Makisa combines her insatiable curiosity and dedication to social justice in myriad different endeavors. She has served as student leadership coordinating a trip to Washington DC focused on the intersection of race, faith, and justice. She served as an intern in Schenectady, NY with Summer Enrichment At Dartmouth (SEAD), an educational access program working with under-resourced high schools throughout New England wherein high-promise first generation and/or low-income high school scholars are mentored by Dartmouth students, taught by educators, and given access to transformational opportunities for leadership. As part of a Project Preservation team, Makisa cared for a Jewish cemetery in Greece before traveling to China for another internship teaching English to migrant youth. And along the way, she was chosen to be on Dartmouth College's liaisons to the Annual Ivy League Mental Health Conference. However, this impressive list of engagements represents only a fraction of the thoughtfulness and insight that Makisa brings to collaboration and communities, both locally and abroad. With the intention to major in Geography with an International Development concentration along with minors in both Computer Science and Arabic, Makisa consistently leverages her academic knowledge to advance dialogue regarding systemic poverty, racism, sexism, and intersectionality. She is a force for good who can communicate across difference and we are looking forward to watching how Makisa's lens and passion for equity continue to make a lasting mark on this world.
As an adopted Chinese American woman, I am deeply passionate about social impact and social justice, particularly in the form of education justice. Last year, I interned with Dartmouth's SEAD program, an education equity and college access program aiming to help prepare first-generation and low-income high school students to succeed in higher education. As an intern, I worked at an under-resourced high school in Upstate New York and mentored a cohort of 11 SEAD students--all first-generation, low-income students of color. During my time at the high school, I quickly realized the extent to which educational racism and other structural injustices prevent these students from receiving the quality education and resources that they deserve. This past summer, I received funding from Dartmouth's Center for Social Impact to explore these same lessons in education equity in my birth country China. There, I interned at Stepping Stones, a Shanghai nonprofit that aims to provide basic English education to migrant students, who are often discriminated against and prevented from enrolling in the municipal school system. My experiences at SEAD and Stepping Stones have further ignited my dedication to working towards social impact, justice, and civic engagement in all their forms and to pursue a career in the social sector working towards education reform.