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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.

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 application for the 2021-2022 Policy Corps is now open. Click here to download the flyer, and click here to apply.

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

Jesse A

University of Richmond ’21
Jesse Amankwaah

University of California at Berkeley ’22
Ariana Berumen

Yale University ’23
Valeria Bula

Smith College ’22
Jackie Centeno

University of Southern California ’23
Arleth Cespedes
Chris G

University of Pennsylvania ’21
Christopher Garcia

Denison University ’22
Cynthia Guerrero

University of Southern California ’22
Jenny Ha

University of Richmond ’21
Omar Ibrahim

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

Cornell University ’22
Jessica Morales

Middlebury College ’22
Daniel Nazarit

Harvard University ’22
Nidhi Patel

Middlebury College ’22
Yasmine Signey

Boston University ’22
Stephanie Tavares

Georgetown University ’21
Janeth Preciado Vargas

Harvard University ’23
Juan C. Venancio

Occidental College ’22
Katrina Weti
Christopher W

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

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 (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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