Quinnipiac University

With a job waiting at Citibank, Kodi Greenaway ’22 prepares to turn the page

As Commencement marches ever closer, Kodi Greenaway ’22 finds herself savoring the last pages of her undergraduate story, a tale rich with leadership.

Greenaway, a finance major with an entrepreneurship minor, has served Quinnipiac as a resident assistant, the treasurer and public relations chair for the African and Caribbean Student Union, the finance chair for the Multicultural Student Leadership Council, and as the executive and financial director overseeing “For The QULTURE” magazine.

Greenaway has served in other roles, too, but the magazine has been her focus this spring. The stories, the design, the budget, everything had fallen perfectly into place. But something was still missing.

Last week, as one photographer stood on a conference table and another flung sheets of paper from the side, a magazine cover came to life. The motion, the magic, it was all there as four of Quinnipiac’s multicultural leaders looked up at the camera.

Suddenly, a vision became a reality.

The same could be said for Greenaway, who arrived at Quinnipiac as a first-year student content to be alone, but with so much to offer her peers and professors.

“In my sophomore year, I told myself I needed to get comfortable with being uncomfortable and step out of my comfort zone,” she said. “That’s how I was able to push myself to get outside and meet people. College is more than just going to class and doing your work. You have to connect and network with other people and other opportunities.”

On Friday, Greenaway will help launch the second edition of “For The QULTURE” on the Quad from noon-3 p.m. There will be print copies, a food truck and a celebration of thoughtful content and creativity, a love letter to Quinnipiac’s multicultural communities and beyond.

The magazine, which will also launch in a digital format Friday, is rich with ambition, diversity and inclusion. It’s a showcase for 11 multicultural organizations, with important stories about their biggest events of the year.

“Some of the multicultural organizations are very underrepresented because a lot of people don’t even know they exist,” said Greenaway, who is from the Bronx, New York. “You don’t have to be Black to attend the Black Student Union. You don’t have to be African or Caribbean to attend the ACSU.”

The new issue also includes a feature on Brianna Millor ’17, chief of community engagement for Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, and a roundtable discussion about what it’s like to a be a student of color at Quinnipiac.

Toyloy Brown III ’22, executive editor of “For The QULTURE” the last two years, has seen Greenaway pivot and problem solve up close.

“I have so much respect for her as well as her work ethic and talent,” Brown said. “I’ve worked with her on the magazine. She’s someone I have the utmost trust in because she just gets the job done. She’s extremely direct and not afraid of the moment. She’s fearless.”

Greenaway understands that putting out a magazine is one part relentless planning, one part unfettered audacity.

“There were times when I didn't know how to solve some problems,” Greenaway said. “But when you work with a great team — and everyone just bounces ideas off each other — that's what makes the whole process special. That’s what makes it come alive.

“I always put my all into everything I do. That’s something that spoke to me the entire time we were working on this magazine,” Greenaway said. “My name is my brand, so I want to make sure that anything I do — anything with my name on it — is always top tier.”

Crandall “CJ” Yopp ’21, a photographer for these first two magazines, admires Greenaway’s ability to unleash the best in people’s talent and creativity.

“To see someone pull all these individuals and organizations together and present them in such a beautiful way is really powerful,” Yopp said. “You can just tell she’s a leader.”

Citibank would likely agree. After interning at the financial giant last summer, Greenaway will return as a financial analyst in New York City in July.

“I’ll be part of a two-year rotational program in the finance department,” she said. “I’ll work on different teams and see what I like the most and where I fit in the best.”

For Greenaway, the story remains unfinished, even as her Quinnipiac pages are nearly complete.

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