What does it mean to be a Southernite?
To be a Southernite means to be bold. It means to be resilient and courageous. It means to be adequately equipped to lead and bring change throughout the world.
Samuel D. Ross, simply known as Sam Ross, is a native of small-town Greensburg, Louisiana. His professional areas of expertise include graphic design, branding, public relations, social media management, and web development.
He is a 2012 graduate of Southern University and A&M College where he earned a degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. He also had the distinct honor of graduating as Student Marshal of the College of Arts & Humanities for having the highest overall grade point average within the entire college in the fall of 2012.
It was in 2010 during his tenure at Southern University that he would decide to begin designing professionally and start his entrepreneurship journey. Today, he has amassed a roster with clients throughout the United States.
He has been employed with the Louisiana House of Representatives, WBRZ-TV, and the Southern University Ag Center. During his time as Web Content Specialist at the Southern University Ag Center, Ross helped garner the SNAP-Ed program national recognition from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
In 2018, he created the Sankofa Scholarship. This scholarship would be geared towards awarding first- time, traditional college students enrolled at Southern University and A&M College. Creating a scholarship had long been on his list of aspirations and on August 1, 2018, along with the help of two colleagues (Ellen McKnight & Dadrius Lanus), the first Sankofa Scholarship was awarded in the amount of $750.00.
In February of this year, Sam was named one of 28 Black Leaders and Influencers in Baton Rouge by The Rouge Collection. He was also recently awarded "Outstanding PR Alumni" by the Southern University and A&M College Department of Mass Communication for outstanding alumni achievement in Public Relations this past April.
Outside of his professional work, Sam is an advocate for mental health and enjoys inspiring others to have an optimistic view on life. “As long as you keep your head to the sky, you can win.”