Sam Sharp ’96

When Sharp came to Oxi in the early 1990s, he soon recalled Rodney King watching on television from a living room in the city of Denver, mainly in the white community, in the aftermath of the Los Angeles police riots and subsequent riots in 1992. It is directly related to the political consciousness he experienced in Oxi.

“Everything people say and the signs around the four of them – it all seems meaningful,” he said. “Everyone was doing something on purpose and it felt important. More than half of the students were students of color and the entire campus was active on issues of equality and justice.

Sharp highlights the success of the then-multicultural vision of the college.

While in that vision, there was no way to be in the courtyard or in a new direction or in a good way. In President Elam’s vision, the way we are now trying to reproduce was everywhere in the compound.

In addition to serving on the search committee that recently appointed David Carren Bradlell as Vice President for Justice and Equality, Sharp has also worked with the Oaks High Administration’s Equality and Justice Subcommittee. Instead of trying to reverse the 90-year-old concept of multiculturalism, justice, and justice, President Elam’s agenda is on the agenda of equality and justice.

Sharp emphasizes the importance of learning how to manage equality issues so that everyone can participate in the discussion – not everyone is naturally intended to agree on everything, but there must be a common framework in which to work.

Roger Boche, a longtime political professor who stood for Sharp in the Oxi classroom, was inspired to add a political leader to the top of his biology.

When eight or 10 people were discussing government, politics, and civilization, I was in seminar courses with my family, learning how to treat each other and organize themselves. Those lessons are with me now – they have become part of how I look at the world and its place in it.

Today, Sharp is leading the Piper Sandler Special Woreda team at the main investment bank, focusing on infrastructure projects in Colorado. He says he has a strong analytical and ethical belief system during his stay at Oxi. He continues to spend time outside of his career working on equality and justice issues on campus and elsewhere.

“That’s a feeling that comes straight from Oxy.”

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