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Emerging leader finds her voice at Florida Poly

Two young women with darker skin sitting at table smiling at eachother.

Editor’s Note: This story is part of a series of feature stories that highlight diversity on Florida Poly’s campus and celebrate Black History Month. Senior Bria Smith arrived at Florida Polytechnic University from her native Bahamas in 2016 knowing she wanted to build her future by studying computers, and nothing would get in her way. “I learned […]

Career services director fosters Florida Poly student success

Dark skinned women with light skinned young women.

Editor’s Note: This story is part of a series of feature stories that highlight diversity on Florida Poly’s campus and celebrate Black History Month.As associate director of career services at Florida Polytechnic University, Pairris Jones revels in her front-row seat to student success. “I feel like a proud mom. A lot of students will come and tell […]

Alum driven to improve access to health care

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Editor’s Note: This story is part of a series of feature stories that highlight diversity on Florida Poly’s campus and celebrate Black History Month. Florida Polytechnic University alumnus Dieff Vital ’17 has dedicated his educational career to ensuring poor and underserved communities can access the care and services they need to thrive. “I’m from a country where […]

Sophomore prioritizes service to others at Florida Poly

Dark skinned male student with glasses standing in IST commons.

Editor’s Note: This story is part of a series of feature stories that highlight diversity on Florida Poly’s campus and celebrate Black History Month. When sophomore Ritchel Calvaire began his studies at Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, Florida, he knew he needed to find a way to get involved and give back. Calvaire had dedicated […]

Community outreach that gives both ways

Florida Poly NSBE club student volunteer at STEM workshop

At 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, half a dozen Florida Polytechnic University students found themselves at a different campus, laying out materials for younger students to use, hoping to ignite an interest in engineering and technology.

Teaching that opens the doors to healing

Dr. Green with student

Dr. Robert Green’s lessons go beyond the chemistry lab. As an African-American faculty member at Florida Polytechnic University, he makes sure he’s there for students not just to help them with chemistry equations, but also with some of life’s difficult challenges.

Not defined by labels, Florida Poly junior embraces opportunity to make a difference

Florida Poly student clapping at Presidential Ambassador Ceremony

Florida Poly junior Gabrielle Simms was raised in a place where opportunities to prosper are not abundant. And opportunities for women engineers are even fewer. “I grew up in a poor and tough neighborhood,” said Simms, from Nassau, Bahamas.

From love of computers to SGA president; the path of a successful leader

Dark skinned male standing.

When Travis Hills came to Florida Polytechnic University as a freshman in the fall of 2015, he had his eyes on the prize: a bachelor’s degree in computer science. But he never imagined how broad his college experience would be, expanding his knowledge not only in the classroom, but also as a leader. Now, a senior and president of the Student Government Association(SGA), the prize seems even more valuable.

Graduate student strives to achieve engineering dreams at Florida Poly

Taryn Jones Florida Poly IST commons

In no particular order, Taryn Jones is an engineer, a woman, and black. All are terms which describe what she is, but do not define her. “I want to be seen as an engineer, not necessarily as a black engineer who is also a woman,” said Jones, from Santa Teresa, New Mexico. “I’m just a person doing what I’m passionate about, and that happens to be engineering.”