Genyne lives out her mission daily through her role as the community relations director for Radio Milwaukee, 88.9 FM, a non-commercial, non-profit station that plays an eclectic mix of rock, hip hop, soul, pop and R&B, and promotes Milwaukee through “dialogue on issues that matter,” she said. In addition, Genyne serves as the program director of the Mosaic Partnerships Program in Milwaukee, which improves cultural understanding through relationships. “I think that it is very important to build community,” she said.
Service made its way into Genyne’s heart while attending Marquette University. As a law student, she was president of the Black Law Student Association and the Milwaukee Urban League Young Professionals, and helped to establish a legal clinic through the Women and Children Project. As a graduate, her desire to serve continues. She volunteers on the boards of several community organizations, including the Black Public Relations Society, Summerfest and Ko-Thi Dance Company. She also speaks at area high schools and participates in mentorship activities.
Genyne serves her alma mater as well. She is currently the Law School’s National Board representative, and is the Immediate Past President of the Law Alumni Association. In addition, she worked on the search team that selected the Law School’s current dean, Joseph Kearney. Because of her close relationship with her alma mater, Genyne is still forming “college memories,” she said.
Supporting Marquette University is truly important to Genyne, especially as an alumna. It’s a place where students can earn a “great degree with a great reputation behind it.” She added that “it’s important for people to understand that alumni really are the university. The alumni help spread the word as ambassadors.”
As a student, she learned to be the difference and make the difference. But the most valuable thing she learned was how to do those things. “At Marquette, I learned to be an individual and to be proud of that,” Genyne said. “So, I guess I learned to shine my light.”
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