May 22, 2017

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It’s that time of year again! As we welcome the newest alumni to our diverse, connected—and most of all impressive—global community of 500,000, let’s meet some members of the Class of 2017. We can’t wait to follow their unique journeys as they navigate the challenges and successes of life after graduation. These students already boast a litany of accomplishments, including developing a program to empower women in Abu Dhabi, working in broadcast television, and founding a student organization dedicated to environmentally conscious living.

Meet Arame Dieng (NYUAD ’17)

Arame Dieng

Originally from Senegal, Arame translated her passion for women’s empowerment into action. For the past two years, she has been managing The Women’s Mentorship Program, an initiative that connects NYU Abu Dhabi students with professionals from various industries in Abu Dhabi. The program had connected over 300 participants to date. Arame plans to work as a management consultant or business analyst, helping companies with their business strategy, and travel the world pursuing her entrepreneurship dreams.

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Meet Giovanni Rodriguez Pino (GAL ’17) 

Giovanni Rodriguez Pino

Giovanni is a Gallatin graduate with a concentration in Political Economics of Globalization and Mass Media. He has already landed a full time job at a Spanish language broadcasting network, helping to grow its digital video portfolio. He has a passion for media and plans to use this passion to make an impact in the world—while staying connected to the NYU Alumni Assocation, of course!

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Meet Michael Chen (NYUSH ’17)

Michael Chen

Michael will be part of NYU Shanghai’s first graduating class and is one of our first Shanghai alumni! Michael founded Green Shanghai, a student organization dedicated to environmentally conscious living, which includes a recycling bin program (which was adopted on campus and in the local community), a weekly farmers market, education about growing vegetables on rooftop gardens, and more. Michael is returning to NYC to begin his career in financial services.

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Meet Devon McLeod (STERN ’17) 

Devon McLeod

Devon McLeod is a committed student volunteer who has used her experience to help first-year students, working as an Orientation Leader, a Cohort Leadership Program Guide at Stern, Vice Chair of the 1831 Fund, and more. She says getting accepted into NYU was the best day of her life, and her dream of studying here came true when she was selected for NYU’s Martin Luther King Junior Scholars Program. Since then, she’s had amazing experiences, including watching the sun rise over the Saigon River in Vietnam and connecting with fellow students at NYU Prague

Read more about Devon.