Gifty Minnow

Senior Gifty Minnow Fuses Her Passion for Social Justice, Economics and the Law

Each year we celebrate a handful of our amazing seniors who are graduating and moving on to bright futures in an array of fields. This is the first installment of our 2019 Commencement Student Profile series.


Gifty Minnow remembers taking an economics and law elective as a sophomore in high school and falling in love with both subjects. Fast-forward to 2019, and the Orange, NJ, native is on the cusp of graduating from Rutgers University–Newark with a degree in Economics and a minor in Legal Studies, and is headed to Rutgers Law School in the fall.

“I always knew I wanted to become a lawyer, and that was ultimately what I was going to end up doing,” says Minnow. “However, I am grateful that high school class helped me recognize my love for economics, too.”

Minnow, who entered RU-N as a freshman in 2015, was part of the inaugural cohort of the Honors Living-Learning Community and has been a member of the Honors College as well.

I always knew I wanted to become a lawyer, and that was ultimately what I was going to end up doing.

Passionate about human rights, immigration and the intersection of business and the treatment of minorities, she credits Economics Professor John Graham for continuing to nurture her love of the discipline and pushing her to be the best she could be. She says HLLC provided her with a learning community filled with like-minded social-justice advocates and created a safe space where they could share not only their passions but also their challenges.

“I learned the power of community and selflessness and the importance of giving back to others through HLLC,” says Minnow. “The Honors College challenged me with upper-level courses and taught me the important of community service.”

Along the way, Minnow served as arbitrator of the SGA’s Judicial Council, worked two jobs while volunteering at YMCA of Newark, and was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Pre-Law Society and the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. She also won a handful of awards, including the Clement A. Price Scholarship, Rutgers Newark Alumni Association Scholarship, NCAS Alumni Scholarship and Christian and Teresa M. Dingler Foundation Scholarship.

She has cherished her time at RU-N and is an unabashed booster for the school.

“Rutgers–Newark is not only affordable but also very student-oriented,” she says. “The size of the campus ensures smaller classroom sizes where you can get a great one-on-one learning experience. It’s an important and rare find.”