William Smith alum Courtney Archer-Buckmire ’04 has carried her passion for education as well as her experiences at the Colleges into the workforce. As a member of Achievement First, a non-profit character management organization in Brooklyn, N.Y., Archer-Buckmire helps to provide programs that educate inner city children. “I hope that I am providing students with a greater access to education,” she says. “I hope I can help give them all of the academic opportunities that I was fortunate enough to receive.”
Archer-Buckmire works in recruitment and fundraising for Achievement First which operates several high performing, college preparatory, public character schools across New York and Connecticut. Guided by the mission to deliver the promise of equal educational opportunities for all of America’s children, she believes that all children, regardless of race or economic standing, can succeed if they have access to a good education. She works everyday to prove that it is possible to close the achievement gap between suburban and city schools. As an external relations member Archer-Buckmire recruits children to be in the program and works to develop the program through fundraising efforts.
In addition to her efforts with Achievement First, she remains connected to her alma mater and serves as chair of the William Smith Alumni Association in the New York City region. “It is interesting to hear about the different experiences we all had at the Colleges,” she remarks. “I continue to build relationships with my professors, current students and fellow alums. This is the best part of being a member in the Hobart and William Smith community.”
While at Hobart and William Smith, Archer-Buckmire was a member of Koshare, Writers Colleagues and the Peer Education in Human Relations Program. A writing and rhetoric major, she says the Colleges provided her with a “strong foundation for my career and a strong foundation to tackle whatever job is put in front of me.”