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Dawson Davis

Dawson Davis is an aspiring higher education and student affairs professional who will be earning his Master of Education in Adult and Higher Education, and will be working as a Graduate Resident Director at the University of Oklahoma. He previously graduated Cum Laude from the University of Central Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. In his time at the University of Central Missouri, Dawson worked with the Green Dot Program, and Violence Prevention Specialists, to plan a bystander intervention event, titled “Project Safe,” to educate residents in the residence halls about power-based interpersonal violence and harassment. He helped to facilitate and execute this program in the spring semesters of 2019, 2020, and 2021. Dawson went through the Green Dot program in October 2018 and then volunteered throughout his following three years at the university, and helped to educate those on how to use delegate, direct, and distract methods to better prevent these occurrences on and off of campuses.

Throughout his time at Central Missouri, Dawson worked in a variety of student employee roles. These include: Embedded Peer Mentor, Mule Team Leader, Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leader for Human Physiology, Summer Conference Assistant (Housing), and Admissions Ambassador. These roles allowed Dawson to work with incoming and current students, providing mentoring, resources, networking, and socializing opportunities for students. In addition, Dawson served in a variety of student leadership roles on campus, within the Midwest region, and at the national level. With his involvement in a plethora of committees, working groups, and task forces, and a culmination with his academic education, he has gained a number of invaluable experiences that has developed him into a fierce advocate for student governance, as well as health and wellness in the collegiate population. Dawson has presented a number of educational sessions at regional and national conferences on topics ranging from the importance of drinking water, to disordered eating and the college student leader, to engagement and communication in the residence hall system.