- Brown in Washington
Andrew Castillo is a junior at Brown University, double concentrating in economics and sociology. A first generation college student from Los Angeles, CA, Andrew cares deeply about educational equity. On campus, he is involved with Brown Elementary After-school Mentoring (BEAM), which provides an after-school enrichment programming at William D'Abate Elementary School in inner-city Providence. His Ecuadorian cultural background has shaped his passion for making connections between communities and engaging them in the political process. He is involved in the Salvadoran American Leadership and Educational Fund (SALEF), a non-profit organization dedicated to this issue and promoting the civic participation and representation of Latino communities in the United States. He is also involved in the Economic Progress Institute, a nonpartisan research and policy organization dedicated to improving the economic well-being of low- and modest-income Rhode Islanders. Through his involvement in these organizations, he is keenly aware of how policy impacts communities and he strives to build upon this knowledge in DC this semester and bring it back to his hometown.