Randy Garcia, B.A. 2001

Senior Assistant Director of Leadership Giving, Duke University - Durham, NC

2001 Major: Sociology; certificate in Markets & Management Studies

How has being a Sociology graduate from Duke helped shape you personally and/or professionally?

"My Duke experience and sociology/psychology education provided me with an in-depth understanding of what motivates people; not to see people from my experiences but instead influencers such as religion, race, sex, gender, culture, and more. It made me a better leader allowing me to motivate and develop people to improve their performance and professional development. However, the best outcome was building their loyalty to our organization as they felt like a person and trusted that I had their back."

What advice would you give students in Duke's Sociology programs? 

"People are undoubtedly the best resource for any organization and the key to success. Getting to understand how people interact with their environment and what influences them is something that is a totally transferrable skill and ubiquitous in every career field."

Randy Garcia