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Green Worker Cooperatives Application Open! > Deadline June 30

Green Worker lead entrepreneurs through a 5 month process to launching a business in under a year. Their Co-op Academy reduces the feeling of isolation often experienced by entrepreneurs, it demystifies the startup process, reduces time spent trying to figure out what customers actually want – and improves their odds of success. Upon graduation from […]

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Parsons Graduates Create Sustainable Eyewear Company That Helps Flint, Michigan

At the height of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, the city was using more than 20 million plastic water bottles a day, creating large amounts of plastic waste. Ali Rose VanOverbeke, Fashion Design ’14, who was volunteering with the Red Cross in her hometown of Detroit at the time, turned the crisis into an […]

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Jhon Valdes Klinger

Jhon Valdes Klinger

MFA, Creative Writing, Schools of Public Engagement Jhon Valdes is a Colombian writer, curator, educator, filmmaker and entrepreneur with  a deep commitment to education. He was a teaching artist for Urban Word NYC where he taught poetry and currently manages internal communication and staff engagement for Teach for America. Jhon is a Masters in Fine […]

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Irna Sayeed

Irna Sayeed

MS, Strategic Design and Management, Parsons School of Design Irna believes in the power of empathy to transform ideas into meaningful and relatable products, systems, and services that can change and save lives. She is passionate about using her design-thinking skills to improve healthcare and education in developing economies and globally. Irna completed an undergraduate […]

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Chukwudi Nwamba

Chukwudi Nwamba

MS, Strategic Design and Management, Parsons School of Design Also known as Chuks (pronounced “chooks”), I was born and raised in Southfield, Michigan and received a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan. I began my entrepreneurial journey by spearheading an experience that brings awareness to African and Caribbean culture in Jerk […]

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Sibabalwe Mona

MS, Nonprofit Management, Schools of Public Engagement Born and raised in South Africa, Sibabalwe Mona received her Bachelor’s and Honours degrees at the University of Cape Town, where she found her political voice. Driven by her passion for the peoples and politics of Africa, she decided to pursue graduate study in International Affairs and Nonprofit […]

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Allison Manuel

Allison Manuel

MFA, Creative Writing, Schools of Public Engagement Allison has been a lead community organizer for eight years with the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, which unites diverse people and institutions to fight for racial and economic justice to transform the Bronx and beyond. She serves on the board of the Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative, […]

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Suhail Mandani

MFA, Creative Writing, Schools of Public Engagement Suhail is a storyteller, designer, and creative. As an award-winning consultant at Accenture, he was a Global Top 3 Finalist for the Client Excellence Award in Operations for a Fortune 100 diamond client, going on to be nominated company-wide for Best Team in Operations. As an entrepreneur, Suhail […]

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Tiffany Jackson

Tiffany Jackson

MA, International Affairs, Schools of Public Engagement Tiffany has over 8 years of experience in community development and program implementation. She’s passionate about diversifying the tech workforce and assisting people in building their social capital, professional skills, and the necessary tools to thrive in New York City’s tech ecosystem. Currently, she’s pursuing a graduate degree […]

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Emily Franklin

MFA, Transdisciplinary Design, Parsons School of Design Emily Franklin received a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from Colorado College. Over the last five years, she has worked in museum education and administrative roles at art institutions to create a positive social impact within the community. In the Fall of 2018, she will join the MFA […]

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