LM Alaiyo "Dr. A" Foster, Ed.D., NCC, QMHP, CCHW
Philanthropic Alignment | Asset Management | Education Programs Advocacy | Strategic Direction | Community Relations
Why she loves the Black United Fund:
A result of our efforts, interactions, and experiences, for me, learning is life. I believe learning is a life-long endeavor and experience. Learning occurs as prior knowledge merges with new information. While this happens in multiple ways, and in multiple life areas, academic learning is the the intersection of curiosity and preparation – on behalf of students, educators, and community alike. Academic learning then, is the willful effort to expand the use of one’s intellect and knowledge base; it is an active step in the journey of becoming greater, both individually and collectively. I love that we know not only that we must feed our curiosities - but we are well-positioned to help that process for others.
I love the mission and vision of the Black United Fund of Oregon. At BUF, we believe education is a catalyst of change; with resources, support, and opportunity, together we can break cycles and instead introduce and reinforce generational resiliency. At BUF, we believe we (our collective community) are the change we’ve been waiting for. At BUF, we’re here to serve. #staytuned represents all that we can conceive and bring forth in our community.
How she advances the mission of the Black United Fund:
Strategically feeding my personal curiosities has afforded me an in-depth familiarity and broad perspective on subjects such as leadership, cultural proficiency, equity & inclusion, public health including HIV education, prevention & outreach, school and family counseling, youth social development as of course, organizational development and management. Public service has always been personally fulfilling, holding rewards of its own; I believe real-world experience allows for relationship building and furthering of my community. I encourage students’ hands-on involvement in voluntary and paid capacities to contribute to the advancement of their fields of interest as well as to understand and further their own professional and personal development. My life's work as an advocate and community leader, while in pursuit of my on academic achievements, allows me to serve the community with passion and intention. This work is a calling, not just a job. This is passion-work.
What you won't find on her resume:
I am a Portland native & I’m a serious goofball! I adore laughing and like to make others laugh as well. As serious as I am about my profession, I’m equally silly with my friends. I believe in working hard, and playing harder.
Email Dr. A at firstname.lastname@example.org