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Oluwatobi "Tobi" Aderotoye



“Strong leaders need strong role models. In order to support the success of girls and women like me, I must take the initiative to help my community. I believe mentorship is an amazing way to connect and develop future leaders. Working with Imara Roose, I strive to nourish an environment for black and brown girls to develop and excel—an invaluable opportunity that was provided to me when I was a mentee in the program.”


Oluwatobi “Tobi” Aderotoye is a first generation Nigerian-American with a passion for intercultural education and advocacy. A recent Howard University graduate, Tobi received degrees in Chemistry and Political Science while minoring in Mathematics, as a Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics (CMaPS) Scholar. Tobi played an active role at Howard as a member of several organizations, including the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program, Phi Sigma Rho Engineering Sorority, and Engineers Without Borders (EWB). Additionally, she was selected as a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and Lucy E. Moten Fellowship recipient for Summer 2018 where she studied in Berlin, Germany. Additionally, she studied abroad at the University of Ghana, Legon where her interests in international medicine flourished. While abroad, she actively volunteered—tutoring primary school students in mathematics. 


Growing up in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region, policy has always caught Tobi’s interests and played a major impact in her development. Currently, she teaches high school Chemistry in Memphis, Tennessee with the focus on adequately preparing more black and brown students for college particularly in the STEM field.  Tobi aspires to become a medical doctor specializing in epidemiology—focusing on communities that are prone to health disparities.

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