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Jawan Mullen


What surprised you about the university?

The openness of the university. Coming from a community college you figure that Portland State would be more of a closed-knit type thing. But for this to be such a large school, it’s more of a closer community than even community college.

Are there any groups that you’ve gotten involved with that have helped you feel that sense of community?

I’m actually what you call a diversity scholar. I am part of the Diversity and Multicultural Student Services. And I am president of Black Cultural Affairs Board on campus.

How do you fit in personally in the tapestry of students and faculty at Portland State?

I find that, even though I went to school at a later time in my life, I feel just like one of the students. I feel almost like I’m just a 20-year-old college student that’s going to college fresh out of high school, even though I have a 21-year-old son myself. 

Does your son go to Portland State?

He does. I found that going to the same school and hanging out has actually brought us closer. We’ve found time for each other. I’m really, really proud of him. This was his first term and he got all A’s.