Nelson McCoy is a community organizer, educator and activist. A native of Los Angeles, California, Nelson has dedicated his life to the service of his fellow man, so much so that he joined Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. in 2002 at Bethune Cookman University for that exact reason.
“They (the Iotas) just did more community service than anyone else at that time. When I was trying to find a organization that best fit me, I knew that the primary thing for me was the work they were doing to directly affect those who were less fortunate in the community and Iotas were doing exactly that. My parents and those I admired around me were focused on helping our people, so I knew if I was going to join a fraternity that service had to be at the forefront.” - Nelson McCoy
After graduating from BCU, Nelson moved to Jacksonville a pursued his Masters Degree at UNF, founding the Theta Pi chapter of Iota Phi Theta, establishing the Gamma Mu Omega graduate chapter, serving countless roles in his fraternity and starting the Center 1 Foundation, which assist minority students in finding the funding necessary to pursue their dream of attending college.
Nelson is a 2018 BAA Alumni Achievement Award recipient and stepped in to help Danielle Coleman with organizing the Campus Tour for Black Alumni Weekend and has begun working with the university on mentorship programs they are looking to implement. With the BAAs continued involvement with the university on this initiative and a variety of others, Nelson has been tapped as the head of the Education Engagement subcommitee to ensure we continue to be a resource to the university as they continue to grow their minority based initiatives.