Marcell A. Crawford Jr. graduated from the College of William & Mary of Williamsburg, VA in 2016.
Marcell is an Assistant Director and Advisor with the University of Cincinnati’s University Honors Program. In this role, He supports the academic and interpersonal development of college students through direct advising. Marcell also coordinates a Faculty Mentor Research Program and served as President of UC’s Advising Association from 2020- 2022.
Marcell is originally from Oklahoma and moved with his mother and younger sister to New Jersey where he spent his formative elementary, middle, and early high school years. Marcell later moved to Virginia with his father and graduated from Haymarket’s Battlefield High School in 2012. From 2012- 2016, Marcell attended the College of William & Mary where he studied Government and Secondary Social Studies Education. At WM, Marcell was heavily involved in Residence Life, Greek Life, and worked all four years at the campus library.
Marcell’s experiences as a residence advisor and as a leader in campus government lead him to The Ohio State University where he completed a Masters in Higher Education & Student Affairs (HESA) whilst working simultaneous assistantships in Campus Housing and Student Athlete Support Services. After graduating in 2018, Marcell worked as a Hall Director and then Academic Advisor at Ohio State prior to his current role at UC. Currently, Marcell is also completing his MBA while working full time.
Marcell’s career as a higher education professional is fueled by a desire to represent the Black and Hispanic voices that were largely absent in his academic journey. He strongly believes that at the core of student success for people of color, you have to see yourself in the environment that you are embedded in, know that your spot has been well earned, and that your whole self is valid.