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Advisor Advice: Lamar Walker | Virginia Tech

Assistant Director for Student Programming, Virginia Tech

Which program board(s) do you advise and what kind of events do they produce?
Black Student Alliance & Virginia Tech Union. Both groups host events focused on building community at Virginia Tech. This happens through movies, live music, comedy shows, trivia, lectures, and celebrations. BSA has the unique role of helping to raise awareness about Black culture on campus while also amplifying the voice of the underrepresented Black student population.

What is the best lesson you learned during undergrad?
A little kindness goes a long way. You never know what kind of day someone has had or what they are dealing with at the moment. Your kindness could be the thing that turns their day around. Be kind to others and more importantly, be kind to yourself.

Which leadership skills do you see develop the most in your undergrad program board students?
Problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and public speaking. When running meetings or events my students often run into obstacles that could potentially limit their success on any given task. I find that they use these four skills the most when mitigating issues and when working to produce quality events for the student body.

Keep up with Lamar:
Twitter: @lamarwalker
Instagram: @lamwalk

Maggie GardnerAdvisor Advice: Lamar Walker | Virginia Tech