Richard is the Black Student Services Coordinator at IUPUI. In this role he coordinates recruitment and retention efforts of diverse student populations. He is chiefly concerned with ensuring adequate support for students by creating programs that address multicultural competency, cultural engagement, leadership development, and advocacy for students. He collaborates with partners across the institution and externally to promote students success. Richard has a background in social justice programming, service learning, and mentoring programs. Prior to coming to IUPUI, Richard worked for 10 years in various areas of higher education including new student orientation, advising, testing, admissions, and student leadership development.
In addition to his work at IUPUI, Richard is very involved with community development work via a non-profit organization he founded in 2012, he’s active with his fraternity where serves in a regional leadership role, and he teaches part time at the community college and university levels. He holds a B.S. in Political Science with a minor in ethnic and cultural studies and a M.A. in Organization Leadership, both from Lewis University in Romeoville Illinois. Lastly, his research interests include self-efficacy, black history, and positive black identity.