Darius Baxter '11
My name is Darius I. Baxter. I am currently completing the final semester of my undergraduate degree at Georgetown University in Women's and Gender Studies concentrating in Globalization & Poverty. As I complete my last semester, I am also working in the DC campaign office of Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, while also partnering with an all-natural Colombian coffee startup called Sunniva Caffe.
This summer I had the pleasure of working on Capitol Hill in the United States House of Representatives in the office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC). While working in her office, I was able to successfully draft and ultimately have introduced House Resolution 473, Designating June as National Gun Violence Awareness Month. During the time, I also was honored on the House floor and put into the Congressional Record on July 27th, 2015 for my selection into the Stennis Program for Congressional Interns.
On top of receiving all Patriot League Academic Honors while competing as a varsity athlete at Georgetown, I have worked in DC youth programs throughout my time at Georgetown, including the After School Kids Program, which works with teenagers who have been placed on parole for various reasons in the District, and the Sursum Corda Tutoring Program, where I taught 5-9 year old's in a DC housing project to read and write. I have also spent time fundraising for programs like Childfund International whose focus is to build schools and provide medical care for children in third world countries. I worked this summer at the Special Olympic World Games in Los Angeles. And I currently tutor in a bilingual elementary school, and coach high school football in a low-income community in D.C. I also am the treasurer for the alumni association of my alma mater, Bishop McNamara High School, located in Forestville, MD.
Upon my graduation in December, I plan to work full time with Bernie Sanders campaign as I make the transition to doing Teach for America in the Fall of 2016. After completing my two-year commitment with Teach for America, I plan to attend law school.
I have lived in and around the D.C. region my entire life and would not be where I am today had it not been for the values that I learned at Bishop McNamara high school. There I had teachers who pushed me to be the best I could be and would not accept anything less. I am very honored to be able to give back to the school which gave me so much working with the Alumni Association.