Kwarteng also credited his drive for launching Colorado Fashion Week (and making a DACA recipient the face of the Colorado Fashion Week campaign) to his education. “I spent my first ten years in this country pursuing education, and I knew to take the opportunity of being in this country and make the most out of having so many chances to succeed,” Kwarteng said. “If we are to empower young people of all statuses, it will make this country better.”
Both Kwarteng, who hails from Ghana and attended NYU Art School, and Dr. Maria Navas-Moreno, who came from Colombia to pursue her Ph.D., are active members of the FWD.us Innovation Council in Colorado. The FWD.us Colorado Innovation Council is one of many across the nation that functions under the immigration advocacy organization. The group of innovators regularly meets with elected officials, engages on action items, and provides education to the broader community about the human side of immigration policy, an issue that is often bound in so much red tape that the average American may have little understanding of the complications of the system.