Dr. Aaron Bruce, Keynote Speaker at Michigan State University

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My mentor and friend Dr. Aaron Bruce, Chief Diversity Officer at San Diego State University, will be traveling to Michigan State University to talk about encouraging under-represented students to study abroad.

If you wish to follow Dr. Aaron Bruce and his adventures, you can do so via Twitter @ikeepitglobal

Also here is my YouTube interview that I did with him. Learn his personal story and why study abroad should be for everyone, regardless of race or economic status.

Spotlight Feature: Marissa Johnson, Rising Star at San Diego State University

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Marissa Johnson is a rising star at San Diego State University, where she is currently a sophomore student pursuing a degree in Psychology. Marissa has not only proven to be an academic achiever but a servant in the community, which she has served as a Student Advisor for the City of Pasadena in the last three years (September 2009 –June 2013). While she was completing her studies at high school in Pasadena, she attended monthly meetings on job readiness; leadership and advising; and worked with vendors and organizers of Pasadena. Her most notable achievement is her Certificate of Congressional Recognition given to her by Congresswoman Judy Chu of the 32nd District of California.

When I asked her what was her favorite quote, she says her favorite quote comes from R&B music artist Trey Songz.

“I vow to never let the voice of people’s opinions drown out my inner voice. Mind over matter so their minds never matter”

She says there is something about this quote that stuck with her today since high school–and is now important to her than ever. This is what she had to say to aspiring college students, who are struggling to find success:

On my quest to find myself in a world that is busy and hectic, everyone has an opinion and direction for you. But I always believe that it is important to have a PERSONAL goal–to not set boundaries on it–and accomplish it!

Many people want to steer you towards their path, but follow your own journey and create a life and a path for yourself, regardless of what everyone else wants you to be. At the end of the day, you are only accountable for you. –Marissa Johnson

Today she is a Student Diversity Commissioner at San Diego State University, where she represents on behalf of Afrikan Student Union (a cultural organization), promoting diversity and inclusion on campus. By being a liaison between the two executive boards, she gains work experience around business environments, with a voting seat, and emphasizes on planning and development. Her duties are planning annual high school conferences with a five figure budget; attending meetings and retreats on personal and group development; and establishing core values for the commission while enforcing their mission statement.

Marissa’s greatest strengths are Public Speaking, Event Planning, and Entrepreneurship. And she is best described as Hardworking, Ambitious, and Open-Minded.

Her goal now is to complete her college education at San Diego State University and apply to law school, where she will utilize her Psychology major in the study of law.

If you wish to contact her, for questions about college studies or to arrange diversity inclusion events at SDSU, email her at marissajhnsn@icloud.com

You can also learn more about Marissa on her LinkedIn Profile

Marissa is also a contestant of the Phi Beta Sigma Chapter Beauty Pageant at SDSU! She invites you all to come and support her and the fellow contestants of the Phi Beta Sigma Chapter Beauty Pageant this Saturday at Montezuma Hall (located at campus of San Diego State University). The pageant starts at 6:14pm!

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Prince Sefa-Boakye interviews John Putman, SDSU Director of Int’l Business

Professor John Putman is the Director of the International Business Program as well as an associate professor at the Department of History at San Diego State University–not too mention that he is a fellow alum.

Mr. Putman began teaching in the mid-90s when he was currently finishing his dissertation as a graduate student at UC San Diego. Looking for ways to support him and his family, he went into teaching which he took on a few teaching jobs at community colleges and SDSU–teaching 1-2 courses a semester while earning his Ph. D. Lucky for him not only did he finished his Ph.D on-time but earned a full-time teaching position at SDSU–where he continues to teach Aztecs on the history of the United States, including a new-forgotten course “Constitutional History.”

As the new director of the International Business Program, he says, is a huge honor for him–especially teaching U.S. History for 20 years at San Diego State University. The International Business Program, he says, is not only new for him but unique because it is housed in the College of Arts and Letters–and not in the College of Business. The idea behind it is to immerse SDSU students in the culture and language of a particular region that they wish to specialize in, and blend them with a good number of business courses. By doing this, students will be able to interact in a global economy. He says, students can either be living abroad (doing business at a region that they studied for), or represent American companies abroad. The International Business Program strongly believes that culture and language is crucial to succeed in a global economy.

Today the International Business Program has 10 languages and six regions, which they are now looking to expand more into Brazil! They are also looking to bring more international students here at SDSU so they can take advantage of their program.

Professor Putman is also a huge “Trekie” or Star Trek fan which he teaches it at SDSU and lectures at Star Trek’s annual conventions–he has one coming up this August at Las Vegas.

To learn more about Professor Putman go to his webpage: http://www-rohan.sdsu.edu/~jputman/

To learn more about the International Business Program go to: http://www-rohan.sdsu.edu/~ib/

Throwback Thursday: My Interview w/ Dr. Aaron Bruce, Chief Diversity Officer at SDSU

Every Thursday I post a miscellaneous blog/picture/article that I have featured in the past or an interview of an extraordinary individual.

