Mike is awesome and knows much about alcohol, cannabis, and other drugs (ACOD). He has a way of talking to young adults that is personable and authentic that allows for honest conversation, which is important when talking about sensitive subjects such as substance use. He easily makes connections and builds trust with college students by asking questions and listening to their experiences without judgement. He is very relationship-oriented in his work and it shows, especially with students of color who feel comfortable talking to him about their experiences in college with someone they trust.
Mike seamlessly integrates racial awareness and health equity into every topic and conversation in a way that elicits deeper understanding for everyone. His strong relationship-building skills allow him to push conversations, especially with white people, to center the experiences of people with marginalized identities in a white supremacist society (Black, Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQ+ folks, women, people with disabilities, etc) and keep the focus on breaking down inequitable barriers and policies. Mike would be a great asset to your team if you are truly ready to put in the WORK needed to push yourself and your team towards a more equitable future.