“I’m able to bring people from all walks of life and all backgrounds to the table, and I’m able to have them spark a conversation about how we can change the world. How can we all be ourselves but also work together? I feel like I can do that by providing great food. That’s why I like being at a college campus and working with kids. A lot of people don’t realize that we hold the key to them becoming successful. Good, healthy, balanced food and a welcoming environment can spark their minds and lead them to go off and become great leaders. I see it every day.”
Continuing to serve his alma mater of Winston-Salem State in more ways than one, Stevenson has brought his passion of nourishing students to the classroom, where he is able to offer advice and help students, like himself when he was in college, navigate a new environment.
“I’m always mentoring kids. A provost at Winston-Salem saw the mentoring I was doing on campus, and she wrote a grant to allow me to go into classrooms and teach as an adjunct professor, which I still do now. I teach freshman students how to transition to the college life. Through teaching and the mentorships that I hold with students on campus, I’m able to have conversations and speak to students that professors or faculty members are sometimes unable to.”
Supported by Aramark in his efforts, Stevenson continues to be heavily invested in providing services and resources that can make an impact in the greater Winston-Salem area. He established his own nonprofit, Sources United, with the mission of bettering his community, positively changing the world, and ensuring that all have an equal opportunity to thrive in life.
“At Sources United, we figure out what’s needed in the community, find resources that individuals in the community may be lacking, and bring those resources back to the community. We work with kids from the age of eight years old and all the way up and have a lot of programs to help young students transition from an inner-city life. Eventually, when it’s time for them, we put them on a path so they can get into college.”
To learn more about LaKeith’s experience working in higher education, his passion for community involvement, and how he inspires his coworkers, check out the Q&A in this post!