This week’s ThrowBack Thursday Edition: My interview with Dr. Aaron Bruce, Chief Diversity Officer at SDSU.

This interview was recorded in the summer of 2014 at my old alma mater San Diego State University–GO AZTECS! And in this interview, not only did I learn more about his role at SDSU, but his passion for international diversity.

2014-08-26-AaronBruceToday I had the pleasure of catching up with Dr. Bruce at SDSU, where he continues to create an inclusive and supportive environment for all SDSU faculty, staff, students, alumni, and visitors–working very closely with senior level administrators, deans, and committees throughout the campus, who are all also dedicated to diversity inclusion strategies. In our conversation, he told me that he is travelling to college campuses across the nation to give important lectures on race topics, such as “Ferguson.”

Here is an article on Dr. Bruce, from Huffington Post, urging students of color to study abroad: Dr. Aaron Bruce Urges Students of Color to Prepare to become International Leaders.

To read my original post on Dr. Aaron Bruce, click on the link below:

Prince in The City w/ Dr. Aaron Bruce, Chief Diversity Officer at San Diego State University

If you wish to learn more about his current activities in recruiting Staff Diversity in International Education, go to www.nafsa.org

If you wish to contact him to give lectures on diversity inclusion and important topics on race such as Ferguson, email him at abruce@mail.sdsu.edu or Google him.

You can also follow Dr. Aaron Bruce on Twitter @DiversityJedi and on About.me about.me/aaron.bruce

ThrowBack Thursday: A Tribute to Dr. Michael M. Stoddard

Every Thursday I post a miscellaneous blog/picture/article that I have featured in the past or an interview of an extraordinary individual.

This week’s ThrowBack Thursday: A Tribute to Dr. Michael M. Stoddard


Dr. Michael Stoddard

April 2,1940 — July 22, 2014

On July 23rd, 2014, I was given the sad news that, the one and only, Dr. Stoddard–the American Patriot and Legendary SDSU Professor of Politics–had passed away. Doc Stoddard, who had died of an aggressive cancer, lived an extraordinary life.

He has served as a Consultant to the Presidents of the United States (Richard Nixon and Gerald R. Ford) on Soviet Military and Foreign Affairs, and has taught Politics and Geopolitics on-board the USS Eisenhower in the Persian Gulf (2000) and at distinguished universities such as UCLA, Claremont Graduate School, Pomona College, Oxford University, and, of course, San Diego State University.

I had the pleasure of knowing the “Doc” through his Oxford Study Abroad Program back in December of 2011. And through his program I got to learn and appreciate International Relations and US Foreign Policy. However, what I will always remember, from his program, is his prowess for teaching and how that has impacted the lives of students everywhere including myself. His program was the first stepping stone towards my career in politics.

Thank you Jasmine for convincing me to come to Oxford and thank you Doc for introducing me to your view of Politics–but also showing me the beauty of pubs and how lasting friendships and conversations are made over of a beer and a plate of fish and chips. Cheers Doc! Raising a glass to your name and legacy!

Here is some of my photos of my trip to Oxford, along with others.

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Here is a beautifully edited video (done by one of Doc’s pupil) commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Stoddard.

Prince in The City w/ Adrian De Arriba, Fellow Aztec and Rising International Economist

In this talk I get to catch up with fellow classmate and Aztec, Adrian de Arriba.

Adrian de Arriba was born in A Coruña, Spain but moved to the United States, when he was only 10 years old–where he had a great and wonderful experience growing up in Coronado, Ca.

Adrian and I both attended Coronado High School together (2007) and San Diego State University (2012), where he majored in Economics. And after completing his college education, he then went abroad to Bocconi University in Milan, Italy to earn his Masters in Economics, which he is now working on his thesis.

Studying abroad especially at the graduate level, he says, was difficult; “when you go abroad you go to a different educational system.” Not only do you have to adapt to the pace of graduate school, but how they conduct classes and examinations. But overall, he says, he thoroughly enjoyed his academic experience at Bocconi University. His biggest advice for future economists out there is to take mathematics (courses) seriously and really research graduate programs based on what you are interested in.

Today he his back in Coronado, Ca where he will be completing his thesis and aspiration of becoming an economic analyst.

If you wish to contact him for advice on pursuing a undergraduate and graduate degree in Economics or ask him about his experience at Bocconi University, email him at adrian_de_arriba@hotmail.com

To check out my radio talks go to www.urbusinessnetwork.com and Click on “Prince in The City”

Prince in The City w/ Dr. Aaron Bruce, Chief Diversity Officer at San Diego State University

In this talk I get to connect with Dr. Aaron Bruce, Chief Diversity Officer at San Diego State University.

