One of Carolina’s brightest stars, Donovan Livingston, is inspiring future educators and students with a powerful message he recently delivered at the convocation of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. A video of Donovan’s message on Harvard’s Facebook page has already reached over 11 million views in the past week.
Written and performed as a spoken word poem, Donovan, who graduated with a master’s degree from Harvard in Learning and Teaching at the ceremony, was selected among 29 people who entered a competition to deliver the student speech. His message incites educators to fight inequalities in the education system and help all students to greatness.
Donovan graduated from Carolina in 2009 with a bachelor of arts in History. He is originally from Fayetteville, N.C. and served in the Carolina College Advising Corps for one academic year, from 2009-2010, before attending Columbia University to pursue a master’s degree in Higher and Post-Secondary Education. As a Corps member, he served in Guilford County (Ben L. Smith High School and Dudley High School in Greensboro).
Funded by grants and private gifts and based in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at UNC-Chapel Hill, the Corps aims to help low-income, first-generation and under-represented students apply and enroll in a higher education institution where they will succeed by placing UNC-Chapel Hill graduates in selected high schools across the state. The Corps is a constituent program of the national College Advising Corps. Last year, the Corps helped over 7,000 high school seniors across the state submit more than 17,000 applications to college. Students enroll at colleges ranging from their local community college to N.C. Wesleyan to Winston Salem State University and UNC-Chapel Hill, to name just a few.
We’re inspired by Donovan’s achievements and proud that the rest of the world is getting to know the remarkable leader we are grateful to call an alumnus, colleague, and friend.