OCAT’s Success Series welcomes motivational guru Eric Thomas each week this fall
The Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions (OCAT) is welcoming critically acclaimed author and motivational speaker Eric Thomas, also known as “ET, The Hip Hop Preacher,” back to his alma mater to host a series of seminars aimed at providing academic support and resources for Michigan State University students.
The Success Series, which covers a wide range of topics from “What’s Your Why?” to time management practices, will be held every Tuesday evening during the fall semester from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Erickson Hall Kiva on MSU’s campus. Students can arrive to the events early for a chance to win prizes. (Note the following location changes: Oct. 20 in Conrad Hall Room 102, and Oct. 27 in Room N100 of the Business College Complex.)
“The series is focused on helping students understand and realize what it takes to be successful,” said Murray Edwards, interim director of OCAT. “The main goal of this series is to talk about how students play a major role in their own success. Because of how powerful Eric Thomas is as a speaker, we knew he would be a great person to have come talk to our youth.”
Students who attend the Success Series can expect to gain a better understanding of the wide variety of campus resources available to them, as well as a much greater faith in their own potential, according to Edwards.
In addition to the hundreds of students who attended the opening seminars on MSU’s campus this fall, 1,400 people watched live on the social media app Periscope. The remainder of the Success Series will be broadcast live on Periscope at @ericthomasbtc.
Eric Thomas’ ties to Michigan State run deep. Edwards first met Thomas nearly two decades ago, when Thomas spoke at a Black Man's Think Tank conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. Impressed by his inspiring messages and ability to connect with an audience, Edwards said he and his colleagues encouraged Thomas to continue his education at MSU. In 2005, Thomas received his master’s degree from Michigan State and went on to receive his Ph.D. in education and administration from MSU in May 2015.
Edwards said that Thomas’ career as a widely popular motivational speaker started to grow enormously during his days as a Spartan. According to his website, etinspires.com, Thomas’ videos have more 30 million views on YouTube. His Twitter account, @ericthomasbtc, lists almost 220,000 followers.