Bilal Lafta

University: Brown University
Major: Engineering
Languages: Arabic
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Biography: Born in Baghdad, Iraq and raised in Cairo, Tucson, and Boston, I am a first-generation immigrant aspiring to be an engineer with a passion for community engagement and social justice. I stand as a national Dell Scholar, Janey Scholar, and Norma K. Clarke Scholar.

Featured in the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, WCVB, Fox25, and NPR Radio for my academic achievement, I was the honorary valedictorian of the Boston Public Schools. I have beaten the odds against me: from escaping war, living in a refugee camp, attending underfunded urban public schools, to attending Brown University on a full scholarship.

At Brown, I was selected as a Bonner Community Fellow, responsible for community engagement and outreach around Providence. My focus has been on English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), teaching English to immigrant adults. Additionally, I am a delegate for the Ivy Council, First-Gens@Brown, and a Freshman Liaison for QuestBridge Scholars.