Where It Starts: Guide for the Bumpy Journey

Part of the “Where It Starts” series celebrating Black History Month

“Guide for the Bumpy Journey” documents Professor Rhonda Franklin’s musings on her role as a teacher and mentor, and her students Modou Jaw’s and Casey Murray’s reflections on her influence on them. It is part of the “Where it Starts” series highlighting the incredible accomplishments of our Black community during their journey at the University of Minnesota.

Professor Franklin is the recipient of several awards that recognize her contributions to student success. Most recently, she was honored with the ARCS Scientist of the Year 2020 award. The story includes a link to a video recording of her conversation with ARCS on her experience as a scientist and mentor to students and young professionals. In 2018, Franklin received the IEEE MTT-S N. Walter Cox Award for her service to the society as an engaged researcher, educator, and volunteer. She was also the recipient of the 2016-17 Tate Award for excellence in undergraduate advising.

In 2017 we chronicled alumnus Modou Jaw’s journey to and through the University of Minnesota. We encourage you to read his story. He earned his bachelor’s degree in computer engineering in 2019 and is currently working in California. 

Read “Guide For The Bumpy Journey” Here

“Where it Starts” is a collaborative undertaking brought together by a team of faculty, staff, and student content advisors from the University’s Black community, and University Relations. Each story is a reflection on overcoming obstacles, building community, and finding purpose. We encourage you to read all the stories in the series on individuals and communities who are making Black history at the University of Minnesota. We also encourage you to join us in the events and programs throughout February that celebrate Black History Month.