Quinnipiac University
Quinnipiac University Sawhney Leadership Program

Multicultural Education

Sawhney Leadership Program

The Sawhney Leadership Program aims to expand leadership development and corporate immersion opportunities for historically underrepresented students in higher education. Participants work collaboratively with partners across campus and in the regional business community to expose students to multiple examples of leadership and prepare them for entry into the workforce.

What is the Sawhney Leadership Program?

The Sawhney Leadership Program prepares our fellows for their future careers by hosting leadership development workshops, engaging with successful alumni, building relationships with faculty and staff, immersing participants in corporate settings and developing a community of supportive, goal-oriented peers.

Sample session topics include:

  • Self Inventory - Locating Yourself in the World

  • Understanding Your Leadership Style

  • Building Interpersonal Skills for Workplace Success

  • The Language and Culture of the Professional/Corporate World

Meet the Sawhney Leadership Fellows

Farah Alfaraj

Class Year: 2024
Hometown: Farmington, CT

Farah is a history major in the 4+1 Master of Arts in Teaching program. In addition to her placements in local school districts, Farah serves as the engagement chair for the College of Arts and Sciences council. She is also a peer catalyst for Nita Prasad, associate professor of history. Farah plans to work as a high school history teacher after graduation but has considered pursuing a doctorate in history or anthropology or working in a museum or archival library.

Imani Alford

Class Year: 2025
Hometown: New Haven, Connecticut

Imani is a nursing major with minors in global public health, women's and gender studies, and biology at Quinnipiac. She is vice president of J.U.M.P Nation and an active member of both Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated and the Black Student Union. She became a Certified Nursing Assistant through Hartford Healthcare’s partnership with Quinnipiac and currently works as a CNA at Artis Senior Living in Branford, where J.U.M.P. Nation board members also volunteer. Imani’s future goals include working as a labor and delivery nurse before pursuing her Doctor of Nursing Practice.

Michelle Ane

Class Year: 2024
Hometown: Accra, Ghana

Michelle is a biology major with a minor in global public health. She has served as a resident assistant and a student ambassador for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. She is also involved in research for the McGinnis environmental toxicology lab and is a member of the TriBeta Biology Honors Society. After graduation, she hopes to earn a master’s in biomedical sciences and eventually apply to medical school.

Andrés Ariza

Class Year: 2023
Hometown: West Hartford, CT

Andrés is a biomedical sciences major in the 3+1 accelerated dual-degree program. An established campus leader, Andrés serves as the president of the Biomedical Sciences Club, the president of Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity, the Director of Staff for QU EMS and the special branch co-chair of the Community Action Project. He also completed a summer fellowship in the Yale Biomed Amgen Scholars Program, volunteered in the microbiology lab, acted as a student teacher for Yale Mindful Exchanges and partook in the Pre-Med Ambassador program. After graduating with both a bachelor’s and a master’s, Andrés plans to attend medical school and become a caring and effective trauma surgeon.

Amada Arroyo

Class Year: 2024
Hometown: Cumberland, RI

Amada is a biology major in the 3+1 accelerated dual-degree program in molecular and cell biology. During her time at Quinnipiac, Amada has served as the vice president of the Indigenous Student Union as well as the community outreach chair for the Latino Cultural Society. She actively volunteers with groups on campus, like the Albert Schweitzer Institute, and recently gave a presentation at the Seven Generation Youth Summit focused on environmental degradation via overconsumption of resources and tourism. After graduating with both her bachelor’s and master’s, Amada plans to continue her education and earn an MD or a PhD. She is dedicated to research and wants to create solutions for underserved populations, specifically those that lack clean water, electricity and/or adequate infrastructure.

