Robert Harper

University of Minnesota

Robert Harper is a 2nd Year Masters of Public Policy Student at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. In 2016, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with a Minor in Criminal Justice and became the first member of his family to graduate from a 4-year college/university. As a Supplier Diversity Manager at the University of Minnesota, he has spent the past two years combating disparities in public contracts. As a Page Scholar over the past 6 years, Robert has volunteered as a mentor to minority youth with a number of Twin Cities Non-Profits. He has a strong value for mentorship, especially in the African American community.

Eric Kaler
University of Minnesota

Personal Statement

Throughout high school and college, I worked to defy stereotypes by being involved in a variety of activities including Football, Track & Field, Drama/Theater, Choir, College Possible, TRIO, Students for Racial Justice, and more. These experiences equipped me with an ability to work with and understand people from a diversity of backgrounds.

I first became intrigued by Public Policy when I worked with O’Rourke Strategic Consulting as a Capitol Pathways Intern. This experience gave me the opportunity to go behind closed doors to see how policy is actually formed. With an obvious lack of racial representation in Minnesota elected office, I felt that Public Policy could be my vocation. My experiences growing up in and around poverty and crime motivate me to become a political expert who advocates for those diverse youth and families who are suffering from similarly unfortunate circumstances.

Robert Harper
Masters of Public Policy (MPP)/Concentrations: Social Policy, Economic Development: Class of 2020
written 2019

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Sarah Lutes, UNC Asheville Seda Sahin, Univeristy of Connecticut Bernardo Villarreal Rodríguez, Universidad de Monterrey Elizabeth Paige, University of Baltimore Itzel Velazquez, University of Central Arkansas Jordan Borenstein, University of Central Florida Hunter Caudillo, University of Central Oklahoma Delali Nenonene, University of Dayton April Singleton, University of Delaware Amanda Wittebort, University of Denver Mikaela Lopez, University of Houston-Downtown Nicolas Robledo, University of Illinois at Chicago Natalie Benson, University of Indianapolis Jocelyn Roof, University of Iowa Kaitlyn Frick, University of Kentucky Dyamond Gray, University of La Verne Sarah Nichols, University of Maine at Augusta Maheen Haq, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Madison LaCure, University of Massachusetts - Boston Marvens Pierre, University of Massachusetts Amherst Elizabeth Anusauskas, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Twisha Mohapatra, University of Massachusetts Lowell Shravya Jasti, University of Miami Jalen Rose, University of Michigan-Dearborn Robert Harper, University of Minnesota Danielle Friz, University of Missouri - St. Louis Daisy Ward, University of Montana Adrianna Pittman, University of Montana Western Lizbeth Perez Hernandez, University of Nebraska Omaha Kaitlin Griffin, University of New Hampshire Joyce Yao, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Yesika Sorto Andino, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Adriana Zarate, University of North Georgia Hector Robledo, University of North Texas at Dallas Sashay Carroll, University of Northern Iowa Carson Ball, University of Oklahoma Carter Gale, University of Pennsylvania John Farris, University of Redlands Mary-Kate McGeary, University of Rhode Island Lina Tori Jan, University of Richmond Nina Schneider, University of San DIego Nyteia Tyler, University of San Francisco Karen Padilla, University of South Carolina Beaufort Danica Leaphart, University of South Carolina, Columbia Shaneika Bowra, University of the District of Columbia Livia Karoui, University of the South Jordyn Gaurkee, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Emiliana Lopez, University of Wisconsin - Madison Zach Atkins, University of Wisconsin - Parkside Madison Hale, University of Wisconsin-Superior
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