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Achieve Ads Highlight Prominent CSU Alumni

Nina Turner, BA '96, MA '97

In 2005, Nina Turner, who received both her bachelor's and master's in history from CSU, became the first woman to represent Cleveland's Ward 1 on City Council, where she worked to make Cleveland streets safer and more family-friendly. She is a strong believer in the power of education and, during her tenure on Council, established a need and merit-based scholarship for Cleveland high school students and returned as a mentor to her alma mater, John F. Kennedy High School, focusing on equipping at-risk youth with tools for successful futures.

As a State Senator, representing the 25th District, she continues to champion the causes of Northeast Ohio and Cuyahoga County. In addition to serving on the Senate, Turner teaches African-American History, U.S. History, Urban Studies, and Political Science at Cuyahoga Community College.

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