Donte Gibbs, a 2012 graduate of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, has been selected to receive a Movers & Shakers Award, which recognizes the Top 25 Young Leaders in Northeast Ohio under the age of 30.
The award is sponsored by the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club. Gibbs is one of 25 winners selected from a pool of 90 applicants.
"I am thrilled beyond belief," he said. "This goes beyond my wildest dreams. It's a huge honor to be recognized for my hard work and leadership in Cleveland and East Cleveland. I thank God for this recognition. I am humbled."
Gibbs is a double alumni of Case Western Reserve University. In addition to earning his graduate degree from MSASS, he also received his bachelor of arts in sociology from CWRU in 2010.
Gibbs served as the commencement speaker at the MSASS diploma ceremony last spring. After graduation, he got a job with Neighborhood Leadership Institute and now serves as the Director of Youth Engagement.
Gibbs was raised in East Cleveland and served as the class valedictorian of Shaw High School in 2006. He has served in a number of leadership roles. In 2012, he was a Graduate Resident Mentor at Case Western Reserve while serving as President of the Black Student Association. He also was selected to serve as guest speaker for the ACLU "Your Voice, Your Power" Conference in Columbus, Ohio. He currently serves as an East Cleveland PAL mentor and is a board member at Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation in Cleveland.
"Donte exhibited leadership throughout his time at MSASS," said MSASS Assistant Professor Mark Chupp, PhD. "He organized a Trayvon Martin event in front of our school that brought media attention and raised awareness to racism in America. Donte is already making an impact through his leadership work in Cleveland."