Is Bottom Line For Business Student
May 9, 2002-- Gordon Braxton
is not your typical business student.
dont view business as an end in itself, but as a mechanism
for social change," he said.
22, a graduating fourth-year student from Stafford, Va., has concentrated
on marketing at the McIntire School of Commerce. He has enjoyed
the challenge of a rigorous education in business. And he expects
to work for profit-making ventures at some point in his career.
its not where his heart lies.
is planning a career in social work, and his face lights up when
he talks about the service projects hes done at U.Va.
member of Brothers United Celebrating Knowledge and Success, Braxton
was the only first-year student to serve on the organizations
first executive board. He has stayed active in the group, which
helps bridge the digital divide by offering free computer tutoring
to African-American youth in Charlottesville.
also serves with the nationally recognized peer-advisers program
at the Office of African American Affairs. "I realized that
I didnt get where I am solely on my own merit," Braxton
said. "A lot of people helped me, and I wanted to return the
activity that has clearly engaged Braxtons head and heart
is his work for One in Four. Established at U.Va. four years ago,
the group educates men about sexual violence against women and works
to reduce it on college campuses.
speaks to mens groups around Grounds about the extent of the
problem and ways they can help. (One in four refers to the number
of college women who have experienced a rape or an attempted rape
between the ages of 14 and 22.)
a lot you can do to help end mens violence against women,"
he said. "You can be effective in your everyday interactions
conversations about race are another of Braxtons interests.
He conceived the idea for "Reflections on Complexions"
four years ago, modeled after then-President Clintons talks
about race held around the country. BUCKS embraced Braxtons
idea and has helped sponsor it every year.
empathy may stem in part from a frightening personal experience.
The summer before he matriculated at U.Va., he fell into a coma
for several weeks. Doctors were never able to identify the source,
and Braxton just as mysteriously recovered. He had to rebuild atrophied
muscles and relearn how to write and talk. Since then, hes
been grateful for the little things in life.
a month on life support made me treat every day like a gift,"
contributions in community service at U.Va. were recognized recently
with an Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.
many of his McIntire classmates, Braxton hasnt yet secured
a full-time job and plans to spend more time looking after graduation.
At the top of his list would be a job with a non-profit group, especially
one that addresses issues of gender and violence or urban education.
have to make a difference where you can, because you can,"
Charlotte Crystal, (434) 924-6858