Educational Adviser/Career Coach
I have worked at the University of Cincinnati for 30 years and currently serve as an Educational Academic Advisor for the Cincinnati Pride Support Services where I oversee and coordinate a tuition based scholarship program designed to provide funding for first generation Cincinnati Public High School graduates. Motivated, supported and provided guidance to over 1000 plus UC students while serving as Advisor of ADVANCE, one of the oldest African-American student organizations at UC founded in 1986. ADVANCE provides leadership and professional development opportunities for minority students. Arthur guided and mentored hundreds of African American student leaders and members of ADVANCE. Assisted ADVANCE over the past 26 years in raising over $350,000 in university funding, corporate sponsorship and alumni donations to fund an annual Spring Break called the Corporate Excursion Work with and Assisted ADVANCE over the past 28 years in raising over $150,000 dollars in corporate sponsorship for their annual Diversity Networking Reception
Served as a Career Coach/Adviser and Student Employment Coordinator for the Career Development Center where I assisted students with their career development needs focused on interview preparation, resume writing, job search, and job placement. Created an “Internship Month Diversity Week” to encourage students of color to be more engaged and involved in internships and leadership opportunities. I created the first University of Cincinnati Part Time Job fair in 2000. At its height, the part-time job fair attracted over 65 plus employers, 500 plus students, and secured $6000 in corporate sponsorship annually. Served as the Outreach/Membership Chair of UC’s African American Black Male Staff Employee Resource Group. Served as Membership Chair for UC’s Adviser of Color Employee Resource Group. Serves on the Darwin T. Turner Scholarship Selection Committee. Served on the Student Affairs Professional Development Committee Served on the Planning Committee, DRTI (Diversity Recruitment Training Institute) DRTI was one of the first employee based Diversity Recruitment initiatives in the country created by Linda Bates Parker. Community Involvement includes: Serving on Planning Committee, Avondale “Feet in the Street” 5K, Served as Career Development Chair, (APNET) African Professional Network Higher Educational Professional Involvement: Served as President, Vice President, and Committee Chair for the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators (Midwest ACE) and The National Student Employment Association. Served on the Diversity Member Advancement Committee, Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators (Midwest ACE) Awards: Recipient of the “Bill Ramsey Student Employment Leadership Award” Recipient of United African Student Association’s “Advisor of The Year Award” Recipient of the YMCA “Black Achievers Award” Recipient of the University of Cincinnati “Outstanding Quality Service Award”
Why I'm running for this position
I am a self-motivated individual who is very passionate about building community, an organizer, an innovative visionary, a collaborator, and a firm believer of collective leadership. I have served as the Educational Advisor for the Cincinnati Pride Grant over the past six years, and previously worked as a Career Coach/Student Employment Coordinator within the Career Development Center for 24 years. I have been an advocate for Diversity and Inclusion for my entire career at the University. I have a couple of decades of leadership experience being involved in UC Employee Resource Groups, Professional Associations, and Community Base organizations which has allowed me to develop and enhance my organizational, decision-making, analytical, planning, Interpersonal, Leadership, fundraising, and marketing skills. As Membership Chair, I have successfully recruited individuals to join AABMS’s Executive Board, join as members of the organization, and attend general body meetings and Black Male Staff Socials.
Over the past two years, I have served as President of UC’s African American Employee Resource Group. Our executive leadership team has successfully created a sense of community by securing $5000 in funding, creating a functioning website and social media platforms, launched a “Support A Black Business” Initiative, created a Diversity & Inclusion Luncheon that attracted 76 UC Staff & Administrators, coordinated a workshop series (Black Men’s Health & Mental Wellness, & Financial Planning), collaborated with UC’s Black Woman on the Move and Advisors of Color employee resource groups in submitting a list of demands and concerns center around employee issues, hosted a daylong Black Men’s Summit event that attracted 75 UC Black Male Staff, Faculty, Administrators, Students, Alumni, Board of Trustees and brothers from the Cincinnati community, and collaborated with Advisors of Color in connecting with 12 other University Minority Employee Resource Groups from Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana to conduct a ‘Best Practice’ Networking Event. My mantra is “Go with People Who Will Do the Work”. My goal is to always use this mantra to lead AABMS as President and continue the work and propel our organization to the next level.