Baker Institute’s Undergraduate Public Policy Competition

April 2018

Awarded first place in the Baker Institute Student Forum’s fifth annual undergraduate public policy competition. 
The award was in recognition of a 6000-word research paper and a 20 minute presentation on U.S. foreign policy toward the Western Hemisphere; my partner and I’s paper critiqued current mechanisms for distributing food aid to Haiti. Awarded prize money and publication in the Rice Journal of Public Policy (Fall 2018 issue).
Judged by Dr. Luis Duno-Gottberg, Dr. Francisco J. Monaldi, H. Richard Sindelar, and Oscar Arredondo. 

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Houston Centered Policy Design Competition

February 2018

Awarded first place at Rice University’s inaugural Houston Centered Policy Design Competition. Proposed an innovative, multi-home buyout system for the Meyerland community in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Judged by Houston Mayor Pro Tem Ellen Cohen; former president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, Lee Wunsch; City Council at-large 2 representative, David Robinson; director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Bill Fulton; and “flood czar” Stephen Costello.

Rice Students Win Flood Policy Contest For Multi-Home Buyout Idea (Houston Public Media)
Martel College students win Rice’s inaugural Houston-Centered Policy Challenge (Rice University News)
Students tackle flooding in first annual policy challenge (The Rice Thresher)

Access Rice
August – December 2017

In this project, I worked with a group of undergraduates in Rice’s chapter of Design For America to maximize accessibility on Rice University’s campus via the human-centered design process.

Our semester-long project began by identifying problem spaces at Rice (structural, social, academic), leading us to tackle a problem space we believed to both impactful and feasible: the social scene at Rice. Following research, our team realized that event planners overlook accessibility as a consideration when planning events; accordingly, we sought out a mechanism to improve the proactivity of event planners in maximizing accessibility at their events.

Our finalized product was a checklist that ensures event organizers are proactive in considering accessibility at their events, making sure events have accessible entrances, proactive staff, and accommodation request forms, among other things.