Hallye Boughner

Class Year: 2025
Hometown: New Rochelle, New York

Hallye is a nursing major at QU. She is a resident assistant for the Nursing Living-Learning Community, a QUEST Program mentor, a member of Quinnipiac Students' Nursing Association and an office assistant for multicultural education in the Department of Cultural and Global Engagement. She is active with the Juvenile Urban Multicultural Program and Multicultural Student Leadership Council. In addition, she serves in leadership roles on the Cultural Events Committee, Black Student Union and “For the QUlture” magazine. After graduation, she plans to become a labor and delivery nurse, and ultimately, a nurse practitioner.

Reinett Chefu

Class Year: 2024
Hometown: Harare, Zimbabwe

Reinett is a film, TV and media arts major at QU with a minor in journalism. She serves as the president of the International Student Association, where she previously worked as event manager. She’s also a resident assistant and an International Student Services office assistant in the Department of Cultural and Global Engagement. After graduation, Reinett hopes to either pursue a master’s in journalism with a focus on documentary production or launch her career in broadcast journalism.

Leea Cotter

Class Year: 2024
Hometown: North Andover, Massachusetts

Leea is a political science major with minors in Spanish and psychology. During her time at Quinnipiac, she has participated in Quinnipiac’s “Big Event” day of service and served as a  member of the QU Pre-Law Society and the Psychology Club. After graduation, she hopes to further her education with a graduate degree in public policy. Her future goals include working in the government to inspire change on a local or global level.

Olivia Ealim

Class Year: 2025
Hometown: New Haven, Connecticut

Olivia is in the accelerated dual-degree BS in psychology/JD in law (3+3) program. She is the president of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., where she previously served as treasurer and fundraising chair. She has also been a Quest mentor for the Department of Cultural and Global Engagement and the fundraising chair for the Juvenile Urban Multicultural Program (JUMP Nation). After earning her law degree, Olivia hopes to start a law firm that would help underrepresented communities get the qualified legal counsel they need.

Kandie Everette

Class Year: 2025
Hometown: New Haven, Connecticut

Kandie is a health sciences major at Quinnipiac. She is active on campus as a member of J.U.M.P Nation and serves as a mentor for the QUEST program with the Department of Cultural and Global Engagement. She also holds the position of vice president for Zeta Phi Beta, Incorporated and participates in the alumni phone-a-thon. Kandie’s future goals include continuing her studies in graduate school as she serves others through the field of social work.

Camila Grau

Class Year: 2024
Hometown: Dover, New Jersey

Camila is a health science studies major with minors in biology and Spanish. She serves as the vice president of the American Association of Microbiology and is the captain of QU CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). She also holds a federal work-study position as a micro laboratory assistant in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. She has previously worked as an orientation leader and a teacher assistant for Quinnipiac’s Health Explorations and Microbiology camps. Outside of QU, she works as a patient care associate at Hartford Hospital and volunteers for Hamden’s CERT team. After graduation, Camila plans to apply to PA school and continue working with hospitals in Honduras to donate emergency kits for families who don't have access to free health care.

Anna-Beth Haye

Class Year: 2024
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Anna-Beth is a journalism major at Quinnipiac with a minor in media studies. Outside of the classroom, she serves as the president of the Caribbean Student Union and is active within the National Association of Black Journalists. Anna-Beth is also a Global Partner within the Department of Cultural and Global Education. After earning her degree, Anna-Beth plans to work for a major news outlet like CNN, NBC or CBS.

Francesca Kama

Class Year: 2024
Hometown: Saint Germain en Laye, France

Francesca is majoring in political science with minors in women and gender studies and history. She has participated in the Global Partners Program and QU in DC while also serving as a first-year student QUEST mentor and peer catalyst in French. Additionally, she is a Chi Tau chapter member of the National Honor Society of Political Science, Pi Sigma Alpha. She has held internships in the Language Access Program for the Office of Human Rights in Washington, D.C., and Quinnipiac’s Department of Women and Gender Studies. After earning her PhD in political science, she plans to research African colonial legacies in ex-French colonies.

