Esi Kagale Agyeman Gillo

Guest Blogger

Co-Founder, DIFFvelopment

Montclair, New Jersey

Esi Kagale Agyeman Gillo is co-founder of DIFFvelopment, the non-profit that aims to re-empower people of African descent by developing culturally specific entrepreneurial programs.

Esi is committed to re-empowering people of African descent by holistically empowering college students to disrupt negative patterns of history through personal development and entrepreneurship. If she had to describe herself in one sentence, she would say that she “is passionate about all things authentic and puts nothing above her freedom.”

Esi holds a master’s in African studies from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, a bachelor’s in Afro-American studies and psychology from Smith College and a certificate in African studies from the Five College Consortium. She has also studied in Uganda, Rwanda and Ghana.

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Posted May 27, 2020

COVID-19’s Impact on First-Generation College Students Is Complicated

As a nonprofit leader and educator who works with college students of African descent, I am intimately aware of how…

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