Andrea Davis B.A., Sociology Minor: Africana Studies Magna Cum Laude Hometown: Nyack, New York Plans: M.A., Ohio State University
In all of the positions that I have held on campus, I have been treated by staff and faculty as a partner. I have had the opportunity to create curriculum, programs, and experiences that affect students’ leadership development, and it wouldn’t have been possible without all of the tools, resources, and support that UMBC provides.
Andrea Davis has been a major force in UMBC’s student leadership throughout her time on campus, particularly in the area of student life. A Sondheim Public Affairs Scholar, Davis has served as president of the Student Events Board (seb), a Civic Engagement and Leadership Intern for the Office of Student Life, and a Senior Orientation Peer Advisor. She has also supported the Student Government Association vice president as an executive aid, and served as an executive member of the UMBC Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honors society.
NASPA, the national association for Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, selected Davis for their undergraduate fellows program, which provides mentorship for promising students with an interest in entering the student affairs profession. She also received the Residential Life Student Success Scholarship, the Residential Life Clarence E. Robinson, Jr. Memorial Scholarship, and a Student Affairs Leadership Award.
Davis has excelled academically, receiving the Second Generation Scholarship in Africana studies, the Africana studies Award for Academic Excellence, and the Lewis Award in sociology. She also co-organized UMBC’s first Black Lives Matter Week, as well as numerous other events focused on community-building at UMBC.
“UMBC has helped me achieve my goals by cultivating an environment that emphasizes the importance of student voice and citizenship,” Davis says. “I felt empowered at UMBC to make positive change on campus because of support from staff and faculty.”
Davis will continue to focus on helping students have a positive and enriching college experience through pursuing a master’s degree in educational studies for higher education and student affairs at The Ohio State University.
Portrait by Marlayna Demond ’11 for UMBC.