Introducing Camellia Lewis, Assistant, Department of Diversity and Community Programs

Carolyn Borman

Over the next few weeks, we will be introducing our new faculty and staff in Roeper news posts. Our new folks were nice enough to complete a questionnaire telling us something about themselves and included is information from their Department Directors.

From Director of Diversity & Community Programs, Carolyn Lett: I am so happy to have Camellia back in the Roeper community. Camellia’s  self-assurance and passion and as well as commitment to DEIJ work will enrich and further the work that we are doing. I am looking forward to working with such a capable colleague!
What is your new position at Roeper - details like what courses you will be teaching, are you working with other faculty?
I am the assistant to the Department of Diversity and Community Programs. I look forward to supporting all DEIJ programming and activities at Roeper.

What were one or two highlights of your life?
Visiting the Napali Coast in February 2020 was an amazing highlight! I am fortunate to have visited several beautiful places over the years but the timing of this trip (just before the reality of COVID), makes my reflection on the beauty and peacefulness of that topography especially joyful.

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be and why?
I don’t have a particular place where I would want to live but I do think it would be interesting to try living off-grid for a year.

What are some things you'd like to share about yourself, your family and birthplace?
I was born, raised and educated in Detroit. I absolutely love this city! All six of my siblings still live in the Greater Detroit area and we are very possibly over-involved in each other’s lives, but I cannot imagine being another way. My husband and I have a son, a daughter, a bonus daughter and a beautiful granddaughter.

What are your hobbies and interests outside of work?
I have so many! Mostly I enjoy biking, gardening, live music, doing crossword puzzles and going dancing with my husband.

What is a topic or skill that you love to teach or share and why?
I have always been very interested in the concept of “healthspan” which is more about how well one lives as opposed to simply how long one lives. Peter Attia’s book, Outlive – The Science & Art of Longevity, makes it clear that healthspan can be positively impacted by simple adjustments made earlier in life. I recommend this book to anyone looking to gain additional information on aging well.

What is it that appealed to you about Roeper when you took the job?
This one is easy…because I had previously worked at Roeper, it was the opportunity to be part of this wonderful community of people again!
Educating and inspiring gifted students to think as individuals and to engage as a community with compassion for each other and this world.

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