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Policy Project

The LEDA Policy Project trains and positions young leaders from underrepresented backgrounds 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 young leaders from underrepresented backgrounds to lend their voices to federal policy discussions pertaining to postsecondary education.

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.

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

The following 20 Scholars and Fellows represent the LEDA Policy Corps for the 2020-2021 term, which runs from August 1, 2020, through May 31, 2021.

Jesse A

University of Richmond ’21
Jesse Amankwaah
Ariana

University of California at Berkeley ’22
Ariana Berumen
Valeria

Yale University ’23
Valeria Bula
Jackie

Smith College ’22
Jackie Centeno
Arleth

University of Southern California ’23
Arleth Cespedes
Chris G

University of Pennsylvania ’21
Christopher Garcia
Cynthia

Denison University ’22
Cynthia Guerrero
Jenny

University of Southern California ’22
Jenny Ha
Omar

University of Richmond ’21
Omar Ibrahim
Denye

Washington University in St. Louis ’21
Denye Mickens
Jessica M

Cornell University ’22
Jessica Morales
Daniel

Middlebury College ’22
Daniel Nazarit
Nidhi

Harvard University ’22
Nidhi Patel
Yasmine

Middlebury College ’22
Yasmine Signey
Stephanie

Boston University ’22
Stephanie Tavares
Janeth

Georgetown University ’21
Janeth Preciado Vargas
Juan

Harvard University ’23
Juan C. Venancio
Katrina

Occidental College ’22
Katrina Weti
Christopher W

University of Richmond ’23
Christopher D. Wilson, Jr.
Tiffany

Tufts University ’22
Tiffany Xie

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 (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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