University: Stanford University
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Biography: Micheal was incredibly involved during high school and mentored youth in programs run by the World Youth Foundation and SWAG To College. He was awarded the Princeton Prize in Race Relations, Coca-Cola Scholarship, Gates Scholarship, GE-Reagan Scholarship, National Horatio Alger Scholarship, and the Ron Brown Scholarship and was named a U.S. Presidential Scholar. After graduating with an International Baccalaureate Diploma, he worked at an education non-profit named Peerlift, worked remotely for the Ron Brown Scholars Program, completed a service trip in the Dominican Republic, and interned at Vinson & Elkins LLP in Houston.
In his first year at Stanford, he helped organize three youth empowerment conferences -- the Stanford Pre-Collegiate Economics Competition, the Bay Area College Tour, and the Black Bay Area -- to help give high school students access to the Stanford experiences and to Stanford’s resources. Micheal was heavily involved in developing his dorm’s culture, serving as co-president of Dorm Government and organizing hosts for 100 students during Admit Weekend. On the Senate, he worked on the Appropriations Committee and the New Student Org Committee and worked on the Fellowships & Stipends Committee with Stanford in Government.
This past summer, he worked in Stanford's Political Psychology Research Group (PPRG) and participated in a research project with the World Bank in Mexico City. He also completed a National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) expedition, which involved spending 20 days in Wyoming’s wilderness with a cohort of FGL Fellows from all around the world. Next year, Micheal will be doing even more: serving as Co-Chair of the BSU Admit Weekend and FLI-CON Workshops & Speakers Committees and working as Lathrop Library Tech Desk and Black House Community Center Associate. He is also participating in the Crossroads Emerging Leaders Program sponsored by Harvard’s South Asia Institute.