Tri-C Famous: Jacques Smith
#TriCFamous is a bimonthly feature that introduces readers to the people who make the College work while providing a sneak peek into their lives off campus.
Jacques Smith joined Tri-C nearly 22 years ago as a community outreach liaison. He now serves as program manager for the College’s Black American Council, overseeing the mentoring program and other initiatives that increase opportunities for success and retention, particularly among Black students. Learn more about Jacques, including who he admires most, in this edition of Tri-C Famous.
1. What’s your motto or philosophy on life?
If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter; if it matters, start using your mind.
2. Who do you look up to most, and why?
My son, Jacques Jr., who was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at age 3. My wife and I were told he wouldn’t be able to live a full life without assistance. Today, he’s an energetic and thriving adult. A proud 2019 graduate of Tri-C, he’s now in his senior year at CSU majoring in early child development. He never says “I can’t.”
3. Describe your personality in five words.
Outgoing, fun, giving, devoted, grateful.
Want to be Tri-C Famous? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be featured (or to nominate someone else!)
May 11, 2021
Beth Cieslik, 216-987-4538 or email@example.com