I first heard about TLF from the Graduate Program Advisors of DePaul University’s College of Communication. I wanted to apply to the scholarship because TLF provides an opportunity to connect with the next generation of decision makers and be mentored by industry professionals that are invested in securing and promoting positive imagery for people of color in advertising, marketing and public relations. I believe in TLF’s mission because it increases diversity and inclusion for people of color in these fields, which is critical in the world today. With this scholarship, I am now able to reduce expenses related to my coursework going into my final year of study.
Once I earn my degree, I hope to partner what I’ve learned with my skillset to increase understanding across cultural lines. I want to pursue these goals because there’s a dire need for proper representation. Bringing diversity into my field of work is important because it will help me create the world in which I want to live.
Beyond receiving the scholarship, I want to continue to stay involved with TLF as a mentor to pay this honor forward and nurture the advertising, marketing and public relations fields for colleagues and future game changers. I think the work TLF is doing is important because it is building a community with common goals for a greater representation for all.
I would like to thank the following advisors and program directors from DePaul University: Ron Culp, Maria DeMoya and Karin Winters.