Bilal speaking to legislators at the Rhode Island State House

Bilal speaking to legislators at the Rhode Island State House

Bilal Lafta

University: Brown University
Major: Computer Science  
Languages: Arabic
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Biography: Born in Baghdad, Iraq and raised in Cairo, Tucson, and Boston, Bilal is a first-generation immigrant aspiring to be a software engineer with a passion for community engagement and social justice. 

Features in the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, WCVB, Fox25, and NPR Radio for his academic achievement, he was the honorary valedictorian of the Boston Public Schools. He beat the odds against him: from escaping war, living in a refugee camp, attending underfunded urban public schools, to now attending Brown University on a full scholarship. 

At Brown, Bilal is the Founding President of Beat the Streets, an after-school program for at-risk Providence public school students. He serves as the Campus Ambassador for Teach for America to recruit top student leaders to teach in a low-income community upon graduation.

This summer, Bilal interned at Johnson & Johnson as a Software Engineer to develop the company’s upcoming mobile application and provide technical solutions as the firm transitions to healthcare technology. Equipped with strong technical aptitude and drive to influence and lead, Bilal is now seeking opportunities in Product Management, Software Engineering, and Technology Consulting. 

Bilal can be reached at: bilal_lafta@brown.edu