Devin Walker

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Junior, History & Latin American Studies

DSC00121Devin is from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and studies History and Latin American Studies. He is passionate about educational administration and policy, and hopes to pursue a career in higher education administration. Currently, he works as the Community Manager in Hinton James Residential Community and engages with several campus organizations that focus on educational initiatives. Devin hopes that a broader knowledge of multicultural affairs will help him to create inclusive educational environments that preserve and respect diversity.

“Educational administration has been my passion long before finding UNC. The detailed creation of a learning environment that supports and develops students holistically, catering to the individual while advancing a unified mission, is a process that is influenced by policy, organizational management, and assessment. My own personal growth through the education system and a strong fascination with the management of educational issues has led me to gravitate towards educational administration as a potential future career. As a student from North Idaho, prior to coming to UNC, I had an educational environment that largely consisted of people that shared many of the same identities. Diversity therefore was celebrated in a very different manner than found in more diverse regions: we focused largely on the different aspects of the individual experience rather than the shared experience of particular groups. Instead of arguing that certain identities contained an experience, we focused largely on the implications of a particular experience. Because we lacked the ability to fully conceptualize how a different identity would have altered our own experience, we did little to understand how a particular identity, which naturally creates a community within communities, would alter the experience and perspective of those involved.  UNC has provided me access to some of the critical theory behind ethnic, religious, gender, sexuality, and socioeconomic theories – just a few of the broads areas of identities that could create a community – and has allowed me to see how a difference in identity creates a difference in experience. A greater knowledge of these communities has broadened my own perspective by allowing me to understand the implications of my own identities and how they alter my perspective and experience. Multiculturalism is inherent and necessary for all aspects of education, both for the need to create an inclusive environment that adequately values and preserves diversity, and for creating educators who properly understand and are able to adapt to the different needs of diverse populations. An education that focuses on the experience of different populations, how they view themselves, and the context by which they interact with other populations will allow me to expand my skills as a potential administrator and allow me to accommodate a wider variety of students. By understanding the context that students are placed in better, I will be better able to create an environment that preserves and celebrates varied identities and to advance the mission of an educational facility in a meaningful and inclusive manner. A more solidified grounding in issues of multiculturalism will allow me to grow more when confronting issues of diversity by providing me with a greater understanding of the context of a situation and to understand how different communities interact. My ability to create and advance an educational environment that truly supports and develops the student in a holistic manner is dependent upon a developed understanding of the context and interactions of the communities that I would engage with.”