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“Ramapo College of New Jersey has made me the person and professional I am today. The Residence Life and Psychology departments welcomed me with open arms and provided me with the opportunities necessary for growth. I attended Ramapo College as the recipient of the Global Kids Incentive Award through the BD Scholars program. As a recipient of this full scholarship, I made sure to put every dollar of it to use by becoming an academic, a student leader, and a global citizen. The skills I have acquired at Ramapo College have assisted me in pursuing my Doctorate and I hope to continue to make those who believed in me proud as I continue my endeavors.” – Deshawn Cook ’07, ’10 earned his Bachelor’s in Psychology and Master of Arts in Liberal Studies both from Ramapo College. He is pursuing a Doctor of Letters in Fine Arts with an anticipated graduation of December 2015 from Drew University. While at Rampao, Deshawn completed research on “Social Influences of the Coming Out Process – 2007, Coming Out: Race, Class, Gender, Literature and the Parallels between the Coming Out and Grief Processes.” He also received the Melissa Annunziato Memorial Award for Resident Assistant of the Year and the Outstanding Leadership Award.

Currently Deshawn is the Assistant Director of Residence Life and Deputy Title IX Coordinator at Drew University. He is on the Board of Directors and is the Director of New Chapter Recruitment and Services for Rho Alpha Sigma National Honor Society. While at Drew, Deshawn has received the Staff Member of the Year award for his work with student organizations and the Civic Engagement Staff Award for leading a student service trip to Senegal to work with the 10,000 Girls organization.