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Brown pushes students to grow, succeed

Joseph Brown, a professor in the Africana Studies program gestures Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, at his office in Faner Hall. Photo credit: Ellen Booth | @EllenBooth_DE | Daily Egyptian

The Rev. Joseph Brown, professor of the Africana Studies at SIU, was featured in the Daily Egyptian. The article offers a peek into Brown’s childhood and the impact he has had serving the students of SIU.

Here are just a couple of those students in their own words:

As a professor, Brown’s students say he pushes them too.

“He will find a way to make sure you have what you need,” said Bethany Peppers, a sophomore from Urbana studying Africana studies and political science. “He wants us all to get our degrees. He wants us to not only get our piece of paper, but grow while we’re doing it.”

Peppers said she probably wouldn’t still be attending college at SIU without Brown’s help, adding he has always been willing to listen to anything she has to say and help her transition to college life.

Along with Peppers, Marissa Jackson, a senior from Champaign studying Africana studies, said she learned a lot about what she wanted to do in the future from Brown.

When she left home, Jackson said she thought she wanted to go into education. Brown made her dig deeper into her own personal interests, and she said she realized she wants to work in an administrative position, filling a role such as director of student engagement, diversity affairs or student affairs at a university.

“He taught me a lot about how to help people, but also through that he taught me how to help myself with self care and how important self care is when it comes to helping other people,” Jackson said. “He just really taught me how to help people, how to listen, just be a warrior for you and for the students who need you.”

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