Damariye is a current doctoral student and graduate teaching assistant at the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee studying Rhetoric. His research focuses on the intersections of rhetoric, race, pedagogy, and education policy. He specifically places emphasis on issues revolving around retention and graduation of minority students in higher education contexts.
In addition to his academic pursuits, Damariye has been profoundly involved in the campus community both as a student and a professional. His involvement includes serving in various leadership roles in different organizations such as the Male Empowerment program, Black Student Union, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Communication Graduate Student Association, Black Faculty and Staff Association and the Educational Opportunity Program just to name a few. Additionally, he has served as the first Program Coordinator for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Center at California State University, Sacramento.
Damariye's ultimate goal is to become a college president to actively encourage public service, inclusive participation in university governance, equity and equal access for underserved students. Damariye believes that a well-educated population is essential to sustaining and enhancing a democratic society.
Damariye was born in Vallejo, California on August 16th, 1990. He received both his Bachelor's (c/o 14') and Master's (c/o 17') degrees from California State University, Sacramento. He is a lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and was honored with the fraternity's highest award exclusively for undergraduates, the Guy Levis Grant award, named after one of the organization's founders.
His personal interests include working with disadvantaged and first-generation college students, mentoring students, cooking and spending time with his wife and daughters.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: California State University-Sacramento - Bachelor in Arts, Mass Communications
Graduate Degree: California State University-Sacramento - Master of Arts, Communication, General
Love to read, write, and watch educational documentaries. Also love basketball and football.