This year, Chicago Scholars recognized DePaul University alumni Norma Manjarrez and Sufyan Sohel with its 35 Under 35 award
. The recognition highlights talented young professionals who are making an impact in the community. Chicago Scholars will commemorate the professional and philanthropic accomplishments of both individuals at the fourth annual UnTied Gala on April 27.
Manjarrez received a B.S. in finance from DePaul in 2007. She is currently an attorney at Ogletree Deakins, where she handles labor and employment concerns - including discrimination, harassment and wage violations. Manjarrez has served on the associate board for Latinos Progresando and Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children, acted as a writing coach for Posse Foundation and contributed to the Illinois College of Law's legal writing department.
Sohel earned his J.D. degree and a M.S. in finance in 2011 from DePaul, where he worked closely with the university's International Human Rights Law Institute on issues concerning women's rights in the Middle East and Asia. Sohel received the 2017 DePaul College of Law Young Alumnus award and currently sits on its Law Alumni Engagement Board. As deputy director and counsel at the Council on American Islamic Relations, Sohel provides strategic direction and oversees the company's advocacy efforts.
Chicago Scholars is the city's largest college mentoring and career support program, serving more than 3,000 scholars and alumni each year. Committed to developing community and collaboration, the foundation has a national network of more than 175 selective enrollment and Ivy League college and university partners.