African American Alumni Chapter Spotlight: Andre´ Taybron
Posted by Caitlin Joyce on Monday, February 2, 2015 at 10:50 PM PST
Andre´ Taybron is a 2000 MPA graduate and a member of Seattle University African American Alumni Chapter’s (AAAC) leadership team.
From seventh grade through high school, Andre’ lived with his single mother and three of his siblings in public housing in Wilson, North Carolina. Growing up in the “projects,” Andre´ constantly questioned why it was that his family and neighbors who worked so hard to provide for their families were not able to purchase a home in a middle-class neighborhood.
Andre’s background living in public housing helped to shape his values and ideals around the need for better housing policy. “Today I’m a published author, scholar and entrepreneur. My firm, Broneist Consulting, provides urban design, planning, needs assessment, public policy development and administration implementation services,” Andre´ said.
Andre´ has a B.S. in Communications, an MPA from Seattle University and a Masters in Architecture and Urban Design and Planning from the University of Washington.
“Academically, my knowledge and understanding of social justice and public policy flourished while completing my Master’s degree at Seattle University. I applied that knowledge to both my roles at the Seattle and Renton Housing authorities and as a Housing Planner at AIDS Housing of Washington.” Andre´ studied at Seattle University from 1998-2000. “While at Seattle University I learned to ask the tough questions. I knew when choosing Seattle University that I would establish a foundation for social justice ideals and philosophies to incorporate into my work. Understanding the Jesuit tradition taught me to think for myself and to test commonly accepted knowledge,” Andre´ shared.
In 2014, Andre´ became a member of the Seattle University African American Alumni Chapter’s leadership team. “After embarking on my professional journey and the real-world rat race, I noticed that something was missing – the SU culture and environment that I loved.”
Andre´ began meeting quarterly with MPA alumni which helped keep him connected to Seattle University. Over the years he saw a lack of opportunities to engage and connect with African American professionals and community members and began to attend events hosted by the African American Alumni Chapter (AAAC).
“I saw something in the participants of the AAAC that I wanted around me and more importantly, I wanted to be a part of the leadership to help influence the welcoming, professional and fun atmosphere.”
As a member of the AAAC leadership team, Andre´ hopes the group becomes a catalyst to bring people back to campus and to get alumni and students more engaged.
“It is my passion and vision for the chapter to be a resource to uplift individuals who may have questions or struggles, for those who want fellowship and those who need more guidance, advice and mentorship. I want people to come out, bring their spouses, partners, children, family and friends to have fun and let the Seattle University community know that we are here as a chapter and part of what makes our Jesuit institution great!” Andre´ said.
You can join the African American Alumni chapter this month for their Black History Month Celebration.
Seattle University Black History Month Celebration
February 20, 2015
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