Leslie is a Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow and will work in the Policy and Advocacy Team at the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice. As a fellow, Leslie completed her fieldwork with the Houston Food Bank’s Advocacy Department, where she increased her understanding of the food bank’s journey towards advancing racial equity within their organization. She also assisted with their Equity Work Group meetings, a pilot which strives to make the Houston Food Bank a better, more equitable place for everyone.
Leslie graduated from St. Edward’s University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in Economics, becoming a Presidential Award Receipt and a McNair Scholar in the process. As a first-generation college graduate, Leslie understands the importance of mentorship and supporting students in their journey towards a postsecondary education.
Leslie’s Hope: That students are equipped with the resources they need to attain a quality education and student voices are at the forefront of policy change within higher education.