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MiKayla Dotson

Major: Psychology, with a focus on pre-health

Clark Days: Growing up in Greenville, Mississippi, with two surgeons as parents, health care was always accessible to MiKayla. When she started studying at Clark, she dreamt of making that access a universal experience. As a research fellow at the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise, MiKayla created the Clark University Guide app with Charlie Trey-Masters ’23 to help first-year students find resources on campus. She also played on the women’s basketball team and served as president of the Clark Athletics Inclusion Coalition, education chair of the Black Student Union, and as a member of the Athletics Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. She’s also been a peer mentor and has given campus tours to prospective students and their families. This year, MiKayla received the President’s Achievement Award for Inclusive Excellence. She received the award twice before, as part of Rise for Racial Justice in 2021 and as part of the Clark Athletics Inclusion Coalition in 2020.

Post-Commencement Plans: MiKayla is heading to the Brown University School of Public Health to pursue a master’s in public health with a concentration in epidemiology.

Observation: “There were some hard moments where I didn’t know what I was doing, or if what I was contributing was meaningful. I stuck with it, continuing to learn and make mistakes. Thankfully, I have really good advisors who called me out on those mistakes and let them become learning moments. That’s what college is for.”