Graduation season may be wrapping up, but we’re still celebrating! The Puksta Foundation is featuring “Senior Spotlight” profiles, a special series of posts to honor our graduating Puksta Scholars and their projects. We are truly impressed by the work these students have accomplished as Puksta Scholars, and we are so grateful to have this opportunity to share these profiles with the community so you can get to know our Pukstas a bit better.
Please join us in congratulating these students and wishing them luck in the future!
Today our featured Puksta Senior is James Artis III, graduating from University of Denver!
James is a Business Management major with a Business Information Analytics minor. He is actively involved in work that empowers and promotes justice for low-income communities and communities of color. His efforts as a Puksta Scholar include seeking to address issues surrounding the relationship between law enforcement and Black communities. He passionately engages in social justice work to make sure voices of individuals belonging to marginalized identities are heard, recognized, and represented. Additionally, he has been a mentor for the Excelling Leaders Institute and has worked with the Cherry Creek School District towards their Brotherhood efforts.
At DU, James co-facilitated The Black Male Initiative Summit, in addition to helping to welcome prospective students to the DU Campus as a Program Visit Intern at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. James has also contributed to the community as an Assistant Basketball Coach for AAU Premiere Basketball Club, Youth Pastor at Balm of Gilead, Brotherhood Publicist at Overland High School, and Volunteer at Operation Christmas Child Warehouse and Food Bank of the Rockies.
To learn more about James’ Puksta Project, check out the poster below.
Congratulations on the completion of your degree, James, and thank you for your truly meaningful and impactful work advancing equality and empowerment in the community!