Service fellow gains hands-on experiences to improve community, government

A male students with the mayor of Hamden looking and pointing at a map on a conference table

Hands-on learning

Chidi Nwuneli '20 has worked closely with the Town of Hamden's Mayor Curt Leng over the past two summers as a Presidential Public Service Fellow.

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hidi Nwuneli ’20 had such an impactful experience working to better town services for the residents of Hamden last summer that he was awarded a second consecutive fellowship this summer to continue his momentum.

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“Quinnipiac has provided me dedicated professors who care about their students’ career development and push them to excel at the highest level,” said Nwuneli.

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Scott McLean, director of the presidential public service fellowship program, said Nwuneli is the type of student that professors dream of having in their classroom.

“Chidi stands out among his peers because he is so inquisitive and so seriously committed to expanding the horizons of his knowledge,” said McLean, who is also professor and chair of political science. “One of his strengths as an emerging leader is that he is able to balance his extensive  knowledge and experience with his dry wit. He does not take himself too seriously, and he generously listens to peers and mentors alike with equal respect.”

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However, Nwuneli’s experiences extend far beyond the classroom. He has been a resident assistant and Student Government Association representative, helping improve the university experience for thousands of Quinnipiac students throughout his four years.

Nwuneli continues to reach for new heights as he plans to attend law school for a JD/LLM.

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“I hope to work in the international law system in some capacity,” he said. “I know the various experiences and networks I have been able to build will allow me to succeed.”