David Roberts, MPH
My experience attending HBCUs created a sense of pride that’s difficult to put into words. It provided a diverse yet inclusive community of scholarship that celebrates the richness of African American experience. This created an unmatched sense of community and provided me with lifelong friends and mentors.
I had the privilege to attend two HBCUs – Grambling State University where I received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Jackson State University where I received a Master of Public Health. At Grambling the motto is Where Everybody is Somebody. This inclusive environment allowed me to grow and flourish in a field where I can give back to my community and American society.
Attending both great institutions help prepare me for a challenging career at CDC in Public Health. It provided me with the skills and experience I have used in performing difficult assignments that affect populations in local and state public health settings which often required advanced expertise and judgment. I have also developed, implemented, and/or guided programs with continued success. Additionally, I have served as the leader of an employee organization and as a mentor for several young bright employees.