MBA Student’s Haïti Fundraiser Certifies Sense of Community

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The inspiration for Rudouard Chery’s pursuit of his 4+1 Business BA to MBA developed as the son of immigrants from Haïti where he spent his childhood. “The country holds a unique space in me, and I always want to help the people of Haïti,” says Rudy.

Rudy, who graduated Cum Laude with his undergraduate degree this month, has already given back to Haïti. “The time I’ve spent in Haïti gave me the drive to become a business major with a focus on social entrepreneurship.”

Rudy Chery at 2017 Commencement
Rudy Chery with friends at 2017 Commencement

He organized a fundraising campaign through NewStoryCharity, a nonprofit organization that builds safe homes and transforms Haïtian slums into thriving communities to help families exposed to life-threatening dangers. Donations are directed to hire local workers from Minoterie, and they only purchase local materials to build homes.

Rudy recruited the help of classmates at Dominican to get behind his cause. He enlisted Black Student Union leaders such as Jennessica Holliday ‘18, Tegist Worku ‘17, Hawi Awash ‘17, and Monica Spohn ‘17.

“It was amazing. One night we stuck around and exchanged ideas. They were just so engaged,” Rudy says. “It was impressive to see people who are so dedicated to do good.”

On April 7, Rudy received an email from New Story. It featured a video link to watch Miranda Julien and her family receive keys to their home, which Rudy and friends helped fund. New Story has built more than 800 homes with the help of about 4,000 people, including Dominican students and faculty.

“I am incredibly happy to have participated in this journey, and I am very thankful to Dominican, the BSU team, students, and faculty that participated and donated,” Rudy says. “It’s incredible to see what this company has done and how they have worked hard to bring people together for such a positive cause.”

That’s Rudy’s goal as an aspiring entrepreneur. When he transferred to Dominican from Solano Community College, he found an international business program at Dominican that could offer him the path he sought. He was introduced to Kelly Weidner, assistant professor of marketing, and hands-on learning projects.

“The lessons you learned throughout the class you really applied,” Rudy says. “That’s how it should be.”

Rudy also established relationships with Dean Emerita Dr. Françoise Lepage, professor Dr. Denise Lucy, director of the Institute for Leadership Studies, international business professor Dr. Rajeev Soorea; and Dr. Mona Sabuco of the Mizel Executive Forum.

“They have contributed so much to my education,” he says. “It’s unbelievable.”

Now Rudy plans to earn this MBA. His summer program concludes with the Global Consulting Practicum, capped by a 10-day international trip to Prague to meet clients.

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