Esther Owolabi is a senior at Georgetown University studying Government with minors in Education, Inquiry, and Justice and African American Studies. As the daughter of a teacher in Chicago’s inner-city, Esther witnessed the complex issues in the public education system firsthand. Thus, she has developed a deep passion for education equity and access through policy reform.
On campus, Esther actively pursues opportunities that allow her to delve into her interests in social policy, diversity and education. She currently sits on the Provost’s Committee, where she engages with Georgetown administrators and staff to expand diversity offerings on campus, particularly through the academic curriculum. Since freshman year, she has chaired the NAACP’s Education Committee and serves as a coordinator for DC Reads, a tutoring and mentoring program for students in under-served communities. Through DC Reads, Esther also explores the intersection between education, equity, and politics as a member of the Advocacy Committee. She is also convener for the Patrick Healy Fellowship, a selective community of undergraduate leaders who share a passion for serving marginalized communities and explore social impact professional opportunities through alumni mentorship.
Recognizing the fact that learning does not only occur in school, Esther constantly seeks opportunities to cultivate her passions beyond Georgetown’s front gates. She currently works on Higher Education accounts as an intern at Powell Tate | Weber Shandwick, a strategic communications and public affairs firm. Esther has previously interned for the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education and studied at the University of Michigan as a Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellow, allowing her to develop her analytic skills while exploring her policy interests. Esther is also a proud Georgetown Scholarship Program member, Ron Brown Scholar, and Coca-Cola Scholar.
When she is not multi-tasking, you can find Esther laughing with friends or listening to new music.