Frank D. Dorsey, II, an alumnus of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), has recently been accepted to the attend the 2016 Human Rights Campaign Historically Black College & Universities Leadership Summit. The summit will include workshops on building inclusive campus climates and improving the quality of life for LGBTQ (Lesbian, Bisexual Gay, and Transgender) people.
“I am elated about this professional development opportunity, and proud that I can attend as a staff member of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff,” said Dorsey, who is also an administrative specialist in the Office of Student Affairs. “It is my personal goal to become a change-agent on this campus and lead resourcefully through the intersections of race, religion, gender identity, class and sexual orientation.”
The annual HBCU Leadership Summit is going into its 11th consecutive year as the flagship leadership development and advocacy training program for student leaders and administrators on issues of LGBTQ inclusion and safety. Each year, a select number of student leaders and university administrators, staff and faculty gather at HRC headquarters, in Washington D.C., for a four-day conference on a variety of topics.
Dorsey is a native of West Memphis, Arkansas where he attended West Memphis High School. He graduated from UAPB in 2014 with a bachelor of general studies, and is currently pursuing a master’s of college student personnel at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Arkansas. After graduating in May 2017, he plans to enter a doctorate program to continue studying higher education.
During his senior year at UAPB, Dorsey was selected to participate in the NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP), which is designed to increase the number of historically disenfranchised and underrepresented professionals in student affairs and/or higher education. His experience with NASPA combined with his work as a Student Government Association leader sparked his interest in student affairs as a profession. After graduating, he began working as a student recruitment specialist in the UAPB- Mid South Recruitment office in West Memphis, Arkansas. Today, he works in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and serves as a campus advisor for Miss University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and the Lion Yearbook.
“As a recent college graduate and student affairs practitioner, I am passionate about working with the students at UAPB and understand that it is critical to mold my career by pushing myself to encourage innovative thinking to improve our campus,” Dorsey said. “I am committed to be an advocate for campus diversity, and I have challenged myself to continue to be a voice for the Lesbian, Bisexual Gay, and Transgender community.”