Mario Pile, Director for Black/African American Cultural Center at University of Idaho, is passionate about education and providing safe spaces for Black students on campus. Mario joined the Air Force in December of 2002, which eventually brought him to Idaho in the summer of 2005. He has served a total of 19 years in the military; 6 years active duty and 13 years in the Idaho Air National Guard. Mario earned a degree in Criminal Justice from Colorado Technical University and is currently working on his master’s in Educational Leadership. Mario has a 12-year-old son, Malachi, who is his world.