Follow the Trill Leader: Harold
Trill or Not Trill?


Trill Leader: Harold
Class Year: Sophomore

Leadership Positions:
President of Black Freedom Society, Orientation Leader, Sword and Shield Leadership Society

Leadership Introduction:
In my 10 years as a Student Affairs professional, Harold is one of the more dynamic student leaders I’ve ever worked with. I met him at his new student orientation and from that point he’s been a dominant figure on campus. He started as Vice President of the Fashion Organization then moved on to the Black Freedom Society. He is well known and respected by students, staff and faculty alike.

Leadership Highlight:
the Black Freedom Society at NJCU has a rich history. Prior to last year they were on the brink of being dissolved due to a lack of interest and leadership. Harold stepped up and took over as president. In one year he and his team led protests, held inspiring workshops and grew membership to its highest in years. The Black Freedom SocietyIMG_5444 ended up winning Club of the Year and Harold was awarded Club President of the Year.

Leadership Issue:
Harold has been quite busy this year. Along with the challenges of switching majors, his new job has rigorous hours. Finding time to sit down with him was an adventure itself. With big shoes to fill from the success of last year, I could tell Harold was concerned with keeping up momentum.

He told me, “Last year we had all these issues effecting our people and the students were ready to participate.”
Harold also asked, “How do we get them to care if these moments aren’t happening?”

I let him know that moments are always happening to get students involved or excited. The leaders have to help people discover them. A leader should be able to paint vivid pictures when the eyes of the community remain color blind.

How to Keep it TRILL?
Harold recognizes the importance of meeting new people and introducing himself and the club to the freshmen, cool kids and change agents on campus. He knows where exactly where to find them. If people believe in you they will believe in your movement, club or organization. Authentic exchanges and relationships are key to any type of personal growth.

Can Harold and his new Eboard keep up the huge growth of the Black Freedom Society?

I challenged Harold to find the balance of achieving academic excellence with a new major while still empowering his peers.
Can Harold achieve that 3.8 GPA he’s seeking and still be the mentor he’s been to so many student?

We shall see!

Stay trill, folks.

MrJeffDess is a writer, professor, public speaker and emcee of Haitian descent. He is an author of 4 books of poetry, including his latest, Deconstructing Ratchet. With over ten years of performing and student affairs experience under his belt MrJeffDess continues to strive towards helping students reach their highest potential. For booking information, contact MrJeffDess at