Interim Dean Julie Olson-Buchanan of the Craig School of Business is honored to announce Navdeep Gill as the 2020 Craig School of Business Undergraduate Dean’s Medalist.
The Fresno State Deans select the college and school medalists based upon academic excellence, community involvement, and other achievements. Gill was named an awardee this week along with nine other outstanding students across the University.
“My circumstances don’t define me. I am a first generation Indian-American, Sikh woman. I am a transfer student; a community-college alumni. I am someone who has been told that she needs to have “realistic dreams” instead of aspiring for greatness. And I am someone who has faced significant personal, financial, and cultural obstacles in order to be where I am today. My circumstances don’t define what I will do, nor do they define who I will become. My time at Fresno State says otherwise.”
Gill, of Tulare, completed a B.A. in economics with a 4.0 GPA. Gill is a first-generation college student who transferred from the College of the Sequoias to Fresno State. The daughter of Indian immigrants, Gill worked part time and navigated the higher education system on her own to apply for financial aid and scholarships that helped finance her entire college career, leaving her debt free. She was active in student organizations including the University Student Union Board of Directors, Fresno State Mock Trial and Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity. Gill was an intern for The Maddy Institute and was a congressional intern for the Fresno District Office of Senator Kamala D. Harris. She was the Outstanding Graduate for the Department of Economics this year. Gill plans to become an attorney focusing on public interest law or corporate law. She wants to return to the Central Valley to advocate for undeserved communities.