I Am UWG
Donjanea Fletcher Williams
Job title: Coordinator of Outreach and Programming for the Counseling and Career Development Center.
What I really do: My job includes the following: coordinating campus mental health related outreach events and programs for the Counseling and Career Development Center. This includes: the PREVENT@UWG suicide prevention and mental health awareness program; coordinating classroom presentations on developmental topics; supervising and facilitating counseling groups; providing personal counseling/psychotherapy to UWG students; and crisis intervention on campus.
Years at UWG: I started working at UWG in October 2006.
Before UWG, I: Was pursuing a master’s degree in community counseling from the UWG College of Education. Prior to this, I worked at the Cable News Network (CNN) in numerous roles including as a writer and a video journalist.
One thing I would change about UWG: Increase the amount of faculty and staff parking space.
I was born in: Atlanta.
Family members are: Supportive to me. I feel very blessed to have an extremely dependable husband, mother and father. They have always supported me in everything that I have done including leaving my job at CNN behind and returning to school full-time. They demonstrate that they are on my side by being present and helpful when needed.
People describe me as: Sweet, talkative and lively. When I get started with my mouth, it's hard to stop. The exception is in counseling. In my sessions, I realize it’s important to listen to students more than talk to them because counseling is their time. Outside of counseling, I am ready to chat. It's the extrovert in me. Also, because I am an extrovert, I am energized by being around people. I think people describe me as sweet because I am really passionate about everyone feeling included in the world and being treated equally simply because they are human.
Most colleagues don’t know that: I was in a singing group as a teenager for three years, but I don't like singing solo in public. I liked having the group with me. There is strength in numbers.
Favorite things to do: I like to shop (when I have money), watch Law & Order: SVU and a few other TV shows, eat out at restaurants, attend social events, read romance novels, travel, watch people, sing and write songs.
Favorite quote: "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in times of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Proudest accomplishment so far: Making it three-quarters of the way through a doctorate program. I am planning to graduate with my Ed. D. in Professional Counseling and Supervision in the College of Education in July 2012.
Pet peeve: People who think they "know it all." My belief is that no one can know everything no matter how long they have lived. There is too much to living for one person to have grasped it all.
Best advice ever received: If you want to know where you'll be in five to 10 years, look at the people around you.
Best advice for new faculty and staff: Remember that everything we do at UWG is all about helping today's students become tomorrow's leaders.
What I most want to contribute to students: Is to help them find inner peace in their lives so that they can have outward success.
The book everyone should read: "Beloved" by Toni Morrison.
The person, dead or alive, I’d most like to meet: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The place I’d love to travel to where I haven’t been yet: Italy.
Although you didn’t ask, I’d like to tell you anyway: I have a passion to start, several years from now, an organization for African-American girls focused on self-esteem building and empowerment.
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