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As the former Director of Programs and Innovation for the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund (DMSF), Paul oversaw the core academic enrichment programming that DMSF offered their 450 Scholars. Having been a Murphy Scholar with a mentor Paul was able to see the true value of that relationship and use those experiences to elevate the DMSF mentor program. His time on the ground as an affinity group leader truly accelerated his understanding of Scholars’ needs, challenges, and potential. This significantly supported his efforts to increase high school and college persistence. Paul managed the residential caddie program that was very successful at converting Murphy Caddies into Evans Scholars. He also worked to secure travel grants that afforded Scholars the opportunity to become immersed in the history and culture of other countries.
Paul earned a B.S. degree in Health Education, and Rehabilitation & Disability Studies and an M.S. degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While at the University of Illinois he gained experience in research by collaborating on research projects conducted by the Departments of Educational Psychology and Community Health and Rehabilitation. His proficiency in research and instruction led directly to his previous position as a Graduate Instructor for The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Paul gained counseling experience at the Illinois Department of Human Services; therapy, coaching, and assessment application experience from the Department of Disability Resources and Educational Services; and mental health practice at El Valor Developmental Health Services of Chicago. While with the Office of Minority Student Affairs at the University of Illinois he had the pleasure of working with low-income, first generation college students whom like him wanted an opportunity to achieve a more ambitious future.
Before his education, Paul served our country fighting overseas with the United States Marine Corps in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His occupational specialties are Infantry and Artillery. The values he learned in the Marines are present today: work hard, be innovative, and overcome.
Paul is a coveted speaker that believes in the significance and beauty of storytelling. He has been presented with the Chicago Youth Center Adult Achievement Award, the Hoyman Professional Education Award from the College of Applied Life Sciences at the University of Illinois, and the Outstanding Educator Award from the Network of Hispanic Administrators in Education. Paul is a recent graduate of the Chicago Surge Fellowship and was the recipient of the 2018 Chicago 35 under 35 award for community impact. In his spare time Paul volunteers for numerous non-profit community-based organizations. Paul sees volunteering as a fun activity, moral obligation and vital step toward building stronger and more inclusive communities.