With his current graduate studies and a burgeoning business addressing food insecurity, Justin says WPI’s project-based education shaped his successes from his earliest undergraduate studies here. In addition to his advanced degree program, he is founder of DoughBoyz, a breakfast delivery service that will help build a food security hub in Worcester. Eventually, he would like to continue to grow and adopt DoughBoyz into a global project. “I really enjoy feeding people and helping to make sure everyone's basic human needs are met,” Justin says.
In his junior year, Justin’s Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP) in Morocco gave him a global perspective of how community and business connect to the greater good. The experience also cemented his commitment to making a difference for people worldwide. Now seeking an advanced degree, he’s combining everything he’s learned to expand his dedication to social justice issues, including food insecurity and financial literacy.
He notes, “My IQP experience helped me discover the importance of social justice and sustainability on a global scale.”
Still active in many student organizations, Justin says the Gordon Library, where he has worked throughout his WPI years, remains the place where he spends a majority of his time—either working or studying. He credits the library staff for their constant encouragement. “They have always been a supportive group who have pushed me into leadership positions and supported me through troubling times,” he says.
In addition to being active in student groups including the National Society of Black Engineers and the Black Student Union, Justin has established DoughClub (and an accompanying YouTube series), a student organization focused on ending food insecurity on campus to make sure no WPI student is hungry. His leadership roles and extracurricular activities give him opportunities to support affinity groups on campus and work for the social justice issues that are important to him and the WPI community.
People need food to be their best and most productive selves. If everyone had food security, I think a lot of world problems could be solved.