Christina Walker

On Sunday, April 19th the Gamma Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity hosted the 2015 Miss Black & Gold Scholarship pageant.  Since 1976, the pageant has always been designed to showcase academic success, beauty, and talent.

Christina WalkerMs. Christina Walker was a sophomore in the College of Education’s Special Education program, minoring in Education and Public Policy when she decided to participate in the Miss Black & Gold Scholarship Pageant.  After being invited to participate, Ms. Walker began to research the history of the event, and reported appreciating the role that the pageant has played on the experiences of women of color in academia. 

Her participation in the pageant fell in line with other activities that she has committed herself to.  In addition to this experience, Ms. Walker is actively involved as a Blue Print Mentor; a program provided by the Paul Robeson Cultural Center (PRCC) that promotes the well-being of first-year, and transfer students at Penn State.  She is also an active member of the National Society for Collegiate Scholars.  Ms. Walker’s mission to achieve greatness is reflected in her experiences leading up to role as a student at Penn State today.

Ms. Walker’s role as a Summer Camp Instructor for children between the ages of three and fourteen afforded the opportunity to work with a diverse student population.  She recalls working closely with a camp participant that helped to focus her attention on the needs of students with special learning needs.  She was able to support the child, and his family to explore community supports, and alternative methods to better served his needs in the classroom.  Ms. Walker’s passion to become an educator had always been present, but this experience solidified her mission to support students to achieve their individual greatness.

She hopes that other students in the College of Education might also be motivated to strive for greatness, ask questions, share their thoughts, be curious, and to understand the value of their own ideas.  Ms. Walker maintains an “expectation of greatness,” and remembers her mother’s encouragement to value “education; the tool that cannot be taken away.”

Favorite Quote:

“Now you understand

Just why my head's not bowed.

I don't shout or jump about

Or have to talk real loud.

When you see me passing,

It ought to make you proud.

I say,

It's in the click of my heels,

The bend of my hair,

The palm of my hand,

The need for my care.

'Cause I'm a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That's me.”

—Maya Angelou