​Ravi Gupta ’05 is a busy guy. In addition to being co-founder and managing partner of Arena, which supports progressive political candidates and reforms, and producing a politics podcast, and signing with a talent agency for a potential TV project, he’s about to launch Second Chance Studios, a nonprofit digital studio that employs formerly incarcerated people.

It’s a long way for someone who admits he wasn’t a great high school student himself. “I barely got into Binghamton,” he says jokingly. Gupta, who grew up in Staten Island, blossomed once he entered the college environment. After becoming more politically aware in a post-Sept. 11/ Iraq War world, he joined and eventually became captain of the Binghamton University Speech and Debate Team. He was on a pre-med track until he was encouraged to sign up for a program to teach English language classes in Ghana.

“At that point, I got totally sucked back…

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