Dr. Banks brings over ten years of experience in student affairs/services and educational research at four-year institutions, two-year institutions, and experience working directly as an Umoja Program Director. His most salient passions regarding his work experience have come by way of working with students of color, and more explicitly aiding in the holistic success of Black students.
Before, and during his professional career, he was fortunate enough to attend California State University, San Bernardino, for his undergraduate degree in Education. During his undergraduate career, he was an eyewitness to how lack of navigational capital can disqualify even the most brilliant black minds when it came to higher education. Upon witnessing this, he chose to enroll at California State University, Fullerton to pursue a degree in Higher Education to assist with combating this phenomenon in colleges and universities. Continuing this fight, he later acquired my doctoral degree in Educational Leadership, again from CSU, Fullerton. During this time, he studied the impact of servant leadership and Critical Race Theory on the transfer process for African American males. The work of Umoja is significant and central to his professional and personal life, and he looks forward to continuing to serve the foundation in any way he can.