Daren Ellerbee M'07

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

DarenEllerbeeThe second time's the charm for Daren Ellerbee M'07. She first enrolled in RMU as an undergraduate in 1999, but transferred to Pitt in 2001. When she was looking at master’s programs, she gave RMU another try. She earned her M.S. in communications and information systems and is a proud alumna and vice president of the executive board of the newly-formed African American Alumni Association. "There’s a very strong Robert Morris network in the region and an equally strong African American professional network within that one," Daren says. "We really want to celebrate Bobby Mo and connect the African American Alumni network back to the university."

When she reminisces about her time at RMU, Daren recalls Black Student Union meetings, pub nights, and other campus activities. But more than anything, she remembers the people who were her mentors, especially communication professor Rex Crawley. He encouraged her to apply to be first opinions editor for the Sentry, and connected her to professional internships including as a business intern for Universal Def Jam in New York. "His hand is definitely still on my career with the seeds he planted still flourishing," she says of Crawley, who died in 2013.

A resident of Pittsburgh's North Side, Daren is the director of the University of Pittsburgh’s new community engagement center in Homewood, helping residents to connect university resources.

Daren and other members of the alumni association will be front and center at Homecoming this year. "We’re planning something big," she says of the new alumni group. "We really hope that everybody will come out and support our efforts to raise awareness about the group, including our desire to attract and mentor African American students at RMU."

Written by Amy Scanlon

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