“Hello, my name is Camesha Johnson. I am a senior chemical engineering major from Laurel, MS. This is my first semester as an issue area coordinator for the Office of Community Engagement, and I will be working with organizations dedicated to diversity, equity, and civil rights. As an issue area coordinator, I hope to spread awareness to the community while also expanding my knowledge on the issue. This issue area hits home for me. As the only black female in my chemical engineering class, I feel like I have to advocate for the unheard voices in the world. I want my classmates to know how to approach any social environment they find themselves in. The best part of the LOU community to me is the togetherness I feel from the LOU community. I feel a sense of family from the people I encounter which is why I think community engagement is so important.
Community engagement involves bringing people together from different backgrounds, races, genders to open up communication and understanding. Communication plays a key role in building long-lasting relationships, and without it, many bonds in our community would not form.
Something I have learned lately is to remain in the present. I always thought that the best thing in life was to be ahead. My eyes were so focused on the future I would forget about what was going on right in front of me. As of lately, I am determined to focus on what is going on right now because you never know what moments can leave a lasting impression. I want to be there to see it instead of hearing about it. If I could have any superpower, it would be the ability to read minds so I could know exactly how to engage in conversation with that person.”
As the coordinator for diversity, equity, and civil rights, Camesha will be working with campus and community partners to promote inclusion, accessibility, and equity in the LOU community to make it a more welcoming place for everyone. She will be working with local organizations such as the Gordon Community and Cultural Center, Oxford Pride, and the Emmett Till Interpretive Center. Make sure to reach out to her if you are interested in opportunities to promote this work! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch with Camesha.