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Fellow Spotlight: Orubba Almansouri

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Fellow Spotlight: Orubba Almansouri

 

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Orubba Almansouri; Salutatorian, Class of 2016

City College Fellow, Orubba Almansouri, graduated from CCNY with double BA degrees in English and history and a 3.97 GPA. As salutatorian, Orubba gave a stirring speech at The City College of New York's 170th Commencement Exercises. A Carnasie, Brooklyn resident, Almansouri spoke passionately on her fight to pursue her education as a woman, countering the tradition for females in her family.

Orubba's speech earned her an invitation to the White House for the United State of Women Summit. She joined President Obama, Mrs. Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Oprah Winfrey, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and a host of other speakers from all walks of life at the summit, June 14 - 15 in the nation's capital.

"After delivering her keynote speech, Mrs. Obama embraced me on her way out, telling me how proud she is of me and that she would be in contact" said the Yemeni-born Almansouri. "This week one of her aides invited me to speak at the United State of Women Summit. I am thrilled to hear all the amazing speakers and to speak on the panel, 'Let Girls Learn.'"

We are proud of all our City College Fellow graduates and especially proud of Orubba Almansouri who overcame many obstacles to achieve so much.