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Meet our Student Researchers
Trevor has been a Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPP) member since 2020 and is interested in policy surrounding digital inclusion and closing the digital divide in low-income communities. This includes projects in Open-Access Fiber Networks, Ethical AI Governance, and STEM education. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and is originally from Denver, CO.
Alex started her career in social impact at The Chicago Community Trust through the Kimpton Fellows program, a competitive one-year fellowship opportunity for graduates interested in launching their career at high-impact nonprofit organizations. There, she managed several projects related to the Trust’s commitment to racial equity, disability inclusion, and economic growth for diverse populations and disinvested neighborhoods. In her tenure at the Trust, she was integral to the incubation and launch of Disability Lead, the only leadership program in the nation that connects leaders with disabilities with civic engagement opportunities.
As an inaugural member of The Obama Foundation Community Leadership Corps, Alex founded an online community focused on mental health fueled by young voices of color. In the first month launched, the platform, which featured lived experiences of mental illness, including her own, was read by thousands across the country. Because of her work, Alex was selected as a featured speaker during the 2018 Obama Foundation Summit. She served as an Ambassador for the Obama Foundation and Chicago200. She also served as Co-Chair of the Chicago Foundation for Women's Young Women's Giving Council from 2019 to 2020. In 2019, Alex was awarded the Young Alumna Award by her high school alma mater. Alex was a 2020 Disability Lead Fellow and a 2021 New Leaders Council Fellow. Alex graduated with honors from UChicago with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Public Policy.