Mentee Excellence, Recognized: Second SPCStudent Named Collegiate 100 Chapter Mentee of the Year
The 100 Black Men of San Antonio, Inc. announced this week that for the second consecutive year, its Collegiate 100 chapter Mentee of the Year recipient is a corporate student government leader from St. Philip's College.
The award-winning mentee is Diondrick Sorrell, vice president of the college's Student Government Association, recognized during the organization’s Nov. 4 Gala in San Antonio.
According to the 100 Black Men of San Antonio, Inc. web announcement http://www.100blackmenofsanantonio.org/, "Diondrick has been a great mentee and peer mentor. He has an openness to guidance, direction and feedback. His desire to learn and grow have fueled his consistency with the St Philip's College Collegiate 100 and created many opportunities to impart wisdom and share observations. Diondrick has a passion for improving himself and his community.. As a graduate of Wagner High School, he serves as a role model and example of success. He has helped other students on the campus find their way and to connect with resources to help them academically. He helped get the Collegiate 100 Chapter established on the campus and quickly became a leader among the members. His success in the Collegiate 100 led to his being voted Vice President of the Student Government Association. Diondrick is hard working. He is usually the first person at a project and the last to leave. He is definitely an example to all.
Sorrell joins college alumnus and Collegiate 100 chapter 2016 Mentee of the Year Keiban Crumedy as a recipient of the leadership professional development award.
Established in 2016 and open to students throughout San Antonio, the Collegiate 100 chapter at the college helps students make the holistic connections between chapter membership and access to 100 Black Men of San Antonio, Inc.’s mentoring and tutoring resources. Chapter leaders nationwide assist the parent organization toward developing the social, emotional, educational and physical needs of youth who desire additional positive role models. The secondary purpose of The Collegiate 100 is nurturing the growth of its members into open-minded professional leaders.
Nationwide, the parent organization includes 116 chapters with more than 10,000 members who improve quality of life in communities by enhancing educational and economic opportunities, particularly among African-Americans. Both the college's 2017 and 2016 White House HBCU All-Stars---Passion Williams-Toomer (2017) and Damon Lake (2016) are current or alumni members of the chapter at the college of 13,000-plus students.
Shaun Smith is a faculty member of the St. Philip's College automotive technology program that is a finalist in the board’s Texas Higher Education Star Award (http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/index.cfm?objectid=b85d3943-caa5-ca55-8f80c6bc6a78848c) program for 2017. While one finalist is recognized, the best practices of all finalists are shared now in the permanent record that corporate business leaders use as a resource on how education is contributing toward achieving goals in Texas' long-range strategic plan to remain globally competitive. Smith embodies the prospective mentoring resources available to students at the HBCU with the nation's largest enrollment.
"The 100 Black Men of San Antonio, Inc., chartered in June 1999 under the leadership of our first President Mr. Frank Dunn, expresses our unique interest in the development of young men of color throughout the San Antonio region," said Smith.
John Martin, both Sorrell's mentor and the college's director of student conduct and Title IX programs, offered insight into the mentor experience leading up to the award for Sorrell.
"I was present at the award event, to support Diondrick along with Shaun, student members of the college Collegiate 100 chapter and Dr. Mordecai Brownlee, our college's vice president for student success. Diondrick has embodied the ideals of mentoring. He is open to feedback, seeks guidance and is eager to learn. His positive attitude and open mind has led to his growth as a student, a leader and a man," said Martin.
"Diondrick has taken all of the guidance and his experiences to be a strong peer mentor in the St. Philip’s College Chapter of the Collegiate 100 and a leader in the St. Philip’s College Student Government Association wherein he serves as the Vice President," Martin shared.
For details on partnering in or scaling up the college’s Collegiate 100 program, contact John Martin, the college's director of student conduct and Title IX programs at 210-486-2746 | firstname.lastname@example.org.
GALA IMAGE 01: One highlight of the 2017 100 Black Men of San Antonio, Inc. Gala Nov. 4 in San Antonio was a photo opportunity with (from left) organization 2017 Mentee of the Year and St. Philip’s College Student Government Association vice president Diondrick Sorrell and 100 Black Men of San Antonio, Inc. president Ivory Freeman. (Courtesy image)
GALA IMAGE 02: One highlight of the 2017 100 Black Men of San Antonio, Inc. Gala Nov. 4 in San Antonio was a photo session with organization 2017 Mentee of the Year and St. Philip’s College Student Government Association vice president Diondrick Sorrell (at right of center in yellow tie) with chapter leaders and members of the organization’s Collegiate 100 Chapter at the college. Pictured are organization leader Dr. Milton Harris, student chapter members Student Government President and Alamo Colleges District Alternate Student Trustee Angelia Jacobs (standing left of Dr. Harris), students Naomi Jenkins, Saadia Abdi, Isaiah Robinson, Susana Stevens, Val Jean Romero and Terrell Thompson, 100 Black Men of San Antonio, Inc. president Ivory Freeman, college administrators John Martin and Dr. Mordecai Brownlee (in striped bow tie) and student Jonathan Adams. (Courtesy image).