Alexandra Kendall

Class Year: 2024
Hometown: West Haven, CT

Alexandra is a 3+1 accelerated dual-degree student earning a double major in advertising and integrated communications as well as film, television and media arts at Quinnipiac University. She currently serves as an Executive Producer on Q30 TV’s “Hashtag That” and works to maintain social media accounts for campus organizations and the Office of Marketing and Communications. Alexandra has welcomed incoming students to Quinnipiac through her work as an orientation leader as well. Off-campus, she interned with ESPN+ and a Los Angeles-based production company, H2R Productions. After graduation, Alexandra plans to land a job in New York where she will build a more inclusive and culturally-aware entertainment industry.

Jace McKenzie

Class Year: 2024
Hometown: Stratford, Connecticut

Jace is majoring in computer information systems and cybersecurity at Quinnipiac. He currently serves as secretary of the Commuter Student Union’s G-Board and is a G-Board member of Quinnipiac’s CIS Society. In addition, he is employed on campus at the Tech Center as a technology support assistant and is also an engagement fellow for financial accounting. After graduating with his master’s degree in cybersecurity, he plans to assist companies in the protection of their systems and data against the risk of future cyberattacks.

Sarah Nguyen

Class Year: 2025
Hometown: Meriden, Connecticut

Sarah is in the accelerated dual-degree BS in health science studies/doctor in physical therapy (3+3) program. She serves as treasurer of the Asian Student Alliance and a peer fellow for Learning Commons. Additionally, she plays piano and flute for the QU Chamber Orchestra and piccolo and flute for the Hamden Symphony Orchestra. She works as a physical therapy aide at Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine in Southington, Connecticut. After graduation, Sarah aspires to open her own physical therapy clinic.

Kay Owolabi

Class Year: 2024
Hometown: Hafnarfjordur, Iceland

Kay is a political science and law in society major at Quinnipiac. As an international senator, she is working to provide affordable storage options for international students and redesigning the Global Partners Program. Additionally, she served as the first Global Partner student coordinator and has held leadership positions in the Student Government Association including twice-elected vice president. Through SGA, she was instrumental in hosting the State of the QUnion, coordinated campus surveys and published the SGA Report highlighting recent accomplishments. She plans to pursue her law degree and help improve access to affordable legal representation.

Martin Radeny

Class Year: 2024
Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya

Martin is a civil engineering major with a minor in mathematics. He has served in various leadership positions including president of the American Society of Civil Engineers Club and was also inducted into the Eta Phi Engineering Honors Society, serving as vice president during his senior year. He has volunteered at different open houses for the School of Computing & Engineering and interned with the North Haven Town Engineer through the Presidential Public Service Fellowship program. After graduation, Martin plans to continue his education and work toward his professional engineering license.

Alex Ramnarine

Class Year: 2025
Hometown: Middlebury, CT

Alex is a criminal justice major in the 3+3 JD dual-degree program. His vested interest in law and legal systems encouraged him to serve as the Vice President for the Mock Trial team here at Quinnipiac. Once Alex graduates with both his bachelor’s in criminal justice and his law degree, he hopes to work in a prosecutor’s office, ideally in the Southern District of New York. As he progresses forward in his career, Alex intends to continue his educational journey by pursuing yet another degree in either theology or sociology.

Alondra Santos

Class Year: 2024
Hometown: Bronx, NY

Alondra is a diagnostic medical sonography major at Quinnipiac University. In addition to her studies, Alondra partakes in the Juvenile Urban Multicultural Program (J.U.M.P Nation), which aims to decrease high school drop-out rates, as well as the Quinnipiac University Enriching Student Transitions Program (QUEST), which focuses on easing incoming underrepresented students to the university. She is also a resident assistant and an active member of the Latino Cultural Society. After graduation, Alondra intends to work full-time as an ultrasound technician before gaining the experience and certifications she needs to open her own radiology practice.

Tatiana Sealey

Class Year: 2024
Hometown: Hamden, Connecticut

Tatiana is a psychology major with a minor in Spanish. She serves as publicity chair of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) and co-chair for intellectual and developmental disabilities for the Community Action Project (CAP). She’s also in the honors program at QU and is a member of Psi Chi, the international honor society of psychology. She previously served as a peer fellow and an America Reads tutor at a local elementary school. She currently works as a research assistant. Tatiana plans to attend graduate school with the goal of becoming a clinical psychologist who specializes in working with children.

