Welcome to “Alumni Spotlight.” Learn how our Union Institute & University (UI&U) graduates live the UI&U mission of engagement, enlightenment, and empowerment.
Featured this month: Agyei Ekundayo
Education: Graduate Certificate in Health Education (2019)
Profession: Health Educator and Mental Health Awareness Advocate
Agyei Ekundayo is a passionate health educator and mental health advocate. Her favorite saying is, “Everybody ‘mental’ ain’t crazy. Many of us just need someone to listen.” Learn more below about Agyei and her quest to help people.
What has your degree meant to you personally and professionally?
My Graduate Certificate in Health Education makes me stand out as a professional. The certificate made me more marketable, and it helped me land my current job as a Community Specialist. Union’s certificate is designed to promote behavior change and to prepare for professional practice in wellness program management. In addition, I feel more prepared to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam. All four HEC courses are equal parts CHES study guide. Awesome!
What quality do you admire most about your alma mater?
The quality I admire most about Union is everyone’s willingness to help me on all levels. The staff and faculty were so accommodating to my many disabilities with unwavering support and patience.
If you could give advice to a Union student, what would it be?
My advice is to go for it! I’m 41 and I pulled it off despite short-term memory loss due to past seizures, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and depression. UI&U won’t let you fall behind.
What would you say has been your greatest accomplishment?
My greatest accomplishment is my memoir, Hindsight is 20/20, 2nd edition. I want people to know that mental illness doesn’t have to be a death sentence and that the cycle of family trauma can be broken.
What is your passion away from work?
My passion is mental health. It’s like I always say: “Everybody ‘mental’ ain’t crazy. Many of us just need someone to listen.”
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