HAMPTON, Va. (February 18, 2021) – On Friday, January 27, the Hampton University Student Counseling Center and Student Support Services presented the second installment of their “Deeply Rooted: Cultivating the Power of Your Authenticity” series with actor Michael Rainey Jr.
Rainey Jr. is a twenty-year-old American actor, best known for his role as Tariq St. Patrick on the Starz series Power, a role he reprised in the spin-off series Power Book II: Ghost. Throughout the discussion, Rainey Jr. answered a series of questions from participants, as well as provided encouraging words to students relating to the importance of remaining true to self.
“I give a lot of credit to the people around me. They help me keep a good head on my shoulders while remaining true to myself and humble. Authenticity is staying true to yourself and accepting your flaws. You have to learn about yourself as you grow,” said Rainey Jr. “I love Hampton University. Shout out to everyone at HU. I appreciate you all showing me love and I want to give you all the same love back. Students, stay on your grind. I want to see you all be very successful. You all are doing great. You have great people around you. Become the best person you can be and always be the best you.”
Hampton University students from different parts of the country were excited to participate in this virtual event featuring Rainey Jr. During the discussion, students were reminded to uncover the power of their authentic selves while highlighting the importance of mental health.
“The second Deeply Rooted event was a testament to the importance of mental wellness, vulnerability, and resilience; these traits have been particularly important in the midst of the pandemic. Michael Rainey, Jr. utilized his authentic self to provide wisdom, insight, and motivation for the Hampton University students. He was able to discuss his personal journey in navigating difficult situations and ways in which he has authentically become comfortable with who he is today. We are so grateful that he was willing to serve as our special guest, and we look forward to him visiting Hampton University following the global pandemic,” said Director of the Student Counseling Center, Dr. Kristie Norwood.
“Self-Authorship is one of the most powerful character traits to help students develop throughout their tenure as undergraduates and is a proven tool to improve persistence and increase degree completion rates. I am proud that our Student Support Services program partnered with our Student Counseling Center to sponsor Deeply Rooted II: Cultivating the POWER of Your Authenticity" and thankful that Michael Rainey Jr. lent his talents to our efforts to deploy innovative means to meet students’ academic needs in general, and their socio-emotional needs during remote learning, in particular. I am confident that our program participants and ALL Hampton University students benefited from the engaging and informative seminar. I look forward to continuing our partnership with Dr. Norwood’s team for the third installment in the series,” said Dean of Student Achievement, Mikael L. Davis.