What have you been up to since graduation?

After graduating, I worked a few different jobs before starting law school. I first worked for a nonprofit consulting firm in New York, where I learned rather quickly that consulting wasn’t for me. Eight months in, I decided to return home to Michigan to help with Dr. Abdul El-Sayed’s gubernatorial campaign as part of his policy team. After Abdul placed second in the primary, I moved to Cleveland to work for a voting rights organization up through the general election. Then, in the remaining months prior to law school, I worked as a policy fellow for a public interest law firm in Washington, D.C.

What are you currently doing now?

I am currently a first-year law student at Harvard Law School. While the academic workload can be a lot, I am enjoying the experience overall and am lucky to have received some excellent professors. (I even have Elizabeth Warren’s husband, Bruce Mann, for property!) Outside of class, I have been very engaged with extracurriculars. I was elected as my section’s representative within HLS Student Government, serve on the board of the American Constitution Society, and am a part of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Review.

Amidst all this, I am also starting up a student organization on campus: Equal Democracy Project. As the name hopefully implies, Equal Democracy Project aims to dismantle the political barriers that contribute to our current, unequal democracy in the United States. This includes fighting against gerrymandering and voter suppression, challenging the outsized influence of money in politics, and reforming the electoral process to more accurately represent the people.

Surprisingly, prior to Equal Democracy Project, no student organizations existed at HLS that focused on democracy reform and voting rights. Although starting a student org was far from what I had envisioned for my first semester of law school, I simply found it unacceptable that no forum existed for students to engage on this issue—especially in today’s climate. I have put substantial time into developing a vision for the organization, identifying short-term and long-term goals, and recruiting a leadership team. We recently had our first “Builders Forum” meeting, and I was heartened by how 20 other busy 1Ls chose to spend their Friday afternoons rolling up their sleeves helping to build out this organization with me.

How do you integrate social justice into your life post college?

Apart from the eight-month stint in which I worked for a nonprofit consulting firm, all of my experiences post-college have focused directly on civil rights and democracy work. Furthermore, in law school, I have been very intentional to participate in extracurricular activities that I am passionate about, as they help ground me in why I decided to come to law school in the first place.

What is your favorite memory about MCSP?

Without a doubt, taking Professor Schoem’s first year seminar. It was the single most impactful and formative class of my academic career. Although I was familiar with such issues from personal experience, delving more deeply into concepts such as privilege, social identity, and institutional racism made clear to me that I wanted to focus my energies—both academically and professionally—to promoting social justice.