Jermaine L. Pearson is a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Multicultural Programs and Services at Emory. He joined the staff of the OMPS Office in September, 2013 to assist with the launch of a new initiative which focuses on the support and retention of black males at Emory. Jermaine is pursuing a Master of Divinity Degree from the Candler School of Theology. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing Communication with a concentration in Public Relations from Columbia College Chicago.
Graduate Degree: M.S. in Management and Leadership, Pepperdine University
Doctoral Degree: One day...one day...
Coordinator of Alumni Relations, Pepperdine University
Assistant to the Director of African American Cultural Affairs, Columbia College Chicago
An Interview with Jermaine L. Pearson:
> Why did you choose to pursue a career in Higher Education?
While at my previous undergraduate institution, University of Illinois-Chicago, I worked in an office that supported and recruited African Americans to the campus. I would often visit high schools with my boss and serve as a student representative sharing my experiences of campus life. Because I looked much older and always dressed in a professional manner, the high school counselors often mistook me as the recruiter from the school. It was quite funny when I would reveal that I was just a junior in the college. They couldn't believe it and were impressed that I knew so much about the university. It was through these experiences that I really saw myself working in higher education.
> Why did you choose to attend Emory?
I'm a city boy! While I was looking at other schools in various parts of the country, having been raised in Chicago, and having lived in Los Angeles for some time, I knew that a small city was not a good fit for me. I knew I was being led into ministry and I wanted to attend a program that equipped me to be not just a minister, but a scholar as well. Unlike other top seminaries, the Candler School of Theology still has strong ties to the university and there is a wealth of resources available that we as Candler students can take advantage of. It was the ideal program, the best location, and an overall great fit.
> What do you like about the university community?
I am really impressed with the diversity of our students. They come from different backgrounds, states, and countries. I love the fact that they are able to celebrate their heritage while still being inclusive of others within the Emory community. When you walk into OMPS, you see a melting pot for culture, creativity and freedom of expression. I truly learn something new each time I come into the office and I enjoy the opportunity to work with a talented group of students. I also appreciate that Emory has an undergraduate representation of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. on campus. As a member from a different chapter, the brothers of Nu Delta were very welcoming and supportive of the events that I planned. They were integral to my successful transition here at the university. It is great to have a support system from a group of individuals who share common experiences and beliefs.
> What special talents, contributions, service or insight do you bring to the community?
I am a big ball of creativity. I endeavor to bring thought-provoking, creative ideas to OMPS and the community at large. It is my goal to utilize my expertise in event planning, to effectively engage our students of color so they can be successful academically and socially during their time at Emory. I am excited to be spearheading the launch of BLACK, the newest initiative for black males on campus which stands for Building Leaders and Cultivating Knowledge. Our signature event, The Barber Shop Series, received great reviews when we piloted the program this past semester. In addtion to the Barber Shop Series, we are planning Tailored Tuesdays, a monthly workshop series focusing on professional development and career planning for students. We have a great group of speakers and presenters for next year and are looking forward to seeing new faces at our events.