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Q&A with Cesone Clemmings ’23 (Strategic Leadership & Design)


The Class of 2023 has officially graduated and is ready to use their UIndy education for service to their communities. Meet May 2023 graduate Cesone Clemmings who recently received her Masters of Science in Strategic Leadership and Design!

Why did you choose to study Strategic Leadership and Design?

I taught History and Social Studies to High School students. I recognized that I was able to help them more outside of the classroom. Their struggle wasn’t their education, their struggles persisted due to the system that was established to educate them, so I went back to school to learn to create better systems. 

Why did you choose to study at UIndy?

I wanted the experience of a small school with smaller class sizes. UIndy is well-known for this, alongside the quality of the teaching staff. 

Are you a part of any extracurriculars (either on or off campus)? If so, what are they and what is your role?

I volunteer with Migros aid, a refugee organization. I am also the Outgoing President of the International Student Association.

Are there any faculty or staff members who have significantly impacted your time at UIndy? If so, who are they and how did they influence you?

The staff members at UIndy gave me space to be myself. Ghina Sadek taught me the value of details, Marilyn Chase taught me the value of conversation and how to do the best I could to help others, and Steven Freck taught me the value of trusting my instincts, my teammates, and the power of a good attitude. Lastly, Kirk Bryans taught me to try and that in trying, I am able to more than I think I’m capable of.

What is one of your favorite memories from your time at UIndy?

The Celebration of the Flags is always my favorite event. It creates a sense of pride for international students. It also gave me an opportunity to share my culture in an accepting space. 

What are your plans after graduation? 

I want to pursue a career in organizational management. 

How did your degree program prepare you for your next steps?

It gave me the tools and the knowledge base needed to create processes that would be impactful, meaningful and beneficial to organizations.

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen?

Try everything, do things in spite of fear, and make decisions that will allow you to wake up and feel good about the life you are creating.