Destiny Reid is UODI’s Assistant Director for Strategy and Programs, working on Inclusive Student Excellence programs such as Beyond Carolina, Achieving Carolina Excellence, as well as our Summer Enrichment Institutes (Project Uplift, Uplift PLUS and NC Renaissance). Hailing from Burlington, NC, Destiny attended East Carolina University, where she earned her BS in Business Management in 2017, and North Carolina Central University, where she completed an accelerated Masters of Business Program, receiving her MBA in 2018.
Destiny has a passion for politics, education and issues related to improving the lives of those in the foster care system. As an intern with the United States Senate when she was a rising college junior, she was able to write legislation on foster care issues and present them to members of the White House and Congress. “It was one of the most life-changing experiences I’ve ever had,” she recalls. “It was my first time ever leaving my small city and I was the youngest intern in my cohort. I interned all day in the office of U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and at night, I’d use the Library of Congress to conduct research on legislation for the foster care system.”
Growing up in foster care, those issues really hit home for Destiny – and are what motivated her to accomplish her task. “After months of research focusing on adoption disruption and dissolution – something I knew all too well and a topic not often discussed – and presentation practice, I stood in front of members of the White House and Congress and spoke,” she recalls. “It was one of the most exhilarating and terrifying experiences that I’ve ever had because it could have potentially changed the way in which foster care legislation was drafted or presented. I was the voice for thousands of children in foster care…and that was a powerful experience.”
She brings that experience with her to our office to ensure that all students feel welcome and supported at Carolina. For going above and beyond expectations, Destiny was presented with the Ribbon of Recognition by Workforce Strategy, Equity and Engagement.
In her free time, Destiny enjoys exploring new restaurants, studying her bible, reading and writing, shopping and volunteering in her community.
Get to Know Destiny:
Name your favorite podcasts.
Transformation Church, Coffee Talk, Therapy for Black Girls, Jesus and Jollof,
Best perk of your job?
I do a lot with perspective students as well as matriculating students. It brings me absolute joy working with them when it comes to diversity, inclusion and equity. The programs that we have are a fundamental to the Carolina community and being part of something so impact is an amazing feeling! Another perk is definitely my colleagues, they are the best out there.
In an alternate universe, what would you do for a living?
I’d be an author.
Name three things that people would be most surprised to learn about you.
In high school I almost read a book a day for a year, I was adopted, I wrote legislation for members of the White House and Senate
What’s in your bucket list?
Riding a motorcycle and sky diving.
Whom do you admire…and why?
Cliche answer but definitely my parents. They’ve been married for over 35 years and have raised over 300 children during their time as foster parents. It takes A LOT to take on the responsibility of someone else kids as well serve the community through their different endeavors.
Destiny has completed the following trainings: