Q+A With Alum: DeJ’on Slaughter

Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering , Class of 2013
Community and Citizenship Director, Turner Construction Company
Current City: Kansas City, MO  Hometown: Kansas City, MO

What initially attracted you to UMKC?

What set UMKC apart from other colleges I visited was the campus, the staff, and the endless opportunities. Kansas City is home to many of the world’s most prestigious construction firms, and UMKC has the relationships and networks to connect their students with these firms. The close proximity to such impressive companies allows for valuable internships throughout the school year resulting in, at least in my case, excellent job offers.

What activities were you involved in at UMKC?

I was involved in the UMKC Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and served as Vice President in 2012, and President in 2013. While assuming leadership positions in NSBE, I gained tremendous professional experience through community engagement and involvement, as well as industry relations. Alongside a solid team of dedicated NSBE students, we were able to have an impact in the lives of the collegiate students in our chapter, as well as many local high school students who were involved in the NSBE Jr programing and yearly events. It was also imperative that we had the support of Dean Truman and Chancellor Morton for NSBE initiatives.

How did UMKC prepare you for your career?

UMKC challenged me to become a problem solver. By tasking me with real world examples and hands-on education, I was also equipped with the essential skills necessary to navigate through the corporate world.

What do you love about the Engineering Community in Kansas City?

I love the competitiveness of the Kansas City market. Even as one of the world’s largest builders, we’re challenged to stay prepared, focused and bring our “A-game” in order to compete with the other construction firms in town. In result, the landscape of our city continues to be populated with many outstanding buildings and structures.

What advice do you have for students entering the field?

Make sure you have a passion for this field and never give up.