MPA Graduate Takes Next Step in Following Lifelong Calling

MPA@UNC graduate Ryan Rotundo hopes to use his MPA expertise to build partnerships in his community in order to serve the special needs population. While attending MPA@UNC, he was able to continue his job as a public school teacher while also starting a new business. Inspired by his sister, Nicole, who has Down syndrome, Rotundo opened a consignment store called Shabby Chic that provides employment opportunities for those with disabilities.

Rotundo’s story was originally published by the University. Below is an excerpt from the article:

“From a very young age, I’ve known that my calling was to serve other individuals like my sister and other families like ours,” Rotundo said. “I do believe there are some misconceptions with what people with what we call disabilities—or some might say different abilities—are capable of. A lot of times, we underestimate their potential.”

For more, read the full story, “Following a Lifelong Calling,”on the University website.

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