Derek has co-chaired the college’s institutional research committee and is a member of Achieving the Dream initiative. He has contributed to and presented at several venues focusing on student success. For the past three years, Derek has presented at The First-Year Experience conference highlighting strategies for men of color. Additionally, he has developed curriculum, taught, and assessed summer bridge programs for underprepared students. Derek is enrolled in the Community College Leadership Doctoral program at Morgan State University. His research interests includes retention for marginalized students, assessment, and institutional research.