Dr. Aaron Bruce is not only a renaissance man but a global citizen. He has held management positions in Latin America and Africa–conducting research on management strategies, public health, and education in Cuba, Mexico, and Kenya–and has a Master’s degree in International Business Administration from United States International University.
How he gained his passion for diversity and serving the international community stemmed from his parents, who weren’t like most parents.

Like most parents who spoil their children with ribbon laced gifts on Christmas Day, Dr. Bruce didn’t get that special treatment from his parents. Instead his parents would give him two gifts: a Christmas present and a plane ticket to an exotic country. He remembers a time when he and his family flew to Venezuela, and asked his parents if they spoke any Spanish. To his surprise they did not, but his father told him this: “If you can’t speak [Spanish], then we can’t eat.” It was then and there that he discovered how being a member in a global community was truly important.

Today as a Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Bruce is responsible for helping create an inclusive and supportive environment for all SDSU faculty, staff, students, alumni, and visitors. He works very closely with senior level administrators, deans, and committees throughout the campus, who are all dedicated to diversity inclusion strategies. He sits on several boards (including National Association for Diversity Officers in Higher Education, VP of the Southern California Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education) and is editing his first book titled, “Beyond the Black Horizon; African American Experiences Abroad.”

He volunteers his time educating fellow SDSU students and African American youth on education excellence, and is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

If you wish to visit SDSU for the very first time or wish to contact Dr. Bruce to learn more about SDSU’s commitment to diversity and multiculturalism email him via abruce@mail.sdsu.edu or Google him.

To read his biography, click here

Check out my radio talks at www.urbusinessnetwork.com and click “Prince in The City”

Prince in The City w/ Kristyl Smith, Public Speaker and Advocate for Sickle Cell Anemia

In this talk I get to connect with Kristyl Smith, Public Speaker and Advocate for Sickle Cell Anemia. Not only is she a SDSU student but a writer–and works with a amazing health awareness company that helps her bring more resources to the sickle cell awareness community.

Sickle Cell Anemia is a genetic blood disease which the blood cells lose oxygen. So instead of blood cells being round and squishy like donuts, they are half-shaped and hard like boomerangs–or what she calls them as “Crescent Ninja Knives. Reason being that they fly through your blood vessels like knives causing tremendous pain and clot the walls of the blood vessels.

This pain is chronic and equivalent to Child Birth! However, her biggest source of relief and support, that she finds during these difficult times, is her mother.

Her mother, being very educated in both fields of health and academics, was able to serve as her advocate–she made sure that Kristyl got all the medical treatments she needed and an equal access to education. With her help, Kristyl was able to go to college and find her career today as a vocal advocate for Sickle Cell Anemia.

What she has, she says, is not crutch but a cross. A cross which she can use to help others carry their own crosses as well.

Sickle Cell Anemia does has its ups and downs, but she urges to not let it get you down because it does lead to sickness. Instead be aware of it, develop your emotional maturity, develop the courage to accept how you feel, and then take the necessary steps to move from it.

Today she considers her disease as a gift and is using it to help others through awareness and advocacy. Not too mention that she is a proud Sickle Cell warrior!

To reach her for consultation and learn more about the company that she is doing amazing work with, email her at kristylsmith21@gmail.com. You can also find her on Facebook at Kristyl Jl Smith

You can also listen to my radio talks at www.urbusinessnetwork.com and click on Prince in The City!

Prince in The City w/ Stefanie Davis, Rising College Student at San Diego State University

In this video I get to connect with a fellow Aztec and college student here at San Diego State University.

Stephanie Davis who is now in her 4th year (majoring in Management Information Systems) was kind enough to share her college experience to the world.

Today she works as a student assistant at the Career Services offices, offering her tremendous skills in Information Systems, and has just received a new job offer to work as a Knowledgebase Application Specialist for international company called ESET (IT Security Company)

ESET is a IT Security Company that helps customers find out information about their security software and protect their systems from viruses. She will be managing a business application which has been used in 180 countries!

To reach her you can do so via email davis_stefanie2010@yahoo.com, LinkedIn, and Twitter @techmagicsd

For my radio talk shows go to www.urbusinessnetwork.com and click “Prince in The City


Spotlight Feature: Bobbie Gray, Career Counselor at San Diego State University


I’m standing with my greatest mentor and friend Bobbie Gray, Career Counselor @SDSU.

She has been a huge factor towards my success after college and she was the one (next to my mom) who really persuaded me to go to DC when I didn’t want to.

Today she continues to help fellow Aztecs find their career paths and establish their dream jobs through her new program “Aztec Mentor Program” (Go to www.career.sdsu.edu and click Aztec Mentor Program) She’s proud of my accomplishments and I am proud of hers! Great Seeing you Bobbie!

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Check out this video of her new program and how it has enriched the lives of both SDSU students and alumni. (Plus Richard Tharin is class of 2002 and lives in Boston, Massachusetts!)

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