Michael Barnes, '91, was going to leave Doane after his freshman year but realized that if he could make it at Doane, he could make it anywhere.
Michael came from Kansas City, Missouri, to play football and run track for Doane. He came with high school friends, who also played sports for the school. During the time, diversity on campus was not its strongest and so Michael found it hard to keep in touch with his roots.
However, over time Michael found a core friend group he still stays in touch with often. Apart from the football and track teams, he was a part of the Black Student Alliance and studied corporate communications. Michael's Doane experience taught him how to have a conversation with anyone he came in contact with.
Davyd Morton, '72, learned similar communication skills through coming to Doane. Davyd was from an economically segregated neighborhood in New Jersey, so when he chose a college he wanted somewhere he could experience things completely different.
At Doane, that was personally interacting with white people in a one on one situation. Never having the chance to do that back home, he learned so much from those interactions and cherishes his experience to grow in that with Doane's tight knit community.Continue Reading