Hometown: Chicago, IL
Major(s): General Studies and Organizational and Corporate Communications
Certificate: Civic Engagement and Nonprofit Work
Why he chose the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities: The University of Minnesota is a research one, land grant university located in a metropolitan area with outstanding faculty, staff and students all driven to discover. The U provided a welcoming environment that made it easy for me to call home it home.
Favorite Student Organization: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity was the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African American Men when it was founded on December 4, 1906, and was also the first fraternity for African American Men established on the University of Minnesota Campus when it was formed on April 12, 1912.
Most Inspirational U of M Alum: Regent Dr. Abdul M. Omari, Founder & CEO of AMO Enterprise. Dr. Omari holds a B.A. in global studies, a master’s of public policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and a PhD in comparative and international development education from the University of Minnesota.
Abdul's research is focused on the perceptions of mentoring and the role of Cultural Intelligence within mentoring relationships. For several years, he has taught leadership courses for undergraduate students. Abdul is the founder of AMO Enterprise, which helps people better connect in individual and team settings through leadership seminars, keynotes, and mentoring.
Abdul is devoted to civic and public service. He is an elected member of the Board of Regents at the University of Minnesota, serves on the Board of Directors for the YMCA Greater Twin Cities, AchieveMpls, and Civic Eagle. Abdul was featured in Minnesota Business Magazine's "Young Entrepreneurs" August 2016 issue. Omari is a proud native of Minneapolis, Minnesota with immigrant parents from Kenya and Jordan.
Favorite Random Fact about the University: The University of Minnesota was founded in 1851, seven years before Minnesota became a state.
Best Place to Study on Campus: Purple Onion
The One Experience Students Shouldn’t Miss: There are so many things! I would encourage students not to miss out in participating in Welcome Week programs. It is a great way to make connections and to become immersed in the Gopher experience.