Focusing on the positive impact that women veterans are having in their communities during this crazy and challenging time. This week’s “Badassery” recipient is Diamond Byrd, Army Veteran, who was nominated by her colleague, Patricia Adams.
Diamond leads the CSU Fullerton Women’s Groups for the Veterans Resource Center, making sure the military-connected female students have support, are connected, and are empowered to have a voice. They meet “virtually” every week and they are still planning events for the future when we can get together in person as well. She connects and reaches out to over 30+ women on a weekly basis! She has hosted “virtual” get-togethers, to ensure everyone felt connected, even requesting Amazon purchases for the event that were direct shipped to each individual students!
She also did this while graduating Cum Laude (with honors!!) with her Bachelors degree in Child & Adolescent Development, already planning to pursue her next degree in a Masters of Social Work, to continue to help others. She also is still serving as an Army Reservist, as she completely funds her own schooling. She also has inspired her younger sister to serve in the Army as well!
She is one of the most dedicated, driven, and passionate people I know. She goes above and beyond, doing more than most “typical” college students, and still always finds a way to give back, smile, and be a friendly and welcome face for connection. She is truly a “Diamond” in the rough!
You can read more about Diamond in the Orange County Register article, CSUF Graduates of 2020: Child development major hopes to work as advocate for military families