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Pepe Wonosikou

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Ms. Wonosikou is the Director of Title III, a federally funded program designed to strengthen institutions of higher education. In her work at Saint Paul College, she has served the needs of students traditionally underserved in higher education. As the Director of Title III, she oversees and leads the implementation of grant activities in collaboration with campus stakeholders to enable the integration of activities between the Academic and Student Affairs Division of the College. And, a few years earlier she led the College Ready grant program, which addressed the achievement gap with services to better prepare students for college. Between her roles at Saint Paul College, she served as the Associate Director of the Humphrey Fellowship Program where she coordinated work with international fellows and scholars. Over the years, she has worked tirelessly to promote access and equity in education for traditionally underserved student populations.

Ms. Wonosikou's impact has resonated not just locally but also on the other side of the world, where she founded the Numan School in her native Nigeria. The Numan School Project's ongoing mission is to help provide the children of Numan, Nigeria, with better education so that they can become the pioneers of a brighter future.

Her other professional roles have continuously focused on educational pursuits of equity including her positions as Program Manager with Northside Achievement Zone in Minneapolis, Student Advisor and Multi-Cultural Center Coordinator at Dunwoody College, and Family and Youth Intervention Specialist at the Minneapolis Urban League. In addition, she was selected and served on the Destination 2010 College Readiness implementation team for the Minneapolis Foundation and served on the Board of Directors at YouthCARE from 2015-2019.

Ms. Wonosikou holds a Master's of Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She currently resides in Minneapolis, a place that benefits in so many ways from her empathy, drive, and commitment to social change.