Ethan (second from left) during NOLS

Ethan (second from left) during NOLS

ethan morElion

University: Brown University
Major: Political Science
Languages: Spanish
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Biography: My name is Ethan Morelion. I am currently a political science concentrator at Brown University with a passion for law, politics, and social justice.

From a young age, I developed the motivation to make a change. After seeing many of the troubles the residents of my low-income neighborhood face, I decided to take action. For five years, I worked with my county’s Teen Court program, through which we assist troubled teens by getting them involved in several community service organizations. I also founded the revitalization effort for the program. In addition, I established a chapter of Battleground Texas, a political organization in Texas that focuses on getting voters informed about local, state, and national elections as well as registering them to vote. I continue to work with these organizations in hopes of giving every person a chance to succeed and have his/her/their voice heard.

I continue community engagement work at Brown University through the Swearer Center for Public Service’s Sexual Health Advocacy's Peer Education Program and Planned Parenthood of Southern New England (PPSNE). Through the program, I worked with low-income students at alternative high schools in Providence, Rhode Island to help educate them about sexual health, well-being, and reproductive politics. I now work in the Public Policy and Advocacy department of PPSNE where I conduct policy research and do grassroots organizing to rally public support for reproductive rights. I also work with Rhode Island State Senator Donna Nesselbush as a legislative intern where I have collaborated with Senator Nesselbush on improving democratic procedures in the Rhode Island State Senate and embracing immigrant rights.

For the summer of 2018, I am working with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) in San Antonio, Texas on litigation and legislative advocacy concerning issues such as immigrant rights, education, and voting rights. At my very core, I still have that passion and motivation to make a difference in the lives of any community I am a part of.

In addition to my community engagement work, I have been honored as a Gates Millennium Scholar, a Newman Civic Fellow, an Arthur Liman Public Interest Law Fellow, a QuestBridge Scholar, and a Corella & Bertram F. Bonner Foundation Fellow.

My future plans include working in public interest law and using my experiences to provide valuable insight as a United State Senator to represent the often forgotten communities like mine, on a national and global scale.