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James Bledsoe

About James

Born in Southwest Los Angeles and raised in southern California, I spent all my summers until the age of 12 in Columbus, Texas. I am a 5th generation college graduate and a direct descendant of Educators dating back to the late 1800’s, residing in a community constructed by former enslaved Africans in Wharton county, Texas. My mother was born in Houston, Texas and my father was born in San Elizario, Texas, and so, my culture & values are deeply rooted in Texas.

My wife and I arrived in Pullman, WA in March of 2000. I have served Washington State University in various capacities including substantial involvement in Admissions Recruitment, Multicultural Student Retention, First-year Success Programming, and Career Readiness/Development. I have served as Chair of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration Planning Committee, Chair of the African American Faculty & Staff Association, Staff Advisor for multiple Registered Student Organizations., and was the 2016 recipient of the WSU MLK Community award. Mrs. Dyan Bledsoe serves as the Director of Spokane Falls Community College (Pullman center).

I was a three-sport athlete in high school who was a 7th round draft pick of the Chicago White Sox major league baseball organization, and after playing two seasons, I decided to attend Glendale Community College in California and was a member of the football team. I later transferred to Portland State University in Oregon, where I again participated on the football team, served as student-body Vice President, and worked as a part-time campus tour guide and student-recruiter for the Admission office.

The highlight of my undergraduate college experience was having two opportunities to study abroad in Kingston, Jamaica, where I was involved in cultural studies research focused on the music, religions, politics, and history of Maroon societies.

I have focused my entire career of 28 years on promoting college & career readiness, as well as academic programs of study and professional development within both K-12 and post-secondary learning environments. My instruction methods leverage technology and teaching methods to ensure student engagement through personal advising, small group coaching, and conducting seminars and workshops. My work goals are to broaden student perspectives on academic majors, how to alignment academic majors with multiple career fields, and assist students in strengthening their skill sets through work-integrated learning.

 

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Major Exploration Advising Program
Washington State University
Daggy Hall, room 201
P.O. Box 642421
Pullman, WA 99164-2421

Phone: 509-335-8731

Email: bmjames@wsu.edu