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Concordia faculty and staff are role models for how to build relationships, make connections, and give back. There’s no better example than what Assistant Director for Academic Advising Adrian Perryman (’07) does during his spare time.
Although he still lives and works close to where he grew up, Perryman is active in the much broader community, helping to make the Twin Cities a better place to live, work, and play.
Perryman sailed through his interview process, was hired as an admissions counselor, and now serves as assistant director for academic advising as he begins his tenth year as a Concordia staff member.“I enjoy working with students,” says Perryman. “I feel like I’m making a difference and helping change lives.” And he also feels strongly about giving back to his community.
Perryman helps to coordinate Conordia’s participation in the Rondo Days parade. Rondo Days is an annual community celebration commemorating the vibrant, predominantly black Rondo neighborhood that was destroyed by construction of I-94 in the 1960s.
“I have a long association with the Rondo Days parade—going to the parade as a child, being in the parade as a Concordia football player, and now representing the University as a staff member,” says Perryman, since each year CSP participates by entering a car or float in the parade.
Perryman was appointed by St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman to serve on the St. Paul Planning Commission. The mayor wanted diverse input from community members so the city continues to grow in all ways. Perryman also served on the Snelling Midway Advisory Active Committee, is a member of the Union Park District Council, and a member of the board at the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center where he provides guidance and participates in community events.in the local community and beyond,
Perryman, along with a group of his high school classmates, started the Philando Castile Memorial Scholarship. Castile was shot and killed by a police officer during a July 2016 traffic stop. Perryman knew Castile. They both attended Central High School and Castile was a classmate of Perryman’s brother. He appreciated the opportunity to help out and do something positive in Castile’s memory. “Central Honors Philando is a community event that brings people together to celebrate his life, raise money for the scholarship in his names, and connect with community involvement opportunities.”
“I’m very fortunate to have a good life, being able to go to college, get married, have a good job, and give back to my community,” explains Perryman. “My siblings and I grew up in a household where volunteering was important, and both my parents worked for non-profit organizations. We were taught to show up lend a hand so we can all do better.”