Community Outreach and Service

Thank you for visiting my community outreach and service page!

Dr. Coles encouraging and teaching the youth.

Inspiring a group of young people.

 

I am very passionate about giving back to the community. In general, my community service activities range from mentoring young men who are incarcerated to helping to diversify the fields of statistics and clinical research. More details about my service to the community can be found in the sections below.

If you are seeking someone to speak at your event (especially in any of the areas below), please feel free to contact me via the Contact page. Please begin the subject line with “Speaker Request”. Alternatively, you may contact me at adrian.coles(at)duke.edu. Again, please begin the subject line with “Speaker Request”.

 

Youth (1st – 5th Grade)

Speaking to the tomorrow's leaders.

Speaking to a group of tomorrow’s leaders.

I am very active in my church’s youth ministry. I currently serve as the curriculum coordinator where my primary responsibility is developing the curriculum for 1st – 5th grade students. In addition to that role, I frequently teach inspirational lessons.

Our primary goal is to provide students with engaging Christian lessons that help to establish their faith, build their character, and provide them with positive examples of success to counter the abundance of unhealthy images and negative messages that are prevalent in today’s media.

 

Youth (6th – 12th Grade)

I am also very passionate about working with this group of students. I gave the 2016 commencement address at my high school alma mater. However, I am also available to speak to small groups of students where the focus of the conversation can range from “overcoming obstacles” to “opportunities in mathematics and statistics”.

Please feel free to contact me if you are seeking someone to speak to students in this age group.

These are challenging years for most students, and the bitter truth is that the skills and attitudes developed during these years will determine the trajectory (at least initially) of one’s life. Mentoring these students and exposing them to concepts such as “The Five Keys to Success”, “The Imposter Syndrome”, and “The Connection between Unpopular Decisions and Success” can be a great way to help these students stay (or get) on the path to success.

 

Diversity

My beginnings are very humble. I know what it is to grow up in low-income and underprivileged communities that are overlooked and misunderstood by other groups in our society. I understand the challenges associated with obtaining success when your everyday circumstances suggest that success is simply not an option. I’m living proof that those everyday circumstances are wrong!

I’m currently serving on the American Statistical Association’s StatFest Committee. This program hosts an annual symposium that

  1. builds healthy community
  2. exposes minority students to career options in statistics
  3. gives them access to mentors who can help guide them along the way
  4. provide career development instruction and resources.

In addition, I also serve as a mentor and committee member for the American Statistical Association’s Joint Statistical Meeting’s Diversity Workshop and Mentoring Program.

Please feel free to contact me if you are seeking someone to speak to individuals (students or adults) from underprivileged and underrepresented communities.

It’s my hope and prayer that my story of transitioning from poverty and poor decisions to PhD may be helpful to someone else in similar circumstances.

 

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”

~ John C. Maxwell