Virgil Parker

Howard University

2021

Journalism
Rochester, NY
I am a Rochester, N.Y. native who was raised primarily by a single mother and my maternal grandmother.. I choose Howard University because of its legacy of producing strong leaders. I admired Howard alumni such as Phylicia Rashad and Thurgood Marshall.. I started advocating for underserved and undervalued people because of the poverty that I saw in the Republic of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. I want to be an advocate for those who cannot fend for themselves, especially minorities.. I love to advocate for other people. It really brings me joy to see women and minorities receive the equitable investment that they deserve.. I am trying to generate equity in a variety of different areas. My post-grad plan is to be a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Canada. I would like to create equitable opportunities for woman-owned and minority-owned companies that trade with Canada.. Two of my proudest accomplishments are graduating from Howard University and becoming baptized. Howard taught me to be a relentless advocate for others. Also, my relationship with God is what allowed me to overcome many challenges in my life. One of those challenges was being forced to drop out of Howard in 2017 because of a lack of financial resources. It is only through the grace of God that I am able to graduate a few years later.. I love Historically Black Colleges and Universities. I am going to do my best to support this community when I am able to..