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Feb082016

2016 WINNER: JORDAN ALSTON-HARMON '17

Jordan Alston-Harmon '17 is a Government concentrator with a secondary in Sociology living in Adams House. After spending his freshman year at Northwestern University, he transferred to Harvard with a determination to make a difference in his new community. During his first semester at Harvard, he was appointed as co-chair of the Politics of Race and Ethnicity (PRE) initiative within the Institute of Politics (IOP). There, he helped organize weekly discussions between politicians, professors, and PRE members on political issues that intersect with race, such as mass incarceration and immigration. During his two semesters leading this group, he helped increase African-American, Native American, Latino, and Asian representation in the historically homogenous IOP by collaborating with cultural groups on campus. Additionally, Jordan travels off campus once a week to participate in the Youth Prison Tutoring program within the Phillips Brooks House Association. As the son of a single mother, mentors have played an incredibly important role in his life, so this opportunity to mentor young men at a local juvenile detention center has been especially fulfilling for him. Jordan is incredibly passionate about studying law, politics, and government and plans to attend law school after graduation. He is incredibly grateful to be a recipient of the Deshaun Hill & Harvard Stephens Memorial Scholarship and hopes to honor their legacy with the remainder of his time at Harvard and through his future endeavors of ameliorating racial inequities in the legal system.

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