2017 Black Alumni Alliance Book Award Winner

American University News

photo courtesy of Autumn GrantEvery year, as summer draws to a close, the AU Black Alumni Alliance chooses its Book Award recipient. This year’s pool of nominees included students so talented, so engaged in their communities, and with such high academic achievement that the selection committee could not help but name two winners.

While exceptional in countless ways, 2017 AU BAA Book Award recipients Autumn Grant, SPA/BA ’19, and Justin Simms, Kogod/BSBA ’18, are similar in that they both have a strong track record of service and have proven their commitment to Black, African-heritage, and Caribbean communities by promoting student engagement at AU and beyond. Today we would like to introduce you to one of our recipients, Autumn Grant.AU: Congratulations! You’ve already proven yourself to be an exceptional young professional, but I’d like to know a bit more about the young woman who has made it to this point. Could you tell us a little about yourself?Autumn: I grew up in Baltimore with my mother, two younger brothers, and extended family. My mother is my biggest motivation because she worked hard on her own to raise me and my brothers into exceptional young people. Family was a huge part of childhood because we were so close. My family is also very religious, so the church was also a huge influence on my upbringing. The church is where I met most of closest friends and people I can call family.I am a silly, fun person who loves to laugh. Often, I describe myself as an optimist. I am a helper. I love to help people in every possible way I can. One of my dreams is to travel to all the continents. I value diversity, and I believe there is something to learn from every part of the world.AU: How did you choose American University?Autumn: …

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