Alumni Videos

Listen and watch BWS alumni reflect on the Miami experiences that were influential in their career paths. These alumni often provide useful advice for current Miami students.

Miami: A Microcosm of the World

Aziza Nicholson (Miami, 2001) double majored in Black World Studies and Urban & Regional Planning. Aziza is the owner of a hair-styling business called A II Z Naturals LTD and the executive director for a global nonprofit organization called the Women Empowerment Project, which educates women in the field of natural hair care in West Africa, the Virgin Islands, and the United States. Here she talks about how her education and an internship at Miami were influential in her career successes.
[April 2014]

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Damon A. Williams, PhD (University of Michigan), has led a distinguished career since getting his BA (1994, Black World Studies, Sociology majors) and MEd (1996) at Miami. He has held faculty and administrative positions at the University of Connecticut and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Williams is now the Senior Vice President for Programs, Training, and Youth Development for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. In this visit to Miami he talks about how his liberal arts education and faculty mentorship helped to set him on his path to success.
[February 2014]

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Tamika Richeson (Miami, 2007) majored in Black World Studies with a minor in History. She visited campus in the fall of 2013 to talk about how getting a D in one of her first writing-based courses ultimately led her to becoming a PhD candidate in history at the University of Virginia and a recent recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women's Studies. She also talks about her research on the experiences of African American women in early American history and makes the case that a liberal arts education (or any education, for that matter) should be focused at least as much on the gaining of knowledge as the actual letter grade that is awarded.
[November 2013]

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