusha, Yazoo
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