USC Rossier School of Education
Throughout my life I have been extremely fortunate to receive mentoring from a diverse set of people. They have been representatives from across racial, ethnic, gender and economic classifications that have helped me over the years. However cliché it may sound, I truly stand on the shoulders of others— those who came before me reaching back lending me a hand along the way. Through the many relationships and associated lessons I have learned, one stands out the most: Mentoring is a two-way street. That is, one cannot mentor another without somehow being impacted on his own journey by the advice, support and time he gives to his mentees. This is what drives me to help and guide others. It is also what keeps me relevant and connected to the real challenges we all face in our professional careers and personal journeys.
Whether within formal or informal settings, I truly enjoy and benefit from mentoring. When giving advice, feedback, encouragement or just lending an open ear, I am always left contemplating where I am in my own development in relationship to the mentee. For me, it is the best way I know how to promote equity and break down barriers.
As such, being the recipient of this award signifies that I too am appreciative of not only those who help guide me, but by those whom I am honored to guide.