Benjamin Felix was born in Finland and moved to New York when he was three. He is currently a junior at City College of New York and is majoring in political science and international studies with a concentration of international relations. Benjamin is interested in politics and diplomacy between countries and hopes to have a career as a diplomat to strive for better understanding between people. In the meantime, Benjamin spends his time making the community around him a better place.
Tony Huertas was born and raised in Queens NY. After a long career as a Paralegal and a Food and Beverage Manager, Tony began his education at BMCC where he majored in Liberal Arts and graduated with Honors in May 2019. Tony plans to study law at CUNY School of Law in the Fall of 2021. Tony is a passionate advocate for human rights and plans a career representing the LGBTQ community and others.
Nonya Khedr is an Egyptian immigrant who studies International Studies and Human Rights. She is an advocate for human rights, particularly for women in Africa and the Middle East. She founded an organization called SheFFA to tackle the problem of femail genital mutilation and cutting which provides educational advocacy workshops and a healing justice curriculum to break thesilence around the issue. She hopes to use her career to make a meaningful difference in the world.
Kay Kelly studies anthropology and biology at Macaulay Honors College at the City College of New York. She is interested in studying law from an interdisciplinary perspective, specifically where science and culture meet policy. Kay hopes to build a career in law that betters the lives of her fellow New Yorkers. Beyond the classroom, Kay has served as treasurer for the nationally-ranked Macaulay Marauders Quidditch team and enjoys her work as a stage manager in local theater. She plans to run for class representative on the Macaulay Scholars Council and to continue fundraising for Student Activities.
Ammara Khan was born in Brooklyn but lived for several years in Pakistan. She majors in Political Science and minors in legal studies Legal Studies. She is passionate about politics and playing an active role in her community. She sees a future in which she is a lawyer helping her community.
Jennifer Mercedes is a first-generation college student, born and raised in the Bronx. She is majoring in political science. In the future, she hopes to practice law and help blighted communities. During her free time she enjoys molding clay, painting, and writing short stories.
Dayra Rivas is a Bronx native that is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Women’s Studies minor. She is the first in her family to pursue a college education. Dayra currently holds a position under the Mayor’s Office where she is a Public/Private Partnerships Intern, acting as a bridge between corporate partners in NYC that are seeking volunteer opportunities within New York City’s government agencies and community based organizations. Her aspiration is to become an immigration attorney serving immigrants who lack the resources to acquire effective counsel.
Hallie Sebastian was born and raised in Sauquoit, New York. She is a political science major with a double minor in legal studies and sociology. Hallie has written for many social justice publications and hopes to continue her advocacy through a career in criminal law.
Shilpa Shaju is a first-generation college student and Macaulay Honors Scholar. She is pursuing a dual major in political science and international relations, with a minor in legal studies. Shilpa also works as a legal assistant at The Law Firm of Moumita Rahman and serves as the President of The Macaulay Honors College Pre- Law Club. Shilpa aspires to become the first lawyer in her family and practice immigration law. She is specifically interested in helping immigrants who qualify for VAWA or asylum.
Kevin Shanker was born and raised in Queens. He hopes law school leads to a successful career in both the private and public sector, and ultimately wants to work within the highest levels of government.