MMUF undergraduate fellow Orubba Almansouri, salutatorian at City College, receives invitation to speak at the White House

June 16, 2016

MMUF undergraduate fellow Orubba Almansouri, the salutatorian of the class of 2016 at the City College of New York, not only delivered her class' salutatory address on June 6th, but received congratulations (and a hug) from First Lady Michelle Obama, the commencement speaker at the ceremony. Orubba, an English major whose family emigrated to the United States from Yemen, broke a longstanding tradition among the women in her family by enrolling in college; in her speech, she describes the debates with her father that convinced him of her ardor for education and the ripple effects that her achievement has had among the women and girls in her family. Not only did Michelle Obama later highlight Orubba's accomplishments on her own Instagram feed (see the posts here and here), she has now been invited by the Obamas to speak at the White House during the June 14-16 United State of Women Summit. Our warmest congratulations to Orubba - not only for her academic excellence, but for the exceptional determination and tenacity with which she pursued her goals, and the powerful example she has set in her community.