Vinodh Kutty

From: Tanjong Malim Perak, Malaysia  Current City: Minneapolis, MN
"Having the option to come to the U.S. to learn a new subject and meet new people was really exciting for me."
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Vinodh Kutty was very excited to attend an American college. Although he missed being close to his family in Asia, he relished the opportunity to have new experiences.

Born in a small town in Malaysia, Mr. Kutty moved to Singapore in the 1960s. He enjoyed experiencing both places and considers himself a Malaysian at heart but a Singaporean in his mind. After finishing high school, Vinodh completed his national service requirement. He pursued his teaching certificate afterwards and began teaching high school. Mr. Kutty was extremely interested in becoming an English teacher, and his uncle—a Macalester College alumnus—encouraged him to travel to the U.S. to study English. Vinodh ultimately heeded his uncle’s advice and decided to attend Macalester College.

Upon arriving in the U.S., Mr. Kutty had mixed emotions. While he was excited to begin this next stage of his life, he missed his family and friends back home. Over time, Vinodh formed a close group of friends from Nebraska. The introduced him to American football and affectionately nicknamed him “Vinnie”.

Since graduating from Macalester, Mr. Kutty has worked for a number of nonprofit organizations specializing in social services. Currently, he works for the Office of the Director in Hennepin County’s Human Services and Public Health Department where he works with populations of color as well as refugee and immigrant communities addressing  educational disparities. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two children.

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