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Policy Project

The LEDA Policy Project trains and positions members of the LEDA Community to lend their voices to federal policy discussions pertaining to postsecondary education.

LEDA launched the LEDA Policy Project in 2017 thanks to a transformative investment from Lumina Foundation. The Policy Project trains and positions members of the LEDA Community to lend their voices to federal policy discussions pertaining to postsecondary education.

Click here to download the LEDA Policy Project brochure.

If you are a LEDA Scholar or Career Fellow who is interested in applying for the LEDA Public Service Grant Program, download the flyer here and apply here.

Education policy frames so much of our lives, yet many of the diverse voices that are disproportionately impacted by the lack of equitable opportunities are left out of key policy discussions. The LEDA Policy Corps equips leaders with the knowledge, resources, and confidence needed to bring higher education conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion to the fore.

Carolina Espinal, 2019-2020 Policy Corps member

LEDA Policy Corps

The LEDA Policy Corps is comprised of LEDA Scholars and Career Fellows selected through a competitive application process to participate in the Policy Project.

The following 14 Scholars and Fellows represent the LEDA Policy Corps for the 2021-2022 term, which runs from August 1, 2021, through May 31, 2022.


Yale University
Abnner Olivares

Stanford University
Adam Acevedo

Harvard University
Daniella O. Saforo

Yale University
Diego López

Stanford University
Emily Nichols

Amherst College
Jalen Woodard

Princeton University
Jampel Dorjee

Columbia University
Lancy Lopez

Brown University
Lenika Rivas

Stanford University
Maixee Lee

Princeton University
Rose Nguyen

Whitman College
Salma Anguiano

Dartmouth College
Sheila Milon

Rutgers University-Newark
Tonanziht Aguas

Princeton University
Yara Daraiseh

2020-2021 LEDA Policy Corps Policy Recommendations

Each year, as a part of their policy training, the Policy Corps is asked to identify a set of key issues and/or policy recommendations that they think leaders in higher education policy and practice should address. Since the goal of the LEDA Policy Project is to amplify student perspectives, these recommendations are driven by the students. The following policy recommendations were identified by the 2020-2021 LEDA Policy Corps:

  • Strengthen the pathway to college
  • Prioritize financial sustainability for FGLI college students
  • Prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education
  • Promote student safety, health and emotional wellbeing
  • Incentivize and promote data transparency

Additionally, the Policy Corps has a set of specific solutions for each recommendation. These are based on their experience, education, and research. You can read the full set of solutions here.

Selected Press and Media (2020-2021)

Selected Press and Media (2019-2020)

Selected Press and Media (2018-2019)

Please direct questions about the program to Amber Briggs, Project Director, at amberbriggs@ledascholars.org.

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