When it comes to success in any career field, confidence and perseverance are traits that will help any new graduate survive what can be a difficult climb up the career ladder. Office politics, being shut down by critical managers and fighting for your ideas are a few of the issues rapper, actress and producer Queen Latifah is hoping to help adult students conquer in her recent partnership with Strayer University. A press release posted on Business Wire reveals why the founder of Flavor Unit Entertainment was the perfect choice to lead students through the 11-week online course that builds on Strayer’s commitment to provide students with the skills, habits, and mindsets needed to succeed in the real world. Strayer University President Brian Jones shared that Queen Latifah’s ability to adapt and tailor her talent to different areas of the entertainment industry is why she has had so much longevity within the field:
“Queen Latifah embodies many of the qualities we work to instill in our students to help them be successful in college and their careers including confidence, an entrepreneurial spirit, and persistence. We’re absolutely thrilled to have her join Strayer on our mission to help adult students succeed.”
In addition to leading the online courses, the 48-year-old will be featured in a separate “Back To School” no-cost course that will provide students with practical skills and tools necessary that students need to thrive in college. Queen Latifah will also host live Q&A sessions with students providing individualized guidance, feedback and inspiration. Lastly, she will serve as the commencement speaker at Strayer’s commencement ceremony held in Washington D.C. on June 23, 2018.
The two-time NAACP Image Award winner shared she’s thrilled to join Strayer in their commitment to supporting students in their mission to succeed and overcome the barriers that can prevent adult learners from pursuing an education:
“I’m thrilled to partner with Strayer University to help their students succeed.”
“Strayer has been helping busy working adults go back to school for over 125 years and I’m honored to add to that legacy and support the students who are working so hard to further their careers.”
Queen Latifah will join the university’s growing roster of professional experts who have tapped to offer their real-world experiences to help empower and encourage students including NASCAR and NFL champion coach Joe Gibbs, celebrated businessman Jack Welch and digital media leader Jon Steinberg. The effort is the latest in Strayer’s new approach to online education, Strayer Studios launched in 2015. The courses of study feature interactive, cinematic curricula produced by Emmy Award-winning film producers and connects curricula with episodic, documentary-style films that are relevant and relatable to students and has already shown to improve student engagement and persistence.
You can check out Queen Latifah’s words of encouragement to Strayer students below: