2020 40 Under 40 Honoree: Armani Davis
“I want everyone to feel like they belong and add value.”
As an undergraduate, Armani Davis didn’t always feel at home, even on his own campus. “There was nobody who looked like me,” Davis says. “African Americans aren’t well represented in those spaces.”
So he set out to change that, earning a doctorate from Robert Morris University and situating himself as a mentor not only for students but for other Black, male educators.
“I want everyone to feel like they belong and add value,” he says. “Every student has the capacity, but they need that motivation.”
It’s a lesson Davis models as a faculty member at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and in his role as faculty lead for the Coro Pittsburgh Fellowship in Public Affairs. Coro’s program allows professionals from across the country to work alongside the city’s top leaders, learning how to create sustainable impact.
“Education doesn’t just come in a formal classroom setting,” Davis says. “You have to seek out your own education, too, whether that’s in the classroom or in a book or in your own research.”