Black History Month Spotlight: Dr. Marnel Niles Goins

Dean, College of Sciences and Humanities

Dr. Marnel Niles GoinsWhat does Black History Month mean to you?

Black History Month is a time to reflect on and celebrate the achievements, contributions, joys and struggles of Black people throughout history. It is an opportunity to acknowledge the resilience, strength and creativity of the Black community, while also recognizing the historical injustices and systemic challenges we have faced.

Black History Month is also a chance for people of all backgrounds to come together, learn and actively engage in creating a more inclusive and equitable society. In this month and others, we celebrate diversity and recognize the ongoing efforts towards social justice and equality.

How do you plan to celebrate Black History Month this year?

This year, I am volunteering in my community and at my children’s schools. 

What advice do you have for Saints looking to start their careers or become a leader?

Jump right in! I’ve been the first Black person in a lot of my leadership roles and I know what it’s like to look around and not see someone from your culture represented in that space. Don’t let that be a deterrent. Sometimes you have to create the space for yourself.