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Fall '18, Political Science and Economics

Award Year 

U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

Ijahala Pottinger is a junior at Brown University double concentrating in Political Science, with a focus on American Politics, and Economics. She is interested in law, government, and social justice as a means to promote educational equity and close the achievement gap that marginalized student groups face. On campus, Ijahala participates in Brown Refugee Youth Tutoring & Enrichment (BRYTE), the Swearer Classroom Program (SCP), and the Black Pre-Law Association. This summer, she interned at College Access: Research & Action with the City University of New York to confront the post-secondary enrollment gap experienced by NYC students. Ultimately, Ijahala aspires to become a federal judge and hopes that her experiences in D.C. will combine with her dedication to public service to lay the groundwork for her future as an effective public servant and leader.