Religious Psycho-Social Development
B.A., June 2011
Thomas W. Smith Academic Fellow
Harriet Brows Scholarship for Social Change
Golden Key International Honor Society
Home College: Hunter
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Barbara Sproul, Religion, Hunter
Veron Edwards came highly recommended to CUNY BA by his mentor, Professor Barbara Sproul. She described him as “an outstanding student, intellectually solid, deeply committed to his work, a naturally critical reader, and a marvelous writer.” His interest in working with African American youth naturally led him to studies that span several disciplines, including African American Studies, Psychology, Sociology, and Religion.
Edwards’ goals are strongly rooted in the philanthropic work he does as a mentor and resource for struggling youths living in impoverished communities. His area of concentration was designed with an eye toward being able to respond to the psychological health and development of teens and pre-teens in need of guidance. He structured his studies to increase his knowledge in the psychology of the human psyche, environmental factors that affect youth, and spiritual development.
In high school, Edwards was the first person in the Frederick Douglass Academy to bring home first place in a national debate tournament and was then nominated as captain of the school’s debate team, which he led to further victories. He went on to be co-president of the Douglass Academy newspaper, president of the poetry club, a confirmation class teacher at his church, an intern at the American Museum of Natural History, a nominee for the Washington D.C Youth Leadership Program, as well as an author, having his poems published in the American Poets Society Anthology. These early successes led him, once in college, to become an award-winning Spoken Word Artist, a mentor for the Black Male Initiative at Hunter College, a motivational speaker at inner city schools, and a dedicated volunteer at agencies such as The Children’s Aid Society.
His academic program included several independent studies completed though the Hunter Religion, English and African/Puerto Rican Studies departments; these were “The Problem of Evil in the Black Community,” “Conquering and Resistance in the Black Community,” and two studies on the topic of “Masculinity in the Black Community.” He rounded out and completed his degree with fieldwork at The Children’s Aid Society and two courses completed by examination.
Upon graduation, Edwards was selected for the Harvard University Diversity and Explorations Program, an all-expenses paid, three-day program on behalf of the Harvard Divinity School, to expose the participants to academic lectures as well as the ins and outs of studying at Harvard. The Harvard Divinity School is one of the graduate programs Edwards is considering applying to as he continues to build his career as a professional counselor.