What have you been up to since graduation?
After graduating, I worked a few different jobs before starting law school. I firstworked for a nonprofit consulting firm in New York, where I learned ratherquickly that consulting wasn’t for me. Eight months in, I decided to return hometo Michigan to help with Abdul El-Sayed’s gubernatorial campaign as part of hispolicy team. After Abdul placed second in the primary, I moved to Cleveland towork 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 apublic 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 theacademic workload can be a lot, I am enjoying the experience overall and amlucky to have received some excellent professors. (I even have ElizabethWarren’s husband, Bruce Mann, for property!) Outside of class, I have beenvery engaged with extracurriculars. I was elected as my section’srepresentative within HLS Student Government, serve on the board of theAmerican Constitution Society, and am a part of the Harvard Civil Rights-CivilLiberties Review.
Amidst all this, I am also starting up a student organization on campus: The Equal Democracy Project. As the name hopefully implies, Equal Democracyaims to dismantle the political barriers that contribute to our current, unequaldemocracy in the United States. This includes fighting against gerrymanderingand voter suppression, challenging the outsized influence of money in politics,and reforming the electoral process to more accurately represent the people.
Unbelievably, prior to Equal Democracy, no student organizations existed atHLS that focused on democracy reform and voting rights. Although starting astudent org was far from what I had envisioned for my first semester of lawschool, I simply found it unacceptable that no forum existed for students toengage on this issue—especially in today’s climate. I have put substantial timeinto developing a vision for the organization, identifying short-term and longtermgoals, and recruiting a leadership team. We recently had our first “BuildersForum” meeting, and I was heartened by how 20 other busy 1L’s chose tospend their Friday afternoons rolling up their sleeves helping to build out thisorganization 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 consultingfirm, all of my experiences post-college have focused directly on civil rights anddemocracy work. Furthermore, in law school, I have been very intentional toparticipate in extracurricular activities that I am passionate about, as they helpground 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 singlemost impactful and formative class of my academic career. Although I wasfamiliar with such issues from personal experience, delving more deeply intoconcepts such as privilege, social identity, and institutional racism made clearto me that I wanted to focus my energies—both academically andprofessionally—to promoting social justice.