For business graduate Dion Brinson, receiving his degree is a testament to the importance of persevering in the midst of adversity.
Brinson was able to overcome childhood challenges, including brief homelessness, to triumphantly become the first person in his immediate family to graduate college. He will earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in human resources and began his career at a well-known clothing company.
Brinson not only maintained a 3.3 GPA, but was active on campus with the North Carolina Central University’s (NCCU) Men’s Achievement Center. Since his induction in 2017, he has volunteered his time for numerous organizational community service activities including reading to children at local elementary schools. Brinson also served as a marketing intern and peer mediator for the program.
“Dion grew not only as a student but also as a man during his time at NCCU, although he experienced some struggles. He found solace in the Men’s Achievement Center to prevail and achieve success,” said Roderick Heath, Ed.D., director of NCCU’s Men’s Achievement Center. “Dion is the true definition of not letting obstacles or situations hinder goals; he will continue to grow as a young man as he embarks on creating his legacy.”
As a result of difficulties faced during his sophomore year, Brinson considered leaving the university. Brinson credits Heath with being influential in his decision to stay and for providing the tools to become the successful well-rounded man he desired to become.
“The Men’s Achievement Center gave me a brotherhood and mentorship that I was yearning for as a Black man in America,” said Brinson. “Dr. Heath saw my potential and encouraged me to want better for myself, his passion helped to build my integrity and character.”
During his time at NCCU, Brinson also earned internships, including his most recent experience with the Forsyth County Sherriff’s Office Human Resources Department. He also served as vice president for NCCU’s student chapter of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM).
“NCCU has given me a confidence and work ethic that can’t be matched,” Brinson says.
Brinson nurtures his commitment to service by serving as a motivational speaker, providing advice and mentorship to at-risk children. He also plays the drums at a local church.
“Our commitment to each other is that he continues to provide “Truth and Service” to the community at large and never forget what made him who he is today,” Heath adds.
Upon graduation, Brinson will continue his work assisting individuals with employment needs as a human resources coordinator for Hanesbrands Inc. He also aspires to earn a SHRM HR certification and an MBA before becoming a human resources director.
“Being able to endure things these past few years have made me very thankful for this moment,” he adds. “It’s the sacrifices of today that makes the possibilities for tomorrow.”
Brinson encourages students to stay the course while being tenacious, focused, disciplined and in connection with their spiritual beliefs.
“Don’t let anything defer you from your dreams of getting a degree,” he adds.