Camden Joins the Gateway U Family

New Jersey-Based Gateway U Expands to Camden Under Leadership of Executive Director Saymah Nah


Gateway U, a New Jersey-based nonprofit program that offers students access to accessible degree pathways in partnership with Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), announced that it will be launching a statewide expansion led by Gateway U Executive Director, Saymah Nah. As a part of this expansion, Nah will assume leadership of Camden U – Gateway U’s sister program based in Camden. 

Launched in partnership with South Ward Promise Neighborhood in Newark, Gateway U launched in 2021 with Nah as the founding Executive Director. Gateway U provides wraparound support and coaching to working adult degree-seekers through its partnership with flexible, competency-based degree programs offered by SNHU. Since its launch, Gateway U has supported over 140 students and is rapidly adding new students each term.

“As we embark on this exciting expansion in Camden, I am deeply honored to assume leadership of Camden U, our cherished sister program.” said Saymah Nah, Executive Director of Gateway U. “Together, we will increase educational opportunities and support communities across New Jersey. I am thrilled to continue the impactful work of Camden U, particularly our pioneering Teacher Pathway program, which addresses critical needs in education. With unwavering dedication and a profound commitment to our students and communities, we will forge ahead, creating pathways to success.”

Under Nah’s leadership through this statewide expansion, Camden U’s operations and students will merge within the umbrella of Gateway U. Nah is excited to continue the success of Camden U’s programs, including the Teacher Pathway program. The first of its kind in New Jersey, the Teacher Pathway program is designed to help fill the educator shortage by providing financial aid and other resources to support paraprofessionals and community members to obtain certification to become teachers. 

“Saymah’s skills and passion for this work show throughout her everyday interactions with students and staff. I believe she truly cares about the population we serve. She advocates for those who haven’t found their voices and those who aren’t confident enough to advocate for themselves. As a Camden native, being a servant leader is important to me; it makes a difference. I’m excited to continue this work under her leadership, and I look forward to seeing all of the great things we’ll accomplish in the city I love so much.”
- Shadiyah Andrews, Gateway U Enrollment Advisor 

Nah is a lifelong educator and proud Newark native. Throughout her journey, she has served in the capacity of senior leadership, school culture and climate, family engagement, and school operations at Success Academy Charter Schools and Rocketship Public Schools. Saymah is a steadfast family and community advocate and her body of work serves as an exemplar for building deep relationships with students, community organizations, and community leaders.