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Kevin James '11C

Focused On Global Leadership

Kevin James ‘11C is the first St. John’s student selected to participate in the nonprofit Institute for Responsible Citizenship, a national organization that admits “the best and the brightest” African-American applicants nationwide for leadership training through high-profile internships.

Out of 400 applicants across the country, only 16 are chosen. “I wasn’t sure I’d make it – it’s really a national honor,” said Kevin, whose experience included an internship this past summer with the J.C. Watts Companies, a major consulting firm in Washington, D.C.

St. John’s administrators urged Kevin to apply because of his enthusiastic contributions to student life at the Staten Island campus. Early in his St. John’s career, Kevin also earned distinction as an invited participant in the University’s Executive Leadership Program, which prepares students to motivate others through two weeks of academics and service overseas.

Through the program, Kevin traveled to Puerto Rico and to St. John’s campus in Rome, Italy, where he found that inspiring others is a sign of effective leadership. Kevin has integrated St. John’s emphasis on service into his own life, becoming a leader who calls others to action. “St. John’s has taught me that you can work for justice from within the system – there is no ‘us versus them,’ only ‘we.’”