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Communication Studies Senior Tylisia Crews Gives Back
By Joe Huss
Tylisia Crews, a senior majoring in communication studies, commemorated Martin Luther King Jr. Day by collecting food items outside Kroger Grocery Store to help the less fortunate in the community.
Her volunteering stint earned her the unique opportunity to grocery shop with Radford University President Brian Hemphill. She appeared alongside him in a feature shot in The Roanoke Times of Jan. 19.
Commenting on her experience, Crews said President Hemphill “makes every student feel like a student and not just a number on campus. I have met him before at other events I have been involved in but this was the most hands on.” She added that President Hemphill even spent his own personal funds on the items they had picked out.
Crews said she signed up for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day event because she wanted to give back. She had volunteered to do the whole day but was only able to do a half day of service because she had to work. However, she is glad to have been able to get the time that she did.
Another reason for her volunteering, according to Crews, was to help Radford University become more diverse, which is what Martin Luther King Jr. wanted for the U.S.
“I can’t say I care about something and then not go out and not help with that,” she emphasized.
Crews is part of the Diversity Awareness Programming Board. She serves as DAP Board’s head of publicity and jokingly says she is overly involved. One of her requirements is to complete a certain number of community service hours and volunteering on Martin Luther King Jr. Day was an obvious chose.
The purpose of DAP is to stimulate interest and heighten awareness on the contributions of minorities across the world.
Crews learned about DAP through its advisor Crasha Townsend who told her to join especially given her interest in marketing. Crews said she also joined because of her interest in cultural diversity so the group fit her passion for what she wants to do after graduation.
She highly recommends joining DAP because it has helped her as a student and as a person. It has also opened doors for her to become a better person as well.
“It has given me an opportunity to become a better team player,” Crews concluded.