Originally from Oxford, North Carolina, Darian Boyd graduated magna cum laude from NC State University, where he majored in Textile Technology. As an undergraduate, he assisted with undergraduate research in nonwoven materials, served as Community Service Chair for the African American Textile Society, worked several on-campus jobs, and participated in a service trip to Ecuador. After serving with Impact America, Darian plans to continue his education in sustainable materials research and product development. 

What do you like to do for fun?

I enjoy watching cooking competition shows, eating, and folding towels. 

What is your favorite quote from a book, film, or song? 

“Miracles happen, once in a while…when you believe” – “Miracles Happen” by Myra

What was your most meaningful service experience or extracurricular activity in college and why? 

For Spring Break, I went on a service trip to Chontapunta, Ecuador with Timmy Global Health, a nonprofit organization that sends medical service brigades to locations with little to no access to healthcare. As part of the student team, we were responsible for triage, scribing, administering fluoride treatments, and assisting in the pharmacy. Despite the language barrier, being able to engage with the community allowed me to see firsthand the impact that public health disparities can have on any individual. I absolutely loved having that level of involvement in a community I was serving, and this experience sparked my interest in pursuing long-term service opportunities.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I was born in Japan.