Sofia Suarez

Class Year: 2025
Hometown: Danbury, Connecticut

Sofia is a criminal justice and sociology double major at QU. She serves as treasurer of the Sociology Club and works as a QUEST mentor for first-year students. She also works as a research assistant and is starting her own independent study on the underreporting of crime within the undocumented immigrant population. After graduation, Sofia plans to pursue a law degree in the hopes of becoming an immigration lawyer. She also plans to earn her Ph.D.

Yealie Ulaba-Samura

Class Year: 2025
Hometown: Harlem, New York

Yealie is a psychology major at QU with minors in political science and theater. She serves as president of the Black Student Union and a QUEST mentor. She’s also a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success and works as a research assistant specializing in obsessive-compulsive disorder at Yale School of Medicine. She also serves as a resident assistant for the multicultural living-learning communities at QU. Yealie plans to explore careers in the political psychology field, with an eye on campaign management, political analysis and political crisis management.

Lucas Vacco

Class Year: 2024
Hometown: Nanuet, New York

Lucas is a psychology major who recently transferred to Quinnipiac. Previously, he assisted at-risk students prepare for college as a leader at the Bonner Institute and conducted research on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the LGBTQ+ community. He is a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a community service fraternity and is an intern for the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office, working with various assistant district attorneys on legal cases. After graduation, he plans on attending law school with the goal to advocate for educational services for students with special needs.

Sofia Vega

Class Year: 2024
Hometown: Wharton, New Jersey

Sofia is a health science studies major at QU with a minor in biology. She serves as treasurer of the Latino Cultural Society, chief finance officer of the American Medical Student Association and finance chair for the Relay For Life. She plans to take a gap year after graduation to continue to accrue prerequisite credits for medical school while working in the healthcare field. She plans to pursue a specialized master’s degree before applying to medical school in the hopes of becoming an OB/GYN.

Kubi-Ayana Walters

Class Year: 2024
Hometown: St. Andrew, Jamaica

Kubi-Ayana is a health science studies major with minors in chemistry and Spanish. She has served as a resident assistant, QU EMS volunteer, International Student Senator and Student Government Association leader. She is also an advising intern with the College of Arts and Sciences, welcome desk attendant for the Department of Campus Life, and member of Sigma Alpha Pi Honor Society and the African and Caribbean Student Union. Kubi-Ayana interned at Yale School of Public Health and the New Haven Department of Health's Department of Epidemiology. After graduation, she plans to pursue her MPH/PhD in public health specializing in minority health disparities.

Angel Wang

Class Year: 2024
Hometown: Cheshire, CT

Angel is studying at Quinnipiac as part of the Entry-Level Master’s Physician Assistant (ELMPA) program. A member of our Honors Program, Angel also acts as the music director for the Quinnipiac Legends acapella group and serves as the vice president of Students for Environmental Action. For the past two summers, Angel has interned with the Albert Schweitzer Institute, working at the Keefe Community Center where she manages the communal garden. After graduating with both her undergraduate and graduate degrees, Angel plans to put her degree to use and work as a physician assistant.

Andrena Williams

Class Year: 2024
Hometown: Stratford, CT

Andrena is a psychology major at Quinnipiac with aspirations to pursue a graduate nursing program. She is excited to serve as a QUEST mentor, where she will help first-generation and underrepresented students acclimate to life at QU. Off-campus, she works as a behavioral technician, supporting children with special needs at a local clinic. After graduation, Andrena hopes to become a nurse practitioner, where she can provide care to affinity groups including women of color, the LGBTQIA+ community, domestic violence survivors and more. Andrena is passionate about bridging the gap between these communities and the healthcare system and hopes to offer a new approach to providing holistic care to those who experience adverse life events.

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