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What Matters to Me and Why Alumni Series: Dion Shepherd Jr. M.A.S.

Thursday, Oct 12, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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Please join us for the first 2017-18 “What Matters to Me and Why” Alumni event!
Who:   Dion Shepherd Jr., M.A.S. ’16
When:  Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, at 6 p.m.
Where:  Newkirk Alumni Center
Reservations:  Required at WMMW Registration Form
A light supper will be served. Space is limited, so please reserve early.

Dear Anteater Community,

The “What Matters to Me and Why” Alumni Series is back with its first talk of the 2017-18 series, Thursday, Oct. 12, featuring Dion Shepherd Jr., M.A.S. ’16. This informal, conversational dinner series explores how student experiences have profoundly impacted career paths and life journeys of some of UCI’s many distinguished alumni.

Going to jail isn’t normally considered a good career move, but UCI alum Dion Shepherd Jr. thought it could help him better understand his ex-con and at-risk-youth clients. So the Detroit native voluntarily spent two months in the slammer as part of an A&E undercover documentary series called “60 Days In.” The unnerving experience wasn’t Shepherd’s first television gig. In 2013, he trained as a bounty hunter on “Dog and Beth: On the Hunt,” then worked as a bail bondsman, security guard and youth counselor. Additionally, he has established the Justice League Consulting Group, which aims to assist former inmates in finding jobs and acclimating back into society.

“What Matters to Me and Why” encourages reflection about values, beliefs and motivations in the lives of those who shape our university. The series explores personal journeys – choices made, difficulties encountered, commitments formed and joys revealed – with the hope that these stories will help us to understand diverse pathways in life, work and leadership. Such understandings are crucial for fortifying tolerance, strengthening bonds, and supporting the virtues that make UCI a great institution.

We are pleased to offer this series in collaboration with the Student Alumni Association, a registered campus organization that enhances the student experience at UCI by connecting students to one another, alumni and the university.

We encourage you to join us Oct. 12. Please complete the event registration form to register.

With warm regards,

Doug Haynes
Chair, Diversity, Inclusion & Programming Work Group
Vice Provost, Academic Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Professor, History

Jonathan Feng
Co-Chair, “What Matters to Me and Why” Program Committee
Professor, Physics & Astronomy