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Elizabeth Mugo–Public Policy & International Affairs Fellowship

Name: Elizabeth Mugo

Class Year: 2019

Hometown: Ruiru, Kenya/Columbia, SC

Major(s): Sociology and Anthropology

Minors or Concentrations: Africana Studies, Poverty and Human Capability Studies

Opportunity and Year: Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program, SUmmer 2018

Project Summary: I will be taking classes at the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon through PPIA.

How did W&L prepare you for this opportunity? As a Sociology and Anthropology major, I have taken courses related to issues of structural oppression and possible interventions. These courses have pushed me to think about the change that I would like to see in areas such as refugee resettlement to the criminal justice system.

Why did you apply for this opportunity? I applied to PPIA for the opportunity to bring my experiences full circle. After discussing everything from heteronormativity to issues of food insecurity, I want to move the conversation to what can be done and what policies can be advocated for or changed.

Post-graduation Plans: I hope to be doing some form of non-profit work related to either refugee resettlement or criminal justice.

How will this opportunity help you achieve your goals? In the future, I hope to do work in various areas of human rights from refugee resettlement to the criminal justice system to the alleviation of issues associated with poverty for Native American people. I hope that my experience at PPIA will allow me to understand further intricacies of policy and give me the knowledge and experience to prepare to graduate school in the future.

Extracurricular Involvement:

Vice President of the Executive Committee, Bonner Program Senior Intern, Owings Fellow, Student Representative in Commission on Institutional History and Community

Off-campus Experience:

Spring Term in South Africa

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