Urban Scholar Spotlight: Muanya Onyiuke
Muanya Onyiuke was the Innovation Team’s Urban Scholar this summer. Urban Scholars is a leadership and professional development internship program providing students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds with distinctive professional experience. Focused on essential leadership skills and creating resume-building career pathways, Urban Scholars is training the next generation of leaders. Learn more about the Minneapolis Urban Scholars Leadership and Professional Development Program.
Where did you go to school and what did you study?
I went to the University of Minnesota and I studied animal science with a business and industry emphasis. My major was accompanied by a management minor through the Carlson School of Management.
What excites you about the Urban Scholars Leadership Institute and why were you drawn to the work of the Innovation Team?
I enjoy the relationships and camaraderie that I build during the Urban Scholars Leadership Institute. The professional and leadership training is also another part of the program that keeps me coming back.
Tell us about the project you worked on for the Innovation Team this year.
The goal of my project this summer was to identify how the City could significantly increase the number and diversity of local businesses that benefit from visitor and tourism dollars. This project was a response to local businesses not all benefiting from economic impact of the Super Bowl that was hosted in Minneapolis this last year. Essentially, I investigated to understand the reason why small businesses in Minneapolis are being left out of the financial benefits and business opportunities when large events are hosted by the city and when people visit the city. I helped identify several solutions the City could pursue to address this problem.
What are you plans after this summer? How will your experience as an Urban Scholar help you achieve your professional goals?
The goal for me this summer was to immerse myself in professional environment that focuses on solving problems that will have a positive impact on peoples lives. After the summer I plan on excelling in a full time role with the University of Minnesota Admissions Office and begin my applications for a graduate school MBA program.