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Student Leader of the Month

Each month, the Center for Orientation, Transitions & Leadership honors one deserving student leader, selected from a nominated pool of undergraduates who are involved both in and outside of the classroom. Members of the Providence College community can submit a student leader nomination on the MyPC Portal.

 

headshot of Tyre RichardsTyré Richards ‘19

Major: Social Work and Psychology

Hometown: Bronx, New York

Campus Involvement: Vice President of Motherland Dance Group, Head Resident Assistant, Social Work Advisory Board student representative, Friar Foundations mentor, Orientation Leader, member of the Board of Multicultural Student Affairs

Describe a highlight of your leadership/involvement at PC: “Definitely being a mentor through Friar Foundations. It’s amazing to see how freshmen grow from their first to last weeks of the program. Seeing them realize that they’re more than capable of achieving what they want in life is an incredible experience.”

What’s one lesson you’ve learned as a student leader at PC? “It’s okay to put yourself out there. If you believe you can do it, don’t be afraid to try. The worst thing that can happen is you get a ‘no,’ but in the end you’ll learn and grow from the experience.”

What leader has influenced you the most at PC, and how? “Melissa Sheil ’16 was the first person to see a confidence in me that I didn’t see in myself. I witnessed how she cared about others so much without even trying; it was just who she was as a person. It showed me that what makes you a leader is your values and how you see the world. It’s not about how many leadership roles you have, but what you hope to achieve by helping others. Melissa was confident, but not snarky. She taught me how to be an independent woman, and not to be afraid to go after what I care about. She still checks in on me to this day!”

What do you hope to achieve as a student leader prior to graduation? “I just hope I can make an impact on others’ lives. I want them to realize that being a leader isn’t about being on top or being overly involved on-campus; it’s having a role you care about and making it flourish. Through Motherland, I hope that I can keep creating a safe place where members can find an escape through dance. As a Friar Foundations mentor, I want participants to feel empowered to speak up when something isn’t right, and take ownership of their education and PC experience, because they deserve it.”

Favorite fictional leader: “Annalise Keating from How to Get Away with Murder. She has this powerful mentality that whatever she wants to get done is going to get done. She also has another side which is compassionate. You see her going above and beyond to help her interns and show genuine care. She’s also a black, female lawyer, so it shows that black women are capable of achieving whatever they dream.”

Favorite “real life” leader: “My sister. Life for her wasn’t easy growing up, and she had a lot of barriers to overcome. That said, she was the first to graduate from my family. She showed that when push comes to shove, you just need to put faith in yourself and in God in order for change to be made. She taught me to go after what I believe in. In May, my cousin and I will be the first to graduate college since my sister did so, 18 years ago.”

Describe your statement of purpose as a leader: “My current leadership philosophy is that when you lead, you do it because you care. Anyone can receive a leadership position and have the passion to do well. You’re told the expectations, and can have the passion to do well because you’re told that, too. I think compassion makes a big difference in my leadership philosophy, though. No matter what leadership role I hold, I’m making meaningful connections. I want to help others in any way I can. For example, as the HRA of East Apartments, I find time to help others, no matter what’s going on in my own life. I don’t do anything because I have to; I do it because I care. And I’d want someone to do the same for me.”

What are your post-graduation plans? “I want to get my Master’s in Social Work, so I can continue to help others. Maybe even become a Hall Director, and eventually be in a role like Dean Sears; that’s my overall goal.”

 

Congratulations, Tyré, and best of luck to you!

To nominate a PC student you know for “Student Leader of the Month,” please click here.