Tyesha Crawford, a junior majoring in Criminal Justice & Sociology: Social Services, has served the WP and local community by participating in over 34 university coordinated civic engagement activities. As President of Students for Service, Tyesha coordinates many service projects for the WP community. In addition, Tyesha serves as a youth counselor for the New Jersey Development Corporation in Paterson and assists with the Community Health Program by recruiting and mentoring youth participants. Tyesha served as a College Mentor for the Greater Newark Conservancy and mentored high school students and ran the Youth Farm Stand. She participated in WP's annual MLK Day of Service at local community soup kitchens, pantries, park clean-ups and senior centers. As a student leader, Tyesha helped build a home with Habitat for Humanity, mentored children at the Boys & Girls Club, raised funds for the annual WP Breast Cancer Walk, and assembled numerous care packages for a variety of children, seniors, and homeless assistance organizations. She believes in giving back to her community and encouraging other students to serve with love and respect. Tyesha demonstrates leadership, involvement, service to the university and community with the potential for future service to William Paterson and beyond.
Growing up, I was surrounded by service and giving back to others. William Paterson University helped shape me into the person I am today. My first year, I didn't intend to become involved; I wasn't open to trying to new things and meeting new people. By sophomore year, I was acquainted with many activities and clubs, and I attended nearly every community service activity provided by WP. I hold several leadership positions, excel academically, and exceeded my expectations with campus involvement. I am president of Students of Service, a member of Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. I am proud to be a young woman from Newark, NJ who wanted more, not only for herself, but for her community, who stepped out of her shell and blossomed. Leadership positions on campus enable me to express my true love for service. I encourage people to serve and have the drive and desire to help others. I will be the change that inspires others to connect with service and leadership on campus and in their community. Service starts with a small gesture and becomes the epitome of what we wish to see in the world.