Milo L. Dodson|
School: University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
Major Concentration: Counseling Psychology (Graduate School)
There are some who are content with surface level success. Then there are those who are concerned with helping and giving back in ways that will last. The life and work of Milo L. Dodson is destined to last more than a lifetime. His reputation and life’s work will outlive his accolades and accomplishments by leaving behind a legacy of humility, excellence and compassion.
Education comes first with Dodson. A recent graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in African-American studies, Dodson is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Originally from Covina, California, he plans an extensive career in education as a professor.
With the hopes of starting a private practice and offering consultation services to Fortune 500 companies, the future Dr. Dodson is also aiming to become a counseling psychologist that will undoubtedly earn him a Nobel Prize for his work in the field.
Involvement is a must for Dodson. He has been involved in various activities since he was young. Whether it was soccer, basketball, dance, or music lessons for six different instruments, Dodson attributes his hard work and success to a strong support system—his family. His diversified involvement in activities and organizations continues today. Dodson is the President of the Black Graduate Student Association 2009-2010; a member of the Association for Professional Development in Counseling Psychology; and the Saint Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church Young Adults Group. He was also Mr. Ebony ND 2008.
Influenced by his family, Dodson gives credit to his mother, Laurene Dodson, for his success. "My mother has made countless sacrifices to ensure that I have an excellent education." says Dodson. "For as long as I can remember she has always worked two jobs to support [the both of] us. As a single mother, she has successfully worn the father "hat" as well. Additionally, she has become a exceptional manager at Wal-Mart while working as a Special Education and Computer Instructor at an elementary school.
Dodson’s mother once said to him, "It is being a parent that has been the most helpful in managing people. A parent is both a child’s first teacher and first manger. The difference being, parenting goals are not for profit, but for the child’s ability to learning to manage himself."
This is evident in Dodson’s achievements and reaching beyond what is asked of him. The 2009-2010 school year has been promising to Dodson who will begin serving the as the African-American Outreach Team Graduate Assistant through the Counseling Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. This will enable him to encourage and mentor many students on campus—helping them think, grow and expand their minds.
Dodson is excited to start programs and programming during his time as the African-American Outreach Team Graduate Assistant. He hopes it will carry a rich new legacy that will evaluate the core issues of the African-American community and be applicable to future generations.
Milo Dodson has a greater vision for the program that he hopes will resonate with a bigger audience. He has a proactive attitude when it comes to organizations on campus and doesn’t wait for organizations to seek help. "We should be able to take the outreach program to a higher level using a specific formula of techniques, as it is our responsibility and privilege to positively impact as many African American students as possible."
This attitude will enhance the entire student body by cultivating each student. Dodson already knows that black men are the key for this movement. "With the increase in scholarly endeavors by young black men, I am optimistic that we will be able to tear down inaccurate stereotypes, and show the world how intelligent and benevolent ‘brothas’ can be!"l; Dodson says.
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