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Alumni Profile: Dave Greber (Class of 2003)

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  • major in English-Journalism
  • minor in Black World Studies


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Although the name Black World Studies may imply a narrowly focused course of academic work, it's more about how — through respect, understanding, and acceptance — a community should operate; and about the factors keeping our society from doing so.
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"Before I was introduced to Black World Studies, I rarely considered others' perspectives. Never thought I needed to. White privilege allowed me to grow up that way. Of course, it was those same privileges that allowed me to attend Miami and enroll in BWS. Although it was a sheltered means to an end, the courses, instruction, and daily discussion helped shape my life in what — so far — has been one of the most meaningful ways.

"I majored in English-Journalism at a time when doing so required a minor. A quick jaunt through the course list one spring left me wondering more about BWS. As a budding writer and reporter, I knew I needed to understand experiences beyond my own. It proved to be one of the best decisions I've made.

"Black World Studies planted a seed that continues to grow in soil I never even knew existed — or cared to understand. It challenges in ways only truth can.

"After graduating and landing my first job, I was asked to become a member of our company's diversity council because of my minor. I wanted the learning to continue. I soon joined the Dayton, Ohio-based National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), whose mission is to fight bias, bigotry, and racism in all forms. I began facilitating diversity courses for children, teens, adults, and professionals. NCCJ would later tap me to help lead its annual flagship program, The Anytown Youth Leadership Institute, a weeklong diversity and leadership camp for high school students. It was a position that would become the most fulfilling and rewarding week each year for the next six years of my life. All of this is thanks to BWS.

"Although the name Black World Studies may imply a narrowly focused course of academic work, it's more about how — through respect, understanding and acceptance — a community should operate; and about the factors keeping our society from doing so.

"As of this writing, I'm a news anchor and reporter for a television station in upstate New York. And the lessons learned under the guidance of people like my professors and my classmates remain evident today. They are truly lessons on life."

[October 2011]

 

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