Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ryan is a rising senior at Yale University aiming for his Bachelor of Arts in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. Ryan is very passionate about social justice, often taking part in political organizing and action on Yale’s campus. He was a part of the #NextYale student movement that made national news in the U.S.in the fall of 2015. Ryan also contributes pieces to various school newspapers concerning topics such as student activism, education, and racial and gender inequality. Ryan currently serves on the Student Advisory Board to Yale’s new Center for the Study of Race, Indigineity, and Transnational Migration that was established following student protests. He will serve as the Political Action Chair of Yale’s chapter of the NAACP in his senior year. Ryan’s hobbies include skateboarding and practicing martial arts. He hopes to pursue a Ph.D in ethnic studies after graduating from Yale.
Updated May 2016
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