I Am UWG
Job title: Graduate Assistant for Student Conduct in Housing and Residence Life.
What I really do: To quote an esteemed colleague, “it depends.” First, I am a graduate student in the CSA program (and all that comes with it). For my graduate assistantship I am a designated student conduct officer. I meet with students and advise them regarding the university’s disciplinary process, and I serve as an advocate for students in judicial hearings. I also make decisions on residence life conduct matters and determine disciplinary sanctions where appropriate. And, when it’s up and running, I will be the advisor to the Residential Community Judicial Board (RCJB).
Years at UWG: This is my first year.
Before UWG, I: I was an Academic Advisor for the TRIO/Student Support Services program at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN for four years, and I was the head coach for the Eastview Thunder Sr. Babe Ruth baseball club for six seasons. I also spent seven years being a stay-at-home dad.
One thing I would change about UWG: I just arrived, so nothing yet. Maybe have a shuttle bus to UWG from Coweta County.
I was born in: San Diego, California.
Family members are: Wife of 19 years, Kathyann, son Jose (12) and twin sons Antonio and Daniel (10).
People describe me as: All sorts of things, most of which are accurate.
Most colleagues don’t know that: I once wanted to be a DJ (operative word being “wanted”) and made mix tapes.
Favorite things to do: Spend time with my family and friends, coach baseball, read, mentor young people, age-appropriate things related to hip-hop music and culture.
Favorite quote: “I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it’s for or against.” (Malcolm X)
Proudest accomplishment so far: Personally, my children. I can’t imagine a greater achievement in my future, but I’m working on it. I’m proud that Kathyann and I are happily married after 19 years. I’m proud of having good people in my life because my grandfather once told me, “Show me who you hang around with and I’ll show you who you are.” I’m also proud to have made my way back to graduate school. Professionally, it’s seeing former students and ballplayers be happy and become successful people.
Pet peeve: People who act like the rules are made for everyone but themselves.
Best advice ever received: Don’t ever be for someone who isn’t for you.
Best advice for new faculty and staff: Since I’m new at UWG, I don’t have any specific advice to give. But I will say, give yourself time to get to know your new environment. Meet people. Learn the culture. Listen. Talk. Engage. Be open to challenge your own expectations. You may be pleasantly surprised. Or not.
What I most want to contribute to students: Help them understand the power of making choices and the impact of our decision-making.
The book everyone should read: “The Color of Privilege," by Aida Hurtado. “Power and Knowledge: Colonialism in the Academy,” by Teresa Cordova, in Living Chicana Theory. “The Autobiography of Malcolm X.” There are many more but I’ll stop there. If folks are reading, I’m happy.
The movie everyone should watch: Too many to name, but I’ll say just about any baseball movie.
The person, dead or alive, I’d most like to meet: Magic Johnson.
Although you didn’t ask, I’d like to tell you anyway: I've learned that sometimes you have to leave your comfort zone and take some folks with you if you want to make a difference.
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