Fatimah ’90 and Keith Moody ’89 aren’t exaggerating when they say Syracuse University provided the foundation for their lives together. The Moodys met as undergraduate students at the Whitman School of Management in the late 1980s, went on to marry and have three children, and formed a successful business together. LinkVisum Consulting Group, founded in 2007, is a Washington, D.C.-area consulting firm specializing in process improvement, program management and strategic planning for government agencies and private industry.
Now, the Moodys are using their success to help the next generation of Syracuse University students with a $50,000 gift to the Our Time Has Come Scholarship Program’s Undergraduate Black and Hispanic Scholarship Endowment.
“When I think about all of the good things that happened at Syracuse—the people and resources made available to me—I feel it’s important to give back,” says Fatimah Muhammad-Moody, who served as Senior Class Marshal for the Whitman School and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. “We’re very grateful for our experience at Syracuse and for the network we continue to have.”
“We’ve been successful in our lives, and by giving to this scholarship fund we have the opportunity to impact someone else’s life for the better,” adds Keith Moody. “I think it’s a responsibility to look out for those who come behind us.” He says the gift is also an opportunity for him to continue the philanthropic legacy of his father, who recently passed away.
The Moodys’ gift, which helps fulfill the Office of Multicultural Advancement’s goal to raise $2 million by CBT 2020, is only the most recent aspect of their support of SU students of color. Keith and Fatimah have both volunteered with the Office of Multicultural Advancement as speakers and mentors, assisting students with leadership development skills. In addition, Fatimah is a member of the Office of Multicultural Advancement Advisory Council and co-chair of CBT 2020.
“More than ever, it’s important for black and Latinx alumni to stay engaged with Syracuse University and its current students,” says Fatimah. “We all have something to give back, and they need us.” In light of the recent racist acts that have taken place on campus, Fatimah recognizes now as a critical time for her as a black alumna to provide even more assistance for students.
She stresses that engagement comes in many forms—mentoring, financial support, or sharing personal and professional resources. “I encourage all of my fellow alumni to become more engaged and support current students of color at Syracuse University at any level and in whatever ways they can to keep them encouraged, motivated, and enrolled,” she says.
Keith says he gets back as much as he gives. He says one of the most inspirational experiences of CBT 2017 was interacting with students who were recipients of Our Time Has Come scholarships. “To actually see where your donations are going is very impactful,” he says. “There are a lot of talented young people out there, and if I can help remove some of the financial hurdles on their way to achieving great things, that’s what really drives me.”