Don C. Sawyer III, Ph.D.

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I was born and raised in NYC.  I grew up in Harlem in the Abraham Lincoln Houses.  Growing up in the projects had its ups and downs, but if I had a chance to start all over, I wouldn’t change a thing!  I credit all of my success to my Creator, supportive parents, family, friends, and community outreach programs.  I stay in contact with my Harlem support group and I credit them with a great deal of my success.  If it wasn’t for the support of my Harlem community, I would not be where I am today.

Being a first generation college student has grounded me and kept me mindful of the importance of outreach, opportunity, and access.  Without guidance from dedicated faculty and administrators throughout my life and career, I may not have been in a position to do the work I love.  With all of the sacrifices others have made to help me be successful, restricting my work to campus would not be fulfilling.  I believe it is my responsibility to use my scholarship and social position to serve my surrounding community.

The following question helped to change my outlook on life: “What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?”