The Step Up and Go to College Tour

Recent Appearances

  • The Essence Music Festival
  • Iroquois High School
  • Midwest Finance Association
  • Fayette Co. Juvenile Detention Ctr.
  • University of Louisville
  • Henninger High School
  • Ballard High School
  • Jacobs High School
  • Clark Montessori High School
  • YMCA Black Acheivers
  • Barnes and Noble Booksellers
  • Fairdale High School
  • Syracuse University
  • C-step Youth Program
  • Jefferson County Public Schools
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • Financial Management Association
  • KPMG PhD Project Meetings
  • Doctoral Student Association
  • National Association of Black Accountants
  • Black Graduate Student Association Natl. Conference
  • The Gaines Empowerment Centers
  • Shanghai University of Finance and Economics - China
  • Carnegie-Mellon University

Have your students been prepped on the realities of college?

Do you have a hard time getting the message across?

Would you like for them to hear it from the mouth of a down-to-earth, caring college professor?

"Your speech really changed my mind about college. I had
alot of doubts on whether to further my education because I
didn't believe I was college material. Your college
experiences and what you told me you went through in
college made me think I could actually become successful.
- Michelle Dubin, Bryan Station High School -

Click here for a detailed description of the STEP UP AND GO TO COLLEGE TOUR

What makes the STEP UP AND GO TO COLLEGE TOUR unique?

  1. It gives a professor's inside scoop regarding what those in his positions are looking for in their best students - making it to college is not the same as getting to graduation.
  2. Dr. Watkins brings 11 years of experience as a college professor, with a total of 15 years of experience in the university system. He has taught at 5 major universities: The University of Kentucky, Indiana University, The University of Rochester, The Ohio State University and Syracuse University.
  3. Dr. Watkins' message is especially strong for minority students, who are underrepresented in higher education.
  4. Starting in poverty as a child, Dr. Watkins has credibility among students who feel that their poverty is an excuse not to achieve. He is especially adept at explaining how to go to college when you have very little money.
  5. As a very weak student in high school, Dr. Watkins serves as motivation to those who feel that past academic performance is a reason that they cannot go to college and excel.
  6. As a young father at the age of 18, Dr. Watkins is a motivator for those who feel that having a child is an excuse for not reaching out to their goal

From Freddie Brown, Director - Black Achievers Program:

I thought you were right on time. You spoke to the teens in their language, which allowed them to hear what you had to say. Too often folks "preach at" or "speak over their heads" and the words fall on deaf ears. The message was great. It gave the academic underachiever a reason to believe they could become an Achiever if they put forth the effort. Getting good grades sounded easy when you compared them to practice time, weightlifting and other activities designed to improve football skills. The majority of our Youth Achievers are athletes or band students, so they could definitely relate. Our kids need people that will be real and tell it like it is. You did that in a way that was enlightening as well as entertaining.