Antonio's Inspiring Path of Campus Involvement

St. John's University Student

At St. John’s University, students’ journeys are shaped by their academic pursuits, extracurricular activities, and personal growth. One such student is Antonio Mosby, a lively and active junior earning a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Marketing. He is currently a Student Coordinator in the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), which focuses on cultivating inclusivity and cultural understanding on campus.

In this Q&A, Antonio reflects on his impactful roles on campus. He discusses how they’ve shaped his worldview, honed his skills, and forged an unbreakable connection with the university community. 

I. Contributing to Campus Diversity and Personal Growth.

As a student coordinator for the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), how do you feel you have made a meaningful contribution to campus diversity? 

I understand that everyone on campus is different yet interconnected. Some believe diversity is about recognizing differences but ensuring everyone’s voice is heard to build a more united community. Through my work, I’ve helped people express their true selves and uncover aspects of their identities they may not have otherwise discovered.

Part of fostering diversity and advancing social justice involves confronting uncomfortable truths. Hearing statistics, personal experiences, or differing opinions can be painful, but we grow through discomfort. I’ve learned to break down my barriers and help others understand that although we are all unique, we’re not alone.

Please share a specific instance where your involvement with OMA positively impacted the campus community or an individual student.

During the last fall semester, the Student Equity Workshop (SEW) through OMA held a recruitment event that provided an overview of the organization, its mission statement, and the requirements for student involvement. I, alongside other SEW leaders, invited friends and acquaintances to attend the event.

Toward the end of the program, we conducted a privilege walk to showcase how privileges have helped us progress in life. After participating in this activity and observing where everyone stood, some of my White friends were taken aback, realizing that not all opportunities they received were universal. They expressed gratitude for inviting them to the event and sought ways to contribute to their community back home.

II. Transformation Through OMA

Do you believe your work through OMA has transformed your perspective on social justice, equity, and inclusion? And why?   

My view on social justice, equity, and inclusion has transformed tremendously. Through each training, I have learned to embrace my ignorance and understand that the issues around us are closer to us than we may think. Stereotyping, implicit biases, and discrimination are harmful instances we have all propagated at least once.

OMA has taught me that we can shame ourselves for participating as long as we want, but progress can only be made if we dig deep into ourselves and understand how we can change and help others change our world.

III. Shaping My Career Aspirations.

How do your college experiences shape your future career aspirations, particularly in marketing?

My time at St. John’s University has greatly influenced my marketing career aspirations. Identifying a target market—a group of similar individuals based on specific characteristics—is crucial in marketing. However, the University’s diversity has shown me the beauty of how different individuals can come together to form strong bonds and a tight-knit community.

I have been fortunate to develop close friendships with people from all over, including New Yorkers, Southerners, and international students.

From a marketing perspective, understanding this diverse community has taught me the importance of being personal and genuine with people, regardless of where they originate. This valuable lesson has proven immensely helpful in my marketing assignments and endeavors.

Please share an example of how the skills you’ve gained from campus involvement have complemented your studies in marketing.

One of the critical skills I have acquired is being curious and asking questions when I don’t know something. This has enabled me to learn more about people without appearing distant or unapproachable.

Additionally, I have learned the importance of being transparent in my interactions, especially in my involvement with SEW. By being true to myself, I have been able to participate in the club despite not being the most outgoing person.

IV. Advice for Students Considering Campus Involvement.

Balancing academics with campus involvement can be challenging. How do you manage your time effectively to excel in your marketing studies while actively participating in various roles on campus?

Achieving balance is essential when managing time and being honest with oneself. I have always been successful academically because I prioritize progress in each of my courses. In addition, I have learned only to take on what I can handle while working with SEW and other campus roles. Though a hard worker, I allocate time to participate in various events or activities.

Lové Johnson, SEW’s supervisor, is a prime example of someone who understands students’ struggles and challenges academically and as young adults. She is accommodating and supportive. 

For students considering becoming more involved on campus, what advice would you give them based on your experiences and their positive impact on your personal and academic growth?

With all the organizations and clubs on campus, deciding which ones to participate in can be frustrating. It is essential, though, that you find your community. Based on my experiences, you should see your family on campus, with whom you believe you can grow and become a better person.

Remember, although the path may be challenging, go for it head-on if you see a purpose and a reason to participate.

It doesn’t have to be directly linked with your studies, but having people around you who rely on your presence pushes you to strive academically to stay with the family you find on campus.