What it Takes to Get to and through College: A Discussion with the KIPP Federal Policy Fellows and Dr. Michael Lomax (UNCF)

What: College students from low-income families have long been underrepresented in summer internships in Washington, especially on Capitol Hill. To address this inequity, KIPP created the Federal Policy Fellowship to give KIPP alumni the opportunity to have paid Congressional internships, see civics in action, and advance their college and career goals.

The 2018 Federal Policy Fellows will participate in a panel discussion to share their experiences and reflections on what it takes to make it to and through college. The panel will be moderated by UNCF President Michael Lomax.

When:            Monday, June 25, 2018, 11:00 am- 12:30 pm

Where:          Cannon House Office Building, Room 421

Who:               ●     Dr. Michael Lomax, President and CEO, UNCF (United Negro College Fund)

  • Mekka Adbullah, KIPP Nashville, Fisk University ’19, Sen. Lamar Alexander
  • Mariama Barry, KIPP Massachusetts, Franklin and Marshall College ’20, Sen. Ed Markey
  • Mariana Chacon, KIPP Massachusetts, Boston University ’19, Sen. Elizabeth Warren
  • Brandon Gonzalez, KIPP Colorado, Colorado State ’19, Sen. Michael Bennet
  • Erika Mey, KIPP Los Angeles, UC Irvine ’18, Sen. Dianne Feinstein
  • Omar Sanchez, KIPP San Diego, San Diego State ’20, ONE DC (a nonprofit dedicated to creating and preserving racial and economic equity in DC)
  • Chentese Stewart, KIPP Philadelphia, Gettysburg College ’18, Rep. Dwight Evans
  • De’Ja Wood, KIPP St. Louis, Duke ’21, Rep. Bobby Scott

About KIPP

KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of over 200 free college-preparatory public charter schools, open to all and dedicated to preparing students in educationally underserved communities for success in college and in life. Started in 1994 as a middle school program, KIPP has since expanded to elementary and high schools. KIPP public charter schools have a strong track record of helping students graduate from high school, matriculate to college and earn a degree.

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