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2021 PDSA Recipient, Julian Johnson

Julian Johnson

Julian Johnson

Pickerington, Ohio | Psychology Major

Simply put, Julian Johnson’s passion is health and inclusion. As a HAWKS Peer Health Educator, he finds creative ways to engage audiences in health-related topics and helps other HAWKS do the same. When the training process went virtual for new peer educators in 2020, Julian was the VP for operations. He led the development of a new mentorship program to replicate some of what was lost without in-person meetings. He similarly adapted the HAWKS group interview process for virtual implementation this semester, creating activities, training current HAWKS, and assuring that all candidates had a consistent experience.

Julian has also conducted research related to his passion - working with another of today’s honorees, CJ Lynch, to study the relationship between preferred alcohol brand, alcohol-related consequences, and ethnicity. Again helping others around him, Julian's critical thinking skills helped all members of the research team develop better projects. But Julian’s involvement and accomplishments are broader than these two examples. On campus, he has worked as a Miami, My Place group lead, a Student Success Leader, and a Bridges Scholar Mentor, helping more students find success at Miami. Off campus, Julian is also active with Big Brothers, Big Sisters in Oxford and serves on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force for another local school district. This apt description was written by one nominator: “Rarely have I come across a student as charismatic, as gifted a speaker and teacher, and who uses his leadership abilities as unselfishly and effectively as Julian.”