A product of Dallas, Texas, by way of Oak Cliff, Marcus Roberson knows he’s a shining example to young people from his neighborhood as the Assistant Director of Leadership Development & Multicultural Programs for the University of North Texas at Dallas.

“Being a black male in my position, it really means a lot to me,” said Roberson. “I’m a product of the Dallas Independent School District, I’m a first generation college student and I’m the first in my family to get a master’s degree.”

Roberson started working at UNT Dallas in 2013, beginning in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Two years later, he was promoted to his current position in the Office of Student Affairs.

His journey to get this point was not easy, but it was built on one principle: building relationships.

“I believe that relationships are the foundation of leadership,” added Roberson, who also oversees the National Society of Leadership Success (NSLS) organization on campus. “You really can’t influence or even have an impact on somebody if you do not have a relationship with.”

Roberson’s mission is to continue to be a role model for those aiming for both a successful and fulfilling life through impacting others.

“Whether they’re from my neighborhood or not, they can look up and say, ‘Hey, if this guy can make it, if he can do these things, then so can I.’”