Two Drew University Students Named Rising Stars by NJ Business & Industry Association

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Two Drew University Students Named Rising Stars by NJ Business & Industry Association

Chekwube Okunowo C’24 and Kareena Salvi C’23 recognized for their passion, dedication

September 2022 – Two Drew University students have won the Rising Star Awards from the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA).

Chekwube Okunowo C’24 and Kareena Salvi C’23 were two of five students chosen by the NJBIA for having “demonstrated a passion for their career paths, academic success and a commitment to volunteering in their communities during their careers. undergraduate”. by NJBIA.

The students were honored in person earlier this month at the 8th Annual New Jersey Women Entrepreneurs Forum in Atlantic City.

“This award is extremely special to me as it has shown me that my work and my contributions in the Drew community, the American community and even in my Nigerian community are seen and recognized,” said Okunowo, specialist in international relations and the economy. double minor law, justice and society.

“This recognition demonstrates the strong will with which I was raised and is an example of not giving up on your dreams and ambitions for the future,” added Salvi, a major in political science and Spanish, dance and law, justice. and society. triple minor. “Receiving this award has helped me get back to that real inner spark that ignites every time I pursue my passions by advocating for underrepresented voices.”

Both students reflected on how Drew has prepared them for their future where, unsurprisingly, both seek to be leaders and changemakers.

Okunowo plans to pursue a career in the foreign service after earning a law degree or master’s degree in foreign service and gaining experience working with NGOs and human rights groups. She relied on Drew’s New York semester on the United Nations as a springboard.

“The United Nations program is one of the opportunities that gives me the transferable skills and knowledge needed to make my goals a reality,” she said. “I have already learned a lot about the UN and the world of foreign service thanks to Carlos Yordan [associate professor of international relations and director of the New York Semester on the United Nations] and guest speakers, including diplomats.

She added: “Drew – through classes, organizations, faculty and community – has provided so many opportunities as an institution that have helped me grow and learn. Through this opportunity with NJBIA, I hope to meet a network of incredible leaders who will help me progress on the path to achieving my personal, academic and professional goals.

Salvi plans to pursue a master’s and doctoral degree in political science, focusing on racial politics in the United States. Eventually, she hopes to work for an NGO or civil/human rights advocacy group similar to the Sikh Coalition.

“My Drew experience has helped me achieve my goals through programs like the United Nations Semester and the Barcelona shortTREC,” she said.

“Having also served as student government president and serving on the Racial Justice and Diversity and Inclusion Committee, all of these experiences have helped me enter the spaces and networks that have helped me move towards my ambitions. The Drew experience provided me with opportunities and spaces to finally make decisions about my future and create a path for the Kareena I wanted to define, become and admire.