Jendayi London

University of Miami

Jendayi London, a junior at the University of Miami, is majoring in Public Administration and minoring in Communications and Criminology. Her accomplishments as both a scholar and engaged citizen embody the qualities of the Newman Civic Fellowship, transcending the traditional day-to-day college experience to dedicate time and resources to her local community, as well as to initiatives that address the socioeconomic inequities experienced by marginalized populations. Her involvement ranges from tutoring at-risk young men to help break the “school-to-prison” pipeline, to engaging in community-based research to improve law enforcement response to domestic violence and sexual assaults in South Florida. Her accomplishments are a testament to her determination and pragmatic approach to improve access to quality education, well-being, and social justice.

Dr. Julio Frenk
University of Miami

Personal Statement

Through my travels, I have seen first hand how racial identity and socioeconomic class impedes students’ access to quality education and more; consequently, I tend to volunteer with organizations that assist youth. Currently, I volunteer with YouKetab, a non-profit organization that provides free college application assistance to youth in low-income areas.

I believe the root causes of social issues can be solved at the intersection of community consultation and policy action. For example, at UM’s Human Rights Clinic I am assisting with a project that aims to improve South Florida’s law enforcement response to domestic violence and sexual assault. By keeping members of the community (e.g. survivors and advocacy organizations) involved at every step of the research process we are reaching residents where they are most comfortable and gathering quality data that captures the unique problems faced by each of South Florida’s diverse ethnic groups, instead of arbitrarily lumping minorities into one group. Supplemented by policy action, community driven research like this can pave the way for genuine change in community conditions.

I plan to continue developing hard skills such as quantitative data analysis for sociological research and soft skills (i.e. facilitation) to make greater contributions to public problem solving.

Jendayi London
Public Administration: Class of 2021
written 2020

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Alexander Kaye, U. of Central Florida Miyako Iwata, UC Berkeley M. Chiamaka Okonkwo, UNC Charlotte Noelia Michelle Flores González, Universidad de Monterrey Ashlyn Woods, University of Baltimore Greta Hacker, University of Central Arkansas Christian Coleman, University of Central Oklahoma Hailey Ettinger, University of Colorado Boulder Michael Hernández, University of Connecticut Claire Sullivan, University of Dayton Maggie Nelson, University of Delaware Tarun Ramesh, University of Georgia Gregoria Uroza, University of Houston-Downtown Wasan Kumar, University of Illinois at Chicago Kaitlyn Meyr, University of Kentucky Ana Benitez, University of La Verne Amanda Gardner, University of Maine at Augusta Stephanie Turcios, University of Mary Washington Nihira Mugamba, University of Maryland, Baltimore County(UMBC) Maggie Sullivan, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Danelia Ramirez Aguilar, University of Massachusetts Lowell Jendayi London, University of Miami Meredith Days, University of Michigan Lucy Grimshaw, University of Missouri – St. Louis Kortney Sims, University of Montana Dinesh Karki, University of Nebraska Omaha Alexandra Vergara, University of New Hampshire Keyri Ambrocio, University of New Haven Aryelle Jacobsen, University of North Carolina Asheville Katherine Torres, University of North Georgia Yarik Molina, University of North Texas at Dallas Cole Passick, University of Northern Iowa Evan McKenna, University of Notre Dame Justin Norris, University of Oklahoma Nisha Sridhar, University of Oregon Oluwatomisin Oyedele, University of Pennsylvania Stephanie Rose, University of Pittsburgh TJ Tann, University of Richmond Ana Trejo Aguilar, University of San Diego Evelyn Pedraza Fernandez, University of San Francisco Imani Sherrills, University of South Carolina Beaufort Patrick Mack, University of South Carolina Upstate Reylan Cook, University of South Carolina-Columbia - Columbia, SC Tyus Edmond, University of St Thomas Amber Heidenreich, University of Wisconsin - Superior Shehrose Charania, University of Wisconsin-Madison Tavyonia Davis, University of Wisconsin-Parkside Trenton Ebel, UW Green Bay
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