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The Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Jan 17

Meet an Alumnus & Innovator


Tell us about yourself!

I graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in African, African-American, and Diaspora Studies. Currently, I am a director at a company called Royce which brings unique experiences to the world of fashion accessories. I’ve been featured by The New York TImes, NBC’s Today, and Glamour Magazine for creating an innovative location-based tracking device placed in wallets, so you never lose your valuables again. We’ve sold this product to retailers like Selfridges and proudly have our own shop at 424 5th Avenue, New York in Lord and Taylor.

Additionally, I am a partner at a tech company providing thousands of language interpreters across 220 languages on-demand through an IOS and Android mobile application called OPI Translate. Most recently, we provided our donated our interpretation services to HIAS, the oldest refugee resettlement agency in North America.

How has Carolina prepared you for post-grad life?

The most influential experiences at UNC Chapel Hill were in the African, African-American, and Diaspora Studies Department with mentoring from professors like Professor Robert Porter, Dr. Kenneth Janken, Dr. Charlene Regester and Dr. Eunice Sahle. These passionate academics taught me to analyze the dynamics of power and how its constructions are manipulated to help or hurt different communities depending on race, class and ideology.  

How has Carolina helped you with your personal goals?

Carolina has transformed many of my personal goals into collective goals. I graduated from this University with humility and critical reflection on my role in leading more inclusive action within our world. One of the shortcomings of our society is we focus on our personal development without reflecting on how we positively or negatively impact the environments we occupy. In the future, I want to better listen to the needs of people within my community, so I personally can become a more respectful and inspiring leader.  

Why Carolina?

Carolina is a determined community of activists on a quest for social change. Our students question close-minded coercion, we search for cohesive coalitions, and we use the fluidity of our liberal arts education to mobilize responsible action.
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