Madiah Gant

This senior Global Interdisciplinary Studies major, specializing in Africana Studies, reflects on her unique journey through Villanova

Editor’s note: Since publication of this story in President’s Report 2017-2018, Madiah Gant has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Grant for 2019-2020. Gant will spend a year in Colombia teaching at a university in Villavicencio, Colombia. Learn more about the 2019-2020 Fulbright Awardees.

Madiah Gant, a young African American woman with shoulder length curly black hair, wearing a white dress

Finding community …

“I came to Villanova for the community, and I stay at Villanova for the community. I have made real, genuine relationships here.

"I’ve had a lot of opportunities here to grow as a leader because people were willing to support me through my journey, but not necessarily do things for me, which helped me to find my own path.”

 

Finding her place …

“When I arrived at Villanova, I was thinking, ‘What if I fall outside of the lines of what Villanovans typically do? Can I still have a Villanova experience?’

"I reached out to Dr. Nance (Teresa A. Nance, PhD, chief diversity officer and associate vice provost for diversity and inclusion), and through her I was able to start finding a community of people who truly support and love and care for me.

"I have been part of a group of students who sought out conversations about diversity and inclusion with people all around campus, from the deans to the provost to the president to the Board of Trustees. We wanted to improve visual representations of diversity on campus and discuss how our education can be made more inclusive.”

 

Discovering her passion …

“The Communication Department’s social justice documentary course has had the biggest impact on my life. I have grown so much as a leader, a student and a person while working on documentary projects, and it has made me want to work in production as a career.

"This year, we traveled to Ethiopia for a film that will share different women’s experiences with gaining access to safe surgery.”

Get to Know Madiah


Madiah Gant with fellow students on the production crew for their documentary in Ethiopa

In Madiah's Own Words:

“I’ve had a lot of opportunities here to grow as a leader because people were willing to support me through my journey, but not necessarily do things for me, which helped me to find my own path.”

School

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Major

Global Interdisciplinary Studies, specializing in Africana Studies

At Villanova

Fulbright Award Winner for 2019-2020; 2018-19 Women’s Leadership Ambassador; Organizational Chair, Association for Change & Transformation (ACT); Undergraduate Research Assistant; Co President, Student Commission for Diversity and Inclusion; Blue Key Society; Service Learning Community; producer of two social justice documentaries; leader of Villanova on Set 

Hometown

New Haven, Conn.