Miss Bekidaremaje Williams
Family Engagement Specialist
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated
Millikin Student is now a Family Engagement Specialist at Baby TALK
Meet Bekidaremaje Williams, a Human Services major in her time here at Millikin, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree. She was born in East Saint Louis but raised in Decatur, IL. In her youth, she attended and graduated from Maroa-Forsyth High School ’15. Shockingly, in her class, there were about seventy students that graduated and a maximum of 400 students in her entire High School. Compared to Millikin, which contains around 2,000 students, adjusting to the drastic change in size was challenging.
Bekida chose Millikin because she was looking for a University that offered a good education with connections to the professors/faculty members. She desired to attend a University with people she could call family. To her Millikin offered fun activities and events on campus, great vibes, and the opportunity to meet new peers from different states or countries.
Her journey from an Education major to Human Services is admirable. She changed her major from early childhood education to Human Services. Why? Because being in a classroom was something she had always been interested in but working with multiple students was posed as a bit too challenging. Having a discussion with her parents helped her figure out what she wanted to do. "Support families, but also work with children one on one". Once she switched majors, she met Mary Garrison and Kay White (who has retired) who enlightened her about children, teenagers, adults, and the elderly. She knew then that she wanted to learn more and indulge in the Human Services major. Taking their classes was not easy for her most of the time, but it her and her peers to become better social workers, counselors, and therapists. The courses she took at Millikin have helped her prepare for real life situations. With Mary Garrison’s help, she was able to obtain an internship at Baby TALK for two semesters and receive more experience at a place she enjoy being with. After graduation, she was selected to have an interview at Baby TALK and shortly thereafter became their new Family Engagement Specialist. She quotes "I am excited to continue to work with my now co-workers and support families that are in need."
In her time here on campus Bekidaremaje was an active member in the African Student Organization, Black Student Union's Miss Ebony ’18 and served on the leadership team, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated: Treasurer, the Multicultural Greek Council: Vice President of Administration/Finance, the Multicultural Voices of Praises: an active member, and an active member of Sister Circle. Congratulations to this successful graduate.