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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sam Salwan is a sophomore at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology studying computer science, economics, data science, and political science. At MIT, Sam serves as MIT Political Review’s president and co-editor in chief, the South Asian Association of Students’ vice president of community engagement, and a leader in the Office of Multicultural Programs’ Peer Education Program. They have been pushing to increase the presence of diversity, equity, and inclusion on MIT’s campus, specifically through training student groups on inclusivity measures and working with administration to get caste listed as an axis of discrimination under MIT’s anti-discrimination policy. Sam is also extensively involved with the Cambridge Women’s Center by running a weekly group for self-expression and trauma processing and organizing bimonthly clothing drives. Sam hopes to continue working to promote the rights of marginalized communities in the future by pursuing a career in public interest law. They have been pursuing this goal by gaining work experience with NGOs and local governments. For example, Sam served as a public policy intern with the City of Miami Beach’s Mayor’s Office.