Year & Major: 2021, International Affairs
Commitment Name: Raider College Prep
Commitment Focus Area: Education
"I am working to address the low application and retention rate of college students from diverse and historically disenfranchised backgrounds such as low-income, first-generation, and students of color. This problem concerns me because college is an invaluable experience for these populations to create opportunity and reduce inequities. For example, studies show that low-income students have a 90% chance of escaping poverty with a degree in higher education (Pew Charitable Trust). I want to focus on the underserved Rangeview High School, where I attended high school. Throughout this project I want to foster a strong alumni community that is willing to contribute and assist high school students navigating post-secondary education.
I'm a senior, studying International Affairs, concentrating in International Development and minoring in Economics. Currently, I work as a Research Assistant in partnership with my university and DC police department on Rethinking DC Youth & Policing. In the past, I have interned at various non-government organizations such as the Osgood Center for International Studies, AGE Africa, and the Posner Center for International Development. Additionally, as a Student Consultant for NGOs in Washington D.C. with Community Engaged Consulting, and an Assistant Web Developer at the Institute for International Economic Policy. My work at these organizations sharpened my analytical thinking, as well as my understanding of multi-phase projects and leadership of small teams. Cumulatively, these experiences led to my interest in the intersection of government and business to create social change and shape civil society. Upon graduation, I work as a full-time International Tax Trade & Customs Associate at KPMG."