From Englewood to Rhodes Scholar: ‘It’s huge’

Becky Schlikerma
Chicago Sun-Times

Rhiana Gunn-Wright grew up in Englewood and has focused her studies on some of the issues that plague that community.

“Seeing the poverty and the violence in my community and the way that really disrupted and limited peoples lives and sort of ravaged people’s opportunities,” the 23-year-old said shaped her studies. I knew “people in my community and how wonderful and smart and loving they were.”

Gunn-Wright, whose family now lives in Oak Lawn, is one of 32 people chosen for the latest class of American Rhodes Scholars. They will study at theUniversity of Oxford in England. A Winnetka native is also among the class.

“It’s huge,” Gunn-Wright told the Chicago Sun-Times. Her mom, who raised her as a single mother, threw a surprise party for her to celebrate the honor.

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